November 9, 2023

For the duration of the crisis, JFN will be sending regular updates highlighting philanthropic needs and opportunities for action as they emerge.  These include:

JFN Members can take advantage of the JFN Concierge Service to find support and advice customized to their specific needs. Members looking to respond to the crisis can utilize the Concierge Service to be connected with other members working toward the same goal, to find resources provided by our partners in the secular philanthropic space, and much more. Contact [email protected].

Please continue to share your responses to the crisis and resources you find valuable by filling out this form, and by writing to [email protected]. 

Monday, November 13, 2023, 1:30pm EST; 10:30am PST; 8:30pm IST

JFN, the Forum of Foundations in Israel, the Socio-Economic Forum, Local Authorities, Civic Leadership, and the Home Front Command have joined forces to establish the Israel Rises platform – a multi-sectoral partnership for emergency assistance.

The goal of Israel Rises is to create a synchronized and effective response to the current and future challenges Israel faces, and to share relevant needs with the philanthropic community.

We invite you for an overview of the new system, Israel Rises, with Anat Danis, Head of the Philanthropy Desk at the "Israel Rises" platform, and to hear from Sigal Yaniv Feller Executive Director, JFN Israel.

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Monday, November 13, 2023, 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST; 9:00am-10:00am PST; 7:00pm-8:00pm IST

Robert Satloff, longtime Howard P. Berkowitz Chair in U.S. Middle East Policy at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, will brief JFN members on the current state of negotiations among the U.S., Israel, and Saudi Arabia over a deal on peace, security, and normalization, as well as Israel's relationship with Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, the UAE, and Morocco.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST; 10:00am-11:00am PST; 8:00pm-9:00pm IST

Gali Cooks, President and CEO of Leading Edge, will brief JFN members on the emerging needs and concerns of staff members at Jewish organizations in North America since the Hamas attacks of October 7. Using data from Leading Edge's 2023 Employee Experience Survey along with insights gathered from the field, Cooks will discuss how the employee experience at Jewish organizations has (and has not) changed in the past several weeks since the crisis in Israel began.

She will offer specific recommendations for foundation professionals and for funders to support their employees (and grantees' employees) so that people feel cared for and are able to work effectively under challenging circumstances.

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Thursday, November 16, 2023, 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST; 9:00am-10:00am PST; 7:00pm-8:00pm IST

In the fog of war, accessing reliable information and reporting is a constant challenge. Between the lightning speed at which information now spreads, the sophistication of bad actors using new media to sow discord and distrust, and the already-frayed public trust in institutions, the necessity of effective and responsible communication has never been greater. Hear from Jewish leaders in media, journalism, and communications about how they are conducting their urgent and necessary work today.

Hear from Noam Weissman, Executive Vice President of Unpacked and OpenDor Media, Daniella Greenbaum, Chief Executive Officer of Sixpoint,  and Talia Dekkel-Fleissig, Chief Executive Officer of Jerusalem Press Club. Moderated by Felicia Herman, Chief Operating Officer of Maimonides Fund and Associate Editor of SAPIR.

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Monday, November 20, 2023, 1:00pm – 2:15pm EST; 10:00am-11:15am PST; 8:00pm-9:15pm IST

Join us for a philanthropic conversation to address the vast gender dimensions of the crisis in Israel

Since the atrocities of October 7th, we have witnessed an outpouring of financial support for Israel, much of which is already being distributed to vital recovery efforts, but which notably neglect the enormous repercussions for women and girls and overlook the key civil society actors that are best placed to address them.

We will hear from experts in the field and address the gender dimensions of the crisis concerned with women’s rights, status and wellbeing, including lack of women’s representation in decision-making, gender-based war crimes, impact of trauma and displacement on women and children, gender-based violence ripple effect and exploitation of “women’s work” in recovery effort.

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Tuesday, November 14th | National Mall, Washington, D.C. | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Gates open at 10:00am

Join with the American Jewish Community this Tuesday at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as we stand in solidarity with Israel following the Hamas attacks of October 7th. We will demand the return of the hostages taken and make a clear stand against the rising tide of antisemitism. It's a poignant moment for the American Jewish community to come together, affirm our unwavering support, and send a resounding message of strength and unity. Let's raise our voices to celebrate the resilience of Israel and show that we stand as one in the face of adversity. Your presence matters—be part of this powerful demonstration of support and hope for our brothers and sisters in Israel.

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As we announced previously, JFN has cancelled, adjusted, or postponed its immediate slate of regular programming as we focus on working to help our members respond to the crisis in Israel.

For more information on our general programming schedule, please visit our website, or contact Sarah Horowitz at [email protected].