What Gives? The Jewish Philanthropy Podcast

"What Gives" is a space for exploring and debating the ideas that matter in philanthropy and the Jewish community. Along the way, we'll build a deeper sense of community by sharing stories, getting to know the people in our field, and spreading ideas that can help all Jews and all givers change the world.

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Understanding the Grantee-Funder Relationship

Episode 20 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Dena Libman of the Azrieli Foundation and Jack Wertheimer of Jewish Theological Seminary talk about findings from Wertheimer's 2020 "Grantees and Their Funders" report, one of the catalysts for GrantED: Stronger Relationships, Greater Impact, a joint project of JFN and UpStart.

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Cintra Pollack: Achieving Impact in Grantmaking and Investing

Episode 19 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Cintra Pollack, an investor, philanthropist and JFN board member, talks about impact investing, generational differences, and balancing her family philanthropy with her Jewish Federation involvement.

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Dan Ariely: The Brain Science of Doing Good

Episode 18 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Israeli-American behavioral economist, Wall Street Journal columnist and best-selling author Dan Ariely is an advisor to Keshet, the new donor-advised fund JFN and its partners brought to Israel. In this episode, he talks to JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny about strategies for promoting positive social outcomes, including getting people to be more philanthropic. They also discuss uniquely Israeli approaches to problem-solving, how Dan's personal history shaped his career, and the cookbook he wants to write.

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Ilana Kaufman: Listening to Jews of Color

Episode 17 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Ilana Kaufman, executive director of the Jews of Color Initiative, and host Andrés Spokoiny discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, how Covid is impacting Jews of color, and how the Jewish community can do a better job of including and serving Jews of color. 

 

 

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Rabbi Shai Held: The Spiritual Transformation After the Plague

Episode 16 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Guest: Rabbi Shai Held, President, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Hadar.

 

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Lila Corwin Berman: How Political Is American Jewish Philanthropy?

Episode 15 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Guest: Professor Lila Corwin Berman, author of "The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex"

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Jay and Shira Ruderman: Combining Philanthropy and Advocacy

Episode 14 of "What Gives?" the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Guests: Jay and Shira Ruderman, of the Ruderman Family Foundation

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James Loeffler: The Surprising Link Between Human Rights and Nationalism

Episode 13 of What Gives? The Jewish Philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Guest: Professor James Loeffler, Director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Virginia and author of "Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the 20th Century." He is also the organizer of "How the Law Treats Hate: Antisemitism and Anti-Discrimination Reconsidered," an online conference on September 10 from 12:15-5:30 p.m. ET.

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Jay Sanderson: Producing a Post-Pandemic Jewish Future

Episode 12 of What Gives? The Jewish Philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Guest: Jay Sanderson, President and CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

Jay Sanderson talks about what he's learned so far from the Covid pandemic, what he's cooking, the time he met David Ben-Gurion — and much more!

 

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Jodi Rudoren: Can Jewish Journalism Survive?

Episode 11 of What Gives? The Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Guest: Jodi Rudoren, editor in chief of the Forward

 

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