The President's Desk: Andrés Spokoiny

Andrés Spokoiny is President & CEO of Jewish Funders Network. Full bio >>

The Strength of Our Fragility During the Chag

Cross-posted at the Times of Israel

Jewish tradition has a lot of paradoxes, but Sukkot is probably the biggest of them all.

Yom Kippur probably hired PR consultants to make us forget that Sukkot used to be the most important holiday in the Jewish calendar. It’s called “Hechag,” THE holiday. When the Talmudic rabbis referred to the chag without adding a specific holiday, it was obvious they were referring to the Festival of Tabernacles.

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The Day After

Cross-posted on eJewish Philanthropy and the Times of Israel

Israel never had a victory parade.

Even when military triumphs were outstanding and even miraculous, Israelis knew wars are not something to be celebrated. They can feel proud of the way their soldiers and civilian sector dealt with threats and challenges to Israel’s security and very existence. Yet, pride is not joy.

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What Are Funders to Do? Implications of the Pew Report

Sometimes we need to spawn many new organizations, and sometimes we need intelligent birth control.

eJewish Philanthropy, August 10, 2014

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Shavuot Marks Society Bound by Covenant of Words, Not Use of Force

The Times of Israel, June 3, 2014

Imagine a country that says “we are going to get rid of all law enforcement agencies.” There will be no police, no army, and no coercion whatsoever. Sound like a hippie utopia? Can you hear John Lennon singing in the background?

Wait, it gets better.

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Redefining Freedom as Pesach Nears

Cross-posted at the Times of Israel.

Those of you with young children or grandchildren surely know books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate. My kids love them and I’ve been trying, unsuccessfully, of course, to wean them from these literary paupers. I started a quixotic quest to introduce them to the classics with one of the favorite authors of my youth: Alexandre Dumas.  In so doing, I couldn’t help but think about Pesach.

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Mounting a Comeback for Pluto: Funders’ Whims and Responsibilities in Israel and Beyond

Cross-posted at the Times of Israel

I played an April Fool’s Day prank on the Jewish Funders Network staff last week. I told them a major funder wanted to have Pluto designated a planet once again.

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No More "Rich Uncle from America"

Cross-posted on the Times of Israel

The biggest problem when driving in Israel is not that people are reckless, but that they don’t want to be “frayerim.” As in, “I’m not going to be the frayer who stays in the slow lane,” or “I’m not going to be the frayer who lets that car in my lane.”

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JFN: The Jewish Frayers Network

Cross-posted at eJewish Philanthropy

The biggest fear of an Israeli is not a nuclear Iran; neither is a rain of missiles from Hamas or Hezbollah. It’s definitely not the global economic downturn or global warming. The only thing that Israelis are terrified of is of being a “frayer.”

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It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Charitable Organization Anymore

The world of philanthropy and social impact is undergoing rapid change. 

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Remembering Edgar Bronfman

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