September 21, 2023

What Gives? The Jewish Philanthropy Podcast

Dr. Mijal Bitton, Rosh Kehilla and co-founder of the Downtown Minyan, talks to JFN President and CEO Andres Spokoiny about being a translator for the stories of Sephardi, Mizrahi, and other non-Ashkenazi Jewish communities. Andres and Mijal talk about what the trajectory of those communities has been in the United States, and the misunderstandings that the larger American Jewish community has about the recent waves of immigrant Jews, politically and culturally.

The JFN West Regional Convening

Don't miss the opportunity to hear from our expert speakers from the University of Pennsylvania's Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP). Katherina Rosqueta, Founding Executive Director, and Richard A. Marker, Faculty Co-Director, will provide high-impact philanthropy insights shared from their long-standing and global experience.

Learn more about them and all of the Convening speakers here.


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  • We're excited to announce our 2024 conference Co-Chairs, Leora Propper & Stephen Bronfman! Their leadership, philanthropic entrepreneurship, and innovative vision will shape the conference as an enriching & meaningful experience for attendees.
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  • Next week, on September 27th, the 2024 Ilia Salita Excellence in Research Award (ERA) and J.J. Greenberg Memorial Award  nomination seasons kick off! Learn more about the ERA here, and about the Greenberg Award here.
  • Meet Father Patrick Desbois, founder and president of Yahad – In Unum, an organization devoted to collecting evidence of the Holocaust’s mass shootings of Jewish populations in Poland and the former Soviet Union. JFN CEO Andres Spokoiny will introduce Father Desbois. This event is in New York City; address will be provided upon RSVP.
  • Learn new skills in facilitation and get all the tools you need to enhance youth philanthropy programs (or start one in your own community) at Honeycomb’s Facilitator Training.
  • Read Stephanie Blumenkranz and Julie Wiener of the the Hadassah Foundation's piece in eJewish Philanthropy: Sparking Conversations between Funders and the Nonprofits we Support.
  • Healthcare Foundation of NJ Third Quarter Giving Totals $2,802,521. Read more.
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Rosh Hashanah in the Atlas Mountains, Assisting Quake-Struck Villages
Judah Ari Gross, eJewish Philanthropy

Fighting Online Lies and Deception Requires Large-Scale Philanthropic Response
Courtney C. Radsch and Michael Jarvis, Chronicle of Philanthropy

Report: The Nonprofit Hiring Crisis Is Still a Thing
Dawn Wolfe, Inside Philanthropy