September 28, 2023

A Message of Unity for Sukkot

In this Sukkot message by Jewish Funders Network CEO Andres Spokoiny, the holiday is explored as a celebration of unity and togetherness in the Jewish calendar. It recounts a pivotal moment in Jewish history during the time of the Second Temple, when at the height of its power, divisions in the Jewish kingdom planted the seeds of its destruction. Take a moment to read this cautionary tale about the consequences of corruption and division, and a call for contemporary unity and mutual responsibility within the Jewish community during Sukkot.

The JFN West Regional Convening

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from some of the leading Jewish funders and their grantee partners as we explore the challenges of Measuring Impact in Complex Fields. Facilitated by Kiyomi Kowalski of Project Sh’ma, this roundtable conversation will focus on the field of antisemitism with Shayna Rose Triebwasser, Executive Director of the Righteous Persons Foundation and Amy Spitalnik, CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Yana Kalika, President of the Koum Family Foundation and Ken Marcus, Founder and Chairman, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law; and representatives of the ADL’s Center for Antisemitism Research.

Learn more about all of the Convening speakers here.


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  • Nominations are now open for the the 2024 Ilia Salita Excellence in Research Award (ERA) and J.J. Greenberg Memorial Award! Learn more about the ERA here, or nominate a worthy research project here. Learn more about the Greenberg Award here, or nominate a foundation professional here. Both awards will be presented at the JFN 2024 International Conference in Tel Aviv.
  • Tzivia Schwartz Getzug, JFN's Senior Director of Philanthropic Engagement and JFN West, was the subject of Destination Impact's recent Member Spotlight. Tzivia shares her successes and challenges, and JFN's goals for the future. Read more here.
  • Honeycomb Executive Director Danielle Segal breaks down Honeycomb's new report, "Cultivating the Next Generation for Giving," explaining that teens in Jewish youth philanthropy become active leaders grounded in Jewish values. Read more here.
  • 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.
  • The Jewish Service Alliance, a coalition of multiple Jewish national engagement organizations powered by Repair the World, is excited to host Service Matters: Building a Jewish Movement in October. The Jewish Service Summit will bring together leaders from the Jewish service field to share their knowledge, experience, and strategies for advancing our missions to mobilize Jewish communities to meet pressing needs. You can see a schedule of the day here and register here.
  • World Jewish Relief USA attended the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) September meeting with hundreds of changemakers, policy makers and organizations. Rabbi Dina Brawer, Executive Director of World Jewish Relief USA took to the stage to make a commitment to action on behalf of World Jewish Relief. Read more here.
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