Technology & the Jewish Future: Dr. Lucy Bernholz, Joshua Foer, & Rabbi David Wolpe

At the Jewish Funders Network 2019 International Conference in San Francisco, three distinguished Jewish thinkers discussed how technology is reshaping Jewish life.

Dr. Lucy Bernholz is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab. She has been a Visiting Scholar at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, the Hybrid Reality Institute, and the New America Foundation. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including the annual Blueprint Series on Philanthropy and the Social Economy, the 2010 publication Disrupting Philanthropy, and her 2004 book Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution. She is a co-editor of Philanthropy in Democratic Societies, published in 2016 by the University of Chicago Press. She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology, and policy on her award winning blog, She studied history and has a B.A. from Yale University, where she played field hockey and captained the lacrosse team, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Joshua Foer’s writing has been published in the New Yorker, National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. His first book, Moonwalking with Einstein was a #1 bestseller published in 35 languages. He is the co-founder of Atlas Obscura, a media and experiences company whose mission is to help people experience a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. Josh is also the co-founder and chairman of Sefaria, a non-profit building the future of Torah in the digital era, and the co-creator of Sukkah City. He lives in Brookline, Mass. with his wife and two children.

Named one of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles in 2016 and again in 2017, Most Influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek and one of the 50 Most Influential Jews in the World by the Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple. Rabbi Wolpe previously taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA. A columnist for, he has been published and profiled in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and the New York Jewish Week. He has been featured on the Todayshow, Face the Nation, ABC This Morning, and CBS This Morning. In addition, Rabbi Wolpe has appeared prominently in series on PBS, A&E, History Channel, and Discovery Channel. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. His new book is titled David, the Divided Heart. It was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards, and has been optioned for a movie by Warner Bros.