Jewish Funders Network

Top Funders Target ‘Uneven’ Anti-Abuse Policies

New effort aimed at Jewish camps, day schools as survey calls for ‘best practices.’

03/29/2016 - 18:33
Staff Writer

A Los Angeles-based Jewish think tank will unveil an innovative approach next week to help reduce the problem of sexual abuse in the Jewish community, The Jewish Week has learned.

Rochel Leah Deitcher. Courtesy

Moving Charedim Into Israeli Workforce

In conference here, funders grapple with crisis over lack of employment.

12/16/2015 (All day)
Editor and Publisher

Israel has “an existential problem.” No, it’s not a nuclear Iran, or ISIS at the northern border.

It’s charedim (also known as ultra-Orthodox Jews), too few of whom have adequate secular education and too few of whom have jobs to support their families — a situation that threatens to turn Israel’s economy into a “Third World” one. The problem is especially grave given that charedim are the fastest-growing segment in the Jewish state’s population.

Gary Rosenblatt

Questions Over Outpouring Of Gaza War Philanthropy

As U.S. donations to Israel soar, are other causes at risk?

09/09/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The outpouring of money seemed extraordinary, even by Hamptons’ standards.

It was Shabbos morning, Aug. 9, the Gaza war was raging and Rabbi Marc Schneier, spiritual leader of The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, took to the bima for an impromptu appeal.

Israelis run for cover in the coastal city of Ashkelon during the recent Gaza war. Getty Images

Move Over, Millennials

Engaging young adults is important, but what about everyone else?

03/18/2014 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Financial advisers agree that we should diversify our investments. “Spread the money around,” we’re told, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Yet when it comes to investing in the Jewish future, our largest sources of wealth are doing the opposite of what they preach.

Gary Rosenblatt

Where Funders Go To Collaborate

'We haven’t adapted. New communities need to be created and re-invented.'

03/11/2014 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Miami Beach, Fla. — “This room has the key to solve the crises” facing the Jewish community, asserted Andres Spokoiny, president of the Jewish Funders Network, speaking to the more than 350 members of the group here this week at its three-day annual international conference, its largest ever in the U.S.

Gary Rosenblatt

JFN Launches Social Change Matching Fund

08/14/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The Jewish Funders Network, a service organization for philanthropists, announced today the launch of a “Jewish Social Change Matching Fund” that will offer $1 million to Jewish social change organizations and projects.

Young Donors Give In New Ways

Major new report reveals that affluent young Jews are still committed to Jewish causes, and want a 'seat at the table.'
08/07/2013 - 20:00
Managing Editor

In a major new report on “next-gen” Jewish giving whose findings are likely to produce a collective sigh of relief among nervous communal professionals, young Jews of means appear seriously committed to donating to Jewish causes. And they are often moved to do so by a strong sense of Jewish and secular values passed down from their families.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin, seen here sporting the company's latest invention, is a giver to a Jewish causes. Getty Images

Inclusion Means More Kids At Camp -- Not One Kind Of Camp

My colleagues and I at the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) have been following with interest the special needs dialogue and debate that has emerged in recent months and weeks online.

New Normal

L.A. Film Director Having A Jewish Impact

Jill Soloway, a hip Hollywood writer/director/producer (“Six Feet Under,” “The United States of Tara”), has become a Jewish activist in the last several years and is having quite an impact on the L.A. community. And it could go national soon.

She spoke at the international conference of the Jewish Funders Network this week in L.A. of how she helped found East Side Jews, an informal and popular group, particularly among young artist types, that seeks to “reinvent” Jewish life and make it “about joy, not sadness.”

L.A. As A Model For The Jewish Future

Jewish Funders Network conference highlights efforts to reinvent Jewish life by challenging the status quo.
03/18/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Los Angeles — “This is the most exciting and frustrating Jewish community in the country,” proclaimed Jay Sanderson, chief executive of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, the site and showcase of the annual Jewish Funders Network international conference held here over three days this week.

G-dcast’s Sarah Lefton and funders perform a staged reading of one of the nonprofit’s scripts at this week’s conference.
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