Agenda

March 15

10:40–11:00am ET / 16:40–17:00 IL

The Lab open for advance networking

The conference’s core platform and networking hub — called The Lab — is open early. We recommend using this time to log in, familiarize yourself with the system, and have fun in a unique environment designed to help you meet other JFN members.

11:00–11:30am ET / 17:00–17:30 IL

Kickoff presentation

The conference begins with a rousing song from the Jerusalem Youth Chorus and a speech from journalist/author Yossi Klein Halevi on the most urgent challenges facing the Jewish people at this unique moment.

Speaker

11:33am–12:20pm ET / 17:33–18:20 IL

Family Group Meeting

All participants are assigned to a Family Group of approximately 15 people for a daily, deep dialogue on the program’s themes. These meetings will support your experience and the groups will be curated with an eye toward formulating new bonds of friendship and engagement, the same group will meet three times once a day throughout the entire conference. the group will have Israeli and international members from the philanthropic field.

12:20–12:35pm ET / 18:20–18:35 IL

Coffee Break

(hosted by the Russell Berrie Foundation)

Enjoy open networking time in The Lab.

12:35–1:45pm ET / 18:35–19:45 IL

Plenary

Dr. Larry Brilliant is an epidemiologist, philanthropist, and technology leader whose career has ranged from eradicating smallpox with the World Health Organization to founding Google’s charitable arm. Read more…

Speakers

1:45–1:50pm ET / 19:45–19:50 IL

Break

1:50–2:55pm ET / 19:50–20:55 IL

Workshops

1) Philanthropic Skills Track: Performance Accountability—As funders we are used to evaluating the performance of our grantees, but how often do we stop to evaluate our own performance? How would we even begin to do so? And to what and to whom would we hold ourselves accountable? Read more….

2) Cultivating Resilience Track: Meeting #1—In this three-part series, participants will explore together how they can help nonprofits respond and adapt to disruptions and build resilience for the long-term. In our first meeting, we ground ourselves in the core characteristics of nonprofit organizational resilience, focusing on those that most impact organizational culture. Read more….

3) Family Cohesion in Turbulent Times Track: Meeting #1—Three elements are essential to the family cohesion that supports their giving in the best of times: shared purpose, good governance, and effective onboarding of new members. This series examines how family can attain—and sustain—each of these elements. Read more….

4) Exhibiting the Elements: ResilienceIn these sessions, JFN members and invited guests showcase their special skills to bring to life the daily theme and open up new connections among participants. To exemplify resilience, JFN member and meditation teacher Jennifer Smorgon leads a guided, Jewish meditation to help you find inner peace and meaning during these turbulent times. Read more….

5) Chronicling COVID: Investing in Our Shared HistoryThe Jewish history of the pandemic is a story that is being written every day—as our lives, communities, and traditions continue to evolve in novel ways. This interactive session demonstrates how funders have responded to the imperative to record this chapter of our story; how Jewish museums have innovated together to answer the call; and how we are working to make the story inclusive and reflective of the diversity of American Jews. Read more….

6) Post-Corona—Jewish Life After the Pandemic: On his new podcast, “Post Corona,” Dan Senor engages public health officials, policymakers, and journalists who are charting, or chronicling, the path out of this pandemic. In this session, Dan turns his attention Covid’s effects on Jewish life. What does the current reality mean for our Jewish communities—local and global? What opportunities for innovation and reimagination might our synagogues, schools, and organizations seize, in a post-corona world? Read more….

7) Global Pandemic, Global Action: Jewish Philanthropy’s International Covid ResponseVulnerable communities throughout the world, both Jewish and non-Jewish, have been deeply affected by the pandemic. The Jewish philanthropic response to provide relief worldwide has been considerable, with some foundations pivoting their priorities or using their existing networks to drive resources where they’re needed. This panel examines what’s changed over the Covid year for vulnerable communities around the world, how philanthropy has and can continue to respond, opportunities for advocating and what challenges lie ahead in this critical effort. Read more….

8) Affinity Group Programming: Poverty Affinity Group
A New Blueprint—How We Can End Jewish Poverty—The National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty is a collaborative of funders, Jewish Federations, direct service providers, researchers, media outlets, and advocates dedicated to fighting poverty in the American Jewish community. Join for a fireside chat and group discussion on communal responses to poverty with Ariel Zwang, the new CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), in conversation with Rachel Garbow Monroe, President and CEO of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and from your peers, as we grapple with the everpresent and recently amplified issue of Jewish poverty across the United States. Read more….

9) Affinity Group Programming: Green Funders Forum
What is the Jewish Response to our Heating Planet?This session explores the state of the climate crisis and its impact on the Jewish world and Israel, by highlighting a variety of responses from Jewish funders. Participants will share practices and efforts they’re undertaking and ways that they are galvanizing their local Jewish communities as well as the State of Israel to step up to the plate and address what many believe to be the paramount ecological challenge of our age and for future generations. Read more….

2:55–3:00pm ET / 20:55–21:00 IL

Break

3:00–4:00pm ET / 21:00–22:00 IL

Extra Event: Conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi

As you might at a live conference encounter the day’s featured speaker in the hotel bar talking with registrants, we’re making that opportunity happen here. Pour a drink and join Yossi for an open conversation on the ideas he presented earlier in the day or wherever the conversation takes you.

Speaker

March 16

10:40–11:00am ET / 16:40–17:00 IL

The Lab open for advance networking

The conference’s core platform and networking hub — called The Lab — is open early. We recommend using this time to log in, familiarize yourself with the system, and have fun in a unique environment designed to help you meet other JFN members.

11:00–11:40am ET / 17:00–17:40 IL

Family Group Meeting

The second Family Group will deepen our connections and dialogue with one another, as we reflect on the previous day’s programming and help focus intentions for a meaningful day.

11:40–11:45am ET / 17:40–17:45 IL

Break

11:45am–12:45pm ET / 17:45–18:45 IL

PLENARY

Moot Court

In the wake of a fraught U.S. election and transition, and the rising temperature in our culture, emotions are running high around questions of how or even whether to have civil discourse with those whose political and cultural opinions differ from ours. Read more…

Judges

Bailiff

Litigants

Team 1

  • Sarah Grand, The Leffell School
  • Eitan Zemel, The Leffell School

Team 2

  • Dahlia Soussan, Kehillah Jewish High School
  • Noga Rafalin, Kehillah Jewish High School

Matching Grant Presentation

12:45–1:00pm ET / 18:45–19:00 IL

Coffee Break

(hosted by Edmond de Rothschild Foundation Israel)

Enjoy open networking time in The Lab.

1:00–2:00pm ET / 19:00–20:00 IL

Workshops

1) Philanthropic Skills Track: Grantmaking Approaches for Wicked Problems—A “wicked problem” is a challenge so complex that it defies easy solution, and one in which the very nature of the problem itself is hotly debated. In this session we discuss how to identify and understand wicked problems, and explore practices funders can use to set strategy, make grants, and evaluate performance within a wicked context. Read more….

2) Cultivating Resilience Track: Meeting #2—In the second meeting of this series, attendees will reflect on what has contributed to (or challenged) their own resilience in these turbulent times, as well as the resilience of the leaders they support. We will explore the resilience characteristics that most impact individual resilience and engage in group discussion around what has helped or hindered our grantees’ ability to cultivate these qualities. Read more….

3) Family Cohesion in Turbulent Times Track: Meeting #2—Three elements are essential to the family cohesion that supports their giving in the best of times: shared purpose, good governance, and effective onboarding of new members. This series examines how family can attain—and sustain—each of these elements. Read more….

4) Affinity Group Programming—CANVAS
The Art & Culture of Investing in Jewish Arts & Culture CANVAS is a Jewish Funders Network-powered funding collaborative that seeks to encourage, support and promote a 21st-century Jewish cultural renaissance. This session asks some of the biggest investors in the field: Why do we invest in Jewish arts and culture? Do we fund art for art’s sake, or do these investments overlap with our broader philanthropic goals? And how do we measure and evaluate impact in this sector?  Read more….

5) Exhibiting the Elements: HumilityIn these sessions, JFN members and invited guests showcase their special skills to bring to life the daily theme and open up new connections among participants. To exemplify humility, the National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty invites you to see the world through the experience of a person in poverty by playing a groundbreaking new educational game that teaches people about the realities of poverty in the U.S. “Broke: The Game” simulates the stress and difficulty of attempting to overcome poverty. With a simple setup, the game forces players to challenge their preconceived ideas about poverty and those experiencing it. Read more….

6) American Jews: A Minority Community?In this session, we explore the different ways American Jews have positioned themselves and advocated for their rights as a minority community in America. We will investigate contemporary discourse on Jews, privilege, and race. Read more….

7) Relationships MatterWe want relationships with our grantees to be authentic and candid. But we don’t always know how to go about building the relationships we seek. What are the key ingredients of strong relationships? What tools are available to help us in relationship building? How do we navigate difficult conversations? Read more….

8) Bridging Our DividesA 2020 Pew poll found that almost half of Americans have stopped discussing politics with someone in their life. But there is a way for us to make progress on these issues. Insights from psychology reveal why we are so divided and steps we can take to bridge these divides. Read more….

9) Ancient Wisdom Through Modern Day Conversation: A Jewish Learning ExperienceHavruta learning, a traditional form of Jewish study in pairs, is more than two people learning together. Havruta constructs a space built on humility and creativity—of generative collaboration and attuned responsiveness to one another and to the text. By developing these skills, we do more than gain knowledge—we position ourselves to discover and create meaning. Participate in an interactive Jewish learning experience and come away with concepts and tools to carry with you into your own learning, personal and professional relationships, and collaborative work of all kinds. Read more….

2:00–2:05pm ET / 20:00–20:05 IL

Break

2:05–3:00pm ET / 20:05–21:00 IL

Fuckup Night

Hosted by Edmond de Rothschild Foundation Israel

Fuckup Night (FUN) returns to JFN, after an enormously successful launch at our 2019 conference. Read more…

Storytellers

March 17

10:40–11:00am ET / 16:40–17:00 IL

The Lab open for advance networking

The conference’s core platform and networking hub — called The Lab — is open early. We recommend using this time to log in, familiarize yourself with the system, and have fun in a unique environment designed to help you meet other JFN members.

11:00am–12:00pm ET / 17:00–18:00 IL

1) Philanthropic Skills Track: The Grantmaking Practices Leading Us Astray—What if some of our well-defined grantmaking practices are leading us to make bad decisions? In this session we explore such problematic practices and how to counteract them in our own grantmaking. Read more….

2) Cultivating Resilience Track: Meeting #3—In the final meeting of the series, we explore how to cultivate resilience in one’s communities and networks. Read more….

3) Family  Cohesion in Turbulent Times Track: Meeting #3—Three elements are essential to the family cohesion that supports their giving in the best of times: shared purpose, good governance, and effective onboarding of new members. This series examines how family can attain—and sustain—each of these elements. Read more….

4) Exhibiting the Elements: CommunityIn these sessions, JFN members and invited guests showcase their special skills to bring to life the daily theme and open up new connections among participants. To exemplify community, JFN member, chef and teacher Shawna Goodman Sone joins the Jewish Food Society to present “Preserving Your Family’s Culinary Heritage.” Family recipes carry with them the marrow of who we are as individuals and as a people. They reveal where we’ve been, how we celebrate, mourn, endure, and love. Featuring a live cooking demo and exercises to learn how to document your family stories around food. Read more….

5) Affinity Group Programming: Impact Investing RoundupJFN’s growing community of impact investors meets monthly for a lively and action-oriented roundtable, each featuring a master class and two investment “roundups,” to encourage shared learning and shared action along our impact investing journeys. Whether you are new to impact investing or a seasoned veteran, the roundtables will help you to build skills, deepen your collaborations and deal access, and add meaning to how you are managing your money. Read more….

6) Affinity Group Programming—Social Venture Fund
Supporting an Equal and Inclusive Society for All Israel’s Citizens: In this program, SVF co-chairs share how the fund’s strategies build the philanthropic field of equality and shared society in Israel between Arab and Jewish citizens. Hear from four Arab and Jewish NGO leaders in small breakout groups and learn how these leaders are strengthening Arab-Jewish relationships in mixed cities of Israel, improving education in the Arab sector, increasing opportunities for Arab professionals in Israel’s private sector building a new generation of young Arab leaders who can lead change in Israel. Read more….

7) Israeli Jews: A New Jewish Identity?A new kind of Judaism is emerging in 21st-century Israel, rooted in a unique and vibrant culture that is different from all other Jewish cultures, past and present, and that represents perhaps the greatest Jewish transformation since biblical times. Discover the new and unique characteristics of contemporary Israeli Jewish identity and what it means for Israeli society writ large. Read more….

8) Creating Equity in Jewish Workplaces: Where We StandAt the one-year mark of the pandemic, efforts to make our Jewish workplaces, boards, and institutions more inclusive, empathetic, and reflective of our changing demographics have taken several major hits. Who has been hit hardest by these disruptions? How have Jewish nonprofit organizations shifted to meet emerging needs? What opportunities exist for funders/board members to play an active role in supporting greater equity in the future?  Read more….

9) Is Civil Discourse a Lost Art? In our current time of hyperpolarization, online vitriol against perceived ideological enemies, and an unwillingness to allow one’s “opponent” the benefit of any doubt, how can we support a return to deeper and more civil civic discourse?  A new fellowship engages next-generation leaders in a series of deeply immersive and personal seminars combined with travel to “civil society hotspots” to build a group of leaders ready to tend to our fraying democracy. This workshop models some of the methodology used to rebuild a fractured society by engaging in a values-based discussion of a special text. Together we’ll experience how shared exercises like this build individual and group capacity to be introspective, vulnerable, and courageous! Read more….

12:00–12:20pm ET / 18:00–18:20 IL

Coffee Break

Enjoy open networking time in The Lab.

12:20–1:10pm ET / 18:20–19:10 IL

Family Group Meeting

The final Family Group meeting reflects on the day’s theme and the entire conference experience, with the aim of applying inspiration, new knowledge and relationships to your potential next steps.

1:10–1:15pm ET / 19:10–19:15 IL

Break

1:15–2:05pm ET / 19:15–20:05 IL

Final Plenary

JFN President Andrés Spokoiny gives his address to the membership.

The 2021 JJ Greenberg Memorial Award will be conferred to an exceptional foundation professional under age 40.

Speaker

Andres Spokoiny

2:05–2:10pm ET / 20:05–20:10 IL

Break

2:10–3:00pm ET / 20:10–21:00 IL

Closing Event: Creative Tensions Town Hall

Creative Tensions is a conversation that moves. Reflecting on a tension between two poles, participants reveal where they stand on an issue by where they stand — and move — in the (virtual) room. Exploring the theme of community, we close the conference with this fresh approach to group dialogue that encourages openness and inspires empathy.