The state of funding innovation in the Jewish community presents encouraging and discouraging realities at the same time.
“Philanthropy is what you’ll be remembered for,” Jewish Funders Network (JFN) President Andrés Spokoiny told the 400 attendees at the Beverly Hilton on March 18, the first full day of the group’s annual conference. “Philanthropy is your legacy.”
Rabbi David Wolpe and Elon Gold speak at the 2013 Jewish Funders Network Conference.
As the CEO of a public foundation, a woman married to a Jewish man, raising our kids in the reform tradition and member of a social justice-oriented temple that welcomes interfaith families like mine, I was asked to share my thoughts on why funding social change is so important.
A conference on inclusion of people with disabilities may mark the beginning of a new era in Jewish communal attitudes.
The MATCH program will hold its fourth launch this August to encourage expanding the donor base for Jewish day schools.
There was a time when Jewish philanthropists would crack open their checkbooks at least once a year and make a big contribution to Jewish federations and other Jewish agencies. That was just how it was done.No more.
There is a gathering hysteria in the American Jewish community that is dangerously self-destructive. Life as a Jew these days may not be -- is not -- a bed of roses, but neither is it a bed of thorns. Yet to hear some in our community tell it, thorns are all there are.
Consider: George Soros, the multibillionaire and philanthropist, spoke on Nov. 5 to a meeting of the Jewish Funders Network. In response to a question about the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, he responded that "the policies of the Bush administration and the Sharon administration contribute to that."
Can there be any doubt that he is right?