Jewish Funders Network 2021 Virtual Conference

March 15, 2021 - March 17, 2021, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Areyvut is excited to be attending and participating in the Jewish Funders Network 2021 Virtual Conference with a theme of Strong Bonds: The Elements that Energize Jewish Philanthropy.

Since our launch in September 2002, we have been dedicated to educating, engaging, motivating and inspiring others to energize Jewish philanthropy via the core Jewish values of chesed, tzedakah and tikkun olam.  We look forward to learning, growing, reflecting and networking with leaders, colleagues and funders throughout the conference.

If you are attending the JFN Virtual Conference and would like to learn more about Areyvut, our Teen Philanthropy resources or other community engagement and leadership programs, please e-mail to set up a time to talk with Daniel Rothner, our Founder and Director and if you know someone attending the conference please encourage them to find and reach out to Daniel so that they can network and explore ways to work and partner together.

Here is more on the JFN 2021 Virtual Conference:

We are at a turning point, surrounded by unprecedented financial need, with every sector of the Jewish world affected. The pandemic has sparked great creativity as well as great anxiety. Existing trends have accelerated, for good and ill, and new issues have arisen. Big-picture thinking about the future is more critical than ever, but must be done alongside the task of addressing the immediate needs of communal institutions and NGOs around the world. The long-term impact is not yet clear: Will Jewish life return to the way it was before Covid? More importantly, should it?

The JFN virtual conference posits that donors in this environment must bring to bear three elements that, bonded together, form the molecular structure of Jewish philanthropy in 2021. Each day of our program explores one element. On Monday, March 15, we focus on resilience, to ensure our grantees and communal infrastructure can better withstand crises. On Tuesday, March 16, we reflect on humility, to work in true partnership with other funders and grantees, to use our power well and thoughtfully, and to operate in a way that builds each other up even when we disagree. Finally, on Wednesday, March 17, we turn to community itself, focusing on the bonds we make to one another, and how to strengthen them even — especially — in a time of isolation.

From the minyan to the Shabbat dinner table, from the classroom to the transformative Israel experience, Jewish life requires togetherness to thrive. While the conference this year cannot bring our dynamic community together in person, we are combining technology and design to recreate what we miss the most: the energy of sharing a space with other people. Nothing can replace the real thing — but unlike many online events, the JFN conference will prioritize participant networking and connectivity around the ideas and passions they share. As at any JFN conference, we offer inspiring keynote speakers, thought-provoking conversations, skill-building workshops, and discussion opportunities to help Jewish funders improve the quality and efficacy of their philanthropy.

The JFN conference creates a special chemistry, providing funders around the globe an unparalleled opportunity to form bonds that are both strong and flexible. Those relationships support the best of independent Jewish philanthropy: thoroughly informed, deeply networked, and free to experiment and learn.

We hope you’ll join us, for only by being together can we strengthen the relationships, open the conversations, and generate the ideas that will carry us forward to a brighter tomorrow.


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