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Friday, March 15
 

5:45pm

Shabbaton

Pre-registration required.

Los Angeles’s renowned independent spiritual community Ikar opens its doors to JFN attendees, including two private learning sessions with Rabbi Sharon Brous.

Schedule
Friday, 5:45 PM: Bus departs for Ikar
Friday, 6:15 – 9:30 PM: Services, dinner, learning session #1
Saturday, 9:00 AM: Bus departs for Ikar
Saturday, 9:15 AM – 2:00 PM: Services, lunch, learning session #2

Saturday, 7:30 PM: All JFN attendees are welcome to join Shabbaton participants and Rabbi Brous for a joyful Havdallah ceremony at the hotel's Oasis Patio.

Please meet the bus at the bus departure area to the right of hotel check-in.


Presenters
avatar for Rabbi Sharon  Brous

Rabbi Sharon Brous

Founder, IKAR
Sharon Brous is the founding rabbi of IKAR—a new kind of Jewish spiritual community launched in 2004 and devoted to reanimating Jewish life through soulful and traditional religious practice that is rooted in a deep commitment to social justice. Sharon has been noted as one of the top five rabbis in the country in Newsweek, and has been listed numerous times among the Forward's 50 most influential American Jews. She was ordained by the Jewish... Read More →


Friday March 15, 2013 5:45pm - Saturday March 16, 2013 2:00pm
IKAR 5870 W. Olympic Blvd
 
Saturday, March 16
 

1:00pm

Registration Open
Saturday March 16, 2013 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Main Lobby Beverly Hilton

8:00pm

Havdallah

All JFN attendees are welcome to join Shabbaton participants and IKAR for a joyful havdallah ceremony.


Saturday March 16, 2013 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Rain location TBD Beverly Hilton
 
Sunday, March 17
 

8:00am

Registration Open
Sunday March 17, 2013 8:00am - 5:00pm
Main Lobby Beverly Hilton

9:00am

Pre-Conference Seminar: Family Foundation Leaders

Pre-registration required.

This seminar fosters support, learning, and networking among members of family foundations who navigate multiple roles in the foundation: those who serve in a key leadership or grantmaking role in their foundation, and/or family board members who hold a paid position as staff of the foundation. In a confidential, safe environment for sharing, this session will strengthen ties among this group and provide tools for navigating the unique challenges of family foundation leaders. Participants will engage in interactive sessions to uncover and address family relationship communication challenges, learn healthy communication techniques, address family dynamics and conflict related to generational transitions, and hear case studies from foundation CEOs.


Presenters
avatar for Eve Madison Rodsky

Eve Madison Rodsky

Eve is principal of Philanthropy Advisory Group, where she advises individual funders, family foundations and corporate foundations on grant strategy and management, visibility and impact, corporate social responsibility, operations, and legal compliance. She has significant nonprofit and grantmaking experience in the arts, child welfare, education, medical research, and international giving. Previously, Eve served as director of philanthropic... Read More →
avatar for Stephen  Treat

Stephen Treat

CEO, Council for Relationships
Stephen Treat is the CEO of the Council for Relationships, the oldest and largest relationship counseling center in the U.S. He is a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, consults to family business, lectures at Wharton and Babon, and works nationally and internationally with companies and philanthropies on family conflict, healthy process, succession and governance.


Sunday March 17, 2013 9:00am - 1:00pm
Dayton Room Beverly Hilton

11:00am

JFN Networking Lounge Open
Sunday March 17, 2013 11:00am - 5:30pm
By lobby bar Beverly Hilton

11:30am

Pre-Conference Lunch: Teen Israel Engagement

Pre-registration required.

Funders advancing the field of teen Israel engagement—which includes Israel education, teen travel, professional development, Hebrew language, and more—are invited to come together for a networking lunch to share knowledge and enhance cooperation. Participants will discuss ways to help invigorate, broaden and deepen engagement with Israel during the crucial teen years, spark new discussion about working together to share best practices and learning, build new collaborations to support the field so that many more teens will experience the richness and diversity of Israel.


Presenters
avatar for David  Bryfman

David Bryfman

Chief Learning Officer, Jewish Education Project
David Bryfman is the chief learning officer at the Jewish Education Project. David's education focused on Jewish adolescent identity development and experiential Jewish education. He is a graduate of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program. Prior to moving to New York, David worked in formal and informal Jewish educational institutions in Australia, Israel, and North America.


Sunday March 17, 2013 11:30am - 1:30pm
Palm Room Beverly Hilton

12:00pm

Kosher Pre-Conference Lunch

Pre-purchase required.


Please note: this meal is intended for participants who keep kosher and do not have other local options for lunch. If you did not pre-purchase when registering, please inquire at the registration desk if space is still available.


Sunday March 17, 2013 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Brighton Room Beverly Hilton

1:00pm

New Members/First-Time Attendee Welcome & Orientation

New members and first-time conference attendees are encouraged to attend this session to meet the JFN board and conference regulars, and learn how to make the best of your time at the conference. Members wishing to welcome first-timers or serve as mentors are invited to attend.


Sunday March 17, 2013 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Maple Room Beverly Hilton

2:00pm

Opening Plenary

Introduction
James K. Cummings, Co-Chair, Jewish Funders Network 2013 Conference

Jewish Learning, Hollywood Style
Sarah Lefton, Executive Director/Producer, G-dcast

Keynote Presentation
The Surprising Power of Social Networks
James Fowler
Our social networks drive and shape virtually every aspect of our lives. How we feel, whom we marry, whether we fall ill, how much money we make, what we believe and whether we vote all depend on what others around us—even those distantly connected to us—are doing, thinking, and feeling. Prof. Fowler's research reveals fascinating information about how generosity spreads, how networks impact productivity and creativity, and what this means for people who work to maximize their ability to make social change.


Presenters
avatar for James  Fowler

James Fowler

Professor, University of California San Diego
James Fowler is a professor at the University of California, San Diego, whose research interests and expertise include social networks, behavioral economics, evolutionary game theory, political participation, the evolution of cooperation, and the genetic basis of political behavior. James has published over 40 articles in a wide range of multidisciplinary and social science journals, including Nature, Science, and New England Journal of Medicine... Read More →
avatar for Sarah  Lefton

Sarah Lefton

Executive Director, G-dcast
Sarah Lefton began her career in educational digital media at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. She has served as JCCA Camp Tawonga's Marketing and Outreach Director. She started the clothing brand JewishFashionConspiracy.com during that time, and blogged for Jewschool and the San Francisco Chronicle. Sarah was named one of the Forward's 50 most influential Jews of 2009, and is a Joshua Venture Group fellow for Jewish social... Read More →


Sunday March 17, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Beverly Hills Ballroom Beverly HIlton

3:30pm

Break
Sunday March 17, 2013 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Executive Meeting Center Beverly Hilton

4:00pm

Catalyzing Change: Models of Collaboration

Strategic funders are taking an increasingly active role in supporting their communities as a means of catalyzing change. This session looks at four models where foundations and Federations serve as facilitators and conveners for social change. These robust models include collective impact, creating networks to deepen collaboration and connection, and convening multiple stakeholders to assess community needs. Explore lessons to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts and consider how your foundation can be a positive change agent in the communities you serve.


Presenters
avatar for Shari  Edelstein

Shari Edelstein

Executive Director, 18 Pomegranates
Shari Edelstein has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a grantmaker, organizational consultant, professional manager and volunteer. For the past five years, she has served as the executive director of 18 Pomegranates, a private foundation dedicated to strengthening the Boulder Jewish community. Previous positions include associate program director at Maryland Association of Nonprofits, director of grants at the New Israel... Read More →
avatar for Sarah  Indyk

Sarah Indyk

Philanthropic Initiatives Manager, Rose Community Foundation
Sarah Indyk works at Rose Community Foundation in Denver, where she advises collaborative giving groups and oversees philanthropic initiatives to engage the next generations of Jewish people in Jewish life in accessible and meaningful ways. At the Foundation, Sarah co-founded MazelTot, a grant-funded network of 35 Jewish organizations working together to connect expectant parents and families with preschool-aged children to local Jewish life... Read More →
avatar for Adin Miller

Adin Miller

Sr. Director, Community Impact, SF based - Jewish Community Federation
Adin Miller serves as senior director of community impact and innovations at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (JCF) in San Francisco. In this role, Adin develops and implements new strategies, initiatives, programs, research, collaboration and processes to bring about change and impact. His work focuses on maximizing the JCF’s efforts to generate measurable impact and progress on the community level, defining and... Read More →
avatar for Charlene  Seidle

Charlene Seidle

Senior Vice President, Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego /, Executive Director, Leichtag Foundation
Charlene Seidle is the senior vice president of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, where she works with families, supporting family foundations and private foundations to develop philanthropic strategies and turn their vision for impact into action. Charlene also oversees the Foundation's grantmaking and donor education programs. She leads consulting relationships with private foundations and serves as vice president and executive... Read More →


Sunday March 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Brighton Room Beverly Hilton

4:00pm

China-Israel Relations: A New Frontier in Jewish Global Engagement

China's rising economic influence has begun to impact the geopolitics of the Middle East with significant implications for Israel. Simultaneously, bilateral academic, cultural, and commercial exchanges between Israel and China have just begun to hit their stride. Learn how a handful of leading Jewish foundations stepped beyond traditional models of Israel advocacy to catalyze Sino-Israeli exchange, hear a leading Chinese expert's perspective on Israel and the Middle East, and discover exciting new projects to promote understanding and partnerships between Israel and China.


Presenters
DB

David Becker

Managing Trustee & Executive Director, Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust
David Becker is the managing trustee of the Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust
avatar for Yiyi  Chen

Yiyi Chen

Director--Institute for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Peking University
Chen Yiyi is the director of the Institute for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Peking University. Yiyi is a leading Hebrew Bible scholar in China, and recently has pioneered the field of Middle Eastern Peace Studies at Shanghai Jiaotong University. The author of several books, he also edits the multilingual Journal of Sino-Western Communications. He has taught as a visiting professor in Graduate Theological Union and the University of California... Read More →
avatar for John  Fishel

John Fishel

Consultant, Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation
John Fishel served as a professional in the field of Jewish community service for over 30 years. He was an executive of the Allied Jewish Community Services (Federation) for 10 years in Montréal. From 1992–2009 he served as executive of the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles. On retirement he has acted as a consultant to the Glazer Foundation, with projects in international relations, interfaith programs and economic... Read More →
SG

Seth Garz

China Program Advisor, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Seth Garz advises leading Jewish foundations on programs to promote academic, cultural, and policy exchange between China and the Jewish people with an emphasis on Sino-Israeli exchange. Fluent in Mandarin with experience living in China, Seth strives to bring cultural nuance to helping organizations navigate the complicated landscape of Chinese academic and policy institutions. Seth has previously worked for the Goldman Sachs and the Carnegie... Read More →
avatar for Tsameret  Zohar

Tsameret Zohar

Israel-Asia Relations Manager, Council for Higher Education--Israel
Tsameret Zohar is the Israel-Asia academic relations manager of the Israeli Council for Higher Education (CHE). She oversees the promotion of student exchange programs, joint research and academic collaborations between Israel, China and India. Prior to joining the CHE, Tsameret co-founded and managed the largest Chinese language and culture school in Israel. She also managed procurement for an American trade company in China. She lived in... Read More →


Sunday March 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Maple Room Beverly Hilton

4:00pm

Family, Money, & Philanthropy—Identifying Values, Uncovering Assumptions

Please note: this session is closed to media and non-funders.

This experiential session explores the pressures and challenges involved in wealth and giving. Attendees will use tools to encourage conversations about what it means to have wealth, to clarify and express values associated with having wealth, to unearth assumptions around family, money and philanthropy, and to unpack assumptions about money that influence our behavior. Participants will identify money messages that inform who they are, the decisions they make around giving, and begin to articulate the messages around money they want to convey to others.


Presenters
avatar for Rebecca  Trobe

Rebecca Trobe

Founder, Impact Coaching & Consulting
Rebecca Trobe is the founder of Impact Coaching & Consulting, and a senior consultant and trainer with 21/64, a division of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd. She works with philanthropic organizations, families, entrepreneurs, couples and individuals, advising on stewardship, legacy, multigenerational philanthropy and wealth succession planning, with an emphasis on values and legacy development and... Read More →


Sunday March 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Oakhurst Room Beverly Hilton

4:00pm

Leadership Transitions: Developing 21st-Century Leaders for 21st-Century Organizations

The nature of organizational life is in flux and the professional leadership corps of baby boomers is on the brink of retirement. A number of foundations in the Jewish and general community are working to stay ahead of that curve. This panel looks at questions including: who will be the professional leadership of the future? How will they be different from the current generation?  What critical skills will be needed to lead the nonprofits of the future? How can we support leadership development now for organizations we haven’t yet envisioned? Where will we find our new talent pool—inside existing organizations, or among people who are currently elsewhere?


Presenters
avatar for David E. Edell

David E. Edell

President, DRG Executive Search Consultants
David E. Edell is president and co-founder of DRG Executive Search Consultants. Since 1987, he has worked to build a firm that is committed to recruiting nonprofit executives who possess the experience and leadership qualities necessary to help nonprofit organizations manage change and achieve their goals. In addition to directing DRG and its consultants, David's own portfolio reflects DRG's growth areas, which include recruiting CEOs, senior... Read More →
avatar for Marjory  Kaplan

Marjory Kaplan

President, Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego
Marjory Kaplan has served as the chief professional of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego since 1994. During her tenure, the Foundation has grown to over $300 million in assets and is now the largest grant maker in the San Diego region, awarding over $87 million this past year. She serves on the boards of directors of eight family foundations, and was previously director of development at the Scripps Foundation for Medicine and Science... Read More →
avatar for Larry  Moses

Larry Moses

Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Wexner Foundation
Larry Moses has served the Wexner Foundation for 25 years, currently as its senior philanthropic advisor, after spending 13 years as the foundation's president. He plays a key role in organizing the Wexner family's philanthropic activities, working closely with philanthropists and public leaders throughout Jewish life. Previously, Larry was the international director of Hillel and executive director of the Bureau of Jewish Education in San... Read More →
avatar for Claire  Peeps

Claire Peeps

Executive Director, Durfee Foundation
Claire Peeps is the executive director of the Durfee Foundation. Previous positions include associate director of the Los Angeles Festival, a large-scale, international arts festival; executive director/publisher of the national High Performance Magazine; and director of education for Ansel Adams' The Friends of Photography in Carmel. Other organizational affiliations include current or past board membership for multiple grantmakers' associations... Read More →


Sunday March 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Dayton Room Beverly Hilton

4:00pm

Making Networks Work

Why should networks matter to you as someone invested in Jewish life? Apply the general concepts from the opening keynote presentation and explore how strong networks amplify and enrich Jewish life. In this highly participatory session, you will hear examples of how funders can make network-building a central strategy of their grantmaking, and work with colleagues on how to apply these lessons to your own funding.


Presenters
avatar for Seth  Cohen

Seth Cohen

Director of Network Initiatives, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Seth Cohen is the director of network initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. He leads the Foundation's global efforts to identify, connect and support networks of young Jewish adults in order to help them create Jewish experiences and communities for themselves and their peers. Based in Atlanta, Seth also holds numerous volunteer leadership positions in his local and national Jewish community, including serving as the... Read More →
avatar for James  Fowler

James Fowler

Professor, University of California San Diego
James Fowler is a professor at the University of California, San Diego, whose research interests and expertise include social networks, behavioral economics, evolutionary game theory, political participation, the evolution of cooperation, and the genetic basis of political behavior. James has published over 40 articles in a wide range of multidisciplinary and social science journals, including Nature, Science, and New England Journal of Medicine... Read More →
avatar for Adene  Sacks

Adene Sacks

Philanthropic Consultant
Adene Sacks is a philanthropic advisor and nonprofit strategist whose interests center on network-centric grantmaking and organizational growth strategies. From 2007–2012, Adene served as the founding senior program officer at the Jim Joseph Foundation. Her public writing explores how funders can be better catalysts of innovation and how networks can be leveraged to amplify organizational impact. In 2011, Adene was honored to receive the... Read More →


Sunday March 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Palm Room Beverly Hilton

4:00pm

Polarization: Getting Past the Poison

The polarization of the Jewish community is one of our most significant and intractable challenges. This participatory session provides insight into the seductive nature of polarization, how and why it happens—and how it can be countered. You’ll learn to engage in conversations about challenging and divisive issues in a constructive manner, and avoid attacks, demonization and stereotyping. You will gain ideas and skills to engage others with differing viewpoints in ways that promote connection, community, caring and concern.


Presenters
avatar for Dave  Joseph

Dave Joseph

Senior Vice President for Operations, Public Conversations Project
Dave Joseph is senior vice president for operations at Public Conversations, where he has provided training and consultation in Reflective Structured Dialogue in the United States, Canada, Burundi, Nigeria and Liberia. He has trained and facilitated dialogues with a broad cross-section of nonprofits in the human services, religious, educational, and community development fields. He is also a trained mediator and founding member of Mediators... Read More →


Sunday March 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Canon Room Beverly Hilton

5:30pm

G-dcast Open Studio

Watch the G-dcast team coach one of the actors record dialogue for the film.


Presenters
avatar for Sarah  Lefton

Sarah Lefton

Executive Director, G-dcast
Sarah Lefton began her career in educational digital media at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. She has served as JCCA Camp Tawonga's Marketing and Outreach Director. She started the clothing brand JewishFashionConspiracy.com during that time, and blogged for Jewschool and the San Francisco Chronicle. Sarah was named one of the Forward's 50 most influential Jews of 2009, and is a Joshua Venture Group fellow for Jewish social... Read More →


Sunday March 17, 2013 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Room 500 (near ballroom) Beverly Hilton

6:00pm

6:30pm

2013 Opening Networking Event

Enjoy fabulous food among classic and contemporary movie memorabilia at the original Max Factor Studio building. We'll continue the party over dessert, where we'll toast the winner of the J.J. Greenberg Memorial Award and enjoy a song or two from L.A. singer-songwriter Shani Rose.
(Shani Rose's participation is presented in partnership with America-Israel Cultural Foundation.)

Parking available next door at Mel's Diner.


Sunday March 17, 2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Hollywood Museum 1660 N. Highland Ave. (at Hollywood Blvd.)

10:00pm

Next-Gen Funders and Foundation Professionals Cocktail Hours

Next-gen funders and Foundation Professionals are encouraged to come together for some social time with their respective cohorts over mai-tais and other tropical drinks.

Foundation Professionals hour is co-hosted by Josh Miller, Jim Joseph Foundation, and Lisa Farber Miller, Rose Community Foundation.


Sunday March 17, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Trader Vic's Beverly HIlton
 
Monday, March 18
 

7:00am

Yoga for Freedom

Next week brings Passover and a once-a-year opportunity to break the ego and free ourselves from negative habits. Yoga allows us to move beyond our habitual patterns and create lasting change in our body and in our life. During this yoga class, we’ll use asana (posture) and vinyasa (movement) to discover how we can achieve true change. Appropriate for those who have never done yoga before as well as experienced practitioners.


Presenters
avatar for Marcus J. Freed

Marcus J. Freed

Founder, Bibliyoga
Marcus J. Freed is an author, broadcaster, teacher, actor and the founder of Bibliyoga. March 2013 sees the launch of his book, The Kosher Sutras: The Jewish Way in Yoga & Meditation, and you can see him in the feature film Saving Lincoln. Marcus trained at U.K. universities, U.S. yoga schools, and Israeli yeshivot.


Monday March 18, 2013 7:00am - 8:00am
Rodeo Gallery Beverly Hilton

7:00am

Registration Open
Monday March 18, 2013 7:00am - 5:00pm
Main Lobby Beverly Hilton

7:30am

Tefillah—Egalitarian
Monday March 18, 2013 7:30am - 8:00am
Sunset Room Beverly HIlton

7:30am

Tefillah—Traditional
Monday March 18, 2013 7:30am - 8:00am
Oasis Room Beverly HIlton

7:45am

Hosted Breakfast: The Cost of Controversy

The world we live in has been shaped by people's movements for social change. Philanthropy—Jewish philanthropy in particular—has made a key difference on the Free Soviet Jewry and marriage equality movements, and many other causes. These movements often begin as
controversial, daring ideas: supporters have been attacked, leaders censored, and institutional roadblocks erected to slow progress. What can Jewish philanthropy do to support today's social change leaders whose ideas challenge contemporary norms? What is the Jewish funder's role in embracing daring approaches, fostering open dialogue, and discerning productive forms of
controversy from counterproductive ones? Leading voices around three hot-button topics—Israel/Palestine, climate change, and reproductive freedom—come together this morning to discuss the personal and institutional costs and benefits of controversy, and the role of funders in supporting risk-takers. Differing viewpoints from the audience are welcomed and encouraged, and together we will explore how our community experiences controversy.

Hosted by the Nathan Cummings Foundation


Moderators
avatar for Rabbi Stephanie Kolin

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin

Co-Director, Union for Reform Judaism's Just Congregations
Rabbi Stephanie Kolin is co-director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Just Congregations. Stephanie was ordained in 2006 from the Hebrew Union College, receiving awards in Talmud, Liturgy, Human Relations, Commentaries, Halakhic Literature, Midrash, and Bible. Upon ordination, she served as a rabbi of Temple Israel, Boston and is on the boards of Bend the Arc and JOIN for Justice.  Stephanie was named a Woman of Valor by Jewish... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart

Editor, Open Zion
Peter Beinart, senior political writer for The Daily Beast and editor of Open Zion, is associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. His new book, The Crisis of Zionism, was published by Times Books in April 2012.
avatar for Heather Holdridge

Heather Holdridge

Director of Digital Advocacy Strategy, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Heather is director of digital advocacy strategy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Action Fund, where she is responsible for developing and executing the advocacy and political strategies for Planned Parenthood online. In the last year, she’s run campaigns on protecting birth control access, the Susan G. Komen situation and the 2012 elections to support and promote pro-women’s health candidates. Previously, Heather... Read More →
avatar for Michael Shellenberger

Michael Shellenberger

President, Breakthrough Institute
Michael Shellenberger is president of Breakthrough Institute, a leading global think tank on energy, economic innovation, and conservation. His 2007 book, Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility, co-authored with Ted Nordhaus, was called "prescient" by Time and "the most important thing to happen to environmentalism since Silent Spring" by Wired.


Monday March 18, 2013 7:45am - 9:00am
Whittier Room Beverly Hilton

7:45am

Main Breakfast (with discussion roundtables)

1. New Approaches to Teen Education and Engagement—A series of studies released over the past two years have provided new examples of how innovative approaches to Jewish teen education and engagement can influence the lives of adolescents during this critical time of identity development. Join the Jim Joseph Foundaton to discuss research findings and a new community of practice for local and national funders of teen education and engagement.

2. Your Jewish Philanthropy Roadmap—JFN and Jewish Communal Fund discuss this new resource to help people navigate their charitable journey. For new and veteran funders, the Roadmap tool uses challenging questions to help you be more intentional and strategic in your giving.

3. Ethiopian Youth in Israel—Jonathan David shares his experience with an excellence in education program for Ethiopian youth. Cultivating a strong self image is the key to unlocking the vast potential of these youth in becoming leaders, achievers and contributors in Israeli society.

4. Jewish Community Foundations--Creating a family giving plan can be an overwhelming endeavor; join the conference’s Jewish Community Foundation participants for breakfast, discussion and tips on engaging the next generation, connecting to local resources, and facilitating family meetings.

5. Relational Judaism—Chabad's success is based on their incredible commitment to building relationships. Ron Wolfson convenes discussion around his vision for a non-Orthodox alternative to Chabad’s success, one that builds deep and lasting relationships with and among those we seek to influence.

6. Sustainability—Jay Shofet of the Green Environmental Fund convenes a discussion on how Israel’s social protests of 2011 are still echoing in issues of planning, urbanism, and transportation–and may just have spurred Israel’s sustainability revolution.


Monday March 18, 2013 7:45am - 9:00am
Oasis Patio Beverly Hilton

8:00am

Learning Breakfast: Animating Jewish Ideas

What does it mean to bring a text to life visually and how is learning in this way different and “sticky”? G-dcast invites you to come look in depth at a short selection from the Book of Samuel through G-dcast’s unconventional art + Torah methodology. Bring your creativity – we’ve got the soft lead pencils.


Presenters
avatar for Sarah  Lefton

Sarah Lefton

Executive Director, G-dcast
Sarah Lefton began her career in educational digital media at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. She has served as JCCA Camp Tawonga's Marketing and Outreach Director. She started the clothing brand JewishFashionConspiracy.com during that time, and blogged for Jewschool and the San Francisco Chronicle. Sarah was named one of the Forward's 50 most influential Jews of 2009, and is a Joshua Venture Group fellow for Jewish social... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Brighton Room Beverly Hilton

9:00am

Plenary Session

A Community in Spite of Itself: 21st-Century Lessons from Jewish Los Angeles
The metropolis dubbed "seventy-two suburbs in search of a city" by Dorothy Parker, Los Angeles is a fascinating laboratory for experimentation. L.A.'s size, diversity, diffusion, and energy spur creativity across multiple sectors, not least Jewish life. We'll take a virtual tour across L.A.'s Jewish landscapes, hearing from L.A.’s Federation president, Jay Sanderson, on the city's unique Jewish population, and how he sees the city reflecting a 21st-century expression of Jewish community and its lessons for other places. Then, leading L.A. philanthropist Peter Lowy, and Hollywood writer/producer/director Jill Soloway—who co-founded the East Side Jews collective sprouting up in L.A.’s new, hip, young Jewish community in Silverlake—discuss how funders and entrepreneurs are shaping the future. Jumpstart’s Joshua Avedon moderates.

Followed by JFN Annual Meeting & Presidential Address


Moderators
avatar for Joshua  Avedon

Joshua Avedon

Co-Founder, Jumpstart
Joshua Avedon is co-founder of Jumpstart, where he has the privilege of working around the globe with some of the most creative and inspirational leaders building 21st-century Jewish life. He is also a founder of IKAR, one of the world's most influential emerging Jewish communities. Joshua is a CLI-certified facilitator and a member of the Selah Leadership Network and has an MBA in nonprofit management from the American Jewish University.

Presenters
avatar for Peter  Lowy

Peter Lowy

Peter Lowy is co-CEO of the Westfield Group, one of the world's largest publicly traded retail property groups, and chair of the board of the Jewish Journal/TRIBE Media Corp. Under his leadership, the Jewish Journal recently launched its successful and innovative "BrandRaising" campaign. Peter served as chairman of the University of Judaism and was instrumental in creating the American Jewish University through its merger with the Brandeis-Bardin... Read More →
avatar for Jay  Sanderson

Jay Sanderson

President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Jay Sanderson is president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. He has been professionally active in the Jewish community for 27 years and offers a wealth of knowledge and experience in new and old media as well as evolving communications technologies. Jay is recognized as one of America's leading entrepreneurs and has over 30 years of experience transforming non-profit organizations, and was named to the "Forward 50" list... Read More →
avatar for Jill  Soloway

Jill Soloway

Co-Founder, East Side Jews
Jill Soloway is a writer/director. She won the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award for her first feature, Afternoon Delight, at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Her short film, Una Hora Por Favora, premiered at Sundance in 2012. Jill is a three-time Emmy nominee for her work writing and producing Six Feet Under. She was also the showrunner for HBO's How to Make it in America and Showtime's United States of Tara. She authored Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Beverly Hills Ballroom Beverly HIlton

9:00am

JFN Networking Lounge Open
Monday March 18, 2013 9:00am - 5:30pm
By lobby bar Beverly Hilton

10:15am

Break
Monday March 18, 2013 10:15am - 10:45am
Executive Meeting Center Beverly Hilton

10:30am

"Jewish Philanthropy Is..."

Take a quick break from the conference and tell your story. Inspired by StoryCorps, sit down with journalists and videographers from the Jewish Journal and tell your story. What does "Jewish philanthropy" mean to you? What do you hope your giving can accomplish? What change do you want to see in the world? Tell your story and be a part of the global convrsation about what our giving can accomplish.


Monday March 18, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
Conference Center (near Brighton) Beverly Hilton

10:45am

Day School Affordability

As increases in day school tuition continue to significantly outpace inflation, innovative schools and communities are making dynamic change in the field to address this critical need, and other challenges to making Jewish education affordable for all. This panel reviews the state of the field, looking closely at a multi-school pilot project in L.A., and the efforts underway nationally and locally that are changing the culture of Jewish day school to increase resources and drive sustainability. We'll explore community funds, endowments, blended learning, and interventions to address the squeeze felt by middle-income families.


Presenters
avatar for Charles Cohen

Charles Cohen

Manager, Jewish Day School Affordability Knowledge Center, PEJE
Charles Cohen manages the Jewish Day School Affordability Knowledge Center at the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE). A strategic planner with experience building relationships between and among day schools, synagogues and central education agencies, Charles served as planning manager for Jewish continuity at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh before coming to PEJE. Over the past year he has written white papers... Read More →
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Daniel Held

Daniel Held is a doctoral candidate in education at JTS and a Wexner/Davidson Graduate Fellow. He coordinates the educators' track at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, is a senior associate at Rosov Consulting, and consults independently to a wide range of educational and communal institutions. Daniel served as director of student activities at TanenbaumCHAT, Toronto's community high school, and as a senior educator at Brandeis University's Office of High... Read More →
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Miriam Prum Hess

Director, Center for Excellence in Day School Education, BJE: Builders of Jewish Education
Miriam Prum Hess is the director of the Center for Excellence in Day School Education at BJE: Builders of Jewish Education. During her eight-year tenure, she has worked with 39 Los Angeles day schools to make Jewish education more affordable and sustainable, establish operational and educational best practices, and develop joint purchasing/cost cutting initiatives. Miriam also created JkidLA/Concierge Program, enabling families to navigate and... Read More →
avatar for Dan  Perla

Dan Perla

Program Officer--Day School Finance, AVI CHAI Foundation
Dan Perla is a program officer in day school finance at the AVI CHAI Foundation. where he oversees ongoing grant programs geared toward improving the financial viability of day schools. Through research, networking and collaborating with grantees, Dan also works on developing creative new initiatives to strengthen day school finances and increase day school affordability. He comes to the foundation after 18 years in the financial world, as a... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Oakhurst Room Beverly Hilton

10:45am

National and Local Funders: Tensions and Opportunities

How can funders of national programs and local community funders work more strategically with each other? The tensions that exist between the overlapping missions of funders with these different geographical focuses can be used to open up new lines of communication, new strategies for shared learning, and better leveraging of resources. This panel offers perspectives on models for cooperation and provides concrete suggestions for improved communication and collaboration. We'll hear about funder partnerships that worked--and some that didn't--and suggestions of mutually beneficial ways to better align the expertise and value each brings to the table.


Moderators
avatar for Jeffrey R. Solomon

Jeffrey R. Solomon

President, Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies
Jeffrey R. Solomon is the president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, a group of foundations operating in Canada, Israel and the United States. An author of over 80 publications, he served as an adjunct associate professor at New York University and sits on numerous nonprofit and foundation boards. He served on the board and executive committee of the Council on Foundations, where he chaired the Committee on Ethics and... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Shari  Edelstein

Shari Edelstein

Executive Director, 18 Pomegranates
Shari Edelstein has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a grantmaker, organizational consultant, professional manager and volunteer. For the past five years, she has served as the executive director of 18 Pomegranates, a private foundation dedicated to strengthening the Boulder Jewish community. Previous positions include associate program director at Maryland Association of Nonprofits, director of grants at the New Israel... Read More →
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Yossi Prager

Executive Director, North America, AVI CHAI Foundation
Yossi Prager is executive director for North America of the AVI CHAI Foundation. During his 20 years of leadership, AVI CHAI has developed a wide variety of programs to benefit the Jewish day school and camping fields. Recently, AVI CHAI has focused on day school finance and affordability, day school leadership, online learning, and Jewish education at summer camps for children who do not attend day schools. Yossi writes and lectures on... Read More →
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Marcella Kanfer Rolnick

President & Chair, Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation
Marcella Kanfer Rolnick is president and chair of the Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation, and a director of American Jewish World Service. She serves on the advisory boards of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Case Western Reserve University and Joshua Venture Group. Marcella founded Walnut Ridge Strategic Management Company which provides management services to select for-profit and nonprofit entities. She is also vice chair of GOJO... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Canon Room Beverly Hilton

10:45am

Responsive Grantmaking: Building Organizational Capacity

While much of the current conversation in philanthropy is on strategic grantmaking, there is a growing movement of grantmakers who believe that responding to what communities say they need and strengthening organizations' capacity can achieve important, measurable, long-term results. Two very different foundations discuss their approaches to responsive grantmaking. Learn how to use these techniques to build capacity and sustainability of grantees through the use of core operating support funding, restricted capacity-building grants, and collaboration, as well as how to build trust with grantees, create reciprocal learning between foundations and grantees, and how to evaluate and measure the results.


Presenters
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Shane Goldsmith

Vice President, Liberty Hill Foundation
Shane Goldsmith is the vice president and chief program officer of the Liberty Hill Foundation, where she is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the foundation's programs, including the Wally Marks Leadership Institute for Change, the Fund for Change, and the collaborations with community organizations under Common Agenda. Shane came to the Liberty Hill Foundation from PATH Ventures, an affordable housing development agency, where she was... Read More →
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Belen Vargas

Vice President, Grant Operations, Weingart Foundation
Belen Vargas joined the Weingart Foundation in 2000 as a program associate, where she responsible for managing the foundation's Small Grants Program. She has since been a program officer, associate vice president for grant operations, and now serves as vice president for grant operations where she is responsible for the management of all grantmaking programs and staff. Prior to joining the Weingart Foundation, Belen spent nearly eight years... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Dayton Room Beverly Hilton

10:45am

The Arts—Catalyzing a New Conversation on Israel

Photographer Frederic Brenner’s newest project, “Israel: Portrait of a Work in Progress” brought 12 world-class photographers to Israel to create a unique portrait of the country’s multifaceted society. It rolls out this year with a thoughtful plan to spark complicated, nuanced conversations and reactions about Israel. This session previews the exhibit and launches a conversation of our own, about how funding the arts can be part of a funding strategy for issues such as Israel advocacy, social justice, and more.


Moderators
avatar for Yael  Reinharz

Yael Reinharz

Executive Director, Artis
Yael Reinharz is executive director of Artis, a position she has held since 2007. She has grown the organization from its origins as the annual "Israeli Art Week in New York" into the preeminent international organization working with Israel's most innovative contemporary visual artists. Yael has spent her career working within the nonprofit and for-profit visual arts communities, including the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice; the... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Frederic  Brenner

Frederic Brenner

Artistic Director, Israel: Portrait of a Work in Progress
Frederic Brenner is an acclaimed photographer and artistic director of "Israel: Portrait of a Work in Progress." He is best known for "Diaspora," the result of a 25-year search in 40 countries to create a visual record of the Jewish people at the end of the 20th century. Frederic has had solo exhibits at venues including the International Center of Photography in New York, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, the Musée de... Read More →
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Sonia Simon Cummings

Trustee, Nathan Cummings Foundation
Sonia Simon Cummings has been an activist and philanthropist for the past eighteen years, focusing on the environment, the arts, coexistence and Jewish life. She is a past trustee of the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Friends of the Tel Aviv Foundation, the Institute of Contemporary Midrash, the Medici Archives Project and the Los Angeles Jewish Community Foundation. She founded the Arts in School! giving circle and was vice chair of the Los... Read More →
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Eyal Sher

Director, Art and Culture, Jerusalem Foundation
Eyal Sher is the director of the Jerusalem Foundation's Art and Culture Department. He serves on the Boards of the Jerusalem Season of Culture, the Jerusalem Theatre, The Israel Festival, the Yellow Submarine and the School of Visual Theatre. He was previously deputy director of the Jerusalem Cinematheque and producer of the International Jerusalem Film Festival.  A UCLA Film & TV graduate, Eyal produced Claude Lanzmann‘s "Zahal," wrote the... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Brighton Room Beverly Hilton

10:45am

Trends of 21st-Century American Jewish Community

The social norms of how young Jews engage with their identity and community, discussed in the morning’s plenary, point to a need for a 21st-century communal design. Sid Schwarz presents his vision and opens a dialogue with strong voices from the innovation and institutional sectors who have been successful in driving participation and engagement among the new generation.


Presenters
avatar for Maya  Bernstein

Maya Bernstein

Strategic Design Officer, UpStart Bay Area
Maya Bernstein designs UpStart's programmatic content, fusing current organizational change theory such as adaptive leadership, design thinking, and logic modelling, with Jewish concepts. She is a frequently published author in the field of Jewish innovation. Maya began her career in education working with the Jewish community in the Former Soviet Union. She has lived and taught in Belarus, Germany, Israel, and China. Maya is a winner of the... Read More →
avatar for Sandy  Cardin

Sandy Cardin

President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network
Sanford R. ("Sandy") Cardin is president of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network, a global network dedicated to igniting the passion and unleashing the power in young people to create change for themselves, in the Jewish community and across the broader world. Drawing on more than 20 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector, Sandy is a published author and frequent presenter and panelist in global forums on... Read More →
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Scott Kaufman

CEO, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
Scott Kaufman is CEO of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Prior to his appointment as CEO in 2009, he was director of strategic initiatives, responsible for addressing the issue of attracting and retaining young talent within the Jewish community. Prior to joining Federation in 2007, Kaufman was a real estate developer. He is also a founding partner of Joe Dumars’ Fieldhouse, one of the largest sports and entertainment... Read More →
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Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Senior Fellow, Clal: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership
Rabbi Sid Schwarz founded and led PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values for 21 years. He is also the founding rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, where he continues to teach and lead services. Sid is the author Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue and Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World and the just-released Jewish... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Palm Room Beverly Hilton

10:45am

Upward Mobility: Strategies for Workforce Development

In this challenging economy, working-class incomes have stagnated, and for many low-income wage earners, upward mobility seems like a vanishing prospect. This panel brings together experts in expanding workforce opportunity who will explore the impact of the current economy, gain an understanding of who is most affected and their needs, and review the creative programs, policy issues, opportunities and challenges to philanthropy in this field.


Moderators
avatar for Donn Weinberg

Donn Weinberg

Executive Vice President, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Donn Weinberg currently serves as trustee and executive vice president of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.  Earlier this year he completed a three-year term as the Foundation’s chair. He has been with the Weinberg Foundation for twenty years, serving first as corporate counsel and then becoming a trustee and vice president in 2002. He manages the Foundation’s mainland U.S. real estate portfolio, acts as primary liaison... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Jack Habib

Jack Habib

Director, Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute
Jack Habib is the director of the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, the leading center for applied social research serving Israel and the Jewish world. Jack has served on many Israeli commissions to improve the social service system and has participated in numerous international professional exchange programs, collaborative research projects and multinational conferences. He writes and lectures extensively on economics and social developments in... Read More →
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Jerry Rubin

President & CEO, Jewish Vocational Services Boston
Jerry Rubin is the president and CEO of Jewish Vocational Services Boston. Prior to joining JVS, Jerry was vice president of building economic opportunities at Jobs For the Future, a national workforce development and education policy, research, and consulting organization. He founded and led two non-profit organizations: the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership, a training and consulting organization based at the University of Massachusetts... Read More →
avatar for Sigal  Shelach

Sigal Shelach

Director, JDC-TEVET Employment Initiative, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Sigal Shelach became director of JDC-TEVET, JDC's employment initiative in Israel, in 2012. She oversees the development of employment programs and promotes the adoption of successful JDC initiatives by the government of Israel. In 2002, Sigal served as an advisor on municipal employment practices for the education division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Local Municipalities, and was later senior research fellow at the Ministry of... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Whittier Room Beverly Hilton

12:15pm

Networking Lunch
Presenters
avatar for Rabbi David  Wolpe

Rabbi David Wolpe

Rabbi, Sinai Temple
Rabbi David Wolpe was named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post. The rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, he previously taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary, American Jewish University, Hunter College, and UCLA. He offered the benediction at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and won a Rockower award for Jewish journalism in 2009. He is... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Beverly Hills Ballroom Beverly HIlton

12:15pm

Site Visit: Creative Community Engagement

Signup required. Please use the signup form onsite next to registration.

This tour visits three institutions that build community in creative ways. First, the Zimmer Children’s Museum, whose programs include interactive learning for children and families and leadership training for teens incorporating core Jewish values. Then we head to Silverlake JCC, home to a growing and vibrant young Jewish community that includes the East Side Jews collective. We'll meet with Esther Kustanowitz, who heads the NextGen Engagement Initiative, an innovative project designed to support the most creative programming for Jewish young adults in L.A., and project leaders including Rabbi Sarah Bassin of New Ground and Asher Gellis of JQ. And finally, we stop at the new Museum of the Holocaust, for a tour and a presentation by teens involved in the Righteous Conversations program.
Meet the bus at 12:15 PM. Lunch is provided on the bus.


Monday March 18, 2013 12:15pm - 5:15pm
Bus departure area (near registration) Beverly Hilton

12:15pm

Site Visit: If I'm for myself alone, what am I?: Jewish social change in L.A.

Signup required. Please use the signup form onsite next to registration.

Join Rabbi Sharon Brous, Nathan Cummings Foundation President Simon Greer, and former Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti (invited) for a journey into the heart of social change in L.A. We begin at the historic, recently revitalized Breed Street Shul Project, where we will connect the rich story of Jewish immigration to contemporary immigrant stories. From there we travel to Homeboy Industries, a flagship model of social enterprise at the intersection of faith and justice. Our final stop is Sweet E’s, a Tav HaYosher-certified ("Ethical Seal") bakery, for a taste of the growing food movement. Between these visits, we will hear from leaders such as Kafi Blumenfeld (Liberty Hill Foundation), Alan van Capelle (Bend the Arc), Angelica Salas (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of L.A.) and Rabbi Noah Farkas (Valley Beth Shalom) about the great strides taking place all over the city towards justice for all, and the Jewish community’s role in supporting them.
Meet the bus at 12:15 PM. Lunch is provided on the bus.


Monday March 18, 2013 12:15pm - 5:15pm
Bus departure area (near registration) Beverly Hilton

12:15pm

Site Visit: L.A. Arts

This site visit is now full. Please put your name on the waitlist on the signup board next to registration at the Beverly Hilton.

Arts fans won't want to miss this tour of Jewish arts and artists in L.A. We start with a curator-led visit of the private Broad Art Foundation, travel to Venice to meet Shulamit Nazarian in her new gallery, and see Lita Albuqurque in her studio where she's working on a commisioned piece for a synagogue. The tour concludes with a private tour of the Hammer Museum by its chief curator, whose recent first trip to Israel led to the purchase of "Nostalgia," a video work by leading contemporary Israeli artist Omer Fast. We'll see this award-winning piece that deals with issues of identity, immigration, exclusion, power, borders, and bureaucracy. Plus additional surprises.
Meet the bus at 12:15 PM. Lunch is provided on the bus.


Monday March 18, 2013 12:15pm - 5:15pm
Bus departure area (near registration) Beverly Hilton

1:00pm

G-dcast Open Studio

Visit the Open Studio to watch the animators at work and see some of G-dcast’s catalog of videos.


Presenters
avatar for Sarah  Lefton

Sarah Lefton

Executive Director, G-dcast
Sarah Lefton began her career in educational digital media at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. She has served as JCCA Camp Tawonga's Marketing and Outreach Director. She started the clothing brand JewishFashionConspiracy.com during that time, and blogged for Jewschool and the San Francisco Chronicle. Sarah was named one of the Forward's 50 most influential Jews of 2009, and is a Joshua Venture Group fellow for Jewish social... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 500 (near ballroom) Beverly Hilton

2:15pm

G-dcast Learning Session: Mashing up Torah and media skills

G-dcast's curriculum is a mashup of media skills and Jewish literacy. Stop by the Open Studio for an introduction to G-dcast's innovative work style. How can art unlock Torah in new and different ways? We'll tour the media skills-based curriculum that brings students to Jewish learning in new ways that are relevant for today's learners.


Presenters
avatar for Sarah  Lefton

Sarah Lefton

Executive Director, G-dcast
Sarah Lefton began her career in educational digital media at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. She has served as JCCA Camp Tawonga's Marketing and Outreach Director. She started the clothing brand JewishFashionConspiracy.com during that time, and blogged for Jewschool and the San Francisco Chronicle. Sarah was named one of the Forward's 50 most influential Jews of 2009, and is a Joshua Venture Group fellow for Jewish social... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Room 500 (near ballroom) Beverly Hilton

2:15pm

Site Visit: Health & Social Services

Signup required. Please use the signup form onsite next to registration.

This tour visits two campuses that house a variety of innovative health and social services. First is Beit T’Shuvah, a vibrant Jewish recovery community. Residents learn to value themselves and (re)discover their passion and purpose in life through an integrated program of Jewish spirituality, 12-step programs, therapies, and creative activities including music, drama, writing, art, and surfing.  We will meet current residents, staff, and interns who are learning counseling, prevention, and job skills. Then on to Vista Del Mar, a 105-year-old agency founded on Jewish core values, which offers extensive programs for children with/without disabilities and their families. We’ll walk parts of the 18-acre campus and visit a Nes Gadol class (bar/bat mitzvah preparation) of kids with a wide array of disabilities, one of the campus residences and their diverse choir rehearsing for the upcoming Passover program.


Monday March 18, 2013 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Bus departure area (near registration) Beverly Hilton

2:15pm

Acorns to Oaks: Scaling for Impact

The Jewish startup boom of the past decade has yielded some high-potential organizations. What's the next step for these "post-startups"? How can we work to bring together the multiple elements that are needed for growth? This panel draws together experts from outside and within the Jewish community, including the team that prepared Moishe House for their recent rampup, to discuss models and recent research into scaling and sustaining nonprofits.


Presenters
avatar for Emily  Hall

Emily Hall

Founder and CEO, Olive Grove Consulting
Emily Hall, founder and CEO of Olive Grove Consulting, has served as a strategic thought partner to thousands of community leaders, social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, boards, corporations, governments and philanthropists for over two decades. Emily primarily works with CEOs and boards during points of inflection, growth, opportunity, confusion or change. She supports clients in philanthropy, strategy, governance, succession and transitions... Read More →
avatar for Felicia  Herman

Felicia Herman

Executive Director, The Natan Fund
Felicia Herman is the executive director of the Natan Fund, a foundation supported by young philanthropists that supports innovative Jewish and Israeli nonprofits. Felicia recently chaired the Study Advisory Committee for From First Fruits to Abundant Harvest: Maximizing the Potential of Innovative Jewish Start-Ups (Bikkurim, 2012) and co-edited The Jewish Innovation Economy: An Emerging Market for Knowledge and Social Capital (Jumpstart, Natan... Read More →
avatar for Laura  Lauder

Laura Lauder

Managing Partner, Laura and Gary Lauder Philanthropic Fund
Laura Lauder has served on many nonprofit and for-profit boards, including the National Public Radio Foundation, YPO, SV2, the Stanford School of Education and Spark Networks, the company that owns JDate. She is a fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, a co-founder of the Socrates Society of the Aspen Institute, and the founder of DeLeT: Day School Teaching through Leadership, a Jewish Teach for America for Jewish Day Schools, modeled on her... Read More →
avatar for Aliza  Mazor

Aliza Mazor

Executive Director, Bikkurim: An Incubator for New Jewish Ideas
Aliza Mazor is executive director of Bikkurim: An Incubator for New Jewish Ideas, a joint project of Jewish Federations of North America and the Kaminer Family Foundation. Bikkurim has helped to launch 29 innovative start-ups that contribute significantly to the diversification and reinvigoration of Jewish life. Aliza has also worked as an independent consultant to nonprofits and philanthropies. She has developed curricula in non-profit... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Oakhurst Room Beverly Hilton

2:15pm

Advocating for Israel Across a Networked World

As Israel faces the growing threats of a nuclear Iran and a hostile Arab Spring, it must navigate around the global perceptions of these issues. This panel reviews present challenges with a focus on three different approaches going on outside the U.S. for advocating for Israel: changing Europe's political culture, finding new allies in other regions, and grassroots efforts at changing public opinion.


Moderators
avatar for Larry J. Hochberg

Larry J. Hochberg

Chair, Friends of European Leadership Network
Larry J. Hochberg is a nationally renowned lay leader and philanthropist who recently served as national chairman of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Larry was a national director of AIPAC and held national leadership positions with UJC and UJA. He chaired the annual and Israel emergency campaigns of Chicago's Jewish United Fund and served on the Federation's executive committee. He is an international expert on Israel advocacy and is... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Ruperto  Long

Ruperto Long

Israel Allies Caucus Foundation
Ruperto Long is an engineer, politician and writer born in Uruguay in 1952. He has been a senator, and president of the national electricity/utility company, and is presently Minister of the Audit Court. He was awarded the Jerusalem Prize in 2012, the World Trade Center Award in 2002, and the National Inventor's Award in 1999, among others. He has also served as president of the Israel-Uruguay Cultural Institution and the Uruguayan Paralympic... Read More →
avatar for Steven J. Rosen

Steven J. Rosen

Senior Strategic Advisor, ELNET
Steven J. Rosen was a senior official of AIPAC for 23 years, responsible for the executive branch agencies of the United States Government. Before that, he headed Mideast issues at the RAND Corporation, and was a professor at Brandeis, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Australian National University. He also heads the Washington Project of the Middle East Forum and is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced... Read More →
avatar for Melody  Sucharewicz

Melody Sucharewicz

Director, German Israelkongress
Melody Sucharewicz was born in Munich in 1980 and now works as a communications and strategy consultant in Germany and Israel. At 19 she immigrated to Israel, where after attending university and business school she won Israel's prestigious The Ambassador TV competition. Ever since, she is a known voice in public diplomacy for Israel in Germany, and consults for political and private institutions. She currently acts as director of the German... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Dayton Room Beverly Hilton

2:15pm

Grantee Relationship Management

How healthy are the relationships you have with your grantees, and are you clear about how to manage them? What have you noticed about the internal functioning of your grantees and how do you address concerns constructively? Participants in this session will learn how to take a systemic view of the strengths and challenges of grantee relationship management. You will learn to diagnose and work with issues including mission alignment, role clarity, and conflict management. Exercises will deepen your understanding of your relationship to a grantee and you will explore a case study on how to enhance collaboration and effectiveness.


Presenters
avatar for Pearl  Mattenson

Pearl Mattenson

Adjunct Faculty, CRR Global
Pearl Mattenson is a leadership and relationship coach. She is an adjunct faculty member with CRR Global and has been certified by the Coaches Training Institute and CRR Global in organizational and relationship systems coaching. Pearl has had an over 25-year career in education and nonprofit leadership, including serving as the national education director for a civil rights organization, where she worked with law enforcement agencies, medical... Read More →
avatar for Charlotte  Toothman

Charlotte Toothman

Principal, Charlotte Toothman Consulting
Charlotte Toothman is the principal of Charlotte Toothman Consulting and a blue ribbon provider for CRR Global. She is certified as an organization and relationship systems coach and has 20 years of experience as a consultant providing a full range of organization, team and personal development offerings, including change management, strategic planning, leadership coaching, conflict resolution and team development.


Monday March 18, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Brighton Room Beverly Hilton

2:15pm

What’s In Your Red Folder?

When crisis hits, our decisionmaking is not always as well-informed or strategic as it might be. What steps can foundations take to prepare their grantees—and themselves—for times of crisis or disaster? We’ll hear from U.S. and Israeli foundation leaders and field experts on the kinds of communications protocols, contingency planning, infrastructure building, training, and coordination efforts that can mitigate the potential effects of disaster and support response and relief efforts.


Presenters
avatar for Bill Driscoll

Bill Driscoll

Executive Director, NECHAMA—Jewish Response to Disaster
Bill Driscoll, Jr. is the executive director of NECHAMA—ewish Response to Disaster. The organization provides disaster preparedness, response, and recovery services nationwide. Bill also serves as secretary of the board for National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. He started in the nonprofit disaster sector in 2005 and has since been a program lead in more than 28 disasters zones in the U.S., Peru and Mexico.
avatar for David  Gappell

David Gappell

Director, Schusterman Foundation—Israel
David Gappell is a native of Los Angeles and the director of the Schusterman Foundation—Israel. He is past co-chair of the Forum of Foundations in Israel and serves on the boards of the Jerusalem Season of Culture, the Haruv Institute, Tevel b'Tzedek, and Yemin Orde Initiatives.
avatar for Gideon  Herscher

Gideon Herscher

Director of Humanitarian Relief and Assistance, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Gideon Herscher is the director of humanitarian relief and assistance at JDC. For 11 years he has developed and implemented programs and partnerships for vulnerable spopulations in Israel and across the globe, including Ethiopia, Rwanda, and most recently, post-earthquake Haiti. He played a central role in the establishment of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda—an Israel-inspired orphan-care model for the 1.2 million orphans of the... Read More →
avatar for Michael  Hill

Michael Hill

Executive Vice President, Dorot Foundation
Michael Hill is the executive vice president of the Dorot Foundation, a family foundation working in and out of the Jewish world, in the U.S. and Israel. In addition to grantmaking, the foundation operates the Dorot Fellowship in Israel, a leadership development program and network for Jewish young adults. Michael has spent, and continues to spend, an inordinate amount of time thinking about change—what thwarts it and what supports it.


Monday March 18, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Palm Room Beverly Hilton

3:30pm

Break
Monday March 18, 2013 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Executive Meeting Center Beverly Hilton

4:00pm

Dealing with Dilemmas: What Would You Do?

Please note: This session is closed to media.
In philanthropy, individuals, families and organizations are challenged to make critical decisions where the choice makes a significant difference in peoples’ lives—for example, choosing a particular target population or region for funding, selecting among multiple worthy organizations, deciding when and how to end support, or managing the tradeoff between providing less intense support to many or deeper support to few. What human and informational resources do you call upon to address these dilemmas? This highly participatory session will pose an interactive case study challenge and give participants the opportunity to wrestle with the issues from  a number of perspectives. You also will have the opportunity to bring in dilemmas you face in your decision-making for some crowdsourced solutions.


Presenters
avatar for Gideon  Herscher

Gideon Herscher

Director of Humanitarian Relief and Assistance, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Gideon Herscher is the director of humanitarian relief and assistance at JDC. For 11 years he has developed and implemented programs and partnerships for vulnerable spopulations in Israel and across the globe, including Ethiopia, Rwanda, and most recently, post-earthquake Haiti. He played a central role in the establishment of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda—an Israel-inspired orphan-care model for the 1.2 million orphans of the... Read More →
avatar for Charlene  Seidle

Charlene Seidle

Senior Vice President, Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego /, Executive Director, Leichtag Foundation
Charlene Seidle is the senior vice president of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, where she works with families, supporting family foundations and private foundations to develop philanthropic strategies and turn their vision for impact into action. Charlene also oversees the Foundation's grantmaking and donor education programs. She leads consulting relationships with private foundations and serves as vice president and executive... Read More →
avatar for Amelia  Xann

Amelia Xann

Vice President, Center for Designed Philanthropy, Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
Amelia Xann is vice president of the Center for Designed Philanthropy at the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. Amelia serves as a philanthropic advisor to donors and family foundations on a range of issues including intergenerational philanthropy, strategic giving and leaving a legacy. Prior to joining the Foundation, Amelia was associate director of performing arts and was part of the team responsible for opening the California... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Brighton Room Beverly Hilton

4:00pm

Impact Investing: Achieve Financial and Mission Returns

Explore impact investing—a growing investing practice that seeks to achieve social and environmental impact as well as financial returns. We will discuss a broad range of impact investing topics, including socially responsible investing, private debt and equity investing, for-profit social enterprises and social impact bonds. Panelists will share their experiences in using impact investing techniques to move the dial on the philanthropic issues targeted by their respective foundations.


Presenters
avatar for James S. Farley

James S. Farley

President and CEO, Leichtag Foundation
James S. Farley is president and CEO of the Leichtag Foundation, a position he has held since 2007 when the Foundation became independent. Prior to that appointment, Jim had served as general counsel of the Foundation since 1995. He has served as board president of the Seacrest Village Retirement Communities and the San Diego Botanic Garden Foundation. He is a founding member and former board member of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, an... Read More →
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Fran Seegull

Managing Director of Investments, ImpactAssets
Fran Seegull is managing director of investments at ImpactAssets—a nonprofit investment firm seeking to increase the flow of capital to impact investing. She oversees firm product development and heads investment management for the Giving Fund—a $90 million impact investing donor advised fund. Previously, Fran was managing director/COO of Funk Ventures, a VC firm investing in clean technology, sustainability and medical technologies. Fran... Read More →
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Doug Bitonti Stewart

Executive Director, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
Doug Bitonti Stewart has dedicated his nearly 25-year career to philanthropy. As executive director of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, Doug has the privilege of helping the Fisher family further their philanthropic legacy by working with partners making the most meaningful impact to strengthen and empower children and families in need. Doug has also worked for Michigan State University, Michigan Nonprofit Management Institute... Read More →
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Glenn Yago

Senior Director/Senior Fellow, Milken Institute
Glenn Yago is a senior fellow at the Milken Institute, senior director of its Israel Center, and founder of the Institute's Financial Innovations Labs. His work focuses on fostering innovative financial policies, programs and instruments to solve economic development, social, environmental and health challenges. He directs the acclaimed Milken Institute Fellows Program in Israel and is a visiting professor and Dean's Fellow at the Hebrew... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Oakhurst Room Beverly Hilton

4:00pm

STEM Education—A Joint Israel/U.S. Challenge

Israel and the U.S. each face similar challenges in their educational and workforce development sectors. Both systems are fraught with inequities and disparities, and suffer from antiquated models of teaching and learning, deteriorating student achievement, and a lack of capacity to meet future needs. Improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) capabilities are at the heart of both nations’ future economic and social success. This panel brings together funders interested in forging collaborative and leveraged strategies to reinvigorate the innovative and creative processes necessary to keep Israel and the U.S. strong and vibrant.


Presenters
avatar for Wendy Ramage Hawkins

Wendy Ramage Hawkins

Executive Director, Intel Foundation
Wendy Ramage Hawkins is the executive director of the Intel Foundation, which awards grants worldwide totaling more than $40 million each year focusing on STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics); increasing opportunities for girls, women, and underserved youth; and supporting the volunteerism and philanthropic efforts of Intel's employees in education, their communities, and in response to disasters around the world... Read More →
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Inna Osadchi

Projects Director, Ramon Foundation
Inna Osadchi has been the projects director for the Ramon Foundation since 2009, where she is primarily in charge of promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Prior to her current position she served as first secretary in charge of strategic and Middle Eastern affairs at Israel's embassy in Moscow. During her studies at Ben-Gurion University, Inna held various educational and mentoring positions, including... Read More →
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Ronit Segelman

VP Partnerships, Rashi Foundation
Ronit Segelman joined the Rashi Foundation in January 2006 as the director of partnerships and in 2010 was appointed VP, Partnerships. Her previous work experience includes being the first Israel representative of the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado and being the director of the Merage Foundation in Israel.
avatar for Gerald R. Solomon

Gerald R. Solomon

Executive Director, Samueli Foundation
Gerald R. Solomon has served as the Samueli Foundation's executive director since April 2008. He has refined the Foundation's strategic plan, developing long-range collaborative community initiatives to address systemic safety net needs in the Santa Ana region and STEM education deficiencies in the K–16 continuum, and broaden the healthcare dialogue to focus on a true health and wellness approach through integrative medicine practices... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Canon Room Beverly Hilton

4:00pm

The Cost of Free

Some of the Jewish community’s most successful and beloved projects of recent years are offered free of charge to the end user. Large numbers of people take advantage of these programs, and research shows they offer a path to engagement in communal life. Nonetheless, there are challenging questions about the long-term consequences of "free". Today’s panel tackles these questions with a funders' perspective: who decides what is offered free, and are we comfortable with that? Is it good business or is it harming the Jewish nonprofit economy and ecosystem? Do we have appropriate follow-up mechanisms in place to move users from passive receivers to active searchers? Are we creating demand or reducing perceived value?


Moderators
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Gary Rosenblatt

Editor and Publisher, The Jewish Week
Gary Rosenblatt has been editor and publisher of The Jewish Week since 1993. Prior to that he was editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times for 19 years. He founded Write On For Israel, The Conversation, and the Jewish Week Investigative Journalism Fund.

Presenters
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David Bryfman

Chief Learning Officer, Jewish Education Project
David Bryfman is the chief learning officer at the Jewish Education Project. David's education focused on Jewish adolescent identity development and experiential Jewish education. He is a graduate of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program. Prior to moving to New York, David worked in formal and informal Jewish educational institutions in Australia, Israel, and North America.
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Mark Charendoff

President, Maimonides Fund
Mark Charendoff is the president of the Maimonides Fund, a foundation dedicated to education and Jewish identity in North America and in Israel. He is the former president of JFN, and before that, vice president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, where he helped to establish the Birthright Israel program. He was also director of Jewish educational services for the JCC Association of North America. He currently serves as vice chair... Read More →
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Danielle Foreman

Program Officer, Koret Foundation /, Board Member, Slingshot
Danielle Foreman manages Koret's programming and grants in the Jewish community. Among her professional experience, she has conducted program evaluations at the New York City Department of Education and served as a political media and strategy consultant at Terris Barnes and Walters in San Francisco. She is a board member of the Slingshot Fund—a pooled fund that highlights, encourages, and provides capacity-building grants to innovative... Read More →
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Morlie Levin

CEO, NEXT--A Division of the Birthright Israel Foundation
Morlie Levin is the CEO of NEXT: A Division of the Birthright Israel Foundation, which connects Birthright Israel trip alumni and their peers with meaningful Jewish opportunities nationally, locally and in Israel, and provides thought-leadership and support to those who work with young Jewish adults. Morlie served as the national executive director of Hadassah and was the vice president of strategic planning and donor initiatives at the Jewish... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Dayton Room Beverly Hilton

5:30pm

All-Conference Reception

Hosted by the 2013 JFN Conference Sponsors
Relax from the day with a drink, and have your photograph taken on the roof deck under the hotel's iconic sign. Music tonight is provided by the band of Nashuva, Los Angeles's Jewish Spiritual Outreach Center.


Monday March 18, 2013 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Stardust Lounge (8th Floor) Beverly Hilton

6:45pm

Mincha/Ma’ariv (Traditional)
Monday March 18, 2013 6:45pm - 7:15pm
Oasis Room Beverly HIlton

6:45pm

6:45pm

Kosher Dinner

Pre-purchase required.
Please note: this meal is intended for participants who keep kosher and do not have other local options for dinner. If you did not pre-purchase when registering, please inquire at the registration desk if space is still available.


Monday March 18, 2013 6:45pm - 8:15pm
Brighton Room Beverly Hilton

6:45pm

Home Hospitality Dinners

Meet at the bus departure area at 6:45 PM

JFN members host fun and exciting dinners in homes near the hotel. Signup is required; several dinners are now full. If you would like to attend an open dinner, please add your name on the signup board next to registration at the Beverly Hilton. 

1. Camp Works, hosted by Evan and Dana Schlessinger
DINNER IS FULL
The Jewish camp experience across North America, encompassing all denominations and affiliations, helps build a more vibrant Jewish future. Tonight's conversation builds on the Foundation for Jewish Camp's recent Funders Summit on Jewish Camp, which brought 28 foundations together to envision and plan for the future growth of this exciting field.
Guest speaker: Rabbi Edward Feinstein, Senior Rabbi, Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, CA
Dietary laws observed.

2. Birthright at 13: Investors, Impact and Innovation, hosted by David Mamet and John Burnham
DINNER IS FULL
Now in its bar/bat mitzvah year, the Birthright Israel Foundation invites you to raise a glass to celebrate our investors, impact and innovation. Co-hosts David Mamet and John Burnham share an investor's and parent's view of the program, recent alumnae tell of the impact the 10-day experience had on them, and Birthright Israel Foundation’s president David Fisher speaks to how the foundation continues to innovate to ensure that generations to come will receive this transformative gift.
Dinner is kosher style.

3. Emerging Jewish Artists Impact Jewish Life, hosted by Randy and Pam Schoenberg and Foundation for Jewish Culture
An exciting evening of film and visual art featuring L.A. Six Points Fellows--emerging Jewish artists whose work connects young people to their Jewish identity. The Six Points Fellowship supports artists who create new work that explores Jewish ideas and experience. Join this important conversation about how creative expression is essential to Jewish community, identity, and our understanding of the world.
Dietary laws observed.

4. Engaging Millennials, hosted by JFN, at Moishe House West Hollywood
Through the Shahaf movement in Israel and programs such as Avodah, Tevel b’Tzedek, and many others, millennials are finding deep meaning by forming communities that together engage in service and learning. Visit one of L.A.’s Moishe Houses to enjoy a uniquely L.A. dinner—a kosher Mexican food truck—and good conversation with participants and alumni of these programs. Kari Dunn Saratovsky facilitates a dialogue between funders and these young leaders, to explore how young people communicate, volunteer, take action, influence their peers, and work to make a difference.
Dietary laws observed.

5. Jerusalem: Ancient Muse Meets Cutting-Edge Culture, hosted by Leichtag Foundation and Angelica Berrie at the home of Irene and Yishai Jusidman
DINNER IS FULL
A night of fun, Jerusalem-style—the tastes, musical sounds, diverse characters and unforgettable moments.
Please note: this dinner is kosher style/unsupervised.


Presenters
avatar for Kari Dunn Saratovsky

Kari Dunn Saratovsky

Founder and Principal, KDS Strategies
Kari Dunn Saratovsky is principal of KDS Strategies and author of Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement. She has spent her career in the social-impact space, directing national programs and building cross-sector alliances to advance social change. She served as vice president of social innovation at the Case Foundation and directed the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, a presidentially... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2013 6:45pm - 9:30pm
Private Homes See reg desk for address if you are not taking conferene transportation
 
Tuesday, March 19
 

7:00am

GidiUP Fun Run

Join Gidi Grinstein and Ruthie Rotenberg for 3.3 mile jogging tour of Beverly Hills landmarks, including iconic and weird homes, and one of Ruthie’s favorite LA morning coffee establishments. Portions of the run will be on a path and portions on sidewalks.


Tuesday March 19, 2013 7:00am - 7:45am
Main Lobby Beverly Hilton

7:00am

Registration open
Tuesday March 19, 2013 7:00am - 12:30pm
Main Lobby Beverly Hilton

7:30am

Tefillah—Egalitarian
Tuesday March 19, 2013 7:30am - 8:00am
Oasis Room Beverly HIlton

7:30am

Tefillah—Traditional
Tuesday March 19, 2013 7:30am - 8:00am
Dayton Room Beverly Hilton

7:45am

Main Breakfast (with discussion roundtables)

1. Advocating for Jewish Renewal in Israel—Join the AVI CHAI Foundation to discuss a new initiative they are creating with UJA-Federation of NY and the Posen Foundation to raise public awareness and advocate for government support of pluralistic Jewish programs in Israel.

2. Giving Circles—JFN’s Giving Circle peer network welcomes the leaders and members of giving circles for informal discussion to share best practices and network with each other.

3. Jewish Girls and Young Women—Ellen Flax, Director of the Hadassah Foundation, convenes discussion on how to serve the needs of Jewish girls and young women, promote their leadership skills, physical and emotional development, and develop gender-sensitive programming and policies.

4. Building an Israeli-American Community—Adam Milstein shares the Israeli-American Council’s successful community model that reaches out to the many unaffiliated and unconnected Israelis in Southern California, and galvanizes them into an active, giving Israeli-American community. Hear how the model helps the next generation maintain their Jewish identity and connection to Israel, and provides the Israeli-American community a bridge to the Jewish-American community.

5. Balance Work and Life with a Virtual Office—Michael Hill shares experience and lessons learned–some expected, some surprising–from the Dorot Foundation’s recent transition to a virtual office. Topics include benefits and challenges for staff, technology options, and need-to-know issues for before, during and after the transition.


Tuesday March 19, 2013 7:45am - 8:45am
Oasis Patio Beverly Hilton

8:00am

Hosted Breakfast Social Inclusion and Cohesion in Israel: Sustaining the Momentum

Hosted by Alan B. Slifka Foundation and the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation
Over the years, the NGO sector's advocacy of productive engagement between Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens has made it an essential player in recent Israeli Government decisions to invest in the Arab sector. In many cases, NGOs supported by private philanthropy have led the way to positive change through research, advocacy, and pilot projects, enabling the Government to commit substantial resources to implement some of the best ideas on a national scale. There are many opportunities, however, to develop the Arab sector and to prioritize social inclusion and cohesion in Israel. Continued NGO activity and philanthropic support, with an eye towards future government engagement, will help Israel meet these challenges. Questions the panel will address include:

  • What areas of need are not yet being addressed adequately?
  • How can the NGO sector be most effective to make progress in these areas?
  • What are implications of new government coalition for organizations and philanthropists committed to these issues?
  • How can Jewish communities and philanthropists outside Israel be most helpful?

Presenters
avatar for Amnon  Be'eri-Sulitzeanu

Amnon Be'eri-Sulitzeanu

Co-Executive Director, The Abraham Fund Initiatives
Amnon Be'eri-Sulitzeanu has been the co-executive director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives since 2004. Before that, he served as the director of marketing and communications at the Jerusalem Foundation, under the leadership of Teddy Kollek and Ruth Cheshin. Among other tasks, Amnon was active in developing and communicating public policy during the massive waves of immigration from the Former Soviet Union and Ethiopia.
avatar for Mohammad  Darawshe

Mohammad Darawshe

Co-Executive Director, The Abraham Fund Initiatives
Mohammad Darawshe is the co-executive director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives. He previously worked as deputy director general of the Givat Haviva Institute. Mohammad has lectured and presented papers at many international and academic institutions, including the U.S. Congress, the European Parliament, NATO Defense College and the World Economic Forum, and he has won numerous awards, including the Peacemaker award bestowed by the Catholic... Read More →
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Shalom (Shuli) Dichter

Executive Director, Hand in Hand
Shalom (Shuli) Dichter is a civil society activist and expert on Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. Since January 2011 he has been the executive director of Hand in Hand, the center for Jewish-Arab education in Israel that operates bilingual schools and establishes joint community activities for Arab and Jewish citizens in Jerusalem, Kfar Kara, the Galil, Haifa, and Jaffa. From 1998–2008 he was the co-executive director of Sikkuy, a... Read More →
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Aiman Saif

General Director of the Authority for Economic Development in the Minority Sectors, Prime Minister's Office--Israel
Aiman Seif has worked in Israel's Prime Minister's Office for 14 years—first as senior economist, and since 2008 as the director of the authority of economic development of the minority sectors. Aiman sits on the boards of the Investment Centre, the Authority of Planning and Construction, and the Authority for Advancement of the Status of Women.


Tuesday March 19, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Brighton Room Beverly Hilton

8:00am

Hosted Breakfast: Brandraising

Hosted by Peter and Janine Lowy
Who cares how great your cause is if no one’s heard of it? Why do Jewish leaders complain they’re not attracting new members and new donors to their organization? One reason is that they spend too much money on overhead and not enough on branding. Branding is as important to your organization as an invitation is to a party; it draws people into your cause and makes them remember it. It elevates everything else you do. It’s the value of a good name. We'll hear from the pioneers of the Jewish Journal's branding division how to build successful branding campaigns for numerous causes.


Presenters
avatar for Rob  Eshman

Rob Eshman

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Tribe Media Corp.
Rob Eshman is publisher and editor-in-chief of TRIBE Media, a niche multimedia company based in Los Angeles that produces the Jewish Journal, Tribe magazine, and jewishjournal.com, now the largest Jewish news website outside Israel. Rob started his career as a staff writer at the Jewish Journal in 1993, when it was a small community paper. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Rob has written for the Jerusalem Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the... Read More →
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Peter Lowy

Peter Lowy is co-CEO of the Westfield Group, one of the world's largest publicly traded retail property groups, and chair of the board of the Jewish Journal/TRIBE Media Corp. Under his leadership, the Jewish Journal recently launched its successful and innovative "BrandRaising" campaign. Peter served as chairman of the University of Judaism and was instrumental in creating the American Jewish University through its merger with the Brandeis-Bardin... Read More →
avatar for David  Suissa

David Suissa

President, Tribe Media Corporation
David Suissa is president of Tribe Media Corporation, which owns the Jewish Journal, Tribe magazine, Hollywood Journal, JJ Branding and the popular news site Jewishjournal.com. He founded and was CEO of SuissaMiller Advertising, a $300 million marketing firm that was named Agency of the Year by USA Today. He is also the founder and editor of the award-winning OLAM Magazine, which promotes Jewish unity and tikkun olam, and a consultant to numerous... Read More →


Tuesday March 19, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Whittier Room Beverly Hilton

8:00am

Local Change, Global Impact: Strategies and Tools for Philanthropic Innovation and Collaboration

Open to all conference participants interested in learning about how to turn local conversations into action, this breakfast is a follow-up to "Innovation to Transformation: Changing Jewish L.A., Changing L.A. Jewishly," a Jumpstart/JFN summit for a peer group of philanthropists and foundation professionals committed to making the world's fourth-largest Jewish city a global center for 21st-century Jewish creativity and community—here at home, across the country, in Israel, and around the world. We'll discuss the specific strategies and tools that emerged from the summit, including insights for funders interested in advancing innovation and collaboration in their own communities.


Presenters
avatar for Lisa Zola Greer

Lisa Zola Greer

Lisa Zola Greer is an active philanthropist, investor and volunteer who has spent most of her career in executive leadership roles with both corporations and startups, including Universal Studios, NBC and others. She is a commissioner of the Beverly Hills Cultural Heritage Commission, and serves on the boards of Make-a-Wish of Greater Los Angeles, Big Sunday, and the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. Lisa and her husband Joshua recently... Read More →
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Shawn Landres

Co-Founder, Jumpstart
Shawn Landres co-founded Jumpstart in 2008. His work has earned wide recognition, from the White House to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, GOOD Magazine, and Fast.Co.Exist. The Forward named Shawn among the 50 most influential American Jewish leaders, and last year, he received a Ted Comet Exemplar Award, given once every four years for "outstanding leadership and furthering international cooperation benefiting the Jewish... Read More →
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Adam Miller

Chair, Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation
Adam Miller is founder and CEO of talent management software leader Cornerstone OnDemand, and also the chair of the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, which leverages Cornerstone's expertise, solutions and partner ecosystem to help empower communities through education, workforce development and disaster relief. An Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 award winner, Adam also was named the Southern California Technology Association's CEO of... Read More →
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Saba Soomekh

Visiting Professor, California State University, Northridge
Saba Soomekh is a researcher and lecturer in religious studies, women's studies and Middle Eastern history. She is the project coordinator of the highly regarded exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews. From LMU to AJC, Saba teaches and writes extensively on world religions, gender, and the geo-politics of Israel and Iran. Her book, From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish... Read More →


Tuesday March 19, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Palm Room Beverly Hilton

9:00am

Morning Plenary

Remarks by participants of the Food Stamp Challenge
James K. Cummings, Chair, and Simon Greer, President, Nathan Cummings Foundation

Presentation
In TED-style talks, we explore tzedakah's elemental components—righteousness and justice—from three innovative approaches to combating poverty.

The first presenter, Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, founder of Uri L’Tzedek: The Orthodox Social Justice Movement, reflects on poverty through the lens of the food-justice movement, and the many issues with ties to poverty (health, immigration, workers’ rights) that cluster within it. Our lunch today is a locally sourced, farm-to-table meal, to complement.

Steve Rothschild, founder of Twin Cities RISE!, tells the story of this remarkable workforce-development program’s success in weaving together multiple sectors to help people escape from poverty, but in finding application for its innovative methods to other issues.

Finally, Dafna Lifshitz, founder of Israel’s Appleseeds Academy, reminds us that even in the startup nation, disadvantaged communities often lack access to and training in the technology skills that are so critical for success in the 21st-century economy. We’ll close on a hopeful and positive vision of Israel that brings together volunteers, businesses, communities, and individuals from across the society to create equal opportunity and reduce social disparities.


Presenters
avatar for Dafna  Lifshitz

Dafna Lifshitz

CEO, Appleseeds Academy
Dafna Lifshitz joined Appleseeds Academy in 2004 as general counsel. Now its CEO, she grew the nonprofit into an international force, aiming to alleviate digital poverty in Israel, the Middle East (in partnership with Arab country NGOs) and seven African countries. She was named in The Marker's Top 100 Influential Israelis list of 2012. Appleseeds received the 2012 President's Award for Volunteerism in Israel, and won the first complimentary... Read More →
avatar for Steven  Rothschild

Steven Rothschild

Founder, Invest in Outcomes / Twin Cities RISE!
Steve Rothschild is a social entrepreneur, businessman and author. He is the founder and board chair of Twin Cities RISE!, an anti-poverty program for adults living in generational poverty. He also founded Invest in Outcomes, which developed the Human Capital Performance Bond (HUCAP), a new financial instrument to fund human services being piloted in Minnesota. Steve is an Ashoka Fellow. Earlier in his career, Rothschild launched the yogurt... Read More →
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Donn Weinberg

Executive Vice President, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Donn Weinberg currently serves as trustee and executive vice president of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.  Earlier this year he completed a three-year term as the Foundation’s chair. He has been with the Weinberg Foundation for twenty years, serving first as corporate counsel and then becoming a trustee and vice president in 2002. He manages the Foundation’s mainland U.S. real estate portfolio, acts as primary liaison... Read More →
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Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Founder and President, Uri L'Tzedek
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is the author of Jewish Ethics & Social Justice and was followed by a film crew for two years for the documentary The Calling. He is the founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek (The Orthodox Social Justice Movement), the founder and CEO of the Shamayim V'Aretz Institute, and is the senior rabbi at Kehilath Israel in Kansas City.


Tuesday March 19, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Beverly Hills Ballroom Beverly HIlton

9:00am

JFN Networking Lounge Open
Tuesday March 19, 2013 9:00am - 12:15pm
By lobby bar Beverly Hilton

10:00am

G-dcast Open Studio

Visit the animation studio as they put the final touches on the conference's movie.


Presenters
avatar for Sarah  Lefton

Sarah Lefton

Executive Director, G-dcast
Sarah Lefton began her career in educational digital media at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. She has served as JCCA Camp Tawonga's Marketing and Outreach Director. She started the clothing brand JewishFashionConspiracy.com during that time, and blogged for Jewschool and the San Francisco Chronicle. Sarah was named one of the Forward's 50 most influential Jews of 2009, and is a Joshua Venture Group fellow for Jewish social... Read More →


Tuesday March 19, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 500 (near ballroom) Beverly Hilton

10:15am

Break
Tuesday March 19, 2013 10:15am - 10:45am
Executive Meeting Center Beverly Hilton

10:45am

A Grantmaker’s Guide to Israel on Campus

In the nuanced and complicated campus climate regarding Israel, few challenges have faced greater resistance to change than those involving faculty and campus administrators. How can funders help to create change in this environment, ensure that their funds achieve their goals, and not go astray? This session examines what funders need to know when making grants in this dynamic and challenging area. We’ll hear first-hand from funders, faculty members, veteran Israeli diplomats, and others as we explore innovative models (and potential pitfalls) for endowing faculty chairs, developing Israel Studies centers, engaging faculty and administrators, and discuss what strategies funders can and have employed to create positive change.


Presenters
avatar for Samuel M. Edelman

Samuel M. Edelman

Executive Director, Israel on Campus Coalition Center for Academic Engagement
Samuel M. Edelman is executive director and CEO of the Center for Academic Engagement of the Israel on Campus Coalition and the academic affairs advisor for the Israel on Campus Coalition. He has served as the executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and is California State University Chico, emeritus professor of Jewish, Israel and... Read More →
avatar for Lisa  Eisen

Lisa Eisen

National Director, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Lisa Eisen is national director of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and head of its Washington, D.C. office. She is the founding chair of the Israel on Campus Coalition, and also chairs the board of the iCenter. Lisa is the founding and immediate past board chair of Repair the World and also serves on the national boards of the Israel Institute, BBYO and Project Interchange Seminars in Israel. Her previous positions include... Read More →
avatar for Stephen  Kuperberg

Stephen Kuperberg

Executive Director, Israel on Campus Coalition
Steve Kuperberg is executive director of the Israel on Campus Coalition, a national organization dedicated to empowering the network of campus Israel supporters to create a positive campus environment regarding Israel. Steve has served with ICC since 2009, during which time ICC has led successful efforts to build lasting connections between campuses and Israel, defeat anti-Israel initiatives, and provide positive Israel education. Steve is... Read More →
avatar for David  Siegel

David Siegel

Consul General of Israel
David Siegel assumed the post of consul general of Israel in Los Angeles in August 2011, where he serves as the senior representative of the State of Israel to the Southwestern United States. Most recently, David served as chief of staff to Israel's deputy minister of foreign affairs, where he was involved in policy formulation and decision-making at the senior levels of Israel's foreign policy establishment. He previously served two terms at the... Read More →


Tuesday March 19, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Whittier Room Beverly Hilton

10:45am

Inclusive Funding and Funding Inclusion

Several foundations have taken leadership roles in making their grantmaking practices more inclusive, as well as funding inclusion efforts. This panel brings together funders with experience in three areas of inclusion work—LGBT, gender, and people with disabilities—to share their experiences. We’ll hear what progress has been made and what obstacles remain to confront, look at points of commonality across the movements, and explore how you can apply these lessons to your own grantmaking.


Moderators
avatar for Felicia  Herman

Felicia Herman

Executive Director, The Natan Fund
Felicia Herman is the executive director of the Natan Fund, a foundation supported by young philanthropists that supports innovative Jewish and Israeli nonprofits. Felicia recently chaired the Study Advisory Committee for From First Fruits to Abundant Harvest: Maximizing the Potential of Innovative Jewish Start-Ups (Bikkurim, 2012) and co-edited The Jewish Innovation Economy: An Emerging Market for Knowledge and Social Capital (Jumpstart, Natan... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Christine  Grumm

Christine Grumm

Chris Grumm Consulting Group
Chris Grumm grew up as the daughter of a Lutheran pastor with generations of pastors and bishops in her family tree. She has worked in faith-based and secular organizations to build an agenda of social change and justice, concentrating on change within communities on the ground as well as institutions and systems. Most recently Chris was the CEO/President of the Women's Funding Network. She was co-chair of the Women Moving Millions campaign... Read More →
avatar for Lynne  O'Hara

Lynne O'Hara

Executive Director, Special Hope Foundation
Lynne O'Hara is the president and executive director of the Special Hope Foundation, a family foundation with a mission to promote the establishment of comprehensive health care services for adults with developmental disabilities designed to address their unique and fundamental needs. She is a member of the Disability Funders Network and Association of Small Foundations, where she has presented on strengthening organizational infrastructure. In... Read More →
avatar for David  Rittberg

David Rittberg

Senior Program Officer, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
David Rittberg serves as senior program officer in the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation's Washington, D.C. office, where he works to oversee and advance a national Jewish agenda by supporting organizations and initiatives that empower young Jews to embrace the joy of Judaism, build inclusive communities, support the State of Israel and repair the world. Prior to arriving at the CLSFF, David served as executive director of the... Read More →


Tuesday March 19, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Oakhurst Room Beverly Hilton

10:45am

International Grantmaking: Complex Challenges for Tikkun Olam

While there are many ways to work to repair the world, when faced with world of grave poverty, hunger, and disease, many of us pursue work in international development. International grantmaking is like other grant making—only harder—and as funders, though we’re led by our hearts, our minds demand that good works be well conceived, effectively implemented and make an impact. In this workshop, three leaders in this field discuss the difficult questions they face, share how their organizations approach the specific challenges of international work, and reflect on what makes it uniquely “Jewish.”


Moderators
avatar for Marcella Kanfer Rolnick

Marcella Kanfer Rolnick

President & Chair, Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation
Marcella Kanfer Rolnick is president and chair of the Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation, and a director of American Jewish World Service. She serves on the advisory boards of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Case Western Reserve University and Joshua Venture Group. Marcella founded Walnut Ridge Strategic Management Company which provides management services to select for-profit and nonprofit entities. She is also vice chair of GOJO... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Alan Gill

Alan Gill

Executive Vice President & CEO, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Alan Gill is CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Alan has played a central role in expanding and revolutionizing JDC’s humanitarian operation in more than 70 countries and in Israel. A 20-year veteran of JDC, Alan has played a leadership role in launching many of JDC’s landmark programs including Ashalim, a unique public/private/non-profit partnership to address the needs of Israel’s children at risk; the... Read More →
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Gidi Grinstein

President, Reut Institute
Gidi Grinstein is the founder and president of Reut Institute, Israel’s leading | strategy and action group. His first book, ""Flexigidity: the Secret of Jewish | Adaptability,"" will be published soon. His work has included leading roles on the ISRAEL 15 Vision and 21st-Century Tikkun Olam projects, fighting de-legitimization of Israel, Birthright Israel and electoral reform. He was the secretary of the Israeli delegation at the Camp David... Read More →
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Ruth W. Messinger

President, American Jewish World Service
Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service, an international development organization that promotes human rights for marginalized people around the world. Ruth assumed this role in 1998 following a 20-year career in public service in New York City. Considered a national leader in the movement to end the genocide in Sudan, she has been called upon several times to advise President Obama about creating a sustainable path toward... Read More →


Tuesday March 19, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Dayton Room Beverly Hilton

10:45am

Shared Measurement and Learning Systems

Recent years have seen several efforts to develop innovative systems for reporting the performance, measuring the outcomes, and coordinating the efforts of many social enterprises within a field. By developing shared approaches to performance, outcome, or impact measurement across multiple organizations, funders who share goals can improve learning among grantees and funders alike as well as increase efficiency in grantee reporting. This session explores the benefits of different types of models of collaborative work around evaluation, the elements that make these systems successful, and explores one example in depth: GrapeVine, which links the silos of Jewish life in a community to maximize retention of Jews along their Jewish journey and offers opportunity for funders, agencies and organizations to make strategic decisions based on real data.


Presenters
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Sacha Litman

CEO, GrapeVine
Sacha Litman is the CEO of GrapeVine, a data aggregation, predictive analytics, and targeted marketing engine for the Jewish community now in four communities. He is also and founder and managing director of Measuring Success, a firm that combines quantitative tools, advanced analytics, and training to help nonprofit organizations make data-driven instead of anecdotal decisions. Sacha is a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and previously worked for... Read More →
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Jennifer Splansky

Senior Consultant, FSG
Jennifer Splansky is a senior consultant in the San Francisco office of FSG, a global nonprofit consulting firm specializing in strategy, evaluation and research. Jennifer is one of the firm's leaders in collective impact and shared measurement, has worked with several clients to launch collective impact approaches, and speaks widely on the topic. She has also worked with social sector clients on issues of strategy and evaluation in the... Read More →


Tuesday March 19, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Brighton Room Beverly Hilton

10:45am

Shared Society in Israel: From the Government to the Grassroots

Arab citizens make up 20% of Israel’s population, yet they contribute only 8 percent of its GDP and constitute only 8 percent of public-sector employees. Today’s discussion brings together Israeli government, business and social-sector leaders to discuss top-down and bottom-up approaches to advance opportunities for social mobility among Israel’s diverse populations. The panel addresses the recent and unprecedented investments by the government in economic development for the Arab community; how Israeli entrepreneurs are working to grow the Arab business sector; civil society’s role promoting shared society; and gaps where philanthropic investment can make a meaningful difference.


Moderators
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Jeffrey R. Solomon

President, Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies
Jeffrey R. Solomon is the president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, a group of foundations operating in Canada, Israel and the United States. An author of over 80 publications, he served as an adjunct associate professor at New York University and sits on numerous nonprofit and foundation boards. He served on the board and executive committee of the Council on Foundations, where he chaired the Committee on Ethics and... Read More →

Presenters
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Shalom (Shuli) Dichter

Executive Director, Hand in Hand
Shalom (Shuli) Dichter is a civil society activist and expert on Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. Since January 2011 he has been the executive director of Hand in Hand, the center for Jewish-Arab education in Israel that operates bilingual schools and establishes joint community activities for Arab and Jewish citizens in Jerusalem, Kfar Kara, the Galil, Haifa, and Jaffa. From 1998–2008 he was the co-executive director of Sikkuy, a... Read More →
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Jimmy Levy

Founder and Managing Partner, Al Bawader Fund
Jimmy Levy is the founder and managing partner of Al Bawader, the first investment fund focused on the Arab private sector in Israel. The fund has committed capital of $50 million.  Jimmy is also the founder of Galil Software, the leading software outsourcing provider for Israel's high tech industry. The company is headquartered in Nazareth and is the largest high-tech company operating in the Arab private sector. He was the co-recipient of... Read More →
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Aiman Saif

General Director of the Authority for Economic Development in the Minority Sectors, Prime Minister's Office--Israel
Aiman Seif has worked in Israel's Prime Minister's Office for 14 years—first as senior economist, and since 2008 as the director of the authority of economic development of the minority sectors. Aiman sits on the boards of the Investment Centre, the Authority of Planning and Construction, and the Authority for Advancement of the Status of Women.
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Sigal Shelach

Director, JDC-TEVET Employment Initiative, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Sigal Shelach became director of JDC-TEVET, JDC's employment initiative in Israel, in 2012. She oversees the development of employment programs and promotes the adoption of successful JDC initiatives by the government of Israel. In 2002, Sigal served as an advisor on municipal employment practices for the education division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Local Municipalities, and was later senior research fellow at the Ministry of... Read More →


Tuesday March 19, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Palm Room Beverly Hilton

12:15pm

Farm-to-Table lunch and Plenary Session: The Giving Pledge and the Growing Trend to Give Big

Welcome & Introduction
Irina Nevzlin Kogan

Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundations, discusses his decision to join the Giving Pledge and reflects on his 40+ years of philanthropy in a conversation with Jason Franklin, Executive Director of Bolder Giving. What does the expansion of the Giving Pledge mean for the Jewish community, Jewish philanthropy, and society at large? What are the challenges and opportunities for giving at this scale? What are the implications for the giving strategies of other foundations and donors? We explore these issues and more in an intimate, candid conversation.

 

G-dcast Presents: The Mountain and the Cliff


Presenters
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Eli Broad

The Broad Foundations
Eli Broad is a renowned business leader who built two Fortune 500 companies—SunAmerica and KB Home—from the ground up over a five-decade career in business. Eli and his wife, Edythe, established the Broad Foundations to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science and the arts. Eli has served as a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution by appointment of the U.S. Congress and the President, and is is a Fellow of the... Read More →
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Jason Franklin

Executive Director, Bolder Giving
Jason Franklin serves as executive director of Bolder Giving, which works to encourage donors to "Give More, Risk More, Inspire More." He is an experienced national donor educator, the author of Outrageous Generosity: Inspiration and Advice on Giving Boldly, and a regular commentator in the media about philanthropy and generosity with recent coverage in the New York Times, Money, Bloomberg News, Philanthropy, and more. He is also an award-winning... Read More →
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Sarah Lefton

Executive Director, G-dcast
Sarah Lefton began her career in educational digital media at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. She has served as JCCA Camp Tawonga's Marketing and Outreach Director. She started the clothing brand JewishFashionConspiracy.com during that time, and blogged for Jewschool and the San Francisco Chronicle. Sarah was named one of the Forward's 50 most influential Jews of 2009, and is a Joshua Venture Group fellow for Jewish social... Read More →


Tuesday March 19, 2013 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Beverly Hills Ballroom Beverly HIlton

2:00pm

JFN Board Meeting

JFN board members/invited guests only


Tuesday March 19, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Whittier Room Beverly Hilton

2:30pm

Post-Conference Convening: Creating the Future of Complementary Education

The Local Jewish Education funders peer network and the new Day School funders peer network invite you to a convening on the future of complementary Jewish education. For an agenda and to RSVP, visit bit.ly/jesnajfn.


Tuesday March 19, 2013 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Santa Monica Suite Beverly Hilton

3:00pm

Post-Conference Event: Museum of Tolerance VIP Tour/Reception

The Museum of Tolerance invites JFN participants for a special VIP tour of the Museum’s major exhibits, including the Holocaust Exhibit, the Tolerance Center, and Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves. Museum Director Liebe Geft will present the newest archival installation of the infamous Hitler Letter of 1919 that changed the world. RSVP at www.museumoftolerance.com/JFN or contact Lorraine Sais, (310) 772-2452 / specialevent@museumoftolerance.com. Free parking available under the Museum.


Tuesday March 19, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Museum of Tolerance 9786 W. Pico Blvd.
 
Wednesday, March 20
 

8:15am

9:00am

Post-Conference Seminar: Israel as a Model for Social Investing

Israel’s economic growth has been inadequate and shared unequally. Charitable giving has declined from past years. The new government faces growing deficits and diminished resources. Many nonprofit organizations struggle to effectively serve their communities, and many businesses with strong evidence-based outcomes that could accelerate Israel’s lagging growth rate suffer from investment declines affecting Israeli exports. Available sources of funding aren’t adequate to address these issues—but Israel offers an extraordinary laboratory to create a novel, flexible, and efficient system of activating capital towards social impact targets. The launching of new impact investment platforms, programs, products and policies, coupled with Israel’s technological and social-innovation strengths, make this an exciting time for Jewish communities abroad to engage with leaders in Israel to make lasting impact. This half-day seminar brings together experts in the field to review the state of the art and opportunities to work together.

Complimentary. RSVP when you register for the JFN conference or contact conference@jfunders.org


Wednesday March 20, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Milken Institute 1250 4th Street, Santa Monica