by Maxine Dovere JNS.org When Pascale Bercovitch took a chair next to the podium at ADVANCE: The Ruderman Jewish Disabilities Funding Conference, she lifted herself from a sleekly designed wheelchair onto the same slightly uncomfortable chair on which each member of her audience sat. “I am who I wanted to be. I set out to be a champ,” said the Israeli Paralympic athlete. More than 100 members of the Jewish Funders Network (JFN) gathered … [Read more...] about Funders, Advocates, Providers Rally Around Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Jewish Life
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No matter how good a job we do with immersive Jewish experiences developing strong Jewish identities, Jews will continue to intermarry. by Edmund Case There’s a lot of energy these days among Jewish philanthropists around inclusivity. On April 17, 2013 in eJewishPhilanthropy, Jay Ruderman wrote about a major upcoming conference for funders on inclusivity for Jews with disabilities. Referring to Jews with disabilities, Ruderman says “all … [Read more...] about Are Interfaith Families Included in Inclusive Philanthropy?
by Joshua Avedon, Shawn Landres, Saba Soomekh, and Andrés Spokoiny Los Angeles is already a dynamic center for Jewish innovation, home to dozens of Jewish nonprofit startups, as well as vibrant established organizations working to re-invent Jewish life. However, there have been few opportunities to examine the changing environment as a whole and explore how collaboration and cooperation between funders and other resource providers could … [Read more...] about LA 2013: The Jewish Future – Only Sooner
by Rabbi Sid Schwarz Last month I was invited to speak at the Jewish Funders Network’s (JFN) annual conference in Los Angeles. JFN has emerged as an important player in the American Jewish community. As Jewish Federation fundraising has been relatively stagnant for the last two decades, family foundations have emerged as a very important source of philanthropic venture capital, helping to get new ideas and new organizations off the ground. In … [Read more...] about The Jewish Social Justice Bus
by Jay Ruderman “The day is short, the task is great and the master is urgent” (Chapters of the Fathers, 2:20) Thousands of people and hundreds of Jewish organizations are dedicated to working towards the full inclusion of people with disabilities in our communities. US government statistics show that 20% of the US population has some form of disability. This is a population we are all connected to. Our foundation and many others believe … [Read more...] about Inclusive Philanthropy