Building Connections and Community at the JTFN Summit 2019

By JTFN Staff

Recently, the Jewish Teen Funders Network hosted the JTFN Summit 2019, a three day summit in San Francisco designed for educators and professionals in the field of Jewish teen education and teen philanthropy, happening alongside the Jewish Funders Network Conference. Attendees traveled from all of over the world to participate in immersive workshops, panels and plenaries with the collective interest in building a world of engaged, empowered, and experienced change-makers. From veterans in the field to new program leaders, the network came together as a community to create a truly unforgettable experience.

Here are our top 10 experiences from the JTFN Summit 2019:

1. Identifying our personal and professional Jewish values together as a community.

2. Forming friendships within the network of Jewish education and understanding the power of relationships and the feeling of community.

3. Showcasing experts and talents from within the field of teen engagement and in the world of philanthropy, pictured here with 21/64.

4. Connecting participants to the creation and reflection of Jewish moments through texts and learnings at our Networking Event with the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot.

5. Creating opportunities for collaboration with the Jewish Funders Network and working together to strengthen the field of Jewish engagement.

6. The importance of creativity in learning, and injecting joy as a teaching tool in our classroom atmosphere.

7. Learning new and innovative styles of teaching through program modeling and our favorite addition to conferences, fidgets!

8. Understanding the diversity of how philanthropy can be used in teen programming today, and coming together to continue our learning, pictured here with participants from the USA, Australia and China.

9. Stepping out of our comfort zones and trying something new in our work, like visiting Urban Adamah in Berkeley, CA.

10. Learning from teens today, what their needs are, their response and actions to the world and community, their perspective and the lens of their learning. Pictured here is our Teen Panel, with current teen philanthropists from the Jewish Teen Foundations of San Francisco.

The mission of the Jewish Teen Funders Network (JTFN) is to strengthen Jewish engagement and identity through supporting and elevating the field of Jewish teen philanthropy. JTFN achieves this by setting field standards, providing training and resources to professionals, mainstreaming philanthropy into the Jewish teen experience, and serving as a lead catalyst for new programs. Find out more at www.jtfn.org