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JTFN Summit 2019

In March 2019, 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.

Workshops included:

  • Starting a Jewish Teen Philanthropy Program, Presenter: Alana Hollander, Community and Special Projects Manager, Jewish Teen Funders Network
  • Its Gen Z Now :  Almost 18,000 Jewish teens spoke – what did they tell us and teach us? Presenter: Susan H. Wachsstock, Managing Director, Jewish Education and Engagement, Jewish Education Project
  • Pacing, Timing and Group Dynamics, Presenter: Rebecca Sykes, Experiential Educator & Artist
  • Power and Privilege, Presenter: Loal Isaacs, Director of Youth Philanthropy, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
  • Teen Empowerment in Adult Spaces, Presenters: Erica Cohen, Director, Center for Youth Philanthropy and Leadership, UJA-Federation of NY, Lisa Langer, RJE, Associate Director, Congregational Innovation, Union for Reform Judaism
  • Through the Lens of Jewish Values, Presenter: Rebecca Sykes, Experiential Educator & Artist
  • Programming in Response to Crisis, Presenters: Trisha Swed, Project Manager, Teen Engagement, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Mimi Ezray, LCSW, MPH, Director of Children's Clinical Services, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
  • Creating Inclusive Spaces, Presenter: Amram Altzman, Youth Programs Associate, Keshet
  • Exploring Generation Z: Engaging Teens in Conversations About Philanthropy, Presenters: Barbara Taylor Raichstain, Director, 21/64, Sara Southwood, Director of Client Engagement, 21/64
  • Direct Service and Philanthropy, Presenters: Guy Felixbrodt, Director, J-Teen Leadership, Jody Bloom, Tzedek Program Manager and 6 & 7 Judaic Studies Teacher, The Brandeis School of San Francisco
  • Building Jewish Identity, Presenter: Jennifer Smith, Executive Director, Helen Diller Family Foundation Programs, Adam Weisberg, Director, Diller Teen Initiatives, Diller Teen Fellows
  • Innovating Traditional Jewish Texts, Presenter: Danielle Segal, Senior Program Manager, Jewish Teen Funders Network

Find out more about Building Connections and Community at JTFN Summit 2019.

Primary Sponsor
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
Helen Diller Family Foundation
Jim Joseph Foundation
Jewish Teen Funders Network Foundation Board Incubator: The JTFN Foundation Board Incubator is a project of the Jewish Teen Funders Network, funded by Laura Lauder and the Maimonides Fund
Glazer Philanthropies
Maimonides Fund
Laura & Gary Lauder Family Venture Philanthropy Fund
The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot
Organizational Field Supporters:
Rosov Consulting
Jewish Funders Network
Find Your Summer
UJA Federation of New York: J-teen Leadership
Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect
Organizational Supporters:
Save a Child's Heart
Organizational Partners:
The Jewish Education Project
JFN 2019: International Conference
The Bronfman Fellowship
Jewish Book Council
URJ Youth
M2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education
IUPUI: Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
JCF: Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund