While it is always difficult to step away from something you care deeply about, I must share the bittersweet news that a personal opportunity is moving me to Chicago and away from JTFN. I will be working full time through October 6th and will be supporting JTFN, and the Jewish Funders Network, through this leadership transition. A search for the next director has just launched and we appreciate your help in spreading the word. While I am excited for what is next, I am reflective and appreciative of the incredible opportunity I have had to engage in this work with each of you.
When I work with teens, I often share the text, “Lo alecha hamlacha ligmor…”, it is not your responsibility to finish the work, but neither are you free to desist from it. Sometimes the work of tikkun olam seems so big that teens feel they don’t have the resources to make the change they want, especially when it comes to giving. The thing I love most about the work of JTFN is how we are a catalyst for change whether that be providing young people the tools, training, and mentorship to put their Jewish values into action, strengthening programs in the field, or supporting professionals in their own learning and development.
The JTFN team is hard at work supporting our current and upcoming initiatives. In the coming academic year, we will continue to engage this network in communities of practice, offer access to professional development opportunities, and will soon announce the nomination process for our second Youth Ambassador Council. The Foundation Board Incubator, our field growing initiative, is in the application process for a fourth cohort and these new high-impact programs have already added new resources to field.
Thank you to all of you for your support and commitment to JTFN and Jewish teen philanthropy. I look forward to staying in touch in the years to come and watching the field’s future successes.
Briana Holtzman, JTFN Director