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Synagogues and Spiritual Communities

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The Nonprofit Work Force Is 7.4 Percent Smaller Than a Year Ago

Description - News Article

Source - Chronicle of Philanthropy
March 12

Moving Beyond COVID-19: What Needs to be Done to Help Preserve and Enhance Jewish Communal Life?

Description - Report

Source - Institute for Jewish Policy Research (UK)
March 9

More Information on JCRIF [Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund]’s Reset Grants

Description - Announcement from JCRIF

Source - JCRIF & eJewish Philanthropy
February 25

To Tackle Vaccine Hesitancy, Philanthropy Must Get Over Its Religion Hesitancy

Description - Op-Ed

Source - Chronicle of Philanthropy
February 23

With $10 Million Grants, the Jewish Community’s Rescue Fund Eyes the Future

Description - News Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy/Jewish Insider
February 22

In LA and Arizona, COVID Death Surge Overwhelms the Jewish Community

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
January 20

Special Briefing on Security in a Time of Unrest

Special Briefing on Security in a Time of Unrest

Source - JFN webinar
January 19

These Are the Steps Jewish Institutions Are Taking to Secure Themselves Against Possible Attacks

Description - News Article (Sponsored Content)

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
January 13

Now More Than Ever: Why Support Institutions of Jewish Learning and Leadership During a Pandemic?

Description - Op-Ed

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
January 8

Religious Nonprofits Scramble to Get Enough Donations to Match the Surge in Community Needs

Description - News Article

Source - Washington Post
December 28

Pinched by the Pandemic, Congregants Are Cutting Synagogue Dues from Their Household Budgets

Description - News Article

Source - The Forward
December 28

“What Gives?” JFN Podcast Featuring Ilana Kaufman

“What Gives?” JFN Podcast Featuring Ilana Kaufman

Source - JFN podcast
December 15

Facing the Future: Mapping the Marketplace of Jewish Education During Covid-19

Description - Report

Source - Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education
November 2020

COVID-19 Impact Studies: Building Resilient Jewish Communities

Description - Research

Source - Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies
Fall 2020

In LA, a High-Profile Merger Prompts Questions Over the Future of the Synagogue

Description - News Article

Source - The Forward
November 29

What Does “Reopening” Even Mean? One Synagogue’s Experience Reopening the Sanctuary Doors

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
November 24

JCC Staff, Funding and Facility Status Survey Highlights

Description - Report/Survey Results

Source - JCCA
November 18

“What Gives?” JFN Podcast Featuring Rabbi Shai Held

“What Gives?” JFN Podcast Featuring Rabbi Shai Held

Source - JFN podcast
November 17

Collaboration and Creativity in a Time of Crisis: An Update on the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund

Collaboration and Creativity in a Time of Crisis: An Update on the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund

Source - JFN webinar
October 28

American Judaism’s Old Dinosaurs Roar Again

Description - Article

Source - Mosaic Magazine
October 12

Applied Research: A Powerful Tool for Making Change

Applied Research: A Powerful Tool for Making Change

Source - JFN webinar
October 15

Synagogues Around the Country Held Virtual High Holiday Services for the First Time This Year. How Did It Go?

Description - News Article

Source - Tablet
October 7

Among Jews, the Young and Highly Educated Bear COVID’s Emotional and Economic Toll

Description - Op-Ed from Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

Source - The Forward

High Turnout at Virtual Rosh Hashanah Leaves Rabbis Relieved, but Money Woes Persist

Description - News Article

Source - The Forward
September 23

‘Memento Mori’: The Unpleasant Reminder That Makes Us Better People

‘Memento Mori’: The Unpleasant Reminder That Makes Us Better People

Description - Article by JFN's Andrés Spokoiny

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
September 24

American Judaism Is Ready for Disruption – and Covid Has Accelerated the Need for It.

Description - Op-Ed

Source - The Forward
September 21

The Evolving Centers of Jewish Spiritual Leadership

The Evolving Centers of Jewish Spiritual Leadership

Source - JFN webinar
September 15

Post-Crisis Spiritual Transformation and the Future of Jewish Life

Post-Crisis Spiritual Transformation and the Future of Jewish Life

Source - JFN video
September 15

A Tale of Two High Holidays: Why Orthodox Jews Are Going to Synagogue While Everyone Else Is on Zoom

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
September 18

41 Percent of Congregations Have Seen Giving Drop Since Pandemic Began

Description - News Article

Source - Chronicle of Philanthropy
September 16

Jewish Organizations Must Address the Pandemic Parenting Gender Gap

Description - Op-Ed

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
September 14

Amid Layoffs and Funder Bailouts, the Jewish Nonprofit World Is Fearing 2021

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Insider
September 9

What Synagogues Streaming High Holiday Services Can Learn from the Political Conventions

Description - Op-Ed

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
August 31

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Been Buffeting American Jewry for Months. What Lies Ahead?

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
September 1

Help Us Measure Jewish Giving During Covid

Help Us Measure Jewish Giving During Covid

Synagogues Once Saved Judaism, Now They are Needed to Save Jews

Description - Op-Ed

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
August 26

Back to Business: Guide for Reopening Jewish Institutions

Back to Business: Guide for Reopening Jewish Institutions

Source - Secure Community Network (Convened by Jewish Federations of North America & Conference of Presidents)
July

Giving to Faith-Based Nonprofits Likely to Hold Steady or Increase, Survey Says

Description - News Article

Source - Chronicle of Philanthropy
July 30

The Pandemic’s First High Holiday Season Has Synagogues Wondering: Will People Pay Dues?

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
July 30

What We’ve Learned about Congregations and Movements During the Pandemic

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
July 30

Yossi Klein Halevi: Rejecting Extremism

Yossi Klein Halevi: Rejecting Extremism

Source - JFN podcast
July 21

An Enduring Feature of the Pandemic So Far: Jews Are Flocking to Online Classes

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
July 22

Religious Groups and Schools Got the Most PPP Loans

Description - News Article

Source - Chronicle of Philanthropy
July 21

Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF) Awards $10 Million to 20+ Jewish Organizations

Description - Announcement

Source - Jewish Community Response & Impact Fund
July 20

Will “Voluntary” Synagogue Membership Dues Survive COVID-19?

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
July 13

1,000 Jewish Groups Received at Least $500 Million in Government Loans. Some Laid off Staff Anyway.

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
July 8

Are We Ready for the Spiritual Transformation This Plague Will Unleash?

Are We Ready for the Spiritual Transformation This Plague Will Unleash?

Description - Article

Source - Tablet
July 10

Which Jewish Groups Got the Biggest Coronavirus Loans from the Government — and Why?

Description - News article

Source - The Forward
June 8

The Coronavirus Is Killing Off American Jewish Institutional Life

Description - Article

Source - Tablet
June 7

Jew It at Home: A New Business Model for Jewish Institutions

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
July 2

Tech-Savvy Faith-Based Groups Thrive in Pandemic, Widening a Fundraising Digital Divide

Description - News Article

Source - Inside Philanthropy
June 26

Will Our Post-Corona Vision Include Engaged Interfaith Families?

Description - Op-Ed

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
June 4

A ‘Super Fund’ Aims to Keep Jewish Nonprofit World From Sinking

Description - News article

Source - New York Jewish Week
June 2

Synagogues Demur as Trump Demands that States Let Houses of Worship Reopen

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 22

Thinking About Reopening? 10 Things Synagogue Leaders Should Consider

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
May 26

As Pandemic Set In, Orthodox Union Furloughed 125 Staffers — a Quarter of its Workforce

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 19

Introducing the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund

Introducing the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund

Source - JFN webinar
May 11

Union for Reform Judaism Announces Layoffs and Furloughs

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 13

The Biggest Jewish Coronavirus Relief Fund Will Soon Start Giving Out Loans

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 12

The Plan for Reopening Houses of Worship After the Coronavirus Crisis

Description - Op-Ed

Source - Center for American Progress
May 6

Synagogues and Spiritual Communities During Covid-19

Synagogues and Spiritual Communities During Covid-19

Source - JFN Webinar
May 5

The Pandemic Is Forcing Synagogues to Reinvent Themselves

Description - News Article

Source - The Forward
May 6

Resources for Clergy: Coronavirus and Your Congregations

Description - Article

Source - Union for Reform Judaism
March 20

$9 Million in Emergency Funding for Jewish Life Projects

Source - UJA-Federation of New York
April 23

Nonprofit Funding Proposals

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