A New “Give Now, Pay Later” Platform + Breaking the “Stained Glass Ceiling” – eJewish Philanthropy
Good Tuesday morning!
in today Your daily Phil, we report on a new platform that helps people pace their giving, and feature an editorial from Rabbi Sara Hurwitz on increasing enrollment of Yeshivat Maharat. Also in this newsletter: Ronald Lauder, Lili Kaufmann, Liam Elkind and George RR Martin. We’re also keeping tabs on today’s midterm elections and their impact on philanthropy. We’ll start with the scene last night at a gala celebrating Israeli culture.
While the eyes of the world were trained on Israel last week as its citizens headed to the polls, a different group of Israeli journalists took the stage last night in New York for a gala dinner hosted by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, which supports the careers of Israeli artists.
The crowd that gathered at the New York Historical Society was there to honor the four recipients of the organization’s Israel Culture and Arts Awards: A-list actors Shira Haas and Gal Gadot, renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman, and choreographer Ido Tadmor leading.
Between performances by a jazz trio, an opera singer and other musicians and dancers, the winners all highlighted the importance of arts funding, which had dried up when COVID-19 drove audiences away from performance venues . During the pandemic, the AICF launched a $2 million relief fund that has helped support 1,800 artists. The organization has an annual budget of $3 million.
Haas praises “The incredible talent we have in this tiny country…in a world [where] sometimes – the value of art and culture can be overlooked. Speaking via video because she has the flu, Gadot said: “Now more than ever, it’s important that we stand strong as a community and be proud of who we are and our heritage. “
And while there was no Speaking openly about Israel’s shifting political winds, several speakers alluded to the power of culture and the arts to familiarize people with Israeli society beyond violence, politics and geopolitical conflict. Iris Reff Ronen, CEO of the group, called the artists and performers “the best ambassadors the State of Israel could wish for”.
“You know it’s fragile, and you know it has its challenges,” Asaf Zamir, Israel’s consul general in New York, told the crowd, referring to the US-Israel relationship. “When I was young and growing up here, Israel was just a general positive buzzword… Today it’s going in a different direction… But I’ve seen firsthand eyes how people suddenly see Israel differently when watching a TV show or a movie, or attending a concert.