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Dec. 2, 2015
CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

Join other funders from the US, Israel, and Europe for a one-day conference to discuss approaches to employment and economic empowerment for the Haredi community in Israel

Registration is now closed. To authorize walk-up registration, please contact conference@jfunders.org. 

Registration fees—JFN members: $200 / Non-members: $250  |   + $25 onsite reg fee

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Wednesday, December 2


Pre-conference briefing
Donors new to the field or looking for detailed background information are encouraged to attend this mini-course and introduction to the history, background, and data of Haredi education and employment.

Wednesday December 2, 2015 7:45am - 8:30am
Skylight Room


Breakfast Networking
Wednesday December 2, 2015 8:30am - 9:00am
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Opening Session

The opening session addresses the diversity of issues—political, national, communal—that drive the case for Haredi education and employment, which will be addressed throughout the conference.

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Mick Davis

Founding Partner, X2 Resources
Sir Mick Davis is the co-founding partner of X2 Resources LLP, an emerging entity in the resources sector. He stepped down in 2013 as CEO of Xstrata plc, one of the world’s largest global diversified mining and metals companies, which he grew in a ten-year period from a market value of US$500 million to US$60 billion, employing more than 90,000 people and operating in over 22 countries. In a personal capacity, Mick is board chair of the... Read More →
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Leo Noé

Rachel Charitable Trust
Leo Noé has been active in the real estate industry for over 30 years and his family trusts have built up a substantial property portfolio. During this period he established Lee Baron Commercial Limited, a firm of property consultants with a wide range of clients, where he still holds the position of non-executive director. Primarily through the Rachel Charitable Trust, Leo is a benefactor to various charities within the UK and Israel... Read More →
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Andres Spokoiny

President, Jewish Funders Network
Andrés Spokoiny is a long-time Jewish communal leader with a history of leading successful organizational transformations. The CEO of Federation CJA in Montreal from 2009–2011, he helped fundamentally change the Federation’s operations and its relationship with the community. In Montreal, as a young, ‘out of the box’ Federation executive, he spearheaded a new branding strategy and initiated and developed... Read More →

Wednesday December 2, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Skylight Room


Morning Panel
The morning panel and its following breakout sessions with each panelist explores:
  • Education, in the school system as well as higher education
  • Employment, including access to the job market, and training for readiness and employability
  • Israeli societal issues
  • The challenges of creating change from within the community

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Zika Abzuk

Business Development, Cisco
Zika Abzuk is a business development senior manager with Cisco Israel and is leading Cisco's new initiative of Country Digitization Acceleration in Israel. In this capacity, she founded the MaanTech program which supports the integration of Israeli Arabs into the high-tech industry under the auspices of President Shimon Peres, and together with Moshe Friedman she founded the KamaTech program which supports the integration of ultra-Orthodox... Read More →
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Rabbi Avraham Y. Grinboim

Director General, Nehora Educational Network
Avraham Grinboim established Nehora Yeshiva High about 15 years ago with a unique educational framework that provides the students with the ability to take matriculation exams while studying within an intense Torah environment.  Three years ago, a new project established additional yeshiva high schools based on a similar curriculum for young boys from Ba'al Teshuva families who were unable to integrate into regular yeshiva ketana... Read More →
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Sari Roth

CEO, Bontact
Sari Roth is an Israeli Haredi woman who resides in Bnei Brak. At the age of 32 and as mother of seven, she co-founded a start up company in the Voip field named Callme. Later on Sari co-founded a start-up named Bontact that provides communication solutions for businesses worldwide. Bontact has raised seed funding and a OCS grant and was selected to the Microsoft accelerator in Israel batch #6. The company currently employs several men and women... Read More →

Wednesday December 2, 2015 9:45am - 10:35am
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Networking Break
Wednesday December 2, 2015 10:30am - 10:45am
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Breakout Discussions

Engage in smaller, deeper discussions with the morning's panelists and other funders in their areas of expertise. 

Wednesday December 2, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
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Wednesday December 2, 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm
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Lunch Program
The lunchtime session will focus on two issues. First, Rabbi Menachem Bombach speaks about the issue of legitimacy within the Haredi population for these new initiatives to drive education and employment. Second, Yaron Neudorfer explores the financial instruments for investing in this field, specifically the innovative social impact bonds, that form a collaborative approach between government and funders. This initiative is spearheaded by Sir Ronald Cohen at Social Finance Israel.

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Menachem Bombach

Executive Director, Torah Academy
Menachem Bombach Menachem Bombach directed the “Lezion Berina” high school, which was awarded the Religious Education Prize; founded a preparatory program for Haredi students at the Hebrew University; and directed the youth department of the Beitar Illit local authority. Currently, he leads the Berdichev Hassidic community in Beitar Illit and is the head of its seminary for young people, Torah Academy, which he also founded. He is a... Read More →
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Yaron Neudorfer

CEO, Social Finance Israel
Yaron Neudorfer is the co-founder and CEO of Social Finance Israel, Israel’s first social financial intermediary, developing Social Impact Bonds and other social products of that may combine social performance with financial returns.  He previously served for seven years as CFO of the Jewish Agency, overseeing a budget of more than $400 million and responsible for all fiscal, financial and budgetary considerations of the organization... Read More →

Wednesday December 2, 2015 12:30pm - 1:40pm
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Wednesday December 2, 2015 1:40pm - 1:50pm
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Afternoon Panel
A "shark tank"-style presentation of a number of working models in Israel currently addressing the education and employment of the Haredi population. This is an opportunity to see, listen and interact with the NGOs in Israel who are carrying out the work, and get the critical data funders need to understand how to further support efforts in the field.

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Shaindy Babad

CEO, Temech
Shaindy Babad joined Temech in 2008 as CEO after playing a pivotal role in a number of nonprofit initiatives. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Shaindy spent over 12 years in the high-tech industry in Israel, specializing in business development, sales and marketing, and investor relations. In addition to her work at Temech, Shaindy currently writes in community publications, mentors young leadership and is involved with various... Read More →
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Chaviva Eisler

Program Manager—Haredi Employment, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Chaviva Eisler plays an integral role in the planning and launching of employment programs for the Haredi community in Israel within the context of  JDC-Israel's unique Tevet employment initiative. Tevet, a joint initiative between JDC-Israel and the Government of Israel, aims to combat poverty and promote self-sufficiency, by developing employment programs tailored to specific vulnerable populations such as Arab-Israelis and... Read More →
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Naama Elefant

CFO, Kemach Foundation
Naama Elefant is the senior partner in an accountancy firm she established, Elefant Mahalla, managing a staff of over 20 professionals who specialize in managing all fiscal matters and auditing of charitable organizations and companies throughout Israel. Her reputation in the field of philanthropic activity has qualified her to advise and conduct auditing for NGOs and private clients globally in addition to working in collaboration with BDO... Read More →
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Moshe Friedman

Co-Founder, KamaTech
Moshe Friedman lives in Bnei Brak. At the age of 30, Moshe founded Clipop, a start-up company in the online video field, and later became a social entrepreneur leading Haredi integration into the Israeli workforce, especially the high tech industry. Moshe also co-founded KamaTech, a coalition of 30 large high tech companies (i.e. Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, etc.) to help Haredim integrate into the industry. In addition, he opened... Read More →
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Daniel Goldman

Trustee, Goldman Foundation
Daniel is a founding member of Keren Shemesh, and serves as chair of Gesher. In addition Daniel is a board member of the Jewish Agency and member of the Court of Newcastle University (where he grew up). Daniel is the founding partner of Goldrock Capital, a family office serving an international client base. Daniel's op-eds have been published in the Jerusalem Post and Yisrael Hayom among others, and he is a regularly contributor to Haredi... Read More →
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Mark Rosenberg

Philanthropic Advisor, Kirsh Foundation
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Mark Rosenberg is an attorney at law with a career in the legal profession, investment banking and private equity.

Wednesday December 2, 2015 1:50pm - 2:45pm
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Wednesday December 2, 2015 2:45pm - 3:30pm
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Closing Session
The closing program addresses the Government of Israel’s role in strengthening and growing this field through direct and indirect political and financial support.

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Angelica Berrie

President, Russell Berrie Foundation
Angelica Berrie is president of the Russell Berrie Foundation, which has made transformational gifts to establish the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University in New York, the Russ Berrie Nanotechnology Institute at the Technion in Israel, and the Pope John Paul II Center for Inter-Religious Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas University of the Angelicum in Rome. | | After the death of her husband, New Jersey sales entrepreneur Russ... Read More →
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Michal Tzuk

Director of Employment Regulation and Senior Deputy General, Israel's Ministry of Economy, Israel Ministry of Economy
Michal Tzuk is a leader in Israel’s economic life, shaping the country's economic policies in several spheres. Currently, she is responsible for employment policy and funding in Israel's Ministry of Economy. Her strategic focus is on populations that have a low rate of participation in the Israeli workforce: the Ultra-Orthodox, Arabs, Ethiopians, and people with disabilities. She has led the creation and dissemination of national employment... Read More →

Wednesday December 2, 2015 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Skylight Room