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2nd Jewish Impact Investing Summit Goes Virtual May 18&19

JLens is hosting the second Jewish Impact Investing Summit virtually (via Zoom) on May 18 & 19, 2020 from 12-3pm EST both days. Impact investing is a new name for an old idea - that values ought to inform investment decisions. Recently, impact investing has grown into an influential global arena representing over 25% of all professionally managed assets, where other faiths are leaders, young people are active, and Jewish communal concerns are regularly at play. JLens explores a Jewish lens on investing and serves as a bridge between the Jewish community and the global impact investing arena.

JLens’ first Jewish Impact Investing Summit focused on the many reasons “why” the Jewish community should engage in impact investing. This second Summit will transition from the “why” to the “how” of impact investing, uniquely framed for the Jewish community. Join with Jewish leaders and stewards of Jewish communal capital to learn more about this important arena and ways to expand our communal impact during this moment of economic upheaval. Click here to register

MONDAY, MAY 18 AGENDA (12-3PM EST) 12-12:50pm - Moving from Why to How: Jewish Institutions Discuss Impact Investing Challenges & Successes

As values-based investing becomes mainstream, some Jewish institutions have led the way in bringing Jewish representation to this important movement. Hear from a panel of senior executives and lay leaders whose organizations have taken significant strides in their impact investing journey, and learn from their challenges and successes how your institution can further its mission through its endowment and investment capital.

Beth Sirull, President and CEO, Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego

Kathryn Gonnerman, Vice President of Philanthropy, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford

Charlene Seidle, Executive Vice President, The Leichtag Foundation

Geoff Gerber, Investment Committee Chair, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Julie Hammerman, Executive Director, JLens

1-1:50pm - New Multifaith Collaborations in Impact Investing

Impact investing has become a key arena for multifaith collaboration. Faith leaders led the creation of the modern responsible investing movement four decades ago, and they remain respected leaders of the movement today. Learn about the expanding arena of Islamic finance, the founding of the Catholic Impact Investing Collaborative, and the new multifaith organization FaithInvest. Explore ways the Jewish community can claim a seat at the table and further these important collaborations.

Kavi Chawla, Islamic Finance expert, Baton Global

John O’Shaughnessy, Catholic Impact Investing Collaborative

Nana Francois, Membership Director, FaithInvest

Rabbi Jacob Siegel, Director of Engagement, JLens

2-2:50pm - Grants vs. Loans: Jewish Organizations Explore Impact Investments

Coronavirus has radically changed the needs of Jewish organizations. While the Jewish community has thought extensively about our philanthropic giving to mission organizations, there remains tremendous potential for our endowment and investment capital to further this work. This session will explore several innovative efforts to leverage investment capital to support Jewish mission organizations.

Alexandra Roth-Kahn, Managing Director, Caring Department at UJA-Federation of New York

Sam Marks, CEO, FJC – A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds

Rabbi David Rosenn, Executive Director, Hebrew Free Loan Society

Robyn Polansky Morrison, Co-Head Impact Investing, UJA-Federation of New York TUESDAY, MAY 19 AGENDA (12-3PM EST) 12-12:30pm - Jewish Communal Representation in the Economic Arena: An Update on JLens' Advocacy

The responsible investing movement now represents 25% of all professionally managed assets worldwide (over $22 trillion). In this influential arena, other faith groups are active, young people are engaged, and Jewish communal concerns regularly come into play. JLens represents Jewish communal concerns in the responsible investing arena including religious coexistence, combatting anti-Semitism and religious discrimination, and support for Israel/countering the BDS campaign. JLens’ advocacy is enabled by investments from nearly two dozen Jewish institutions in the Jewish Advocacy Strategy, a strategy that invests through a Jewish values lens and builds long-term advocacy relationships with the largest US public companies. This session will explore the vital need for Jewish communal representation in the responsible investing movement.

Rachel Cohen, Director of Research, JLens

Rabbi Joshua Ratner, Director of Advocacy, JLens

12:30-12:50pm - Address: Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Professor Jeffrey Sachs, one of the world’s leading experts on sustainable development and the fight against poverty, will offer an address to the Jewish community on the importance of values-based investing.

1-1:50pm - Business & Investment to Further Peacebuilding and Coexistence

Today we face a significant level of human conflict around the world. At the same time, impact investing is increasingly used to address a wide variety of global challenges. This session will explore the use of impact investing and corporate social responsibility to heal divides, alleviate conflict, and create shared purpose. While conflict regions are sometimes considered high-risk areas for investors to avoid, there is a critical role to be played by thoughtful impact investors, innovative companies, and courageous entrepreneurs to lay the economic foundation for conflict resolution and peace.

Douglas Krikler, CEO, Portland Trust

Zika Abzuk, Corporate Social Responsibility, Cisco

Kelly Goodejohn, Ethical Sourcing Program, Starbucks

Sheldon Himelfarb, President and CEO, PeaceTech Lab

2-2:30pm - A Jewish Organization's Journey to Impact Investing in Israel Three years ago, UJIA, a large Jewish charitable organization in the UK, launched a new impact investing program in Israel. Learn from UJIA’s unexpected journey to impact investing: how the organization engaged a new set of stakeholders, overcame obstacles, and leveraged the organization’s capital in a new way to support a cohort of Israeli social purpose businesses. This session will also offer an overview and update on the Israeli impact investing ecosystem.

Dalia Black, Weave Impact (UJIA's impact investing consultant)

2:30-3pm - The Hardest Part of the How: Impact Measurement

Impact investing requires thinking about investing in an entirely new way. Done well, impact investing involves ongoing engagement and monitoring of an investment’s social impact in addition to financial return; this demands a link between an organization’s financial side and its “mission-oriented” staff. Join this session to understand how to think about impact measurement, and learn from the specific experience of the MacArthur Foundation, which in the past several years began an in-depth process to measure the impact of its investment portfolio.

Leticia Emme, Senior Manager of Impact Measurement & Management, Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)

Charles Coustan, Portfolio Manager, Impact Investments at the MacArthur Foundation


Click HERE to see the most recent version, updated as of April 23, 2020


There is no fee to register for the virtual Summit. We thank our partners for their generous support to enable this educational convening. Click here to register. Once registered, you will receive two emails from Zoom with separate links for Day 1 (May 18) and Day 2 (May 19). Feel free to join for all or part of the day depending on your interests. For additional questions, please contact Rabbi Jacob Siegel at

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