USA Study Tours

2019 Road Trip - San Francisco and Bay Area of California

Members of the AJF network have recently returned from a very inspiring and jam packed study tour exploring social innovation, philanthropy and Jewish life in San Francisco and the Bay Area of California.

Featuring a visit to Urban Adamah, a workshop with Jewish Studio Project and meetings with the Jewish Community Relations Council and Upstart as well as many other innovative organisations provided incredible insights. Dinner at Moishe House Nob Hill and an evening with members of the Schusterman Foundation’s ROI Community expanded our networks and understandings of how young people are engaging in Jewish life.  We met with many game-changing philanthropic leaders including Laura Lauder, Barry Finestone, CEO of the Jim Joseph Foundation and Jennifer and Tony Smorgon. Our minds and hearts were open to new ideas and ways of enhancing our giving and community building.

The week culminated in a tour of the Facebook Campus and a visit to the spectacular Stanford University, meeting with the Stanford School of Philanthropy. To view the full Study Tour program, click here.

Following the study tour, members participated in the 2019 Jewish Funders Network International Conference which provided further opportunities to strengthen connections and relationships with US and Israeli donors as well as gain new tools for strategic, effective giving.

About USA Study Tours

The AJF US Study Tours offer a unique and inspiring journey exploring the endless possibilities and programs showcasing innovation in Jewish Life. The aim of these study tours is to build long lasting and sustainable relationships with leaders, funders and programs in the US that we can collaborate with, leveraging their success to provide meaningful engagement opportunities relevant for our Jewish communities in Australia.

On these trips we meet with game-changing leaders, government bodies and many diverse and innovative Jewish organisations with a focus on inspiring members to see what is possible with their giving utilising their time, talent and treasure to realise and fulfil their philanthropic vision. As a result of these trips, our capacity to think creatively about key aspects of Jewish life in Australia has been vastly amplified.

Past Study Tours

2016 Study Tour: Los Angeles - San Diego

2017 Study Tour: New York City - Washington DC

2019 Study Tour: San Francisco & Silicon Valley

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