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​JLens Hosts First Impact Investing Summit for Jewish Communal Leadership

The Jewish Impact Investing Summit is Tuesday December 5th in NYC

Press Release – NEW YORK, Dec 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — JLens, an investor network that explores a Jewish lens on investing and serves as the bridge between the Jewish community and the impact investing movement, is holding the first Jewish Impact Investing Summit in New York City at Fordham University this Tuesday Dec 5, 2017.

Summit partners include flagship Jewish institutions: the Jewish Federations of North America, UJA Federation of New York, Hadassah, Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Funders Network, Federation of Northern New Jersey, and Hazon. Additional Summit partners include the Glazer Foundation, Leichtag Foundation, Morningstar Foundation, EJ Friedman Philanthropies, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, and Ford Foundation.

“Historically the values-based investing movement has not included the organized Jewish community,” says Julie Hammerman, JLens’ Executive Director. “The Summit seeks to change this by exploring impact investing through a uniquely Jewish lens.”

The summit begins with a session entitled “Rabbinic Insights on Investment and Business as a Force for Good” with respected rabbis Yitz Greenberg, Julie Schonfeld, and Aaron Panken.

Rabbi Jacob Siegel, JLens’ Director of Engagement, says: “While this summit will feature the first ever panel of rabbis on impact investing, Judaism actually has thousands of years of wisdom to navigate the balance between profit and impact.”

The next session, “Introduction to Impact Investing” features thought leaders Fran Seegull, Sir Ronald Cohen, Jonathan Greenblatt, and Joel Wittenberg. Other sessions focus on shareholder advocacy on social and environmental issues, BDS, multi-faith collaboration, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the impact investing ecosystem in Israel. Full list and biographies of speakers available here.

Nearly 300 lay and professional Jewish communal leaders will be in attendance. The idea for the summit originated at the 2016 Vatican Impact Investing Conference. To register, visit www.jiis.eventbrite.com

About JLens

JLens is based in San Francisco and New York City. In addition to educational events and curriculum, JLens assists Jewish institutions with values-based investing, and conducts shareholder advocacy with public companies on behalf of Jewish communal concerns (social issues, environmental preservation, and support for Israel). Follow JLens on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Summit updates at #JIIS17


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