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The 2013 Summer session kicked off in mid-June with the annual Orientation and Retreat and the start of classes... here's a look at what's coming up this summer! 

June 18: Lunch & Learn Series begins

This summer's "Lunch & Learn Encounter Seminar" will be focused on the topic: "Trends in (Jewish) Philanthropy." Cosponsored this year with Jumpstart, a dynamic LA-based nonprofit working to advance the "Jewish innovation ecosystem," the seminar will serve as a follow-up to Jumpstart's highly successful recent philanthropy summit: "Innovation to Transformation: Changing Jewish LA, Changing LA Jewishly."

The seminar will take place every Tuesday from June 18th to July 30th from approximately 12:15-1:30 PST. LA area alumni are invited to attend, but an RSVP is required since there is limited seating in order to maintain the integrity of a graduate seminar (contact Mikaela Landis or 213-765-2117).

Session Schedule

June 18: "Philanthropy as a Catalyst for Local Change: LA 2050" Presenters: Tara Roth McConaghy, President, and Anna Silverman and Shauna Nep, Social Innovation Managers, The Goldhirsh Foundation 

June 25: "On Becoming a Philanthropist" Presenter: Lisa Greer, independent philanthropist

July 2: "Giving Circles: Democratizing Philanthropy" - Presenters: Paula Litt, Secretary, Liberty Hill Foundation, Julie Bram, co-founder, Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, and Dr. Sarah Benor, HUC-JIR faculty and research consultant to the National Study of American Jewish Giving

July 9: "The Jewish Future, Only Sooner: LA and US Jewish Philanthropy" Presenter: Shawn Landres, co-founder and CEO, Jumpstart

July 16: "Perspectives of the Philanthropic Professional" - Presenters: Mitchell Singer, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and Naomi Strongin, Program Officer, Center for Designed Philanthropy, Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles 

July 23: "Social Impact Investing" Presenter: Lisa Richter, Principal, GPS Capital Partners, LLC

July 30: "What Counts for Success? How Funders Evaluate Their Giving" Presenter: Rachel Levin, Executive Director, The Righteous Persons Foundation

August 5-6: Scholar-in-Residence: Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director, The JCC in Manhattan

August 6: Culmination