Highlights from the 2014 Annual Meeting

JWFNY’s #GlassCeilingCrackers Share What Propelled their Journeys and 2014 Grant Recipients Announced


From left to right: Stosh Cotler, Rabba Sara Hurwitz and Nancy Schwartz Sternoff

Participants, donors, grantee partners and friends came together on June 12th for the JWFNY Annual Meeting.

The program featured a panel discussion with JWFNY’s #GlassCeilingCrackers Stosh Cotler, Chief Executive Officer of Bend the Arc, and Rabba Sara Hurwitz, Dean of Yeshivat Maharat, two of this year’s grant recipients. Nancy Schwartz Sternoff, Principal at G&S Consulting, facilitated the discussion. Stosh and Rabba Sara shared that they didn’t plan on becoming #GlassCeilingCrackers, leading the way for women and girls, they merely wanted to be themselves and do what they loved.

Stosh explained that when she grew up, she did not fit in with the other children. She wasn’t ashamed that she felt different, she was angry that she wasn’t accepted for who she was. Stosh was determined to challenge the structures and systems in place so that she could be the most genuine version of herself. Rabba Sara, on the other hand, said that as a young girl she loved going to synagogue though the Orthodox one was far from where she lived. She would make the trek each week, alone, to get there – yearning to be a part of the community.

Now, Stosh has gone much further than challenging the structures and systems for herself and Rabba Sara is more than a participant – they are both communal leaders. As Chief Executive Officer of Bend the Arc, Stosh is paving the way for a more progressive and inclusive community. And, as Dean of Yeshivat Maharat, Rabba Sara is creating new spaces within Jewish Orthodoxy for women to become clergy for the first time.

Nancy noted that Stosh and Rabba Sara are working to change the way we think of normative. They are providing girls with new role models and possibilities of what they can become. They are leaders JWFNY is proud to support though its grantmaking as well as other impressive organizations and Jewish women social entrepreneurs.

We are thrilled to share our 2014 grant recipients include the following organizations and programs:

• AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps – The AVODAH Fellowship
• Bend the Arc – Online Base Building: Engaging Jewish Women Activists
• Challah for Hunger – Capacity Building Support
• Hidden Sparks – Parent Connection Webinar Series
• ImmerseNYC – General Operating Support
• Mosaic of Westchester – General Operating
• Moving Traditions – Embodied Teens: Removing Barriers to Girls’ Leadership
• Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom – General Operating
• Yeshivat Maharat – Internship and Leadership Development
Israel Grants
• Itach-Maaki – Advancing Justice for Teenage Girls
• Kashouvot – Education and Outreach
• Mavoi Satum – Legislation for Change

For additional information on the 2014 grant recipients go to the Current Grantees page on the JWFNY website.

If you would like to find out more about how you can join JWFNY, please contact Joy Sisisky at 212-836-1106. To make a gift to JWFNY’s GENDEROSITY campaign click here.

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