2016 Annual Meeting Recap & Grant Recipients

Thank you for being a part of our 2016 Annual Meeting!

On June 9th, we celebrated the work of JWFNY and our extraordinary grant recipients. We were delighted to bring together a spectacular group of people – our Foundation donors and participants, grantee and community partners, and new friends. For those of you who were able to join us, we were thrilled to have you with us. If you were not able to attend, we still consider you an important part of our community and would like to provide you with highlights from the afternoon:

We welcomed our new Executive Director Jamie Allen Black, who brings with her over 25 years of organizational leadership and development experience in the Jewish communal world. Jamie shared her excitement about being a part of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York and her commitment to lead us into an even brighter future.

We were offered a glimpse of the JWFNY supported curriculum Created Equal: Men, Women and the Ethics of Shared Leadership developed by Shalom Hartman Institute of North America (SHINA). Mijal Bitton, Doctoral Fellow, and Dr. Elana Stein Hain, Director of Leadership Education at SHINA, challenged us to do more than imagine the community we aim to create; they encouraged us to consider ways to build it. We explored the difference between gender equity and equality, and through our discussions, saw the many facets of the Jewish community that need modification in order for more women and girls to succeed.

What made the afternoon truly special was the announcement of our 18 grant recipients. The organizations utilize a Jewish and gender lens and offer social change programming that promotes economic security, leadership advancement and health & well-being among women and girls in the Jewish community and beyond in the United States and Israel. Some of our 2016 grant recipients are:

United States Grantees

Art Kibbutz – A summer fellowship program on Governors Island where female artists explore women’s issues and gender equality from a Jewish perspective.
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps – A women’s leadership development program for AVODAH alumnae that encourages participants to create their own career and leadership strategies, provides one-on-one coaching and Jewish learning experiences.
Challah for Hunger – Alumni programming in New York City that will grow to include additional networking and fellowship opportunities.
Eshel – The implementation of a Mommy and Me group for divorced women facing custody battles, expansion of the JWFNY-supported Merchav Batuach: A Safe Space Training for college students, and additional synagogues involved in the Welcoming Shuls Project.
ImmerseNYC – The reframing of the mikveh and Jewish ritual, and opening the door for more people to experience the power of a mikveh ritual experience.
National Council of Jewish Women New York Section – Outreach, education, and empowerment work with Jewish women and girls to engage and protect them from becoming victims of sex trafficking.
Revitalization Community Involvement Initiative – The Jewish Parent Academy, which is a new program that offers community-based, culturally sensitive educational courses for Russian speaking Jewish parents.
Sanctuary for Families – A project to work with and advocate for Orthodox women who are survivors of domestic violence, as well as teenage girls who have been expelled from these communities and are at grave risk of commercial sexual exploitation.
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America – A curriculum that engages individuals in new ways of thinking about power and authority in Jewish life, situating the question of gender equity as an underlying concern.

Israel Grantees
Hillel: The Right to Choose – An individualized and holistic program to meet the practical and emotional needs of women who have left ultra-Orthodox communities.
Israel Women’s Network – A program to work toward the elimination of the gendered pay gap in Israel. This project works toward policy change, increasing transparency and fair employment standards and generating public interest to reduce the gap.
Itach-Maaki Women Lawyers for Social Justice – A project to promote the integration of diverse women’s voices in decision making in the fields of peace and security.
Temech – A program that offers eleventh and twelfth grade girls introductions to different careers and opportunities to meet with women working in those fields to encourage them to pursue bolder career paths.

A complete list of our grants can be found on the current grantees page on the JWFNY website. Congratulations to all of our grant recipients!

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