2017 Grant Recipients

New York Metropolitan

A Better Balance
A benefit to celebrate and further expand choices for men and women at all income levels so they may care for their families without sacrificing their economic security.

Art Kibbutz
An international Jewish artists’ residency, community and hub that supports women artists and public programs that aim to transform gender stereotypes.

Beis Community
Women’s leadership development for volunteers of an intentional and inclusive Orthodox Jewish community in Washington Heights that attracts those traditionally on the margins.

Hillel International
Workshops led by Yavilah McCoy, who identifies as a black, Orthodox, Jewish woman, that help college students explore how their Judaism, gender, and race influence who they are.

Jewish Women International
The exploration of rape culture and public awareness programming on college campuses to support survivors, change attitudes, empower women, and engage men as allies.

jGirls Magazine
An online community and magazine providing a forum for expression and exploration for self-identifying Jewish girls ages 13-19 across all affiliations.

Moving Traditions
A benefit to celebrate and embolden teens by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning.

New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Technical assistance and policy advocacy for rape crisis programs, sister agencies, and collaborators statewide that work with survivors of sexual violence.

Sacred Spaces
The expansion of an initiative to prevent abuse in Jewish institutions through the development of comprehensive policies and community-wide education.

The Op-Ed Project
A two-day training seminar to empower female rabbis and other thought leaders in the Jewish community to find their voices and make a public case for the ideas and causes they believe in.

Women of Reform Judaism & Women’s Rabbinical Network
A collaborative initiative to address the documented wage gap among all women professionals employed in the Reform Movement.

World Without Exploitation
A movement-building event to convene, engage, and strategize with survivors of sex trafficking on how to influence public policy at the state and national levels.

Yeshivat Maharat
The first and only institution to ordain Orthodox women as clergy, offering education in Jewish law, leadership development, and pastoral counseling.



ANU – Making Change
Advocacy campaigns on women’s economic security, safety, and equality, and a platform for organizations and students to build and run strategic campaigns.

A project that trains Jewish and Arab women to serve as board members on corporate, public, and NGO boards.

Shatil – New Israel Fund
An initiative to provide increased access and fair treatment in public housing for single mothers, so they may exit multi-generational poverty and gain economic stability.


Global (Isha Koach: Women of Strength Giving Circle)

Afya Foundation, founded by Danielle Butin
The distribution of medical supplies, hospital equipment, and humanitarian aid to IDP camps in the south of Syria.

Empower Generation, founded by Anya Cherneff
The training of over 100 women and girls in rural Nepal to become sales agents, earning their own incomes from the sale of energy-efficient lighting.

Innovation: Africa, founded by Sivan Yaari
The installation of a solar system at a health center in southeast Uganda, connecting power to all parts of the clinic and staff homes; and emergency humanitarian aid for communities in northern Uganda experiencing famine.

Israeli Flying Aid, founded by Gal Lusky
Humanitarian lifesaving aid and relief to communities in areas stricken by natural disaster or territorial conflicts.

Mother Health International, founded by Rachel Zaslow
The creation of a mobile midwifery unit for South Sudanese women living in refugee camps in northern Uganda, offering prenatal care in women’s huts and transport for women in labor to health facilities.

Resonate, founded by Ayla Schlosser
Workshops that unlock the leadership potential of women and girls in East Africa so they are leaders in creating the changes they want to see in their lives, communities, and the world.

S.O.U.L. Foundation, founded by Brooke Stern
A village emergency transport system and a mobile messaging platform to address the delay in accessing quality medical care in southeast Uganda.

SPARK MicroGrants, founded by Sasha Fisher
The rollout of a village strengthening program with a new village partner in northern Uganda and working with the Rwanda government to increase female leadership.

Sundara, founded by Erin Zaikis
The expansion of soap recycling workshops in India to provide women with fair wage jobs and reduce preventable hygiene related diseases and deaths in vulnerable populations.

Vital Health Africa, founded by Leah Greenspan Hodor and Janis Simon
A humanitarian, medical, and educational mission providing low cost, high impact intervention in maternal, newborn, and child health in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Youthaiti, founded by Gigi Pomerantz
The expansion of ecological sanitation and menstrual hygiene projects in southwest Haiti with the goal of creating a cultural shift away from open-defecation practices.

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