Joy Sisisky, Executive Director
Joy Sisisky has served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York since February 2009. Previously, Joy was selected as the 2007-2008 Ralph I. Goldman Fellow in International Jewish Communal Service at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) where she lived and worked in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is co-founder of Do Good Ukraine!, the first ever organization dedicated to building civil society through volunteerism in Ukraine. Earlier, she served as the Associate Director for National Women’s Philanthropy (NWP) at United Jewish Communities (UJC) where she worked with local Jewish federations in the development of gender-based fundraising and managed the $400 million national Lion of Judah Endowment program. She also served as the Director of Development and Programs at the Israel Policy Forum in New York City, as well as the Arizona Area Director and Assistant Regional Director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Southern Pacific region.

Joy graduated from Brandeis University and earned a double masters degree in Jewish Communal Service and Public Administration at the joint program of Hebrew Union College and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has a certificate in Jewish Professional Development from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and UJA-Federation of New York.

Stephanie Blumenkranz (Harz), Assistant Director
Stephanie oversees the New York Metropolitan grants process as well as the Foundation’s advocacy work. She also partakes in the Foundation’s fundraising efforts, marketing and events. Before working at JWFNY, Stephanie was an External Affairs Associate for the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, where she led national conferences, was assistant editor of the Institute’s largest publication and managed development & communications initiatives. She also has experience with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner, where she analyzed grant proposals for ACS funding and was integral in the creation of the ACS educational web-portal. Stephanie obtained her master’s degree in Education Policy from New York University and her undergraduate degree in Public Policy and Special Education from Vanderbilt University.

Rachel Siegel, Project Coordinator
Rachel oversees the Israel grants process as well as The Jewish Women’s Collaborative International Fund.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Rachel received her Masters of Science in Social Work with a focus in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University.  During her graduate studies Rachel completed an internship with UJA-Federation of New York where she aided in the grantmaking process for older adults, including a new initiative for voluntarism in the Baby Boomer cohort.  Earlier, Rachel served as the Marketing and Communications Assistant for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), where she was responsible for assisting with the organization’s marketing efforts and coordinated the staff and board delegation to the Jewish Federation of North America’s General Assembly conference.  She also participated in the Jewish Communal Service Corps Fellowship at the Hillel in Philadelphia, where she was responsible for student engagement in Jewish life at Temple and Drexel Universities.  Rachel received her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University.



POSITION AVAILABLE:  JWFNY is looking for an intern to begin February 2014 with the possibility of extending through the summer. We prefer a graduate student but will also consider college students. The intern must have knowledge, interest  and experience in global affairs and/or international development and the ability to work from our office in New York City. The days/hours are flexible at this point with a minimum of 10 hours a week. This person would report directly to the Executive Director and work with her to build JWFNY’s second cohort of Isha Koach. Isha Koach is a giving circle of Jewish women who have donated each $18,000 and pooled resources to make grants to Jewish women social entrepreneurs who founded and lead organizations serving the world’s most vulnerable women and children. JWFNY seeks help in the management of the giving circle including researching and vetting potential grantees, identifying educational speakers and coordinating logistics and follow-up. An intern is a highly valued  and paid member of the JWFNY team and has been critical to the success of Isha Koach in the past. You can read more about the Isha Koach project and see a short video at: For more information, contact Joy Sisisky at

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