Category Archives: Blog

A Balancing Act: International Women’s Day

By Natasha Mayer   International Women’s Day has been observed since 1911 to celebrate the achievements of women in the … read more

Why Are Women Outnumbered on the Opinion Pages?

In response to a letter from Kimberly Probolus, “A Woman’s Plea: Let’s Raise Our Voices!” in The New York Times, … read more

Changing the Conversation about Mental Health

By Natasha Mayer When Sophie Riegel first began teaching about anxiety, she was in seventh grade. Sophie had experienced bullying … read more

An Era of Bitchification

How has it become normative for women and girls to be publicly shamed for the same qualities that cause men … read more

Over 80% of American Women are One Paycheck Away from Homelessness: The Impact on Women of Missed Paychecks During the Government Shutdown

By Natasha Mayer   The longest government shutdown in US history, which lasted 35 days, came to a (temporary) close … read more

The Best a Man Can Be

by Rachel Siegel Gillette – a company previously known mostly for their advertisements directed at men filled with stereotypical representations … read more

Israeli Law To Help Women Leave Prostitution

by Jamie Allen Black For many years, decreasing human trafficking (both labor and sex) has been difficult in Israel. In … read more

Immigration: A Life’s Story and A Passion

by Rachel Siegel The American story is one of immigration. Many of us can trace back which generation of our … read more

Ladino 101

By Natasha Mayer     On Saturday December 8th, the seventh night of Hanukkah, I attended a Klezmer music concert … read more

Celebrating Joy in Jewish Community this Hanukkah with JWFNY and JCC Harlem

By Natasha Mayer   This past Sunday, the first night of Hanukkah, JWFNY had the honor of serving as a … read more

A Gift for Our Grantees on Giving Tuesday

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York usually utilizes Giving Tuesday as a day to ask for donations from our … read more

Spotlight: Yifat Susskind

Yifat Susskind has worked at MADRE for 21 years, eight years as Executive Director. Leading MADRE, Yifat partners with women … read more

Spotlight: Hon. Marjorie Margolies

Hon. Marjorie Margolies had been working in journalism and politics before she founded Women’s Campaign International (WCI). In her role … read more

Spotlight: Sasha Fisher

Sasha Fisher had been working in African communities for a number of years before she moved to East Africa in … read more

Join Us: Women on the Margin – Dec. 5, 2018

How We View Sex and Gender

By Stephanie Blumenkranz Recent headlines have been consumed with the Federal Government’s consideration of clearly defining gender. The US Department … read more

Making Change From the Kitchen

By Rachel Siegel Is a woman’s place in the kitchen? This outdated and politically incorrect stereotype should be looked at … read more

Responses to a Challenging Week

by Jamie Allen Black   Last week (and the week before) was quite challenging for many of us.   Whether … read more

17 Organizations Working Toward Pay Equity for Millions

By Stephanie Blumenkranz On Wednesday, September 26th, JWFNY President Debbie Cosgrove and I spoke with the Reform Pay Equity Initiative, … read more

Teshuva and #MeToo

by Rachel Siegel   On the eve of Yom Kippur, the idea of teshuva or repentance was on my mind. … read more

June 21, 2018 Statement on Family Separation

(June 21, 2018) –   Women’s Funds and Foundations across the U.S. and beyond condemn the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” … read more

Local Foundation; International Impact

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York would like to introduce you to a … read more

Women Changing the World – One Issue at a Time

By Madelyn Bucksbaum Adamson and Stephanie Blumenkranz We have all heard about them – people who saw a problem and … read more

Revealing #MeToo as #WeToo in Jewish Communal Life

By Ayelet Kalfus February 8, 2018 The night started with song. The words of Shehecheyanu, the Jewish blessing for gratitude … read more

Interact with Trailblazing Jewish Women – January 30th

Now is the time to take action as we elevate and celebrate the innovative women who are changing the world, … read more

REGISTER NOW: Revealing #metoo As #wetoo in Jewish Communal Life: An Evening of Discussion and Action

JANUARY 25, 2018        6:00-8:00pm     130 East 59th Street, NYC The Jewish community is not immune.  As Jews, it is our responsibility … read more

Reflections from May the Work of Your Heart be Lasting

By Stephanie Blumenkranz When I was listening to Elizabeth (Lizzie) Leiman Kraiem, Director of the Jewish Ethical Wills Project, speak … read more

Join Us! May the Work of Your Heart be Lasting – Oct. 26, 2017

 

Make Asking about Past Salary History a Thing of the Past

One of JWFNY’s goals is to create economic justice and financial stability for women. Our grants alone cannot make this … read more

2017 Grant Recipients

New York Metropolitan A Better Balance A benefit to celebrate and further expand choices for men and women at all … read more

Discussing Diversity in Jewish Campus Life

by Debbie Cosgrove Shavuot celebrates the gift of the Torah at Mt. Sinai, handed from God to the children of … read more

Join Us: Women of Color in the Jewish Community

Intersectionality 101: An Introduction to Kimberlé Crenshaw

By Natasha Mayer   The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York is committed to ensuring diversity in our grant makers. … read more

A Force for Change: On Diving Right In

By Natasha Mayer   When I imagined my first day in my new position at the Jewish Women’s Foundation of … read more

Seeing Our Work in Action

by Avra Gordis   The best way to feel connected to philanthropic work is to see the process and meet … read more

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute Symposium – Moving from Dream, to Dare, to Do.

By Stephanie Blumenkranz “Would you like to attend the Women’s Philanthropy Institute Symposium?” our Executive Director asked me. I thought … read more

In Honor of International Women’s Day – A Look at the Data: Where We Are and Where We Need to Be

Today is International Women’s Day! The theme is #beboldforchange. We will add posts to this page throughout the day that … read more

Creating a Welcoming Community for Women without Children

By Avra Gordis and Stephanie Blumenkranz As agents of social change, we at the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York … read more

Ending Human Trafficking: We Must Change Our Economic System

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York joined 29 Jewish organizations … read more

Ending Human Trafficking: We must dismantle our culture of sexual violence and objectification.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York joined 29 Jewish organizations … read more

Ending Human Trafficking: We Must Address the Root Causes of Trafficking

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York joined 29 Jewish organizations … read more

Ending Human Trafficking: Survivors of Trafficking Are Not Criminals

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York joined 29 Jewish organizations … read more

Ending Human Trafficking: Survivors of Trafficking Are the Experts of Their Own Experience

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York joined 29 Jewish organizations … read more

Ending Human Trafficking: The Fight Must be Rooted in Justice and Compassion

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York joined 29 Jewish organizations … read more

Ending Human Trafficking: The Right to Make Decisions about Our Body, Life, and Future

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York joined 29 Jewish organizations … read more

Ending Human Trafficking: Every Human Being is Deserving of Respect and Dignity

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York joined 29 Jewish organizations … read more

JWFNY Signs on to PowHer NY Call to Action

  The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York is proud to sign the PowHer Call to Action Letter with more … read more

Event on December 5th: Shifting the Paradigm from Rape Culture to Consent Culture

How Many Women Does it Take to Build a Rainbow?

By Miriam Libove   When I was in elementary school, my best friend, Melissa, had a poster on her bedroom … read more

Adolescent Girls’ Mental Health Calls for a Refuah Shleyma

By Miriam Libove During the JWFNY “Spotlight on Adolescent Girls’ Mental Health” event on September 14th, Joanne Harpel, a noted … read more

Many Good Choices to Serve People With Limited Choices

  By Miriam Libove   I never knew there were so many inspiring nonprofits run by Jewish women. However, I … read more

When They Say, “Welcome Aboard,” They Really Mean It

by Miriam Libove How many people can say that their third week at a new job started out on a … read more

 Live from the Lilith Blog August 11, 2016 by Amelia Dornbush This Jewish Women’s Foundation New Grant Policy Is Already … read more

Making Work Work

In an effort to create awareness and support the needs of women and their families, JWFNY has dedicated many working … read more

The Science of Blaming the Victim

Written by Jamie Allen Black I’m still surprised when I see that people still “blame the victim.” Doesn’t everyone watch … read more

Helping Women Close the Retirement Gap

We all know that there is a gender pay gap in the workforce, but a gender gap in retirement? According … read more

Tell Us What You Want What You Really Really Want…

Here are a few things the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York really really wants: Using the #WhatIReallyReallyWant hashtag, share … read more

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 … read more

Exploring the “Jewish” in Jewish Giving Circles

By Stephanie Blumenkranz, Rachel Siegel and Julie Sissman “Some of you have been sitting on the Jewish Women’s Foundation of … read more

Merchav Batuach off and running with a great start!

Last month Eshel launched the year’s Merchav Batuach trainings at Queens College, with a meeting of Orthodox allies. JWFNY is … read more

10 Takeaways from Philanthropy NY

JWFNY attended Philanthropy NY’s 36th Annual Meeting, where we heard from a range of activists working around the world. Here … read more

JWFNY Goes to Philanthropy NY

On June 8, Philanthropy New York hosted their 36th annual meeting with the theme “Global Perspective, Universal Connections.” Philanthropy New … read more

JWFNY Talks PowHer

On June 1, the JWFNY advocacy committee met with Bev Neufeld from PowHer NY to discuss women’s economic equality in … read more

18 Years 18 Stories: ImmerseNYC

18 Years 18 Stories: Mosaic of Westchester

18 Years 18 Stories: Jews for Racial & Economic Justice

18 Years 18 Stories: Bend the Arc

JWFNY Member Peggy Garfunkel Honored For Her Commitment

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York is thrilled that one of our members, Peggy Garfunkel, was honored by Westchester Jewish Council … read more

JWFNY to Host Event with U.S. Fund for UNICEF: Women, Faith & Innovation

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York is excited to invite you to join us to learn more about our … read more

18 Years 18 Stories: WePower

18 Years 18 Stories: T’ruah – The Rabbinical Call for Human Rights

18 Years 18 Stories: Yeshivat Maharat

18 Years 18 Stories: Moving Traditions

18 Years 18 Stories: Shalom Task Force

18 Years 18 Stories: Olim Beyahad

18 Years 18 Stories: Footsteps

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 … read more

18 Years 18 Stories: Jewish Child Care Association

JWFNY 2014 Annual Meeting – #GlassCeilingCrackers

18 Years 18 Stories: JCH of Bensonhurst

18 Years 18 Stories: Sharsheret

 

18 Years 18 Stories: AVODAH

 

18 Years 18 Stories: Muso

Save the Date: JWFNY 2014 Benefit Luncheon

Join us! Save the date for the JWFNY Benefit Luncheon Monday, May 19th at the Plaza We look forward to … read more

18 Years 18 Stories: goods for good

 

18 Years 18 Stories: Hebrew Free Loan Society

Slingshot Supplement on Women and Girls

Today, Slingshot Fund released the first ever Supplement on Women & Girls funded by the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New … read more

Sharsheret Site Visit and Launch of Financial Wellness Toolkit

  JWFNY board members and professionals visit JWFNY grantee Sharsheret and discuss the Financial Wellness Toolkit with the dedicated Sharsheret professionals. The … read more

2013 Annual Meeting

 

The Movie “Decoding Annie Parker”

Last week I was privileged to see a premiere showing of the movie “Decoding Annie Parker”. The compelling film tells … read more

Paid Sick Days: A Jewish Women’s Issue

Why does the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York support the Paid Sick Day Bill in New York City? It’s … read more

Save the Date: JWFNY Luncheon

Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York Annual Benefit Luncheon   Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:00pm to 2:00pm The Plaza Hotel … read more

Governor Cuomo’s 10-Point Women’s Equality Act

In Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State Address he says, “New York has fallen behind in its role as … read more

JWFNY Funds PresenTense Female Fellows

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York Funds Three Women Entrepreneurs in the PresenTense NYC Fellowship With the help of … read more

JWFNY Funds Slingshot Women and Girls Supplement

        Now Accepting Applications! Slingshot, in partnership with the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, is pleased … read more

Women Talk Dollars on Kveller.com

What is the appropriate allowance to give my child? What type of account should I open to put aside money … read more

The Isha Koach Story

Who says there is a lack of Jewish women leaders… “Jewish Women Social Entrepreneurs”…we googled that twelve months ago and … read more

Learn about JWFNY

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York works to advance the status and well-being of women and girls in the … read more

JWFNY Annual Benefit Luncheon

Dear Friends, Please join us on Thursday, April 26th, 2012 for the JWFNY Annual Benefit Luncheon from 12:00-2:00pm at the … read more

Blog: Isha Koach, Women of Strength

There is a note on the door of a nurse’s office in Zambia that reads, “If you have come to help…go … read more