Art Kibbutz is an international Jewish artists’ residency, community and hub. As the only Jewish residency in existence, it aims to create a community among Jewish artists of all ages, affiliations and nationalities in an inspiring space where they can work together and explore the richness of their Jewish heritage. The Foundation’s funding will be used to support the salary of the Executive Director, as well as to underwrite three of the Women Artist Fellowships that will take place on Governors Island this summer. The Fellows will explore women’s issues and gender equality from a Jewish perspective and bring stong women’s voices summer residency programming at Governor’s Island.
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
AVODAH strengthens the Jewish community’s fight against poverty in the U.S. by engaging participants in service and community building that inspires them to become lifelong leaders for social change, whose work is rooted in and nourished by Jewish values. Funds will support Advancing Women Leading Together (AWLT), a women’s leadership development program for AVODAH alumnae. Participants create their own career and leadership strategies, receive ongoing one-on-one coaching from mentors and a professional coach, take part in small group peer coaching, and engage in Jewish learning webinars.
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
Bend the Arc mobilizes American Jews and allies to build a more equitable and just America. The grant is in support of their Pursuing Justice 2016 conference that took place on June 6th and 7th of 2016, and convened influential leaders in government, progressive allies and activists who create change every day in their communities. They will work together to harness the power of the Jewish movement for
justice in America.
Central Queens Y
Central Queens Y aims to create a space where girls are exposed to female leaders with similar cultural and religious backgrounds who have been successful in navigating their Jewish identity in the workplace. This grant will provide computer programming training for young women in high school. The young women will be paired with women mentors in related technology fields and placed in paid summer internship experiences.
Challah for Hunger
Challah for Hunger brings college students together to bake and sell challah in an effort to raise money and awareness for social justice causes – specifically Hunger. Currently, thousands of students volunteer on over 80 campuses across the US, Canada, Australia, and England to carry on the centuries-old tradition of baking challah and practicing tikkun olam. Our funding will allow the organization to grow the alumni programming in New York that JWFNY helped establish in 2014. Female alumni from New York will participate in Challah for Hunger’s annual leadership summit, and two additional events will take place for New York City alumni that offer networking and fellowship opportunities.
Eshel educates and advocates for acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jews and their families in the Orthodox and traditional Jewish communities. Eshel educates and advocates for acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jews and their families in the Orthodox and traditional Jewish communities. Continued funding to the organization has been designated for general operating support. In the coming year, Eshel plans to implement a Mommy and Me group for divorced women facing custody battles, increase phone support to women and their children, expand the reach of JWFNY-supported Merchav Batuach: A Safe Space Training for college students that educates them on how to be allies of their LGBTQ friends and classmates, provide more trainings for Orthodox educational institutions, and increase the number of synagogues involved in the Welcoming Shuls Project.
ImmerseNYC is a pluralistic, Jewish, feminist organization in New York City that provides a Jewish framework for life transitions by facilitating deep ritual experiences at the mikveh (a Jewish ritual bath) as well as convening supportive peer communities, and organizing educational programs. ImmerseNYC envisions a community in which every Jewish person undergoing a life transition – healing from cancer, retiring, weaning a baby, mourning a parent’s death – will know that there is a place in the Jewish community where she/he can go to honor that transition, whether she/he is secular, observant, or anywhere in between. Funding is for general operating support, and over the next year ImmerseNYC aims to continue to reframe the ritual of mikveh, as well as open the door for more people to experience the power of a mikveh experience.
Jewish Women International
JWI empowers women and girls through economic literacy, community training, healthy relationship education, and the proliferation of women’s leadership. This grant is awarded for the Safe Smart Dating program, which will educate young men and women on New York area college campuses about the realities of sexual assault and dating abuse on campus and empower students to step in and support survivors.
JOIN for Justice
The Jewish Organizing Institute and Network for Justice (JOIN for Justice), is a national organization dedicated to training, supporting, and connecting Jewish organizers and their communities. Funding supports tuition scholarships for female students who partook in the online course Don’t Kvetch, Organize! in April 2016. Don’t Kvetch, Organize! is a seven week course that teaches the fundamentals of community organizing and how it relates to Jewish traditions. Participants leave the course with a powerful connection between their Jewish identities and acting for justice, and an understanding of a community organizing model.
Moving Traditions & Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan
Moving Traditions inspires people to live fuller lives and to work for a better world for all by advocating for a more expansive view of gender in Jewish learning and practice. Funds support Moving Traditions’ and Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan’s collaborative program Helping Jewish Tweens Navigate a Changing World that engages parents, educators and pre-teens in conversations based in Jewish ethics to help them navigate the decisions ahead. The program includes seminars for teachers of Schechter Manhattan, parents of NYC based Jewish days schools and after-school Hebrew schools, and for the pre-teens.
National Council of Jewish Women New York Section
NCJW NY strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. NCJW NY is the lead organization of the coalition We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking, which JWFNY is an active member. The grant will fund We Were Slaves’
outreach, education, and empowerment work with Jewish women and girls to engage and protect them against becoming victims of sex trafficking.
Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA)
ORA empowers women who are denied a Jewish divorce (get) to free themselves from the shackles of abusive marriages. This grant will support the Agunah Prevention Initiative, a multifaceted campaign aimed at empowering thousands of Jewish women and girls in New York with the knowledge, tools and support to protect themselves from domestic abuse in general and get-refusal in particular. Another grant was awarded to ORA to help the organization continue to advocate on behalf of these women and promote the use of the Jewish prenuptial agreement for the prevention of get-refusal.
Rabbis Without Borders and The Op-Ed Project
Rabbis Without Borders (RWB) envisions a world where Jewish wisdom is a source for wellbeing for anyone anywhere. The rabbis in the RWB Network are committed to pushing the borders of what it means to be a rabbi today. This grant is being continued for a second year, to support a two-day training seminar that will empower female rabbis and other thought leaders to find their voices and make a public case for the ideas and causes they believe in.
Revitalization Community Involvement Initiative
The Revitalization Community Involvement Initiative is a very new organization, whose first project is The Jewish Parent Academy (JPA), which was launched with the goal of providing Russian-speaking Jewish parents in New York City an opportunity to study a wide range of Jewish topics, in culturally-sensitive neighborhood-based program. JPA facilitates small group lecture sessions with parents from the community taught by world-renowned speakers, lecturers, authors and scholars. By participating in the program, parents become more aware of the different cultural, historic, and creative aspects of Judaism. The funds will be used to qualify for a matching grant and will go towards the operating budget.
Sanctuary for Families
Sanctuary for Families is New York State’s largest nonprofit provider of comprehensive services, outreach, professional training, and advocacy on behalf of domestic violence victims and their children. The grant will support the Mishkan Project that will work with two of the most vulnerable, often forgotten populations in the Orthodox Jewish community: women who are survivors of domestic violence, many of them seeking civil and religious divorces, and teenage girls who have been expelled from these communities and are at grave risk of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking.
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America (SHINA) is a division of the Shalom Hartman Institute. SHINA partners with North American Jewish change agents—rabbis, lay leaders, scholars, educators, and professionals—to develop and implement unique models of pluralistic, in-depth, text-based teaching, scholarship, and programs that address the challenges facing contemporary North American Jewry. The grant will support the curriculum Created Equal: Men, Women and the Ethics of Shared Leadership, which is being integrated into their existing educational programming with professional and lay leaders. SHINA will engage individuals in new ways of thinking about power and authority in Jewish life, situating the question of gender equity as an underlying