Amudim Community Resources
Amudim’s mission is to support Jews in crisis and give voice to the voiceless. Amudim serves all, but prides itself on being a trusted resource for the Ultra-Orthodox community. Amudim provides crisis intervention, case management, and direct services. The organization holds awareness events, send regular newsletters, produces videos and written content, and operates a 24/7 emergency phone line. Funds will support Project Shmirah: A Girls Molestation Prevention Program. Project Shmirah will hold age-appropriate workshops in yeshivas and day schools to teach children about healthy boundaries and strategies to increase emotional wellbeing. They will also provide events in community centers, synagogues, and homes that will encourage adults to become community advocates against abuse.
At the Well
At the Well envisions a world where women feel whole as a result of their connection to Jewish wisdom and each other. At the Well is on a mission to unify practices of wellness and holiness. JWFNY supports At the Well’s program to develop new and existing Well Circles which serve as communities for women to provide support and mindfulness within each other but also through coaching and connection to their global network.
The Beis Community
The Beis Community prides itself on being an inclusive Orthodox Jewish community giving visibility to those often marginalized—including women, LGBTQ individuals, Jews of color, interfaith couples and other people whose identities have left them out of the Jewish community. JWFNY continues to support The Beis Community for their annual retreat for leadership development and building their capacity to broaden their impact.
Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education
Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE) prepares students in Jewish day schools for work and life in the 21st century. Exposing young girls to STEM will, in turn, help close the gender gap in these competitive fields. Through general operating support, JWFNY supports CIJE’s programs to expand services to Jewish girls in day schools throughout NYC.
This grant will be given to Dimensions to support their Jewish Women of Color Resiliency project. The goals of the project include skill building and integrated practices for self-care that will support and replenish the energy of Jewish Women of Color and alleviate pressures that serve to undermine and debilitate their ongoing leadership efforts. The program will connect Jewish Women of Color with a transformational self-care practice that culls the historical wisdom of Jews, people of color and their allies over generations and connect participants to a broad spectrum of community leaders who are living a nexus of personal ecology, spirituality and rooted activism within their leadership of contemporary social justice movements. This program, offered in partnership with DIMENSIONS, INC. and the Auburn Theological Seminary will center the leadership and resilience of Jewish Women of Color as valuable within an intersectional social justice movement and create personal and organizational resources for growing and sustaining the power of this leadership community. JWFNY funding is earmarked to support participation by Rebecca Jaye.
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.
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) advances systemic change that results in concrete improvements to the city’s marginalized communities. JFREJ uses Jewish values to uplift domestic workers, people with disabilities, and low-income women workers to improve conditions and secure fair pay. Through general operating support, JWFNY supports JFREJ’s work in leadership development and their efforts to organize and promote social change.
jGirls Magazine is an online community and magazine with a national reach written by or for self-identifying Jewish girls between the ages 13-19 across all backgrounds. jGirls editors and users strengthen their leadership skills, self-esteem, sense of identity, and engagement in Jewish life. JWFNY continues to support jGirls Magazine’s efforts to provide a safe space in which young girls can explore identity and develop their own skills and voices in our community.
Keshet works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life. Through training, community organizing, and resource development, Keshet partners with clergy, educators, and volunteers providing tools to effect change. JWFNY supports Keshet’s expansion of their Teen LGBTQ & Ally Shabbatonim program.
Moving Traditions emboldens teens fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring commitment to Jewish life. Moving Traditions guides teens to adulthood by challenging and discussing fundamental questions of identity in Judaism. JWNFY supports Moving Traditions’ Jewish Summer Camp Healthy Sexuality Initiative consisting of two cohorts of camp directors and assistant directors to train their camp staff to prevent bias, harassment, and peer pressure.
Sacred Spaces was created to provide the first systemic and preventative solution to abuse in Jewish institutions, centering on a universal accreditation system. JWFNY continues to support Sacred Spaces to provide Jewish organizations with professional services to develop binding abuse-prevention policies matching the best-practice standards of leading public health institutions.
Sanctuary for Families
Sanctuary for Families’ Mishkan Project builds awareness and outreach to survivors of domestic abuse within Orthodox/Ultra-Orthodox communities. JWFNY continues to support the project to ensure these individuals have access to the necessities they need in order to lead stable and safe lives.
Shalom Hartman Institute
Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI) redefines the conversation about Judaism in modernity religious pluralism, Israeli democracy, Israel and Jewry, and the relationship with other faith communities. Through their Created Equal: A Research and Educational Project on Men, Women and the Ethics of Shared Leadership, SHI addresses gender equality through Jewish tradition. JWFNY continues to support the program to engage in study to address underlying issues impacted by power dynamics.
T’ruah serves as a rabbinic moral voice to protect and expand human rights in North America. T’ruah has utilized their network to combat major issues such as human trafficking, mass incarceration, and work toward a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians. Through general operating support, JWFNY supports T’ruah’s efforts to strengthen their rabbinic network and train rabbis and cantors to be the voice of the Jewish community promoting social change.
Witness to Mass Incarceration
This grant to Witness to Mass Incarceration will allow the organization to continue building their digital storytelling library and trainings, and send a message that the Jewish community takes a strong stand against mass incarceration. This dynamic new organization, founded and led by Evie Litwok, uses storytelling and advocacy to raise awareness of the injustices and violence suffered by women and LGBTQ people who are or have been incarcerated. Similar to Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation, Evie plans to continue creating a digital library of the stories of formerly incarcerated people, and to train the women and LGBTQ people she interviews to become public speakers and leaders in the movement to end mass incarceration. Evie, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, as a queer Jewish woman who has experienced incarceration herself, is uniquely situated to use the Jewish values she shared of tzedakah and tikkun olam to lead the Jewish community to mobilize around ending mass incarceration.
Women of Reform Judaism & Women’s Rabbinical Network
A collaborative initiative led by WRJ and WRN that includes 17 Reform umbrella institutions that addresses the documented gender wage gap among all professionals employed in the Reform Movement.