AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
This grant will support the second and third cohorts of AVODAH’s new fellowship, a nine-month educational and community building program that builds and strengthens a broad network of young Jewish adults working in anti-poverty fields.
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
Bend the Arc mobilizes American Jews and allies to build a more equitable and just America. Funds support an advanced technology platform that will engage over 10,000 individuals, the majority of which will be women, in the New York area. The platform will connect disengaged members of the Jewish community by linking their social justice beliefs with Jewish values.
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.
Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
B’nai Jeshurun is a nonaffiliated Jewish synagogue community that strives to experience G-d’s presence by praying, studying, teaching, volunteering, celebrating and caring for each other and our world. This grant supported Meet Me at Sinai Day of Learning, a conference to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Judith Plaskow’s book Standing Again at Sinai and to discuss how far Jewish feminism has come, what hasn’t changed and our vision for the future.
Eshel educates and advocates for acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jews and their families in the Orthodox and traditional Jewish communities. This grant will support Merchav Batuach: A Safe Space Training, a program developed by a student at Stern College for Women that educates students on how to become a straight ally to LGBT individuals.
ImmerseNYC is a pluralistic Jewish organization in New York City that facilitates deep ritual experiences, supportive peer communities and educational programs. This grant supports the creation of a High Holiday Immersion toolkit for clergy and mikveh guides and will welcome at least 12 groups of women to the mikveh during the 2015 High Holiday season.
Mechon Hadar is a center of innovative Jewish thinking and learning that seeks to revitalize Jewish life in North America. This grant will support a week-long program that aims to shift the culture so that more women feel confident and able to lead prayer services. Mechon Hadar will also offer extensive online resources and recordings of women leading the High Holiday prayers, enabling participants to practice from home throughout the year.
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. This grant will fund the curriculum development, coaching and pilot implementation in New York of a new model of sexuality education for Moving Traditions programs.
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
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 supports 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.
Sexual Health Innovations
Sexual Health Innovations creates technology that advances sexual health and wellbeing in the United States. One of their current initiatives, Callisto, is a third-party sexual assault recording and reporting system for colleges. This grant will support the evaluation of the one-year Callisto pilot at three college campuses.
Sharsheret supports young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer. The grant is in memory of the organization’s Founder and Executive Director Rochelle Shoretzz”l and will be used to further the organization’s work to improve the lives of women and girls in the Jewish community.
Slingshot strengthens innovation in Jewish life by developing next-generation funders and annually producing the Slingshot Guide: A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation. This grant supports the 3rd Edition of the Women and Girls Supplement, which highlights the most innovative organizations that impact Jewish women and girls in North America.
TrueChild helps donors, policy-makers and practitioners reconnect race, class and gender through gender transformative approaches that challenge rigid gender norms and inequities. This grant will support TrueChild’s partnership with Ma’yan in efforts to raise awareness and shift the dialogue on feminine norms in Jewish communities in New York City through the development of a model curriculum, pilot program and white paper report on the curriculum and data collection.
Yeshivat Maharat is the first yeshiva to ordain Orthodox women as clergy. This grant supports community internships and classroom leadership training seminars that prepare students for practical elements of the rabbinate.