A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center
This grant provides A Better Balance the opportunity to partner with synagogues and Jewish organizations across NYC to raise Jewish women’s awareness of policies that support working families and will also help Jewish women identify policy gaps and improve workplace practices.

Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community
This grant supports a major convening that will bring together more than 100 change agents who have participated in AWP programs to share lessons learned, develop collaborative strategies for achieving gender equity and expand the reach of their work.

AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
This program works with current participants and alumni to expand their understanding of the root causes of poverty, in particular as they relate to gender. It introduces strategies for addressing these issues and works towards developing a cadre of young women dedicated to social justice work.

Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations
This educational program targets Russian speaking mothers who are seeking to integrate Judaism into their home and pass down Jewish values and traditions to their children.

Footsteps is an organization dedicated to helping individuals seeking to transition out of the ultra-orthodox community in which they were raised. This gender sensitive program will help female Footsteps members obtain and retain jobs in mainstream society.

Hebrew Free Loan Society
This gender sensitive micro-enterprise training course aims to maximize the number of low income Charedi women who successfully launch home based businesses.

Jewish Child Care Association
This two year culturally sensitive program provides mostly immigrant Jewish women with an opportunity to open independent, home-based day care businesses.

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
In partnership with the National Domestic Worker Alliance and Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, JFREJ will improve the senior care industry by linking seniors and domestic workers together to create a new consumer directed training program.

Jewish Women’s Archive
This grant supports the institute for NYC Educators which provides teachers the opportunity to encounter new content, be inspired by the stores of Jewish women, rethink what constitutes a Jewish text and to acquire new pedagogic skills.

Mechon Hadar
This grant supports the mentorship and coaching of Mechon Hadar female teachers and students to help develop the next generation of female scholars and leaders.

National Association for Jewish Chaplains
The National Association for Jewish Chaplains (NAJC) is the professional organization of Jewish chaplains worldwide. The funds further enable NAJC to recruit female candidates seeking to become Jewish chaplains and place them in appropriate health care training facilities, conduct certification and assist in job placement.

Nehirim is a national community of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews, families and allies committed to a more just and inclusive world. Funds will be dedicated to supporting and developing their women’s programming.

PresenTense engages and inspires the most creative minds of the rising generation, investing in their ideas and mobilizing their networks to revitalize the Jewish community. The grant helps train and support female social entrepreneurs who are developing social ventures aimed at supporting the needs of women.

Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer. The grant supports their programs that empower Jewish women to take control of their financial well-being during a health crisis and navigate financial planning and wellness.

This grant will support the creation of a supplement to the Slingshot Guide which highlights the most innovative Jewish organizations in North America that support the needs of women and girls.

T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
This grant supports a day-long conference for NYC rabbis on human trafficking. Rabbis will study Jewish texts about forced labor, learn about slavery in New York, develop the tools to teach their communities about the signs of trafficking and gain skills to take action on appropriate legislation.

Unchained at Last
Unchained at Last is the only organization in the U.S. dedicated to helping women leave arranged and forced marriages. Funds will help hire expert witnesses during divorce proceedings to help ensure mothers maintain legal custody of children and secure adequate financial support.

Yeshivat Maharat
This grant supports the first institution to train Orthodox Jewish women to become halakhic and spiritual leaders for the community. Its mission is to actualize the potential of Orthodox women and accustom the Jewish community to the benefits of having Orthodox women as religious and spiritual leaders.

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Adva Center
This program teaches women how to read local budgets to identify gender disparities, analyze salary figures and lobby local officials to initiate change. The goal is to increase women's political and economic power and participation by helping to ensure that local budgets and social services reflect the needs of women.

This program targets 50 Ethiopian-Israeli young women in their second year of army service and helps them integrate into the workforce after their military service is completed.

Center for Women's Justice
This grant trains attorneys to file damage suits in civil courts on behalf of women whose husbands have refused to give them a get or Jewish divorce. This proven litigation method has so far resulted in $1.35 million giving women the resources to rebuild their lives.

New Israel Fund – Shatil
This program defends the rights of subcontracted caregivers – a disadvantaged, heavily female population, known for being underpaid, undervalued and unaware of their rights – by utilizing advocacy and outreach to policy makers, educating caregivers on how to advocate for themselves and engaging the media and the general public.


JWFNY is part of the Jewish Women's Collaborative International Fund, which consists of 17 Jewish women's foundations that joined together to make a collaborative grant in support of women's issues in Israel. The partnership of seven leading Israeli feminist organizations called Shutafot, is uniting to develop a strong feminist voice whose aim is to promote gender equality and women's rights, to fight to eradicate exclusion and discrimination of women in Israel, and to minimize gender gaps on a variety of issues.

Women in International Security Israel
This grant provides entry and mid-level women in the fields of peace and security with female mentors who are senior professionals in the same line of work. This program aims to increase the number of women in Israel who hold peace and security positions in order to achieve equal gender representation at all levels in these fields.

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Global Goods Partners
Global Goods Partners provides a reliable, fair market for women artisans around the world and supports their women-operated community cooperatives, which provide vital services to their communities. GGP will increase inventory levels and fund the production of large custom orders that will directly benefit women in India, Nepal, Bolivia, and Guatemala.

Goods for Good
Goods for Good turns excess into progress by distributing donated surplus goods to community centers and schools in Malawi, enabling the institutions to care for and support vulnerable children and community members. GFG will build a community-owned and women-operated agriculture business whose proceeds will be invested in the care of local orphans in Malawi.

Jewish Heart for Africa
Jewish Heart for Africa brings Israeli technologies to rural African villages in order to improve quality of life and promote sustainable development, supporting Israeli innovation and fostering a positive image of Israel abroad. The Isha Koach grant will be used to install and monitor a solar-powered water pumping system in an African community, freeing thousands of women and girls from the grueling and time-consuming task of collecting water miles away and allowing them to instead attend school.

Project Muso
Project Muso empowers Malian women to care for the health and well being of themselves and their families through education, microfinance and community based malaria early-detection programs. The Isha Koach grant trains, hires and supports 20 Malian women as Community Health Workers who will reduce maternal and infant mortality in the Yirimadjo community of Bamako, Mali through door-to-door health visits.

WE CARE Solar reduces maternal mortality in developing countries by providing health workers and centers with reliable lighting, mobile communication, and blood bank refrigeration through solar electricity using the revolutionary "solar suitcase." The Isha Koach grant will allow WE CARE Solar to continue this work in Nigeria and bring the same solar technology and life-saving equipment to Sierra Leone.