A Better Balance
A Better Balance leverages the power of the law to ensure that no worker has to make the impossible choice between their job and their family. They lead the charge for policies that help families, including paid sick leave and family leave, flexible work, pay equity, and policies that combat discrimination based on pregnancy and family status. JWFNY’s grant supported a benefit to celebrate and further expand choices for men and women at all income levels so they may care for their families without sacrificing their economic security.
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 supports the salary of the Executive Director, and underwrites the Women Artist Fellowships that will take place on Governors Island this summer. The Fellows explore women’s issues and gender equality from a Jewish perspective and bring strong women’s voices to 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 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.
The Beis Community is an intentional, inclusive, innovative Orthodox Jewish community that provides a home for people looking to explore their Judaism, connect with others, and be inspired. Started as a grassroots project in 2014 and incorporating as a nonprofit organization in 2015, The Beis Community is organized by a core group of observant millennials reaching out to their friends and peers in the neighborhood and co-creating programs that are innovative, spiritual, and relevant. The Beis prides itself on being an Orthodox community which is radically inclusive, celebrating and giving visibility to people who are traditionally on the margins – including women, LGBTQ individuals, Jews of Color, people new to Judaism, interfaith couples, and Jews who are no longer observant. Funds invest in The Beis Community’s focus on women’s leadership. It includes a volunteer leadership retreat, bringing approximately 40 volunteers to the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Connecticut. Beis Community is also providing funds for female members to attend relevant conferences and trainings to gain skills, knowledge, and connections, as well as providing mentorship opportunities for female leaders.
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 provides computer programming training for young women in high school. The young women are 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 allows the organization to grow the alumni programming in New York that JWFNY helped establish in 2014. Female alumni from New York 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. Eshel is aiming 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.
Hillel International’s (Hillel) mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so they can enrich the Jewish people and the world. As the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, Hillel seeks to engage every Jewish student on campus, from those with strong Jewish backgrounds to those with none at all, by creating a welcoming environment for Jewish students, helping them expand their Jewish knowledge, hone leadership skills, bolster ties to Israel, and engage in tikkun olam, repairing the world. Funds support the Intersection of Judaism, Gender, and Race program that brings Yavilah McCoy, who identifies as a black, Orthodox, Jewish woman, to college campuses in the 5 boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County. Her workshops on campuses help all types of Jewish students see Hillel as a safe space for them to explore how their Judaism, gender, and race interweave and influence who they are. The workshops aim to portray the spectrum of identification of members of the Jewish community on campus. Hillel is focusing on ongoing training and mentorship that ensures Hillel professionals and students are prepared to address the current climate on campus and the broader issues of cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion.
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
Jewish Women International (JWI) works to ensure that all women and girls thrive in healthy relationships, control their financial futures and realize the full potential of their personal strength. JWI’s programs span the lifetime, ranging from libraries for children in domestic violence shelters to dating abuse and sexual assault prevention for college students to financial literacy for women over 50. JWFNY’s grant supports the exploration of rape culture awareness programming on college campuses to support survivors, change attitudes, empower women, and engage men as allies.
jGirls Magazine is an online community and magazine written by and for self-identifying Jewish girls ages 13-19 across all affiliations. Founded in 2015 by Elizabeth Mandel, jGirls Magazine provides a forum for expression and exploration. The organization contributes to long-term social change in the Jewish community by building a pipeline to a future cohort of bold, committed Jewish female leaders. jGirls contributors and users explore their concerns and cultivate the ability to express themselves publicly and articulately through the journalism, fiction, poetry, humor, music, photography, videos, and artwork they publish and consume, as well as through discussion around this content. In this way, jGirls users strengthen their leadership skills, self-esteem, sense of identity, engagement, and status in the Jewish community. jGirls has recruited a diverse and impressive cohort of 12 girls from around the country to serve on the Editorial Board and hopes to launch its first issue later in the spring. Funds support the editorial committee training and editing oversight to provide girls with tangible leadership skills and experience, social media and marketing, social media training for Editorial Board, partnership development to increase network and outreach, and project development, management, and oversight.
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 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 supported a benefit to celebrate and embolden teens by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning.
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 funds We Were Slaves’ outreach, education, and empowerment work with Jewish women and girls to engage and protect them against becoming victims of sex trafficking.
New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault
New York Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) was formed in 1987 by rape crisis advocates as a mutual support group. Since then, the mission and purpose of NYSCASA rapidly evolved from basic networking to include technical assistance, resource development and policy advocacy for the more than 100 Rape Crisis programs, sister agencies and collaborators statewide that work with survivors of sexual violence and their families. Today, they work with local, regional state and national organizations all of whom are dedicated to ending sexual violence. Funds support technical assistance and policy advocacy for rape crisis programs, sister agencies, and collaborators statewide that work with survivors of sexual violence.
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 supports 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 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 fourth 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.
Sacred Spaces is a cross-denominational organization created to provide the first systemic and preventative solution to sexual abuse in Jewish institutions. Sacred Spaces was founded in 2016 by Shira Berkovits with the aim of partnering with institutions to prevent abuse before it occurs through the development of comprehensive policies and community-wide education. The organization has already worked with 15 Jewish organizations in North America, including synagogues, schools and camps. Sacred Spaces’ approach centers on an innovative accreditation system and providing Jewish organizations with the professional services to develop binding abuse prevention policies that match the best practice standards set forth by leading public health institutions. Funds enable Sacred Spaces to work with another thirty organizations in the coming year and support the organization’s infrastructure, including launching a website, growing the Board, marketing, investing in risk-assessment, training curricula, and formalizing the accreditation program.
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 supports 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 is engaging individuals in new ways of thinking about power and authority in Jewish life, situating the question of gender equity as an underlying concern.
Women of Reform Judaism & Women’s Rabbinical Network
Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) strengthens the voice of women worldwide and empowers them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values. The Women’s Rabbinic Network (WRN) was created in 1975 by a group of female rabbinic students to provide the support and advocacy needed in the early years of women in the Reform rabbinate. Since then, the WRN has consistently worked to promote the personal and professional growth of female rabbis and rabbinic students within the Reform Movement. JWFNY’s grant supports a collaborative initiative to address the documented wage gap among all women professionals employed in the Reform Movement.
World Without Exploitation
World Without Exploitation is working to create a world where no person is bought, sold, or exploited. JWFNY’s grant supports a movement-building event to convene, engage, and strategize with survivors of sex trafficking on how to influence public policy at the state and national levels.
Yeshivat Maharat is the first and only institution to ordain Orthodox women as clergy, offering an exceptional education in Jewish law, leadership development and pastoral counseling so that graduates are prepared to inspire and lead Orthodox communities. There is a dearth of spiritual leaders who are traditional, yet accessible, to the broader Jewish community. Yeshivat Maharat embodies a vision of an Orthodoxy in service of the whole Jewish people and global community, by training women in the traditional scholarship of ordination and facilitating their placement as leaders of a pluralistic Jewish future.