Isha Koach
Women of Strength

By Women for Women

Isha Koach addresses the global needs of women and girls through a Jewish and gender lens and works to advance the efforts and profiles of Jewish women social entrepreneurs who lead organizations that improve the quality of life of the world’s most vulnerable women and children.

To achieve this mission Isha Koach:

• Identifies a select group of organizations led by Jewish women
• Invites organizations to submit requests for funding
• Offers grants to implement specific projects or support the work of the organization
• Provides opportunities to raise organization profiles in the context of the Jewish philanthropic and wider community

Announcing the 2012 Isha Koach Grantees:

Global Goods Partners: Founded by Catherine Shimony, 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 thier communitites.

Goods for Good: Founded by Melissa Kushner, 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 an support vulnerable children and community members.

Jewish Heart for Africa: Founded by Sivan Borowich, Jewish Heart for Africa brings Israeli technologies to rural African villages in order to improve quality of life and promote sustainable development.

Project Muso: Founded by Jessica Beckerman, Project Muso empowers Malian women to care for the health and wellbeing of themselves and their families through education, microfinance and community based malaria early-detection programs.

WE CARE Solar: Founded by Laura Stachel, 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.”

For more information, please contact Joy Sisisky, Executive Director at (212) 836-1106.


POSITION AVAILABLE:  JWFNY is looking for an intern to begin February 2014 with the possibility of extending through the summer. We prefer a graduate student but will also consider college students. The intern must have knowledge, interest  and experience in global affairs and/or international development and the ability to work from our office in New York City. The days/hours are flexible at this point with a minimum of 10 hours a week. This person would report directly to the Executive Director and work with her to build JWFNY’s second cohort of Isha Koach. Isha Koach is a giving circle of Jewish women who have donated each $18,000 and pooled resources to make grants to Jewish women social entrepreneurs who founded and lead organizations serving the world’s most vulnerable women and children. JWFNY seeks help in the management of the giving circle including researching and vetting potential grantees, identifying educational speakers and coordinating logistics and follow-up. An intern is a highly valued  and paid member of the JWFNY team and has been critical to the success of Isha Koach in the past. You can read more about the Isha Koach project and see a short video at: For more information, contact Joy Sisisky at

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