The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York hosts events throughout the year. The purpose of these programs is to educate our members and the public about topics important to women and girls in the Jewish community. Members are encouraged to bring friends, colleagues and family who may be interested. Please check the website for updated event details or contact the office at 212-836-1478.


Upcoming Events

2018 Annual Benefit Luncheon – April 16, 2018

During our Annual Benefit Luncheon on Monday, April 16, 2017, at The Plaza Hotel, we will honor three outstanding women as the 2018 JWFNY Women of the Year: Ellen Goldman, Shirley Silver, and Margaret Streiker Porres. The accomplishments and generosity of these women makes each of them truly extraordinary. Click here to register.


Past Events

January 30, 2018 – Interact with Trailblazing Jewish Women

Now is the time to take action as we elevate and celebrate the innovative women who are changing the world, one action at a time.

Change: Powered by Women, Inspired by Jewish Values was special opportunity to learn from three incredible social entrepreneurs. We engaged in Dialogue, heard their personal stories, and increased our growing movement to make change through funding, advocacy, and action.

With Speakers:

Shira M. Berkovits, Esq. Ph.D. is founder and CEO of Sacred Spaces, where she works with Jewish Communities across five continents to prevent, handle, and heal from institutional abuse.

Ilana Ruskay-Kidd is Founder and Head of the Shefa School, a pluralistic Jewish day school for children with language-based learning disabilities.

Rachel Zaslow is a midwife and Executive Director of Mother Health International, a non-profit that works to reduce perinatal mortality rates through the education of midwives and the creation of sustainable birth centers in areas where the burden of mortality is highest.

This event was co-sponsored by:

January 25, 2018 – Revealing #metoo as #wetoo in Jewish Communal Life: An Evening of Discussion and Action

JANUARY 25, 2018        6:00-8:00pm     130 East 59th Street, NYC

The Jewish community is not immune. 

As Jews, it is our responsibility to break the silence…and tell stories that would otherwise not be heard.

Revealing #metoo As #wetoo in Jewish Communal Life: An Evening of Discussion and Action addressed, and strived to end, abuses of power that have led to sexual harassment in the Jewish community.

Initiated by the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York with the generous support of the Cornell/Weinstein Family Foundation, this event is the launch of creating a code of ethics and professional conduct for our community.

Videos from Event

Stories of gender abuse and harassment in the Jewish community:

Conversation with Experts

Barbara Dobkin

American Jewish World Service
B’nai Jeshurun (NYC)
Central Synagogue
Dobkin Family Foundation
Good People Fund
Hebrew Free Loan Society
Hillel International
JCC Manhattan, Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility
Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)
Jewish Funders Network
Jewish Women’s Archive
jGirls Magazine
JPRO Network
Leading Edge
Lilith Magazine (Media Partner)
Mechon Hadar
Moving Traditions
National Council of Jewish Women
Park Avenue Synagogue
Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools
Sacred Spaces
The Genesis Prize Foundation
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

Click Here to Access Resources on Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Jewish Community


October 26, 2017 – May the Work of Your Heart be Lasting

June 7, 2017 – Women of Color in the Jewish Community

May 15, 2017 – Benefit Luncheon

Our Annual Benefit Luncheon took place on Monday, May 15th at the St. Regis Hotel. We honored three JWFNY 2017 Women of the Year: Jean Crystal, Francine LeFrak, and Judith Zabar. Watch the video below to learn more about the inspiring work each of them is doing to improve the lives of women and girls. For a list of past Benefit Luncheon honorees click here.


  • Resources on Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Jewish Community