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.
February 13, 2017 at 11:30am – Not Having Children by Choice, Chance, or Circumstance
Today, 48 percent of women of childbearing age are without children, up from 35 percent in 1976. This is a shift for all people, especially the Jewish people.
Judaism encourages us to be fruitful and multiply. At the same time, more Jewish women are not having children – by choice, chance, or circumstance. Among those who do, many women are having their first child later than ever before. Whether marriage comes later than expected for the single woman, or a couple decides not to have children, what does it mean for the women who are not mothers in a community that emphasizes the importance of continuity and child-rearing – and a tradition that is often family-focused?
For a strong Jewish future we must include all Jewish adults in the present. Join us to learn about the experiences and struggles people face when they remain single and childless by circumstance, or decide not to have children, and how we can create a community that understands, acknowledges, and appreciates this modern cohort.
Hoffman has written about her and her husband’s decision not to have children and provides support and education to others who make the same decision or are considering making that choice. She is a writer and attorney with professional experience involving laws and policy related to employment, animal rights, poverty, homelessness, women’s rights, and being childfree.
Notkin is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, marketer and leading voice of childless, often single, women. To celebrate modern aunthood, in 2008, she founded Savvy Auntie®, the lifestyle brand the rising demographic of child-loving non-moms she dubbed PANK® (Professional Aunts No Kids). In 2014, Notkin introduced her memoir on the lives of modern single, childless women, Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness.
Miriam Caslow, Avra Gordis, and Betsy Landis
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required to email@example.com or (212) 836-1268.
May 15, 2017 – Benefit Luncheon
Each year the Benefit Luncheon is attended by hundreds of women who help introduce our mission to a broad audience and raise critical funds for the Foundation. Our 2017 Luncheon will take place on Monday, May 15th at the St. Regis Hotel. More details to follow, but save the date! For a list of past Benefit Luncheon honorees click here.