Jewish Women’s Foundation
The Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) is a network of women who have joined together to improve the lives of Jewish women and girls.
Since 2002, the JWF has granted and leveraged close to $1 million dollars to address critical issues facing Jewish women and girls.
The 2021-2024 Grantees approved in May 2021 range across a variety of JWF Impact Areas, serving Jewish women and girls at various points on both the religious and socioeconomic spectrum. They represent great opportunities for expanding awareness of, and connection to, the diversity of our community.
Click here for more information about the current grants.
Click here to find an interesting article published in the San Diego Jewish Journal about the previous JWF grant initiative.
The Jewish Women’s Foundation of San Diego is dedicated to supporting the Jewish community through innovative and creative funding to benefit and enhance the lives of primarily Jewish women and girls locally, nationally, and globally.
Guided by Jewish values, the Jewish Women’s Foundation creates awareness of the issues and needs of Jewish women and girls. Through the work of this Foundation, women are empowered as funders, decision makers, and agents for change in the community.
Tzedakah – We value justice in its highest degree, preserving human dignity by helping people help themselves.
Tikkun Olam – We seek to repair the world by supporting programs and organizations that we believe will be effective in making lasting and systemic change.
Kehillah – We acknowledge and celebrate our diverse Jewish community, seek partnerships with our grantees and encourage collaborations to leverage strengths among granting organizations.
B’tzelem Elohim – We view every individual in God’s image, demanding respect for, compassion towards and inclusion of different perspectives, generations, denominations, and cultures.
Gender Equity – We support equal rights, representation and opportunities for those who identify as women and girls.
Empowerment and Agency – We give women and girls the power to grow and take control over their own lives through education, access, mentoring, and advocacy.
Innovation and Creativity – We encourage taking informed risks, trying new ideas, and getting out of our comfort zone.
What We Do
Every 3 years JWF funds organizations/programs that support Jewish women and girls. We fund with a “gender lens” and a “Jewish lens,” recognizing that Jewish women and girls have unique needs both because of their gender and their religious and cultural heritage.
We create awareness of issues and needs facing Jewish women and girls through informal gatherings throughout the year and our signature event “Let’s Talk About It.” The annual event is a panel discussion of experts and community members discussing timely women’s issues. We focus on topics that may be difficult to discuss and present them in a safe, non-judgmental, confidential forum where the audience can feel comfortable asking questions and sharing experiences. Past topics have included LGBTQ+ Awareness, Substance Abuse, and Women’s Reproductive Issues.
JWF members interact with our grantee partners through hands on activities throughout the year.
Click here for the Jewish Women’s Foundation brochure.
- 2020 Annual Meeting
- 2020 Let’s Talk About It
- 2019 Annual Meeting
- 2019 Let’s Talk About It
- 2018 Annual Meeting
- 2018 Let’s Talk About It
- 2017 Annual Meeting
- 2017 DNA of Messaging
- 2016 Wine and Cheese Event
- 2016 Breakfast Event
- 2016 Annual Meeting
- 2016 Women and Change
- 2015 Annual Meeting
- JWF Photo Gallery Archives
Contact Sarah Schatz, Manager, Philanthropy and Social Impact, or call
858-279-2740 for more information.