< Jewish Women’s Foundation
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.
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Projects that promote relationships among women from different cultures, denominations and economic status.
Projects that address building financial literacy and self-sufficiency, improving the economic status for women and their families.
Projects that provide educational opportunities for women and girls to increase their voices by developing skills such as negotiation and advocating.
Projects that address the elimination of injustices and changing attitudes that systematically exclude or disadvantage women.
Projects that protect, promote and educate about health and healthy lifestyles.
Partial funding for a three-year financial education program for young women in the San Diego Jewish community. This pilot program includes an education series, bootcamps, and one-off community speaker events covering topics such as goal setting, negotiating, investing, navigating transitions, and building a prosperous future. Multiple cohorts will be formed to create community with networking opportunities around learning.
Financial Fitness seeks to empower young women with the confidence to achieve long- term economic security, the resiliency to meet financial challenges, and the motivation to become decision-makers. In its pilot year in San Diego, JWI ran two Financial Fitness 1.0 series, and one Financial Fitness 2.0 series. Each series has four sessions during which participants learn to create money goals, organize finances, budget, negotiate, invest, and how discuss money with partners and financial advisors. JWI created a local Young Women’s Impact Network leadership board and hired a Senior Financial Literacy Director, who will be instrumental in creating future financial literacy programming. JWF funding has brought this important program to the San Diego community.
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To create an adaptation of Moving Traditions’ Rosh Hodesh program for the needs of Orthodox young women; and to train a cohort to implement the program as a pilot in the San Diego Orthodox community. The program provides a safe space for young women, teens, and girls to have healthy conversations about sensitive topics and to provide a space to broaden their horizons and identities as young women.
With JWF’s support, Beth Jacob Congregation has made tremendous progress in their development and adaptation of Moving Traditions’ Rosh Chodesh program to be applicable to the Orthodox community. Altering initial plans to launch the first cohort this year, program leaders have stayed nimble and decided to include a fourth year of programming, with cohorts beginning in the fall. There is community excitement around supporting young women, openness to new ideas, and willingness to support this type of program, which puts this program in a strong position for a successful launch. In fact, because the development of this program has sparked increased conversation and new thinking around mental health, child development, and the needs of women, one of the program facilitators launched a weekly Shabbat program in which adult women have a safe space to discuss issues they face.
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This grant will provide an extra year of support and leadership development for the graduates of Shavot’s Mentoring Program. Middle school girls meet monthly as a group and weekly with a 1:1 mentor to strengthen leadership skills such as public speaking, self-presentation, and entrepreneurship.
With JWF’s funding, Shavuot launched 4 alumni groups this year and intends to launch 10 more next year. Each group has 10 girls who have completed Shavot’s mentorship program. As Shavot’s “hackathon” was postponed in April due to Covid-19, participants instead became “Managers for a Day” in partnership with Strauss, the largest food company in Israel, in celebration of International Women’s Day. Every participant was mentored by a powerful female Strauss employee, to learn what she does and join a conversation with the company’s CEO about gender equality. Additionally, each of Shavot’s Alumni participants completed a leadership project where they learned and executed effective planning, public speaking, presentation, and entrepreneurship skills. Individual projects included beach cleanups, selling artwork to raise money for women with cancer, raising awareness of disabilities, baking cakes for women’s shelters, and volunteering at a children’s hospital.
Post high school gap year program (Mechina) that aims to empower and transform young women from at-risk and immigrant communities. Girls are provided with resources, skills and necessary support to rise above their circumstances, succeed in the IDF, and become active members of society. JWF funding will support an Advocacy Skills program where girls will create and implement an awareness campaign about a cause significant to them.
This year ImpactIsrael added a new Developing Leadership and Advocacy Skills Program to their IsraElite Young Women’s Leadership Program, supported by JWF. 28 young women between the ages of 18 to 20 years old deferred their mandatory military service to participate in this transformative experience. Participants elected a four-member Leadership and Advocacy Committee to lead this new program. The Committee researched potential advocacy topics, and together with the group, decided that their issue would be environmental advocacy. ImpactIsrael’s leadership was impressed that the participants selected an issue that is far removed from their lives and rarely discussed in their communities. They developed an action plan that included engaging with local leaders and decided on the best strategies for their advocacy. In addition to the leadership and advocacy skills, participants gained tangible outcomes of the program included installing recycling bins, community park clean-ups, and reduced energy consumption by participants.
Impact Israel Website