Thank you especially to Sue Frische and Megan Block for educating us on why it is so crucial to raise our voices and keep Betsy DeVos' #HandsOffIX. The Department of Education will accept public comments until January 28th, so use the Women's Law Project guide here to speak up from wherever you are!” From the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section.
It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of our dear friend and fearless leader, Nancy Schwartz Sternoff. May her memory be a blessing.
Nancy Schwartz Sternoff died on January 12, 2019 in New York, NY after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. An exceptional organizational strategist, fundraiser, and feminist leader, Nancy earned an M.A. in American Literature from NYU and a B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University. Born in North Carolina, Nancy raised her children in Seattle. She spent her early career in politics, including as a top aide to former Congressman John Miller from 1984 to 1989. She then served as the Executive Director of the Women’s Department at the Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, and was the first and only Women’s Campaign Director in any major city to be promoted to Vice President at the Federation. Nancy also chaired the first Professional Institute of the Women’s Division of CJF/UJA.
In 1998, Nancy became the Director of the Dobkin Family Foundation, a pre-eminent funder of feminist leadership, advocacy, and women’s advancement. In that capacity, she served as an advisor to highly respected organizations such as the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Jewish Women’s Archive, among many others. In 2011, she launched G&S Consultants with Phyllis Teicher Goldman, bringing fundraising, governance, and communications expertise to myriad organizations that work at the intersection of social justice, feminism, and human rights.
Nancy was a force of nature, as gracious as she was fierce. She was a trailblazer, tireless advocate for women, and mentor to countless eager protégés; a world traveler, chef, challah baker, jam maker, and hostess nonpareil. She was a knitter of exquisite and extraordinary talent; an effortlessly chic dresser, meticulous grammarian, theater enthusiast, avid crossword and jigsaw puzzler, patron of the arts, early riser, posture enforcer, Southerner, and Brooklynite.
Nancy was ceaselessly generous with her time and served on the boards of several national organizations including American Jewish World Service, the Jewish Women’s Archive, Bikkurim, and the Jewish Funders Network. A beloved colleague, friend, and mentor to emerging leaders—particularly women—Nancy is remembered for her strength, wisdom, generosity, sharp humor, and passionate loyalty. Committed to empowering others, she selflessly loved, advised, fed, challenged, cared for, and inspired those around her. As Nancy “never knew a stranger,” she will be greatly missed by a huge community of family and friends in whom her spirit resides and flourishes.
She was a beloved mother to her four children, Joshua, Daniel, Miriam, and Anna; mother-in-law of Rebecca, Smadar, O’Neal, and Andrew; adored Nana of Atalya, Mia, Lila, Ilai, Zoey, Madeleine, and Joseph; devoted sister to Susan and Elliot; and beloved wife of the late David Sternoff. Her family is comforted that she will be joining their loving father and Saba, David.
Originally published in Forward. Read more: https://forward.com/life/417515/remembering-nancy-sternoff-jewish-feminist-leader/
On December 12th, the 2018 Shavot Center's Gender Index presented at the Knesset Committee for Gender Equality and the Status of Women. Pictured, MK Aida Touma, the committee chair, opened the session with heartfelt and moving words about the 25th victim of femicide, Iman Awwad, 29, from Acre, who was murdered earlier that week.
At 10am, in the middle of the session, they all stood for a minute of silence in memory of the 25 women murdered since the beginning of the year. MK Touma called for immediate action by the government ministries in the form of adequate funding for services to women victims of violence. (A continued call from the protest we shared earlier.)
The index, now in its fifth year, is the most comprehensive index for gender inequality; it includes 13 different parameters: education, labor market, vocational gendering, economic insecurity and poverty, political and corporate power, culture and media, family status, time economy, violence, health as well as specific focus on women in the Haredi and Arab communities and women in geographically marginalized communities.
Also pictured, member organizations that supported the event: Greater Miami Jewish Federation, קרן דפנה - נשים משתפות פעולה לשינוי, Jewish Women's Fund of Atlanta, Tikkun Olam Women's Foundation of Greater Washington, Jewish Women's Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches.
EJewish Philanthropy named the Jewish Women's Funding Network as one of its top 5 Jewish Philanthropy Trends to Watch.
"Looking further, less than seven percent of foundation giving nationwide supports women and girls and two percent of funding goes to combat gender-based violence. But the Jewish community has a powerful advantage: the scores of Jewish women’s foundations in cities across North America which often evaluate needs of Jewish women and girls in their communities. Their findings can give us a head start. They are local resources just waiting to be deployed."
Click here to read more of the article from EJewish Philanthropy.
Learn about the work of the Hadassah Foundation--an investor in social change for women and girls in the United States and in Israel.
New RFP Process for Grantees Too!
Our new RFP is posted on our website--if you are supporting an organization that meets our criteria, please encourage them to apply!
The Hadassah Foundation is seeking proposals for projects, curricula, and training programs that will enhance the leadership capacity of Jewish girls and young women ages 12-30 in the United States. All applications, to be submitted by email only, are due by February 5, 2018. The grant term will be July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019.
Complete guidelines, as well as the cover sheet and project budget sheet that all applicants are required to use, can be downloaded from www.hadassahfoundation.org.
Learn about the work of our incredible grantees at our Imagine the Possibilities luncheon
Jewish Women's Funding of Greater Pittsburgh with Community Day School present: Snaps, Sexts, Selfies and Self-Esteem: The Tongue-Twisting World of Girls and Social Media with Lisa Hinkelman, Ph.D.Read More
Originally Shared by the Amplifier:
The Women of Vision giving circle at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia recently announced $99,000 in grants. Started in 1994, Women of Vision funds programs that impact the lives of Jewish women and girls across generations, with the goals of social justice and social change. Their 2017-18 grantees are a diverse set of organizations focused on a range of issues including gun violence and the legal needs of senior citizens. Join us in celebrating Women of Vision’s inspiring grantees: Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia (pictured above), CeaseFirePA, SeniorLAW Center and ATZUM - Justice Works.
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Because you are important to us, we wanted to share this exciting news with you. Today, we are announcing that, following an extensive national search, Lindy Eichenbaum Lent will be the next president and CEO of Rose Community Foundation. Lent comes to the Foundation from the nonprofit Civic Center Conservancy, where she has served as executive director since 2009. Rose Community Foundation began its search for a new president and CEO following the unexpected death of its 18-year leader Sheila Bugdanowitz in December 2016. Lent will assume the role on November 27, 2017.Read More
Want to connect with others and get involved in your Jewish community? The Greater Miami Jewish Federation has lots of events planned for October. From volunteer opportunities and celebrations to children's events and community gatherings, there are plenty of options.
Click here to learn what the Greater Miami Jewish Federation suggests!
From the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York Facebook:
"At JWFNY we constantly re-evaluate how we assess grant applicants and how we utilize our Jewish values as women and as philanthropists. In her recent ELI Talk, JWFNY President Debbie Cosgrove discusses how the Four Children at the Seder Table can teach us about nurturing a philanthropic portfolio that is expansive, inclusive, holistic, and nimble."
Originally Posted in The Forward by Alona Wartofsky on July 2, 2017
When philanthropist Barbara Dobkin founded Ma’yan in 1993, her goal was to foster the women’s movement within Jewish communities. Which is exactly what Ma’yan achieved: Based out of the JCC Manhattan, the organization published an influential feminist Passover Haggadah; helped launch the Ritualwell website — offering new resources for spiritual practice — and worked with teen girls to explore personal development, critical inquiry and ethical leadership.
Now, Dobkin and longtime collaborator Eve Landau, who has served as Ma’yan’s executive director throughout its tenure, are setting their sights even wider: In July, Ma’yan will be folded into a new Center for Social Responsibility at the JCC. Landau will serve as the director of the new center, which launches at the start of the JCC’s new fiscal year, July 1.
For those of you who fund to nurture Jewish women’s leadership and/or immigration/refugee issues, I recommend you research Rebecca (Becca) Heller, the Director and Co-Founder of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP; formerly Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project) at the Urban Justice Center, the first organization to provide comprehensive legal representation to refugees in the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. IRAP works to create enforceable legal and human rights on behalf of one of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Becca was awarded the prestigious Charles Bronfman Prize in 2016.
Becca turned out 1600 lawyers in emergency response when President Trump first tried the travel ban; and subsequently is the person who bought the case to the 4th Circuit.
Since IRAP's founding, this visionary organization has become a world leader in the treatment and resettlement of the world's most vulnerable refugees and displaced persons. Its representation relies on a cadre of volunteers--1,200 students from 29 law schools in the United States and Canada and over 700 pro bono attorneys from 75 international law firms and multinational corporations--assisting thousands of refugees on urgent registration, protection, and resettlement cases. IRAP has helped to resettle over 3,600 refugees and displaced persons to 18 different countries, and provided legal assistance through its online advice hotline to more than 20,000 individuals from 55 different countries. IRAP has played a leadership role in enacting eight pieces of Congressional legislation, changing the lives of more than 160,100 individuals.
Israeli Government Abandons Deal to Ensure Women’s Access to Western Wall
June 26, 2017, New York, NY – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today denounced the Israeli government’s renunciation of the 2016 agreement that guaranteed an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“The decision by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to abandon the carefully crafted agreement reached in 2016 to ensure access to the Western Wall by all branches of Judaism on an egalitarian basis steps up the assault on values of gender equality and religious tolerance, and distances the majority of the world’s Jewish community from Israel.
“The agreement previously negotiated was a compromise achieved through the efforts of the Reform and Conservative movements, the Women of the Wall, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and was accepted by a majority vote in the Israeli government. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to bow to the wishes of the ultra-orthodox at this late date is an affront to all who participated in those negotiations and who put their faith in the willingness of the Israeli government to support their religious freedom to pray at the Wall. It appears to be a purely political move by the Prime Minister to appease his ultra-religious supporters.
“All Jewish women and men should be able to have egalitarian prayer access to the Western Wall – the agreement to create an egalitarian space at the adjacent Robinson’s arch was already a compromise position. When fundamentalist ideas dictate the State’s approach to access to holy sites that are sacred to ALL Jews whatever their particular denomination or gender, the vision of Israel as a homeland for all Jews, including women is threatened. NCJW urges the Israeli Government and all Israeli and Diaspora Jews to defend equality and the rights of millions of Jews who are not ultra-orthodox from the imposition of profoundly misogynist and anti-democratic policies.”
On June 7th, the The Jewish Women's Foundation of New York hosted an event that was committed to amplifying the voices of our diverse Jewish community. In the greater New York area alone, there are 66,000 women of color in the Jewish community. The panelist for this event included: Yavilah McCoy, Shoshana Brown, Tamara Fish, and Natasha Nelson. Below is the Facebook Live post from the event for you to enjoy and learn from.
Thirteen members of Miami’s Jewish community recently spent a week in Israel observing the work of Federation's Women's Amutot Initiative and Israel and Overseas Committee. The whirlwind of a trip included site visits to a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Federation beneficiary agencies throughout the country.Read More