JWF was established in 2002 within the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County as a social change grantmaking foundation dedicated to advancing the status of women and girls. Thanks to a groundbreaking $1 million donation, JWF became an independent nonprofit in 2014. The anonymous donation set the stage for continued growth, and our work has expanded to include funding projects outside the Jewish community, advocating for legislative policies that empower women and girls, and the development of two leadership training programs – one for teens, and one for young women.
JWF often collaborates with other organizations who share our passion for feminist social change, and is a founding member of the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance, a group of women’s funds from across the state of Florida. FWFA funded critical research, The Status of Women in Florida : County by County, and The Status of Girls in Florida reports. We are also members of the Jewish Women’s Funding Network.
Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches (JWF) creates long-lasting social change to advance the status of all women and girls in the US and Israel.
The Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches (JWF) envisions a world where gender is not a barrier to safety or success and all women and girls have equal social, political, economic, and religious opportunities.
our core value
Our work is based on Jewish values including Tzedakah (Justice), Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), and Gemillut Chassadim (Acts of Loving Kindness).
We strive to uphold Jewish values as individuals and as an organization.
- transforming culture is the way to elevate the status of women and girls.
- women and men are impacted differently by policies, practices, and institutions.
- when women have opportunities and knowledge, they are empowered to make choices.
- using our collective voices and resources amplifies our impact.
- being resilient allows us to navigate and adapt to change.