JWF Monthly Update – July 28, 2017

Tami & Lisa at the Israel Museum

We hope you are enjoying the summer months. As you can see in the update below, Lisa and I were recently in Israel. We met with several of the inspiring women, who lead organizations in Israel that JWF supports through our grants process. Our grants in Israel empower women and their families and support women’s leadership to create a more just and equitable society. I also spoke at a graduate level class in non-profit management at Hebrew University’s Rothberg School for Overseas Students.

In this week’s Torah portion, Devarim, Moses begins his farewell message to the children of Israel 37 days before his passing. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin asks the question: “If you could give one last message to your descendants, what would you say?” Moses began his farewell message discussing the importance of justice and that a just society begins with equal justice under the law.

Through your support of JWF’s mission to empower women and their families, you send a powerful message in support of justice and equity. You are showing your descendants, your children and grandchildren, your commitment to create positive change in the world. We look forward to working with you this year and celebrating the impact of our work together at our Imagine the Possibilities luncheon and 15th anniversary celebration on December 13th

Enjoy the important updates below on JWF’s grants, advocacy, and leadership development work. Read the articles at the bottom on topics related to JWF’s work. Review our schedule of programs and events for 2017-18 and mark your calendars! As always, please contact us with your ideas and to get involved.

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and all my best,



Happy hour with JWF

JWF held its first summer social on July 18. It was a lovely social gathering hosted by Vivian Lieberman, Carla Schwartz, and Phyllis Shuster at Cooper’s Hawk in Palm Beach Gardens. JWF trustees and friends enjoyed spending a casual evening together – so stay tuned for more social evenings this coming year!

Join a committee!

One of the greatest benefits of being a JWF trustee is the ability to join a committee and have a voice in the decision-making process! Sign up now before the season starts!

For more information, or to join a committee, please email jennifer@jwfpalmbeach.org.

Grants Committee
Ellen Kaufman, Chair
Laurie Winston, Co-Chair
• Plan and recommend grant guidelines, procedures and timelines for all JWF grant cycles
• Update grant cycle policies and documents annually
• Review grant proposals and determine what projects JWF funds
• Recommend annual grants docket to Board of Trustees
• Create awareness in the community regarding JWF grant cycles, guidelines and funding priorities

Advocacy & Education Committee
Cynthia Brown & Liz Reitman, Chairs
• Plan and recommend advocacy campaigns
• Identify and collaborate with potential partner organizations and coalitions
• Plan and execute educational programs for Trustees and the community on issues important to JWF


Michal, Tami & Lisa

This summer Tami and Lisa were in Israel and had the opportunity to meet with grantee partners, Michal Barkai from ALMA pre-military academy and Ronit Heyd from Shatil, The New Israel Fund Initiative for Social Change.



Israeli grantee partner Ohr Torah Stone proudly announces that effective September 1, 2017, Rabbanit Devorah Evron will be assuming leadership of the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership (WIHL). To learn more about Rabbanit Evron and WIHL, read this announcement.

Our grants are truly creating positive change in the U.S. and Israel through empowering women and developing women’s leadership.


Talking to Boys the Way we Talk to Girls – New York Times

Trafficked by a diplomat. – PRI’s The World

Why Women Aren’t C.E.O.s – New York Times

New York’s Child Marriage ‘Ban’ Still Doesn’t Protect Girls – HuffPost

6 Women On What They Used To Think Feminism Was Vs. What They Think Now – Bustle

In Arkansas, Women Will Need Permission From Men To Get Abortions – HuffPost

Stories of Sexism in the Workplace – New York Times

Israeli airline can’t make women move seats for religious reasons, court rules – The Guardian

Suspending the Western Wall Compromise – eJewish Philanthropy


A new baby in the JWF family!

Mazel Tov to JWF trustee Ashley Brevda, and her husband Michael, on the birth of their son, Jordan Matthew on Thursday, July 27!


August 25 – 27No Small Change Orientation. NSC weekend-long orientation will be held at the Ramada, West Palm Beach. (This is for participants in JWF’s teen philanthropic leadership program.)

October 2 – 7PM – 9PMFeminist, Progressive & Zionist: Jewish Women Confront Anti-Semitism. Temple Torah Emet, Boynton Beach.

October 3 – 7PM – 9PMFeminist, Progressive & Zionist: Jewish Women Confront Anti-Semitism. JCC, Palm Beach Gardens

Save the Date – December 13, 2017Imagine the Possibilities campaign luncheon honoring Sandra Krakoff and celebrating our 15th anniversary. Lisa Schneider, event chair. Richie Comiter and Beth Wayne, event co-chairs. Colony Hotel, Palm Beach. Sponsorship and Tribute opportunities available. Call the JWF office for more information or visit our website!

Save the Date — March 1-8, 2018Force For Change Conference, experience Israel through a gender lens with JWF.

For a complete list of meetings and events, please visit our events page.

For more information about JWF programs and events, please contact Miriam Laing, External Relations Manager, at 561-275-2200 or by emailing miriam@jwfpalmbeach.org.