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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Hadassah Foundation Mourns the Passing of Bernice Tannenbaum




The Hadassah Foundation mourns the passing of Bernice Tannenbaum on Monday. Bernice, the former national president of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, accomplished so much in her 101 (!!!) years. She was one of the main forces behind the establishment of the Foundation in 1998, and since our beginning, was HWZOA's liaison to the Foundation--a role she actively engaged in until last year. In her honor, in 2009 the Foundation established the Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize, which is given annually to someone who has advanced the cause of girls and women.

Read more about Bernice's extraordinary life here.

Bernice, we will miss you!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Hadassah Foundation at the Jewish Funders Network

The Hadassah Foundation was active at the Jewish Funders Network's annual meeting in Tel Aviv this week. In addition to participating in a session about Jewish values, the Foundation helped organize a meeting, pictured above, of funders interested in women's issues.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Eliminating Sexual Harassment in the Israeli Workplace

Each year, countless women face sexual harassment on the job in Israel--causing some to lose their positions when they complain. Others simply quit rather than file a complaint.  During our visit yesterday to our new grantee, the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel, we learned about their plan to provide in-depth consultations to several employers so they can reduce, and hopefully eliminate, this threat to their female (and male!) employees. Companies that adopt comprehensive plans would be eligible for citation--making Israel the first country in the world to recognize these good corporate citizens.

Equal Pay for Women for Equal Work

The Hadassah Foundation is excited to partner with the New Israel Fund's technical-assistance arm in Israel, Shatil, on its Equal Pay Project.  Yesterday we learned about an online tool that they have developed that will enable employers to easily upload, anonymously, payroll data, and will produce a customized report indicating pay gaps, by sex, within job titles. They will also work closely with a handful of organizations to reduce any disparities in pay based on sex.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Single Mothers: A Force to be Reckoned With

Today we had the priviledge of meeting Irit, pictured above, a leader in the 1000-member coalition of single mothers organized by our grantee, Yedid.  Single mothers like Irit who cannot obtain child support from fathers receive up to $1450/month from the Israeli government.  However, if they earn as little as $600/month, their payment is reduced--and encourages these women to stay out of the workforce. Though the Yedid campaign, women like Irit argue that child support should not be linked to the mother's income.

You can hear from Irit herself here.

Learning from an Israeli Colleague

We were fortunate to have lunch today with Hamutal Gouri (third from right, above), a colleague who directs the Dafna Fund, a feminist foundation in Israel.  They are supporting sime of the same groups we support; they are also trying to build the feminist field as a whole in Israel via research and outreach to young feminist leaders.

Training Haredi Women for Work

Today we visited a project we fund at Hebrew University--the National Council of Jewish Women's program to train ultra-Orthodox women for positions in the early childhood field. We met members of the program's third cohort on their first day of classes, and they were a very enthusiastic bunch! About half of the program graduates work in NCJW early-childhood programs, with the others taking on other positions to bring much-needed income into their households.