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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hadassah National Board Visits the Van Leer Institute

The national board of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, just finished up a trip to Israel, and while there, visited one of the Foundation's grantees, Van Leer Institute. Naomi Chazan (left, above, with Liz Alpert, a board member of both the Foundation and HWZOA), the co-director of the Institute's Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere, told the group about the Center's gender index, which attempts to monitor the status of Israeli women on a year-to-year basis by looking at a number of indicators.  The Foundation has supported this effort for three years. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Girls Lead on Long Island

This week, the Hadassah Foundation visited one of its American grantees, the Girls Lead program of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (Long Island.)  This program, run out of the JCC of the Five Towns, develops the teens' personal leadership skills though the filter of philanthropy and volunteerism.  They will learn about, and select, a local organization for a grant, and then provide hands-on service to the organization.  Kelly Alpert Vest (left), staffs the program; Talia Goldman (pictured on right) was the special lecturer on Sunday.  

Monday, February 2, 2015

Tannenbaum Prize Deadline--Now February 9th

Our website was down. (Oy!) And the office was closed for snow.

So we have decided to extend the deadline for applications for the Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize to Monday, February 9th.

The Prize honors the achievements of an up-and-coming feminist leader--someone who is making a positive impact on the lives of Jewish girls and young women in the United States, or for Israeli women. It also provides the winner with something all-too-rare in the Jewish community: funds to pursue a professional development activity.

All (electronic-only) applications (now) are due by Monday, February 9th, 2015. More information can be found here.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hadassah Foundation RFP for U.S. Organizations Serving Jewish Girls and Young Women

The Hadassah Foundation is now accepting proposals from U.S.-based organizations that are developing the leadership capabilities and skills of Jewish girls and young women ages 12-30. The Foundation will provide a limited number of grants of up to $40,000. Multi-year grants are not available. All proposals must be received by email no later than 11:59 AM (NY EDT) Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

Read more about the RFP here.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Seeking Nominees for the Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize!

Can you help the Hadassah Foundation identify an amazing emerging feminist leader?

The Hadassah Foundation will be awarding its annual Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize on June 8th, and we need your help soliciting applications for the Prize. As in previous years, the Prize will be awarded to an emerging leader serving Jewish girls and young women in the U.S., or to an emerging leader in the field of women's economic empowerment in Israel; we will accept nominations from current/former Foundation grantees as well as from organizations that have not received a grant from us to-date. Ideally, we are looking for someone with less than about 15 years of professional experience.

All (electronic-only) applications are due by Monday, February 2nd, 2015. More information can be found here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shatil Meets the Hadassah Foundation Board

We had a special visitor at the Hadassah Foundation's Board Meeting last week--Naomi Schacter (pictured, at center, back row), Shatil's associate director, came by to meet the Board and talk about the challenges faced by women in Israel. We covered a broad set of issues--from the difficulties faced by women who want to marry and divorce free of religious coercion, to the challenges faced by contract workers. Thanks, Naomi, for a fascinating talk!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shopping for a Good Cause--Foundation Event at the New Rebecca Minkoff Store

Last night, friends of the Hadassah Foundation shopped with a purpose at a great event at the new Rebecca Minkoff store in Soho! We got to view Rebecca's latest designs, and a portion of all sales were donated to the Foundation. Many thanks to Rebecca Minkoff, pictured above, alongside her aunt, Foundation Board Member Debbie Minkoff, for opening her store to us, and for even signing some purses! More pictures from the event can be viewed here.