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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Israeli Knesset Committee on Gender Equality Highlights Foundation Grantee

Earlier today, the Israeli Knesset's Committee on Gender Equality held a special meeting to mark the publication of the 2015 Gender Index, published by Foundation Grantee WIPS - Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Sphere, a feminist think tank and applied research institute housed at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem.  The Hadassah Foundation has supported the Index for the past three years. 


MK Aida Touma, the first Arab woman to Chair a Knesset Committee (and the executive director of a former Foundation grantee, Women Against Violence) opened the session with words of appreciation for WIPS and its co-founders, Professors Naomi Chazan and Hannah Herzog, for initiating and publishing the first comprehensive gender index measuring gender inequality in Israel across 11 domains, using 56 different indicators. 


The Index, published for the third year, is a valuable source of data and information about the presistant gender gaps in Israel, and is used by policy and decision makers and government officials to inform policies, legislation and enforcement.  The key findings show that while women have made major strides and have greater access to higher education, the gaps between women and men---especially gaps in employment and pay--remain steady accross most domains.
You can read more about the Gender Index here.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hadassah Foundation Accepting Proposals from Israeli Nonprofits

At long last, our RFP for Israeli organizations working to empower low-income Israeli women has been released! We are interested in social change, gender-sensitive projects that help low-income women of all backgrounds in Israel achieve economic independence. Grants of up to $25,0000 will be awarded. The Foundation is particularly interested in programs that provide cutting-edge approaches to solve problems that have not been addressed previously.

Areas of interest include:
• Savings, Asset Development, and Pension Planning
• Grassroots Programs that provide resources and training
• Legal and Policy Advocacy Initiatives
• Business Development Services that help women who own businesses improve their outreach and marketing
• Leadership development initiatives that increase the number of, and capacity of, women in positions of leadership.
All applications are due by Thursday, July 30th.

You can learn more here.

Meet the New Tannenbaum Prize Winner!

The Hadassah Foundation on Monday awarded the 2015 Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize to Jessica Nare, Director of Leadership Programs at Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS), in a ceremony at the UJA-Federation of New York.

The Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize recognizes emerging professionals who have made innovative contributions to advance the status of women and girls in Israel and the United States. Awardees demonstrate a high degree of talent, commitment, and accomplishment in their work. The prize honors Bernice S. Tannenbaum, z’’l, for her lifetime of service to the Jewish People; the State of Israel; and Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America.

Jessica Nare was awarded the prize for her work directing the Girls Give Back teen leadership program at JFS. Supported by the Hadassah Foundation, Girls Give Back empowers the next generation of female leaders to create meaningful change in the world around them. Teens learn about issues that impact women and girls, and develop leadership skills by planning service projects. Girls Give Back promotes Jewish values and the importance of tikkun olam while developing social-mindedness, critical thinking, healthy self-esteem, and empathy in high school girls.

“Jessica Nare is a young woman with great potential, and has already achieved so much in her leadership role with Girls Give Back,” said Rabbi Ellen Flax, Director of the Hadassah Foundation.

In the last year, under Nare’s leadership, Girls Give Back teen leaders have:
• Volunteered more than 1,200 hours, earning the Presidential Gold Volunteer Service Award
• Hosted a Teen Gender Equality Conference for 60 teens from Carlsbad to Baja California
• Created a facilitated a middle school empowerment program for 12 girls in grades 6, 7, and 8.
• Launched the blog “Wisdom for Womanism” in December 2014, created 19 original posts, and garnered close to 3,000 unique views from across the world
• Partnered with the Hands Up Teen Leadership Program at JFS to host, “Rock Out to Give Back”, which raised over $7,000 for JFS’ food pantry and domestic violence programs.

“We are still living in a society where women are underrepresented in positions of power. Girls Give Back develops community among high school Jewish girls and provides them with the skills and confidence they need to be the next generation of leaders,” Nare said. “I’m honored to be recognized by the Hadassah Foundation, an organization with a long-standing commitment to the advancement of Jewish girls and women.”

Nare holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in women’s studies from San Diego State University. In addition to her work at JFS, Nare serves as a core faculty member in the College of Letters and Sciences at National University and as a lecturer in Women’s Studies at SDSU. She also serves on the Human Relations Commission of the City of San Diego and is an alumna of the San Diego Leadership Alliance.

The Prize provides $500 in general operating support to Girls Give Back at JFS, as well as $2,500 to Jessica Nare to further her professional development.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Jewish Women's Foundations Flex their Muscle

One highlight of every year for the Hadassah Foundation is the annual gathering of the Jewish women's foundations from across the country.  Foundation directors, as well as lay leaders, descended upon a retreat center in suburban NY for three days of intensive conversation about how we can better work together to bring the issues of women to the forefront of the Jewish community.   

Cincinnati House Party

The Hadassah Foundation made it to the Queen City! Many thanks to our Board Member Kim Heiman, who hosted a house party at her home. Guests learned about the work of the Foundation in both Israel and the United States, and how they could support our efforts.




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Israel's State-Sanctioned Adultery Blacklist

Susan Weiss, director of our Jerusalem-based grantee Center for Women's Justice penned this extraordinarily disturbing piece for the The Sisterhood blog of The Forward. She notes that the Israeli government maintains a list, containing thousands of names, of people who are ineligible to marry who they wish for a variety of religious reasons. You can read it and weep here.

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!