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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Hadassah Foundation at the JOFA Conference

The Hadassah Foundation's grantees were well-represented at the 9th International Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) Conference this past weekend. The more than 1200 in attendance were able to go to sessions that featured Rabba Sara Hurwitz (a former Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize winner), and speakers from current grantees Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and the Jewish Women's Archive, and former grantee Moving Traditions.  JOFA itself is also a former Foundation grantee. 

Many of the sessions focused on the growing number and influence of women who have been ordained and serving as clergy in the Orthodox world--a number of whom were ordained by the seminary that Rabba Hurwitz founded and still leads, Yeshivat Maharat.

(Pictured above: Avigayil Halpern, who participated in JWA's Rising Voices Fellowship program, which is supported by the Foundation, and JWA's Executive Director, Dr. Judith Rosenbaum.  Dr. Rosenbaum moderated a panel about Jewish feminism across the denominations, and Avigayil was one of the speakers.) 


Friday, January 13, 2017

The Hadassah Foundation Now Accepting Proposals for U.S. Grants

The Hadassah Foundation is seeking proposals for projects, curricula, and training programs that will enhance the leadership capacity of Jewish girls and young women ages 12-30 in the United States. All applications, to be submitted by email only, are due by February 10, 2017.  The grant term will be July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018.  The Foundation will provide a limited number of one-year grants of up to $40,000, and one three-year grant of up to $25,000 a year for three years.
Complete guidelines, as well as the cover sheet and project budget sheet that all applicants are required to use, can be downloaded at

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Marking our "Chai" Year!

This year, 2017, marks the 18th anniversary of the Hadassah Foundation's grant making!  We have some special plans in store to mark our "chai" (the number 18 in Hebrew) year, but in the meantime, we wanted to share our logo for the celebration with you. We will be using it on all our materials to mark the special occasion.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Israeli Grantees Lauded for the their Work Fighting Violence Against Women

Staffers at two current Foundation grantees in Israel--Orit Sulitzeanu, Executive Director of the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel, and Maki Hacham Neeman, founder, and Tamar Schwarz, CEO, of Women's Spirit--as well as Efrat Pudem, who works for a former grantee, the Tmura Center—were lauded for their work on behalf of women victims of violence at a special ceremony at the Israel President's residence late last month.

The women all received the Minister of Social Equality 2016 Award for Organizations Fighting Violence against Women to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.  The Award – given for the first time in Israel – was granted to five organizations that significantly contributed to combating violence against women in Israel.

 The Minister for Social Equality, Gila Gamliel, said in her speech that:  "The violence against women crosses sectors. It is a problem for all of us and is reflected at all levels, and therefore should be fought against using new legislation initiatives, stronger enforcement measures, more educational means and rapid developing of legal tools. A healthy society should encourage and acknowledge the importance of organizations operating to eradicate violence against women and humankind. I pledge to introduce soon a national plan to combat violence against women, with the aim of having zero incidents of violence against them. This is not just a wishful thinking; it rather is a strategic objective essential to securing the social strength of Israel."

President Reuven Rivlin also supported this mission at the ceremony, stating in his speech: "Violence against women is everywhere, it is present and persistent. It is not only physical and verbal, but is also emotional and sometimes even financial. Even today, despite advances in the legal sphere, social and mass media still report every day about the devastating effects of violence against women."
Mazel tov!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Grantee Spotlight: WEPOWER's Atidot Program

WEPOWER is a nonpartisan organization in Israel that trains and supports women who run for public office and who want to become involved in politics.  Its Atidot [Women of the Future] program targets women ages 25-40 who are involved in their community and are poised to take on further leadership. The program includes lectures, shadowing/mentoring with a woman in a leadership position, and a group project. Vered Asaf (pictured above), from Yerucham, Israel, who runs a program for at-risk youth, explains how she has benefited from this program:

 "The project has helped me make connections with members of the Knesset. I accompanied Knesset Member Dr. Aliza Lavie, and I wandered around the corridors of the Israeli Knesset. I saw woman leaders in the political field. I went to important committees meetings and understand more deeply how this scene works. I would not have had this experience if it were not for the program….In addition, we had to create a vision for ourselves and connect the vision to the goals that we want to achieve. We were closely monitored, and [the program staff] offered help for any difficulty or dilemma we faced, and they were always there for consultation. This is was very helpful."

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hadassah Foundation at #slingshot16

It was great to see so many of the Hadassah Foundation's current and former grantees at Slingshot Day 2016! It is always a wonderful opportunity to learn about innovation in the Jewish community.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

5776: Year in Review

This past year, 5776, has been a strong year for The Hadassah Foundation!

  • We awarded $550,000 to outstanding groups in the United States and in Israel that are bringing the issues of women and girls from the margins to the center of Jewish concern—up from $450,000 last year;
  • We awarded the eighth annual Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize to Lilach Tzur Ben-Moshe, who founded and directs a Foundation grantee, Turning the Tables, which offers vocational training in the fashion industry to Israeli women looking to exit prostitution;  
  • We released a new video about the Foundation and our Tannenbaum Prize winner, which is now posted on YouTube; and
  • 10 current and former Foundation grantees have been cited by the Slingshot Fund as being among the most innovative organizations in the Jewish community.

In the coming year, we anticipate a range of activities in honor of our "chai" year of grant making, and hope you will help us mark this achievement!


As we count our blessings as we begin the new year, we also redouble our commitment to tikkun olam.  Your support of The Hadassah Foundation helps improve the lives women and girls in both the U.S. and Israel.   Please consider making a donation at Your contribution will enable us to find solutions to gender inequality in our lifetimes. 


We wish you and your loved ones a Shana Tova!