Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Current grantee AVODAH was once again on its national list of the most innovative groups; past grantees Hazon, Keshet, Mayim Hayim, Moving Traditions, and Yeshivat Maharat also made the list. Like last year, Slingshot once lifted up the accomplishments of feminist groups for its separate Women and Girls supplement. Past grantees the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, the Jewish Women’s Archive, Lillith Magazine, and Shalom Bayit were named to this list.
Congrats to them all!
A full list of all the organizations in the Slingshot 14-15 guide, including the Women and Girls supplement, can be found here.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Today, we had the good fortune to meet with Foundation grantee New Israel Fund--Shatil. Naomi Schacter, the associate director of Shatil (above, left) told us about the progress of a Foundation-funded initative to convince the Israeli government to support local, women's cooking cooperatives as the providers of school lunches in poor communities. Several years ago, the government began to pay for hot school lunches in the "periphery." Shatil and its allies are working to ensure that local women get their fair share of these government contracts.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Read about the case here:
Rabbinic court bars woman from introducing her children to female partner
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
This year, we made grants totaling $360,000 to 22 organizations in Israel and the United States that empower girls and women. We awarded $240,000 to 18 Israeli organizations that are empowering Israeli women from all walks of life, as well as $120,000 to four organizations in the United States as part of our new initiative to strengthen leadership development opportunities for young Jewish women.
In addition to supporting eight first-time grantees, the Foundation also awarded “sustaining” grants for the second consecutive year. These grants provide general operating support to four long-term grantees which have played a particularly critical role in supporting the economic empowerment of women in Israel.
The 2014 grants were awarded to the following organizations:
Bar Ilan University, The Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center, $5,000 (Sustaining Grant)
The Rackman Center provides legal counsel to women seeking a divorce. It works proactively to improve policy and practice by educating future family lawyers to safeguard women’s rights and advocating for changes in Israeli family law.
Center for Women’s Justice, $5,000 (Sustaining Grant)
The Center pursues precedent-setting litigation and legal advocacy on behalf of women who have suffered unjust treatment, discrimination, or whose basic human rights have been infringed upon when seeking a divorce.
Itach-Maaki - Women Lawyers for Social Justice, $5,000 (Sustaining Grant)
Itach-Maaki is a public interest law organization working on behalf of low-income Israeli women. Itach helps women to file employment-related lawsuits and form peer support groups and educates the public about issues affecting women.
Tmura - The Israeli Antidiscrimination Center, $20,000
The Reclaiming Feminine Justice: Understanding and Combating Economic Violence program aims to make known and reduce the instances of economic violence that occur in Israel by using law reform and legal action against the perpetrators of this little known form of abuse.
The Making It Work: Empowering Low-Income Working Women project helps enforce and improve labor laws affecting women in Israel. Yedid proactively reaches women in abusive workplaces and helps them seek enforcement of labor laws.
Policy Education and Coalition Building
New Israel Fund, Shatil, $10,000
Toward Sustenance: Women Establish Social Businesses fosters policies, regulations and practices more conducive to the advancement of women’s microfinance initiatives, with a focus on catering enterprises that provide meals to schoolchildren in poor regions.
Van Leer Jerusalem Institute - The Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere, $18,000
Working in concert with a range of women’s group in Israel, the Center has created a “Gender Index,” a first-of-its kind, quantitative, and up-to-date index which aims to illustrate and monitor the status of diverse women and gender issues in Israel from a vast range of fields.
Adva Center, $18,000
The Adva Center will produce several short videos based on its guidebook for Israeli women called “What Women Need to Know about Saving for Retirement.”
Economic Empowerment for Women, $5,000 (Sustaining Grant)
Economic Empowerment for Women promotes asset development among low-income women who manage microenterprises, based on the U.S. model of the Individual Development Account.
Business Training & Entrepreneurship
The Latet Atid program (“to give a future”) helps women with incomes near the poverty line create or expand micro businesses. It provides business training to these burgeoning entrepreneurs while also giving them access to microloans, as part of an arrangement it has with Leumi Bank.
The Socio-Economic Development of Bedouin Women in the Negev project improves the socio-economic status of Bedouin women via financial literacy classes and small business development services. The grant also supports the production of the only feminist Arabic-language newspaper serving this community.
Vocational Training and Job Placement
Jerusalem Intercultural Center, $20,000
The Improving Health Care in East Jerusalem through Training Women Paramedical Professionals project prepares East Jerusalem residents trained in paramedical professional fields at universities in the West Bank and Jordan to pass Israeli Ministry of Health certification and competency exams so they can work in their chosen fields at health institutions in East Jerusalem, many of which suffer from staffing shortages.
Olim Beyahad, $9,000
Olim Beyahad assists Ethiopian Israeli university graduates ages 21-40 in finding suitable jobs at the forefront of Israel’s workforce, while providing them with practical skills that enable them to gain employment, and ensure long-term vocational success. The Foundation is supporting a networking and enrichment program for female participants in the program.
Women’s Spirit, $7,500
Women’s Spirit works to promote economic independence for women who are victims of domestic violence. Its extensive network of volunteers provides mentoring, access to jobs, and hands-on coaching in the world of work to clients.
The National Council of Jewish Women Research Institute for Innovation in Education at Hebrew University, $20,000
The Training Haredi Women for the Workforce as Educators in the Pre-School Sector program will enable these women to bring much-needed income into their large, lower-income homes.
Turning the Tables, $15,000
This organization trains women who are attempting to exit prostitution for jobs in the fashion sector.
Women Against Violence, $15,000 This Arab-Israeli feminist organization, based in Nazareth, received funds for its Women and Employment program, which is designed to improve job prospects for Israeli-Arab women with college/university degrees.
WEPOWER, a nonpartisan organization, works with women who are considering a run for public office, as well as train those who have already been elected. The College for Women in Politics in the Negev trains a cohort of women who have just been elected to municipal governments/city councils in the Beersheva region, to help them better understand issues and budgets from a gender perspective.
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, $28,000
AVODAH Women Leading Together (AWLT) is a career and leadership development program for early career AVODAH alumnae (ages 25-30) that will enable participants to develop a career and leadership strategy, engage in career and leadership coaching, and participate in immersive long-term small group peer coaching.
Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, $33,000
The JCRC’s Long Island office will create the Girls LEAD program, leadership development program for Jewish, female teens from the Five Towns community. Working in concert with the JCC of the Greater Five Towns, and the Women’s Fund of Long Island, this program will develop the teens’ personal leadership skills, and strengthen their leadership abilities through consensus building, philanthropy and volunteerism as they learn about, and select, a local organization for a grant, and then provide hands-on service to the organization.
Jewish Family Service of San Diego, $35,000
The JFS of San Diego’s Girls Give Back program educates Jewish girls from the area about gender inequality, develops concrete leadership skills, and empowers young women to actively engage in the San Diego community through ongoing volunteer work and service learning projects.
UCLA Hillel, $24,000
UCLA’s Esther Fellowship will poise undergraduate women for leadership on campus, and help them serve as leaders and role models for other women. The program includes a Jewishly-infused curriculum, and students will meet with female leaders from the local Jewish community.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The Hadassah Foundation is having a good showing at Hadassah's national convention in Las Vegas! Today, Board Member Lonye Rasch (center, above) and Director Rabbi Ellen Flax (to Lonye's left) spoke at a session about how Hadassah empowers women around the world, with a focus on the Foundation's grant making in Israel.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
A campaign begun 10 years ago by the Adva Center to convince the Israel Finance Ministry that it should undertake a gender audit of the national budget, for the purpose of increasing gender equality, as well as budget transparency and efficiency, saw a breakthrough in October 2013, when the Minister of Finance appointed a national committee to examine that very possibility. The Adva Center provided professional consulting services to the committee.
On June 25, 2014, another milestone was reached, when the committee submitted its interim report. The Committee recommended that government ministries undertake gender audits of their own expenditures, and that the State Revenues Authority undertake a gender audit of state revenues, beginning with the national budget for fiscal 2015.
Gender mainstreaming, which includes gender auditing of budgets, is a strategy for improving the status of women in society. It involves examining whether a particular program or budget, which is assumed to be gender neutral, actually has a differential effect on women and men, then changing the program or budget so that it contributes to greater gender equality.
Adva Center brought the strategy of gender mainstreaming to Israel in 2004, when it created the Women's Budget Forum, a coalition of 30 women's and human rights organizations which began to work for women's fair share of government spending. This strategy is recommended by the European Union and has been implemented in many European countries, including those of Scandinavia, Germany, Austria and Spain. (It is also a strategy that was funded by the Hadassah Foundation.)
The Committee for Gender Auditing the National Budget of Israel delivered its interim report in late June, at the Knesset, at a meeting of the Knesset Committee for Promotion of the Status of Women, chaired by MK Dr. Aliza Lavie. The Committee recommended that government ministries undertake gender audits of their own expenditures, and that the State Revenues Authority undertake a gender audit of state revenues, beginning with the budget for fiscal 2015. The Committee also instructed the Budget Department of the Finance Ministry and the Office of the Prime Minister to prepare a Gender Audit Guide. The Adva Center was informed that its gender experts will be involved in creation of the Guide. Finally, the Committee recommended that a gender audit be included in the official, published budget book of each government ministry.
For complete program guidelines, information about previous grant recipients, and application instructions, visit the Hadassah Foundation website. All applications are due by July 30, 2014.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Under her leadership, Yedid has assisted thousands of families from low-income and other vulnerable populations to break free from the cycle of poverty, access their rights, and secure their futures in Israel.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
More than a dozen Jewish women's funds from across the country, as well as the Dafna Fund from Israel, gathered together to discuss communalities and how they can better work together. Many of our conversations focussed on how we can work together to further women's leadership in the Jewish community. The Hadassah Foundation's founding chair, Barbara Dobkin, has generously supported this gathering for many years, believing there is greater power in the groups working together.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Shutafot, a coalition comprised of some of the leading feminist organizations in Israel, is "drawing" attention to economic inequality. This Foundation grantee recently ran a poster competition to illustrate this issue, and a panel of experts selected the finalists and semi-finalists, all of which are currently on display at the upscale Dizengoff shopping center in Tel Aviv. Ronit Piso, who directs the coalition, is pictured above, next to the posters on display at the shopping mall. Hear Ronit talk about her favorite poster in the exhibition here. The Hadassah Foundation supports Shutafot via the Jewish Women's Collaborative International Fund, a coalition of 17 Jewish women's foundations and funds in the U.S. and Israel.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Hadassah's Leadership Fellows (pictured above)--Hadassah new program for younger women with leadership potential--today visited the Van Leer Institute, a Hadassah Foundation grantee. The Institute's Naomi Chazan described their gender index, which is supported by the Foundation and measures gender inequality in many areas in Israel.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Barbara Swirski, the director of the Tel Aviv-based think- and action-tank, the Adva Center, has long championed work that improves the economic gender imbalance in Israel. On the computer screen next to Barbara, above, is the prototype of a Hadassah Foundation-funded guide for women trying to make sense of Israel's pension system--there is no other source of unbiased information for women. After the guide is completed, Adva is using Foundation funds to create a series of animated films about women and pension issues. This is work is particularly important because Israel created a 401k-style pension program for virtually all workers several years ago. Women, who are disproportionately likely to engage in low-wage and contract work, have fewer viable investing choices available to them than full time and well-paid workers.
The Hadassah Foundation is proud of its long partnership with the Israeli feminist legal group Itach-Maaki. Among its many priorities is fighting for the rights of ultra-Orthodox preschool teachers, who are grossly underpaid. Their director, Keren Shemesh-Perlmutter, is pictured above.
Turning the Tables is a Tel Aviv-based group that is helping women exit the sex trades by offering them alternative careers in the fashion industry. Their studio, pictured above, along with their Director, Lilach Tzur Ben Moshe, is a hub of activity. Women take sewing and design lessons, create clothes (on the rack besides Lilach) that can be sold, or engage in sewing piecework for pay. Other groups in Israel provide social services for this vulnerable population, but this is the only organization focusing on alternative career choices.Watch Lilach describe some of clothes that program participants have designed here.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
East Jerusalem residents typically study at colleges and universities in the West Bank or Jordan. For those who study in the allied health professions, such as nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy and want to work in their home community, where there is a shortage of qualified Arabic speaking health professions, passing the mandatory Israeli Ministry of Health certification exams can be challenging, since their studies do not always align with the content of the exams. With funding from the Hadassah Foundation, the Jerusalem Intercultural Center has developed test-preparation courses for these professionals, the majority of whom are female. Above, three members of the first class of nursing students who passed the certification exam with the help of JICC lead a tour of their workplace, Murkassed Hospital in East Jerusalem.
Today, at the National Council of Jewish Women's (NCJW) Research Institute for Innovation in Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, there was a milestone ceremony: the first group of ultra-Orthodox women trained by the Institute for careers in early-childhood outreach "graduated" from the program. The Hadassah Foundation, which funded the training program, was on hand to present the certificates of completion to the participants (pictured above.) Israeli municipalities with large ultra-Orthodox populations have expressed an interest in hiring these women, who have traditionally not participated in the workforce despite high levels of poverty in the ultra-Orthodox sector.
Monday, March 24, 2014
WEPOWER, a new Hadassah Foundation grantee, supports women thinking about running for office in Israel, as well as those just elected. They are a non-partisan group. They are providing training to a group of newly-elected city councilwomen from across Israel's southern region (pictured above) so they can be more effective public officials. At yesterday's training session in Beersheva, the group learned about the ways that women can improve their negotiating skills when promoting social change.You can hear from Mina Kalman Haddad, a new city councilwoman from Beersheva who is participating in the training here.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
The Foundation's visit to Israel began with a trip to Beersheva, to visit several female-owned enterprises aided by Latet Atid (to give a future.) Latet provides each aspiring business owner (who must have a family income within +/- 5% of the Israeli poverty level) with a mentor (an experienced business consultant) along with a loan of up to $10,000. Above, Irena poses with her home-based cosmetology office, which was paid for by the loan, along side Doron, a mentor. Michal, also pictured above, a manicurist, plies her trade in a home office renovated via a Latet loan.
Monday, March 10, 2014
The Hadassah Foundation, along with the National Conference of Jewish Women, sponsored a breakfast meeting with Tziona Koenig-Yair (pictured at right), the head of Israel's EEOC at the Jewish Funders Network meeting today. She discussed a new tool that Israeli companies can use--developed by her office--that can help them measure pay gaps between men and women in their employ.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
So proud that Idit Klein (left), the director of Keshet, a former Foundation grantee, spoke so convincingly today at the Jewish Funders Network conference about the need for "choice" in the Jewish community and the acceptance of formerly marginalized groups, such as LGBTQ Jews!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
You can read a full account of the campaign here.
Shutafot is a coalition comprised of six leading women's organization's in Israel (including several Hadassah Foundation grantees.) It is funded by The Jewish Women’s Collaborative International Fund (JWCIF) which is comprised of seventeen Jewish Women’s Foundations/Funds of North America and Israel, including the Hadassah Foundation.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Yedid has just told us that as of last week, they had won their case. The fired worker received 30,000 NIS (about $8,600) in compensation. Congratulations!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
The Hadassah Foundation will be awarding its annual Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize on June 10th, and we need your help to solicit applications for the Prize. As in previous years, the Prize will be awarded to an emerging leader in the field of 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 Friday, February 7th, 2014. More information can be found here.