Jewish Women's Foundation

Bringing positive change to the lives of Jewish women and girls in South Jersey and around the world with funding for programs in education, self-esteem and empowerment, health, leadership, and Jewish identity.

 

The Jewish Women's Foundation (JWF) funds organizations that address issues through a gender and Jewish lens. We are interested in projects that recognize Jewish women and girls as having unique needs due to both their gender and their religious and cultural heritage.

 

What We Fund:

Leadership training for women  |  Shabbat boxes for families in need  |  Personal safety and well-being classes for women with special needs  | Assistance and support services for victims of domestic violence  |  Women's counseling services on college campuses  |  Sexual abuse awareness videos  |  Economic empowerment tools for young women at risk  |  Respite care for female caregivers  |  STEM programs for girls at Jewish day schools  |  Assistance and support services for single mothers

About JWF

We started with a vision: Jewish women philanthropists in South Jersey pooling their resources and raising awareness on issues often unmet in the Jewish community.

 

A group of Lion of Judah donors formed the Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF), believing that together, we can create opportunities to bring positive change to the lives of Jewish women and girls.

 

Today, our mission is to provide grants for programs and services that directly benefit or are of great importance to Jewish women and girls in South Jersey and around the world. Acting as a committee of the whole, our membership endeavors to empower women as funders, decision makers, and agents for change.  

Membership

JWF members include women of all ages and with varied backgrounds and experience who all share a strong desire to expand and improve the lives of women and girls through strategic grant making. Membership dues create a funding pool from which innovative and evidence-based grants are made to qualified non-profit organizations each year.

 

JWF Members:

  • Make a minimum annual commitment of $5,000 or more to the Jewish Federation's JFund (this can be an individual gift at the Lion of Judah level* or a household gift at the Major Gifts level)

  • Make an additional commitment of $500 or more to JWF (paid in full by December 31)

  • Are current in their financial obligations to the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey

 

To become a member, contact Martha Karasick at mkarasick@jfedsnj.org or 856.751.9500 x1291.

 

*Lion of Judah is an international honor society that recognizes women who make individual gifts of $5,000 or more to the Jewish Federation's JFund campaign.

Apply for a JWF Grant

JWF is a committee of the Funds Development Board of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and is partnering in this effort with the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc. (JCF).  

 

JWF seeks to engage in strategic grant making to fund programs that will aim to bring positive change to the lives of Jewish women and girls in Southern New Jersey and around the world.  

 

All applicants must be 501(c)3 organizations. Organizations from Israel or other countries must have a sponsoring American organization in order to be eligible to receive funding. 

 

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Jewish Women's Foundation Current Membership

LEADERSHIP

 

Peggy David

Chair

 

Joyce Lynn Branfman

Grants Chair

 

Alison Bell Keim 

Membership Chair

2018-2019

 

Sydria Schaffer, M.D.​

Past Chair

Janine M. Sobel, M.D.

Founding Chair

 

 

LIFETIME MEMBERS

Members who make an 

endowed gift with a 

minimum of $10,000 to JWF

 

Valerie Gladfelter

Sydria Schaffer, M.D.

Helene Blumenfeld

 

 

CURRENT MEMBERS

 

Roberta Abramowitz

Janice Apple

Donna Bell 

Helene Blumenfeld

Joyce Lynn Branfman

Peggy David

Ceil Diamond

Marsha Z. Dollinger

Anita Farber

Stacy Lewin Farber

Joan Feinberg 

Miriam Feldman

Judy Franken

Valerie Gladfelter

Sara-ellen Greenberg

Alison Bell Keim 

 

 

Andrea Levin

Fran Levy

Marlene L. Levy 

Judy Love

Susan Love

Judith Platt 

Gerri Rudner 

Gerrie Rudoler

Sydria Schaffer, M.D.

Janine M. Sobel, M.D. 

Marjorie Sobel

Elaine Waxman

Jennifer Dubrow Weiss

Cindy Yellin 

Vicki Zell 

FOUNDING MEMBERS

 

Shelly Abramson 

Janice Apple

Debby Baratz

Abby Belafsky

Donna Bell

Helene Blumenfeld

Sandy Brown

Stephanie Cahn

Anat Cohen

Peggy David

 

 

Ceil Diamond

Marsha Z. Dollinger

Anita Farber

Patricia Feinerman

Ruth Feldman

Judy Franken

Valerie Gladfelter

Amy Green

Sara-ellen Greenberg 

Judy Auritt Klein *

 

 

Fran Levy

Marlene L. Levy 

Judy Love

Nancy Morgenstern, Esq.

Judie Morrow

Barbara Pearlman *

Eileen Perice

Judith Platt

Fran Rebhun, D.M.D.

Dr. Mindy Goldberg Rose

 

 

Gerri Rudner

Gerrie Rudoler

Marcy Sanders

Sydria Schaffer, M.D.

Joan Shuster *

Janine M. Sobel, M.D.

Marjorie Sobel 

Elaine Waxman 

Hon. Judith Wizmur

Vicki Zell

 

 

 

Of Blessed Memory

 

 

 

In Partnership with JCF

JWF is a committee of the Funds Development Board of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, in partnership with the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc. (JCF).

Questions?

For more information or to become a member, contact Martha Karasick, Director of Philanthropy, at mkarasick@jfedsnj.org or 856.751.9500 x1291.