In Our Words

On Contradictions

By Jamie Allen Black Everyone gets conflicting opinions. Remember when we were supposed to only eat pasta and no fat … and then we weren’t supposed to eat any gluten and only healthy fats? Remember when we couldn’t eat eggs because of cholesterol … until...

Shavuot

By Lucy CosgroveShavuot is a holiday that we all know exists, but probably actually don’t know a lot about. We eat a lot of dairy, go to synagogue, and talk about the Torah. One of the purposes of Shavuot is to complete the counting of the omer, and...

The Environment is a Social Justice Issue

By Natasha Mayer Since today is World Environment Day, I’ve been thinking about how the environment is connected to social justice. Our planet and the people living on it are inextricably linked. And when the environment is suffering, people with fewer...

Who Is Making the Decisions at JWFNY?

by Rachel Siegel As a foundation, we naturally talk about whom we choose to support. We are proud of our grantee partners and the incredible work they do, so we find ways to highlight them and their accomplishments. Now that the Jewish Women’s Foundation...

Thanks, It Has Pockets!

By Emily Candelario Today while sharing thoughts on an ongoing project with my team, I noticed something seemingly incredible. The three of us all had pockets: in a pair of flowy culottes, a summery wrap dress, and in jeans. We could each easily hide and...

Representing a Diverse Jewish Community

By Natasha Mayer   Yesterday was World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. In 2002, the United Nations General Assembly created this day of observance to bring attention to the fact that three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a...

Abortion is a Jewish Issue

By Natasha Mayer   This has been a tough few weeks for pro-choice advocates. Increasingly restrictive laws are being passed in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Missouri, and more are on the dockets in other states as well. Many of these laws no longer carry...

A Joyous Celebration of Jewish Women

Last week at our gala, we revealed the ten Jewish women social entrepreneurs who make up the first cohort of The Collective. These rockstars are motivated by their Jewish values to find innovative ways of moving the needle on issues impacting women and girls in the...

Joining Together to Fight Hate

We are all heartbroken and outraged following the massacre of 50 Muslim men and women in Christchurch, New Zealand. On Monday, the Nathan Cummings Foundation sent an email to other foundation presidents expressing their outrage, not only about the attack,...

A Balancing Act: International Women’s Day

By Natasha Mayer International Women’s Day has been observed since 1911 to celebrate the achievements of women in the social, economic, cultural, and political realms and to call for renewed commitment to improving the status of women worldwide....