In Our Words

T’ruah Summer Fellows

By Natasha Mayer This morning, JWFNY staff had the honor of attending a breakfast to meet T’ruah’s 2019 Summer Rabbinic Fellows. Rabbi Jill Jacobs, T’ruah’s Executive Director, shared with us how the program trains rabbinical and cantorial students across...

Fostering Safe, Respectful, Equitable Organizations

By Rachel SiegelEarlier this month, JWFNY professionals attended the SafetyRespectEquity Coalition (SRE)’s Spring Summit. The goal of SRE, and the Summit was “shaping a shared agenda to ensure safe, respectful, equitable organizations and communal spaces.”...

Putting an End to Cat Calling

By Emily Candelario Today, I decided to wear a skirt since the weather demanded it. It was an interesting find from a thrift store from a family vacation down to North Carolina: the right amount of flowy for a less windy day, and knee-length so I could...

Gender Lens Philanthropy

By Jamie Allen Black Tim Lehnart, author of this article on PhilanthropyWomen.org focuses on how gender lens philanthropists can help ease the burden that women disproportionately carry for student loan debt in this country. Because of wage gaps, women owe...

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...