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These words describe the Jewish Women's Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches (JWF), created in 2002 by a group of visionary women who realized the need for a local Jewish feminist grant-making organization that focused on social change. Supporters are offered the opportunity to develop an informed, educated Jewish philanthropic response to women's issues.

The JWF educates the community on important issues facing women and girls, gives voice to women unable to advocate for themselves, and works to empower women and girls to be safe, and achieve social and economic equality. When the status of women and girls is elevated, the entire community benefits.

JWF Trustees recently completed an in-depth re-envisioning process, refining and improving upon strategies from grant-making and advocacy to fundraising and marketing. A series of educational programs was held on issues important to women and girls, covering such diverse topics as violence and sex-trafficking, poverty, attitudes toward aging and women's leadership.

A refined governance structure includes a new JWF Leadership Circle for 2013-20134 that includes:

  • Judith Selzer, JWF Chair
  • Gloria Fine, Immediate Past Chair
  • Eileen Berman, Founding Chair
  • Vivian Lieberman, Grants Chair
  • Paula Lustbader, Advocacy & Education Chair
  • Nini Krever, Fundraising & Development Chair
  • Kirsten Sacks, Member-at-Large
  • Hope Silverman, Member-at-Large

Over the past 10 years, the JWF has granted $1.3 million.

The next grant cycle begins in July. Requests for Proposals will be sent out inviting organizations to apply for grants that foster innovation and women's leadership, and focus on social change for women and girls in the areas of health and safety, economic empowerment, as well as women and leadership.

JWF Trustees fund everything through a gender lens and everything they do based on the Jewish values of tzedakah (justice), tikkun olam (repair of the world) and Gemillut Chassidim (acts of loving kindness). Grants are distributed locally, in Israel and around the world.

Call JWF Executive Director Tami Baldinger at 561-242-6673 or email to get involved in the grant-making process and be part of the dynamic and innovative JWF. You may also visit the JWF web site.

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