JWFA Announces 2024 Grantee Partners

JWFA Announces 2024 Grantee Partners

This year’s grants total more than $330,000 and represent a 10 percent increase over 2023.

Dina Fuchs-Beresin, director of strategic programs, Lisa Freedman, board chair, Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez, grants manager, and Judy Marx, advancement and engagement manager.
Dina Fuchs-Beresin, director of strategic programs, Lisa Freedman, board chair, Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez, grants manager, and Judy Marx, advancement and engagement manager.

Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta (JWFA) announced the organization’s 2024 grants, totaling $333,450, at its recent breakfast, held at 42 West in west Midtown. The funds represent a 10 percent increase over the previous year. JWFA is dedicated to investing in solutions that drive social change for Jewish women and girls locally and throughout the world.

“Particularly this year, much of our funding went to Israeli organizations impacted by the terrors of Oct. 7,” said , board chair of JFWA. “Our goal is to increase our grant-making each year so that we can help organizations grow and work toward social change,” she added.

Approximately 80 women attended the breakfast. During the event, organizational leaders, whose groups received funds for leadership development in 2023-2024, participated in a panel discussion about the impact of the grants. This past year was the first time that additional funding was specifically provided for leadership development at several of Atlanta’s Jewish organizations.

Leaders representing organizations receiving grants include Elana Frank, Jewish Fertility Foundation; Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe,18Doors; Debra Shaffer Seeman, Prizmah; and Joanna Kobylivker, Adamah ATL.

Stephanie Gewirtz from the Jewish Interest-Free Loan Association of Georgia, Jenna Shulman from the Jewish Educational Loan Fund, and Rebecca Gordon from Congregation Gesher L’Torah spoke about the impact these funds have had on their groups and on their own professional development. Women who were part of the 2023-2024 Agents of Change Training cohort, a leadership development program, were also recognized for their work during the past year.

“Living in this difficult time, all of us were happy to see that this event was cause for celebration of all we have achieved over the past 12 years, since JWFA began,” said Judy Marx, advancement and engagement manager.

JWFA uses the power of collective giving to fund long-term solutions for issues that impact women and girls in the Jewish community. Since its founding 12 years ago, JWFA has invested more than $2.3 million in grants to more than 70 organizations. According to Dina Fuchs-Beresin, director of strategic programs, “No other organization is as exclusively and passionately dedicated to the advancement of Jewish women and girls in Atlanta and around the world.”

For the 2024-2025 year, $229,000 was provided to 11 organizations, including the Association of Rape Crisis Centers Israel, Jewish Fertility Foundation, and BeNetivey Udi, which helps women successfully integrate and complete military service in core  technology units, providing them with an opportunity to pursue prestigious careers. Supplemental sustaining grants, totaling $40,000, were issued to eight current Israel-based recipients, including La’Ofek, for a program that places Ethiopian-Israeli women on a path toward stable financial futures through higher education in nursing and occupational therapy; Jerusalem College of Technology to expose Ultra-Orthodox women to the high-tech ecosystem and train them in innovative thinking and business development through a pre-accelerator program, industry workshops, and hackathons; and Yozmot Atid (Realizing My Business Dream), a flagship program which works with Israeli women to help them achieve financial independence through launching, running and growing businesses of their own.

Sustaining grants, totaling $29,650 were allocated to organizations that have received grants for five or more years, and include the Center for Women’s Justice, Makkom, JGirls+ and Women’s Spirit. A $10,000 Israel Emergency Grant was also awarded to the Jewish Federations of North America for the Oct. 7 tragedy in Israel. During the event, Women’s Leadership grants were announced for:
• Elana Frank, Jewish Fertility
• Davida Merlis Graber, Atlanta
Jewish Academy
• Suzanne Hurwitz, Temple Beth
• Joanna Kobylivker, Adamah ATL
• Rabbi Rachael Miller, Temple
• Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe,
18 Doors
• Debra Shafer Seeman, Prizmah

Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta promotes social change and creates positive opportunities for Jewish women and girls. The organization’s goal is to support, elevate, and advance women and serve as a force for change, addressing gender inequality in the Jewish community. In practical terms, the organization advocates for mental health and equity while fighting against economic injustice, violence against women, and gender-based harassment and discrimination in workplaces. More information about JWFA can be obtained at www.jwfatlanta.org.

Applications for the sixth cohort of Agents of Change Training are currently being accepted on the organization’s website.

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