A Resource For Jewish Women in Greater Philadelphia

A gift of $38,000 from The Jewish Womens' Foundation of Greater Philadelphia went to Jewish Family and Children Services to fund a two-year series of workshops designed to help mothers gain a better understanding of their daughters' interpersonal relationships: "Rumors, Secrets, and Cyberspace."

This foundation focuses primarily on "critical issues often ignored or significantly underfunded in our Greater Philadelphia Jewish community." The majority of their funding falls under one of the following categories: health and wellbeing, care for the elderly, and resources for attaining economic security.

The health and wellbeing portion of the initiative includes investments in programs like the one mentioned above in addition to grants aimed at organizations such as The Israel Association for Child Protection. In 2008, they received $10,000 from The Jewish Womens' Foundation to fund the enrollment over 25 women in Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence: a group counseling and support program for female victims of domestic abuse.

Since 2001, this foundation has given more than $75,000 for palliative care, food packages, health supplies and physician co-pays for low-income Jewish seniors in the Greater Philadelphia. 

Another facet to the Jewish Womens' Foundation includes investment in programs that help struggling Jewish women, especially those who have recently emigrated to the country, find the resources and training they need in order to start their own small businesses.

In 2006, the foundation granted $27,000 to New World Association of Emigrants from Eastern Europe (NWA) to provide almost 40 Jewish émigré women access to courses in business and English. The program also matched each enrollee to an already successful female entrepreneur from Philadelphia and its surrounding counties.

NWA received another grant the foundation in 2009 to provide computer literacy training and nursing certification for women of similar backgrounds. That year, The Hadera Development Fund received money to help immigrant women launch "micro-businesses."

This year, the foundation gave $11,000 to The Economic Empowerment Program to provide Israeli women with help on "legal issues including the right to divorce, access to adoption, equal rate of taxation, inheritance rights and power of attorney."

Although the Jewish Womens' Foundation of Greater Philadelphia funds a wide variety of ventures, recently they've demonstrate an increasing interest in providing economically struggling Jewish women with the means to enter the middle class.