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2017 Grants

(by primary theme)

Total: $202,600

Free Women from Violence and Abuse = $89,600

Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (local) – $14,600

The “Voicing the Unspoken: Addressing Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the Asian/Pacific Islander Community” program addresses domestic violence and sexual assault in the metropolitan DC area’s Asian/Pacific Islander (A/PI) community by leveraging culturally and linguistically accessible outreach strategies.  Grantee for two years.

Haifa Rape Crisis Center (Israel) – $10,000

You’re Not That Guy – Preventing Sexual Violence Campaign.  This public campaign encourages youth to take an active part in addressing, condemning and raising awareness for sexual violence and in eliminating it. The campaign targets teenagers and adolescents in schools as well as other educational and social frameworks in the northern periphery of Israel, and the on-line social networks to explain: “What is consent?”  Grantee for three years.

*Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (local) – $30,000

The AWARE program teaches young people to recognize and avoid unhealthy relationships.  AWARE uses interactive models to create an open environment for discussion while teaching young people, parents and educators the signs of unhealthy relationships and the tools to help themselves or friends. Grantee for ten years.

Tahel Crisis Center for Religious Women and Children (Israel) – $15,000

Educating and Empowering Women Religious Community Leaders educates and empowers Orthodox women community leaders, who are trained in the areas of domestic violence and sexual abuse of women and children, and encourages them to implement Tahel’s safety policies and prevention workshops and programs in schools and synagogues. This program aims to increase the willingness of abused women to seek help and counters the tendency for secrecy and covering up in the ultra-Orthodox community.  Grantee for two years. 

*Tahirih Justice Center (local) – $20,000 

This two-year grant supports the Justice for Immigrant Women and Girls Demanding Freedom from Violence program to provide access to justice for low-income female asylum-seekers fleeing gender-based violence. Attorneys represent women and girls in order to win groundbreaking and precedent-setting cases with far reaching long-term impact. They leverage individual legal cases to build a body of law to protect countless women, build community capacity by providing training and technical assistance, and advocate to promote systemic change.  Grantee for five years.

Increase Women’s Voice Through Leadership and Advocacy = $49,000

*Adva Center (Israel) – $15,000

This two-year grant for the Regional Women Leadership Project is designed to increase Jewish and Arab women’s representation in local government in the northern and central regions of Israel. The project provides dozens of women project participants with the tools, training and support needed to advance structural changes in infrastructure, and accessibility to services, in their localities.  Grantee for seven years. 

Anu – Making Change (Israel) – $12,000

This grant supports the formation of the new Women’s Activist Forum that consolidates a visible and influential feminist activist community to take action in solidarity for joint causes.  The forum will assemble opinion leaders, women’s organizations, grass root groups, students and others. They will be a campaign-oriented action group advocating for a broad array of issues including fair and direct employment, preventing sexual harassment and supporting victims of abuse and domestic violence, and social and economic security. Grantee for three years.

Avodah (local) – $10,000

This grant provides funding for the Jewish Service Corps as well as alumni of the program who continue living and working for social justice in the Wash D.C. area. This program, comprised of 80-90% women participants, trains and supports young Jewish social justice leaders.  Participants emerge from the program with a nuanced understanding of the ways that domestic poverty intersects with gender, sexual orientation, race, and other issues. Work with alumni includes providing community-building and networking opportunities that support alumni in maintaining and strengthening their leadership skills, as well as their social and professional networks. Grantee for four years (not consecutive).

Center for Advancement of Women in Public Sphere (Israel) – $12,000

The Gender Index, created in 2012, provides a comprehensive analysis of gender inequality in Israel, with indicators defined by women themselves. The Gender Index challenges existing practices of policymaking, legislation and budgeting based on the gender mainstreaming of data and strengthens advocacy efforts of civil society organizations. It targets policy makers, government officials, planners, and decision makers.   Grantee for two years.

Improve Economic Status for Women and Their Families = $42,000 

*Crittenton Services (local) – $15,000

This two-year grant provides funding for SNEAKERS Montgomery County, a school-based, positive youth development program that promotes changes in the attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors of Montgomery County teen girls from low‐income, largely immigrant families that will ultimately empower and enable these girls to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.  Grantee for four years.

Israel Women’s Network (Israel) – $12,000

This program called Mind the Gap aims to reduce and eventually eliminate Israel’s prevalent gendered pay gap by tackling its root causes and working strategically on three levels: with the government towards policy change, with companies and employers to increase transparency and fair employment standards, and by influencing public opinion and policy shapers to create a wide public base of support for the necessary changes. Grantee for four years.

Jews United for Justice (local) – $15,000

This grant funds Defending Paid Family and Medical Leave, a grassroots effort to ensure that the Paid family and Medical Leave bill passed in Washington, DC in December 2016 will be implemented and is not overturned or weakened, and that the program gets planned effectively and swiftly. Grantee for five years (not consecutive).

Promote Peace by Building Relationships Among Women from Diverse Communities and Backgrounds = $22,000

Together Beyond Words (Israel) – $12,000

Together Beyond Words uses a theatre ensemble to enable Israeli Arab and Jewish women to work as change agents for peace. Funding of the program From Stage to Change lll supports a collaboration with Tel Hai College to continue to implement the empowerment and leadership program for over 300 primary Israeli Arab and Jewish women beneficiaries. The program has three stages: the course, the practicum and events, and the women’s peace gatherings. Grantee for three years.

Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom (local) -$10,000

This grant funds the one-day DC Area Regional Workshop held in Washington, DC to train mid-Atlantic Jewish and Muslim leaders of SOSS chapters in facilitation skills, the art of compassionate listening, dialogue versus discussion and debate, the philosophies and methodologies of interfaith dialogues and the best practices and programming options for entering into interfaith dialogue and engagement.  First year grantee.

* = Second year of two-year grant

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