2018: $200,000 in grants

Increase Women’s Voice Through Leadership and Advocacy = $93,000

Avodah (local) – $12,000

This grant for Avodah DC provides funding for the Jewish Service Corps as well as alumni of the program who continue living and working for social justice in the Washington, D.C. area. The Service Corps, comprised of primarily women participants, trains and supports young 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 factors. By empowering Jewish women in DC each year, the program helps to increase women’s leadership across many fields, both within and beyond the Jewish community. Grantee for 5 years (not consecutive).

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

This grant funds A Better Social Contract: Paid Family Leave, Affordable Housing, and a More Just Montgomery County. Through their campaigns In DC and Montgomery County, JUFJ promotes a more just DC region by working for policies that disproportionately affect women. JUFJ develops strong feminist leaders as women grassroots volunteers who drive most of their programs and work bringing systemic change to our region. Grantee for 6 years (not consecutive).

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) (Israel) – $14,000

Desegregating Public Spaces in Israel seeks to eradicate the increasing barriers that are impeding women and girls’ participation in the Israeli public sphere through litigation and raising public awareness. The increased gender segregation in public life has resulted from the increasing integration of the ultra-orthodox population in many arenas including academia and the workforce. Israel’s accommodation of the ultra-orthodox sector is leading to institutionalized discrimination against Israeli women. First year grantee.

Israel Women’s Network (Israel) – $14,000

Fighting Exclusion—Increasing Equality seeks to halt and eliminate all forms of exclusion of women from public spaces in Israel, focusing on the IDF. IWN will promote policy, legislation and enforcement policies that eliminate the institutionalized exclusion of women in the IDF, participate in a coalition that encourages educators to publicly protest exclusionary policies, present information regarding cases of exclusion in the IDF to members of the Knesset and other policy makers, and raise public awareness. Grantee for 5 years.

We Power (Israel) – $14,000

his project, Local Councils 2018—Regional College for Politics, aims to ensure that more women leaders are elected. We Power provides women candidates with training, support, the tools and know-how during and after the election process. Through a Coalition of major women’s organizations it founded, We Power seeks to mobilize more than 3000 women and successfully encourage them to compete for political office in the municipal elections. Once candidates are elected, We Power will provide training, support and networking for them to be successful in the political sphere. Past grantee for 4 years (not consecutive).

Adva Center (Israel) – $14,000

Numbers Are Not Enough: Women Politicians Need a Progressive Feminist Agenda is a new initiative to train incumbent and aspiring female politicians on feminist thought and provide them with an understanding of the implications of policies on women and girls. With this knowledge women leaders will be equipped with the knowledge to work for changes to benefit the diversity of women. The goal is to a real increase in women’s political power and greater gender equality. Grantee for 8 years.

Anu – Making Change (Israel) – $10,000

This grant supports the Women’s Activist Forum: “Achot, Shtayim, Shalosh”, established in 2017, to consolidate a visible and influential feminist activist community to take joint action. Through the provision of training and Anu’s action toolkit, Forum participants will advance their campaigns addressing a broad array of issues and bring about long-term improvements. Anu is also reaching out to women in the periphery and establishing local branches. Grantee for 4 years.

Free Women from Violence and Abuse = $82,000

Tahirih Justice Center (local low-income immigrant) – $20,000

Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence provides access to justice for low-income female asylum-seekers fleeing gender-based violence. Attorneys represent women and girls and their cases may help set legal precedent. They provide training for professionals in the community who, particularly in an environment with rapidly changing administrative policies, often lack current information and understanding of the legal remedies available. Through the provision of legal services, policy advocacy to promote systemic change, education and outreach, Tahirih protects one of the most vulnerable population groups in our society. Grantee for 6 years.

Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) (local) – $15,000

The JCADA 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. The goal of the program is to break the cycle of abuse. Dating violence prevention workshops are presented at public and private schools, camps, and other youth organizations. Grantee for 11 years.

Sacred Spaces (local) – $18,000

Safeguarding Synagogues seeks to empower a cross-denominational cohort of DC-area synagogues to become healthy spaces where sexual abuse and assault are actively prevented and immediately addressed. Sacred Spaces will provide the participating synagogues with the tools and guidance to develop and implement substantial abuse-prevention measures and develop protocol for responding to complaints. Sacred Spaces focus on changing institutional culture through concrete policies and training, thereby reducing opportunities for abuse and helping synagogues respond appropriately if incidents do occur. First year grantee.

Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (local low-income immigrant) – $12,000

The Voicing the Unspoken: Addressing Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the Asian/Pacific Islander Community addresses domestic violence and sexual assault in the metropolitan DC area’s Asian/Pacific Islander community by leveraging culturally and linguistically accessible and appropriate outreach strategies, including workshops and presentations, while enabling survivors to rebuild their lives. The outreach program focuses on preventing domestic abuse and sexual assault by shifting community dialogue and traditional beliefs through education of adults and youth, training and promoting awareness in the community. Grantee for 3 years.

Kayan Feminist Organization (Israel) – $14,000

Ending Violence Against Arab Women in Israel From a Holistic Grassroots Approach addresses the root causes of violence against Arab women in Israel. The project seeks to break the taboos for open discussion, empower women to report violations, create a supportive environment for women to speak out against violence, support women and youth become community leaders in the effort to end violence against women. Kayan aims to make eliminating violence against women on the community agenda and challenge societal norms that accept violence as a tool to control women. First year grantee.

Haifa Rape Crisis Center (Israel) – $3,000

#FreeConsent: Teen Leadership Talking About Sexual Violence encourages teenagers to become leaders in their community in condemning sexual violence and working with their peers to end it. The teen-led advocacy focuses on bettering the lives of girls by fighting gender biases and gender-based violence. Grantee for 4 years.

Promote Peace by Building Relationships Among Women from Diverse Communities = $15,000

Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom (local) – $12,000

This project, Responding to Hate: Training Muslim and Jewish Women in Spiritual Activism, is a one-day workshop for the Jewish and Muslim members of local DC chapters to develop the skills and confidence to respond to hate through spiritual activism. Spiritual activism is creating social change with a spirit of compassion and a faith-based platform. Chapter members are eager to respond to the hatred that they see surrounding them, their sisters and their communities. Grantee for 2 years.

Together Beyond Words (Israel) – $3,000

Together Beyond Words uses a theater ensemble to enable young Israeli Arab and Jewish women to work together as change agents for peace. Funding of the program From Stage to Change lll: Cultivating Young Jewish and Arab Women Students’ Leadership in Working for Women’s Empowerment and for Intercultural Understanding in Israel supports implementation of the program building relationships and trust between young Arab and Jewish women college students and empowering them with leadership skills. Grantee for 4 years.

Improve Economic Status for Women and their Families = $10,000

Florence Crittenton Services of Greater Washington (local low-income immigrant) – $10,000

Positive Youth Development Programs for Immigrant Teen Girls in Montgomery County, MD provides school-based, positive youth development programs for 6th-12th grade girls from low-income, largely immigrant families that enable them to break the cycle of poverty. The programs encourage girls to stay in school, avoid pregnancy, graduate from high school, and go on to college and careers. In the 2018-2019 school year these programs will serve 225 teen girls. Grantee for 5 years.