Who We Are:

The Jewish Women's Foundation (JWF) Trustees are a group of philanthropic women who are committed to transforming the lives of Jewish women and girls and fostering life-long social change, one woman at a time. Through our generous allocation of innovative grants, programs here in Broward County and Israel are making a real difference by providing educational opportunities, crisis relief, and advocacy. JWF Trustees are decision-makers—analyzing needs, comparing grants, voting on grant applications, and evaluating outcomes.

 

Our Guiding Values:

• Increase public awareness of issues directly affecting the lives of Jewish women and girls
• Advocate for social change, positive behaviors and empowering relationships
• Select grant programs that provide diverse resources, opportunities, and choices for Jewish women and girls
• Seek solutions through granting recipient agencies and organizations that meet needs beyond those currently being met in Broward County and Israel
 

JWF has proudly allocated over $343,400 in grants to help transform the lives of women and girls in Broward County and Israel.

JWF Trustees & Membership Information

MEMBERSHIP

Individual membership shall be through a financial contribution in one of five categories:

TRUSTEE

JWF TRUSTEES*

Margie Albert
Jane Basch
Terry Breitbord
Diana Charles-Atlas
Karen Dombey
Goldie Dropkin
Wandy Druss
Adrienne Frank
Randi Grant
Agnes Gray
Sheryl Greenwald
Miriam Hershenson
Gladys Hirschman
Bette Hochberger
Joan Kuriansky
Carol Lasek
Denise Lettau**
Jami Levy
Audrey Meline
Elissa Mogilefsky

Robbin Newman
Karen Roberts**
Susan Samrick
Karen Saster
Stephanie Saunders
Susan Schneider
Ibby Schulman
Esther Shacket***
Nicole Shacket**
Gina Shull
Corina Waldman (z"l)

*Chair
**Past Chair
***Founder
as of November 2021

JWF Grants Awards & Application Information

2023 Grant Co-Chairs:
Sheryl Greenwald & Margie Albert

Jewish Women’s Foundations Grants as of May 2023: $343,400 

2023

Here For You $10,000

Jewish Women International brings trauma-informed and survivor-centered training and support to Jewish institutions across the country through Jewish Community Response Teams (JCRTs). The JCRT will partner with the David Posnack JCC, to increase public awareness, education, and prevention and response efforts around domestic violence through ongoing training and community organizing. The agency and its staff will be equipped with the necessary tools to ensure the safety and wellbeing of domestic abuse survivors and their children, learning how to provide the necessary support that they need to escape and heal from domestic violence.

DROR: Empowering Young Women to Make Social Change $24,000

Tahel, an organization that focuses on confronting problems of domestic violence and sexual abuse, sees that teenagers and young women are being left behind. The program utilizes a youth-to-youth approach and aims to promote awareness among young Orthodox women of the problem of sexual abuse. Over a hundred young women will be trained to support victims of sexual abuse. They will also reach out to over 3,000 young women through lectures. DROR will empower these young women to move forward and take their places in the movement to prevent sexual abuse.

Absolution First: A Debt Resolution Program for Women Exiting the Cycle of Prostitution $25,000

Each year, nearly 1,000 women wishing to permanently leave prostitution come to Turning the Tables in financial and emotional distress. They want to exit the cycle, but stay there due to financial debts, bankruptcy, and lack of sufficient legal and emotional support. This program provides full guidance and accompaniment to Jewish women leaving prostitution. This includes understanding one’s full scope of debt, providing a step-by-step explanation of the process, physical accompaniment to government offices and courts, and providing full psycho-social support before, during , and after the process. Women are guided toward a safer, healthier life, beginning with debt insolvency.

2022

Sisters of Hillel $5,500

Awarded to Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, Sisters of Hillel would be a leadership empowerment cohort-based program designed for 12-15 Jewish women currently studying at NSU. The program would focus on professional skill building and pluralistic Jewish education, in a social environment designed to build confidence and meaningful connections to each other and Jewish life. This will be a program run by women for women, to help young women feel empowered and supported by each other on campus.

Increasing Employability for at-Risk Women & Girls in Israel’s Periphery $25,000

Awarded to Gumat Chen, a program for young women at risk who have survived domestic violence, sexual abuse and extreme neglect throughout their lives. Upon arriving at our boarding school, these girls are not ready (mentally or emotionally) nor can they even imagine to someday lead independent lives. However, thanks to a thorough process of rehabilitation, our project participants are able to catch up with their peers from more privileged backgrounds. Their ability to graduate from high school, pursue a career (whether vocational or Academic) and live independently - despite the difficulties they have gone through – will effectively transform them into role models for many other young women at risk who find it hard to believe that their life could ever improve.

Bat Mitzvah Opportunities for Russian Speakers in Israel $5,500

Awarded to Project Kesher, this program will train and educate 30 women of a variety of ages, to become B’not Mitzvah, by reading Torah, blessing the Torah, wearing a tallit, and choosing a Hebrew name. This will increase the number of Jewish women and girls who participate in the community programs in their online and/or in person communities, increase representation of women in Jewish life, and increase the number of Jewish women and girls in leadership positions at Jewish institutions.

2021

MICRO-ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE FACE OF COVID - $20,000

Awarded to YOZMOT ATID, this program focuses on unemployed or underemployed women from Israel’s geographic periphery and will give them the skills to run their own businesses. Following the participant's preparatory coursework, they will begin an 8-week training session which includes marketing, financial management, taxation, and more.  Following the training sessions, there will be personalized business mentoring and coaching, loans at friendly rates, business networking opportunities, enrichment workshops, and much more.

APP2U EDUCATIONAL EMPOWERMENT FOR JEWISH TEENAGE GIRLS AT RISK - $10,000

Awarded to MACHSHAVA TOVA, this program focuses on Jewish girls in grades 7 – 9 from 4 underserved communities in Israel’s geographic periphery and seeks to bolster Jewish girls’ confidence in their abilities and future accomplishments.  APP2U combines learning new tech tools and girl power.  The girls are introduced to inspirational women around the world and meet local women mentors. The 40-hour course includes 20, 2-hour sessions and at least one special event.  The program is based on a project-based learning approach – learning a new tool, researching using that tool, building a product using that tool, and sharing with the group. 

WOMEN’S WELLNESS RETREATS - $8,500

Awarded to JAFCO, this program focuses on Jewish Moms raising a child or children with developmental disabilities and will include four wellness retreats that will support and empower moms to decrease their stress levels while increasing their social interactions and self-care. For many of the moms, the retreats are the only time they will be away from the care of their child.  The retreats will include yoga, drumming circles, spa services, and more and will allow them to renew, relax and refresh.  Childcare will be provided by JAFCO, as these moms report feeling safe leaving their children with the JAFCO well-trained staff.

2020

Your Voice Your Choice $7,500

Awarded to GOODMAN JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES, this program is a series of workshops geared to promote safety, security, strength and self-esteem for teens and young adults. The workshops include topics such as safe dating, healthy relationship, and consent, bullying, identifying abuse, speaking up, how to get help, and debunking myths about abuse in the Jewish community.

Women’s Jewish Leadership Fellowship $5,800

Awarded to HILLEL OF BROWARD AND PALM BEACH, this program is a 10-week theme-based seminar led by the Hillel Rabbi and NSU Engagement Associate with study of rabbinic texts alongside contemporary analogues, learning skills to express and defend themselves, leadership skills, weekly dinners together, and including Hillel JLF interns to enhance the social interactions in and outside of class, and Shabbat experiences together as a cohort.

The Recipe for Success Project $5,000

Awarded to BE’ER SOVA, this program provides culinary training, skill building and emotional support to help southern Israeli women who suffer from nutritional insecurity and unemployment to break free of the cycle of poverty, eventually becoming financially independent and ensuring long-term job retention in the food industry.

Tech Training with Guaranteed Jobs for Negev Women $10,000

Awarded to ERETZ-IR, this program is a holistic 4-month comprehensive training program, followed by a 4-month paid internship program that will teach young women to build websites using the WIX platform. Graduates will be able to work from home, with guaranteed 2-year job placements with TribeStudio and Eretz Ir will continue providing support for program graduates for the first 6 months.

JWF COVID Emergency Grants – This includes a generous match from the Sam Berman Charitable Foundation

$10,000 JWF Emergency Grant

Awarded to the Goodman Jewish Family Services (GJFS).  Funds will be distributed to single moms who are clients of GJFS.  These funds will go to rent emergency assistance and other immediate needs such as electricity and other bills.  Additionally, GJFS will distribute gift cards to these same moms, $100 per adult and $50 per child as needed.  The distribution of gift cards may be made over a 2-month period.

$10,000 JWF Scholarship Fund

This is a scholarship fund for women, regardless of age, who have been affected by the COVID pandemic and who need to re-train, re-direct their careers, and/or return to the workforce.

The Jewish Women’s Foundation Scholarship Fund awards dollars (a minimum of $500) to prospective Broward Technical College ("BTC") female students who have been affected by COVID-19. Those awarded scholarships would enter the “Career in a Year” Program(s) and participate in its online platform beginning on August 1st.

Esther Shacket Photo

Esther Shacket Jewish Women's Foundation Founder

Esther Shacket was born in Poland and raised in Israel, where she served in the IDF before immigrating to the US in 1974. As a child of Holocaust survivors, it guided and shaped the direction she would take in life. After arriving in the US, she met her husband Roger. Together with their two children, Kevin and Nicole, they have built a life of philanthropy. Since 1978 Esther has been involved in the Broward Jewish Community and held a multitude of positions at many Jewish organizations, including her role as B’nai Brith Women’s Regional Chair of 11 States (D.C. - Florida), and Past National Board member of Jewish Women International. She is a founding member of the KOLOT coalition at Jewish Family Services of Broward County,

Continuing her endeavors, she began her involvement with the Jewish Federation of Broward County in the early 2000s with Women’s Division and served as N. Area Campaign Chair.  She chaired the Israel and Overseas committee where she flourished as the 1st Steering Committee Chair of the Broward / Nesher, Israel Partnership. In 2007, Esther & Roger Shacket founded the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Broward County, where she formed a group of philanthropic women who are committed to transforming the lives of Jewish women and girls and fostering life-long social change, one woman at a time.

Expanding her involvement, she has held positions such as Broward Jewish Women’s Division Nominating Committee Chair, Jewish Community Foundation of Broward Governance Chair, Broward Jewish Federation Missions Chair, Broward Jewish Federation Major Gifts Chair, and from 2017 - 2019, she held the position of Board Chair of the Jewish Community Foundation of Broward.

Today, she sits on the Israel & Overseas Impact Team, is the Life & Legacy Chair, Vice Board Chair for the Jewish Federation of Broward County, and is a Board Member for Women’s Philanthropy.

Outside of her tumultuous philanthropic endeavors, she owns R.N.S. Associates, Property Development & Management Company and is a Certified Florida Supreme Court, Appointed, Family, Mediator. She is the proud recipient of the Jewish Federation WD Lisa Shulman Leadership Award, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Mother of the Year Award, Jewish Family Services Women of Valor Award, Soref  JCC Alvin Gross Community Service Award,  Jewish Federation Dedicated Leadership Award, and Jewish Community Foundation Outstanding Leadership Award.