Jewish Women’s Foundation to Announce Grants at Reception with Award-Winning Journalists Who Co-Founded The MOMS

The Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) of South Palm Beach County will host its 2018 Granting Wishes evening on Wednesday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m. Gathered at the beautiful, just-updated Boca Rio Golf Club, 22041 Boca Rio Road in Boca Raton, guests will be first to learn about JWF’s 2018 grant awards. They’ll also hear from the award-winning Jewish journalists who co-founded The MOMS.

“We are delighted to have Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein as our 2018 Granting Wishes guest speakers,” said Amy Rosenberg, who is co-chairing the event with Randee Rubenstein. “The multi-platform The MOMS lifestyle brand is featured on TV, radio, podcasts, online, in print, and in taxicabs. Their Mamarazzi® town hall events provide mothers and media with access to celebrities to discuss meaningful parenting topics. Denise also prominently chronicles her ongoing journey with breast cancer and was the recipient of the 2017 Susan G. Komen NY Impact Award.”

“We’re proud to welcome women from all across the Jewish community to celebrate our 2018 grant awards,” said Co-Chair Rubenstein. JWF wishes are granted through a highly judicious process to fund programs that create social change. Over fourteen years, JWF has awarded more than $1.2 million to fund initiatives that help women and children in areas related to education, health, abuse prevention and economic security.”

"These dollars are donations from the JWF Trustees who contribute a minimum of $2,000 per year for five years, and determine the programs to fund,” said JWF Chair Alice Kemper. “Each of us has a choice of where to put our time, resources and money. In this critical time for women and children, JWF, with our hands-on philanthropy grant process, advances the lives and opportunities of Jewish women and children locally and abroad. We are highly rewarded and proudly wear the badge of agents of change."

Of JWF’s eleven grants in 2017, five were for projects in Israel, and six were allocated locally to: March of the Living for a program that bonds students and others with Holocaust survivors; the PJ Our WayTM tween reading program; Jewish Association for Residential Care for their Gardeners and Bubbes Program; Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options for their Young Women’s Partnership; KidSafe Foundation for Protecting Our Children; and Yeshivat Maharat for Leadership Development.

The Granting Wishes Reception includes an array of heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine, with dietary laws observed. The couvert is $85 per person, and all are welcome to attend. To register, and for information about the event or about becoming a JWF Trustee, visit jewishboca.org/grantingwishes, contact Lisbeth Rock at 561.852.3188 or lisbethr@bocafed.org.

The Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation is generously sponsored by Greenspoon Marder.

The 2018 JWF Granting Wishes Reception is generously sponsored by Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and Brown's Interior Design. The Boca Raton Observer is Exclusive Magazine Sponsor and In-Kind Sponsor is Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

(L-R) Denise Albert, Melissa Musen Gerstein

Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein
Co-founders of The MOMS

Denise Albert is an award-winning journalist and television producer as well as a #FutureCancerSurvivor (now Survivor) mom of two boys living in Manhattan. You can find her writing at GoodHousekeeping.com where she has been chronicling her ongoing journey with breast cancer. She speaks and moderates panels at many breast cancer-related events including Susan G. Komen and Lolly’s Locks and was the recipient of the 2017 Susan G. Komen NY Impact Award. Albert has contributed to People.com, Huffington Post Parents and Huffington Post Divorce, where she wrote a series called, “Divorce Diaries.”

Albert graduated from Boston University where she co-hosted a sports talk show on WTBU Radio. Albert previously served as Executive Producer of TV shows and live events for magician David Blaine, was Deputy Editorial Producer at ABC’s Good Morning America and a feature reporter for NBA-TV.

Melissa Musen Gerstein spent the past ten years producing with top networks including ABC, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC and CNN. She is a former ballerina and choreographer and has performed in everything from The Nutcracker to The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Gerstein is married with three children living in New York City. Aside from founding The MOMS with Denise, she is most proud of her marriage and children.