Apr 5, 2017

$100,000 in Grant Awards Announced by Jewish Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County at Reception

The Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) of South Palm Beach County announced their 2017 grant awards at their annual Granting Wishes Cocktail Reception on March 15, 2017 at Boca Rio Golf Club. More than 100 guests from throughout the Jewish community gathered for the announcement of $100,000 in this year’s grants, heard stories of those whose lives have been changed through JWF support, and shared an evening with award-winning author, Ellen Brazer.

The evening also included an abundant array of hors d’oeuvres, food stations, desserts and wine amid an elegant yet informal atmosphere. Granting Wishes Co-Chairs Hinda Bramnick, who also serves as Grants Chair, and Gina Lohmann, emceed the program.

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“Over its fourteen years, our local JWF has now awarded nearly $1.2 million to fund programs that increase Jewish women’s and children’s abilities, education and independence locally and globally, in categories including education and leadership development, health and abuse prevention, economic security and legal reform,” said Bramnick. “For 2017, we have granted a total of $100,000 to eleven programs based locally, domestically and in Israel.” (see complete list of 2017 grantees below)

Recapping the year’s grant cycle and outlining the progress and accomplishments of the 2016 recipient organizations, local JWF Chair Alice Kemper explained that the dollars JWF allocates are all donations from the more than 50 JWF donors, called Trustees. Each trustee contributes a minimum of $2,000 per year for at least five years, and 100% of these contributions are passed directly to the grantees. Then, JWF Trustees determine their grantees together, through a collaborative process, reviewing approximately 70 requests each year in a highly selective eight-month period.

Calling the Trustees “hands-on philanthropists,” Kemper explained, “What makes JWF different from other organizations, and the main reason our Trustees are so passionate, is because JWF gives each of us a voice and a vote with our philanthropic dollars. We know transformation requires action and we feel more connected to our community and Israel when we help to decide and select specifically where our charitable dollars will go.”

Introduced by Gina Lohmann, Ellen Brazer engaged the audience with her presentation and question/answer session. A recipient of Hadassah’s prestigious Myrtle Wreath Award – an award previously won by the late Maya Angelou, Brazer discussed her newest book, The Wondering Jew, My Journey into Judaism and shared insights into her personal journey as a writer and a Jewish woman. The guests were delighted to each receive a copy of the book as a gift for attending, and to have it personalized by the author.

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For more information about the Jewish Women’s Foundation, please visit jewishboca.org/jwf or contact Lisbeth Rock Cauff at 561.852.3188 or lisbethc@bocafed.org.

The JWF Granting Wishes Reception was generously sponsored by Boca Raton Regional Hospital and underwritten by Fit On You Alterations. Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. and Greenseid Catering were In-Kind Sponsors, and The Boca Raton Observer was Exclusive Magazine Sponsor.

JEWISH WOMEN’S FOUNDATION OF SOUTH PALM BEACH COUNTY 2017 GRANT RECIPIENTS

LOCAL AND DOMESTIC AWARDS: $60,000

JAFCO - Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options: $10,000
Young Women’s Partnership Program
JARC - Jewish Association for Residential Care: $10,000

The JARC Ability Garden’s Able Gardeners and Bubbes Program
KidSafe Foundation: $5,000
Keeping KidSafe: Protecting Our Children
March of the Living – Southern Region: $20,000
From March to Miriam: Matching Holocaust survivors with teens and adults
PJ Library®: $5,000
PJ Our WayTM
Yeshivat Maharat: $10,000
Leadership Development Program

ISRAEL AWARDS: $40,000

American Friends of Meshi: $5,000
Communication Training Initiative for Children with Special Needs
Center for Women’s Justice: $10,000
Harnessing the Power of Masses to Advance Civil Action Against Get Abuse
Kol Israel Haverim: $10,000
Cracking The Glass Ceiling: Working Towards a Significant Military or National Service for Girls
Krembo Wings: $10,000
Youth Movement for Children With and Without Disabilities
YEDID-The Association for Community Empowerment: $5,000
Let’s Get to Work: Financial Capability Workshops for Women with Low Incomes