$105,000 in Grants to Local and Israeli Projects Announced by Jewish Women’s Foundation at Reception

The Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) of South Palm Beach County hosted its 2018 Granting Wishes Cocktail Reception on March 14 at Boca Rio Golf Club. More than160 guests from across the Jewish community were the first to learn about JWF’s $105,000 2018 grant awards (see list below) to organizations in the local community and in Israel.

They also enjoyed hearing from award-winning Jewish journalists Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, who co-founded The MOMS multi-platform lifestyle brand. The MOMS is featured on TV, radio, podcasts and online, in print and taxicabs, and at Mamarazzi® town hall events with celebrities.

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Co-chaired by Amy Rosenberg and Randee Rubenstein, the evening also included an abundant array of hors d’oeuvres, food stations, desserts and wine amid an elegant yet informal atmosphere.

“JWF wishes are granted through a highly judicious process to fund programs that create social change,” explained Rubenstein. “Over fifteen years, JWF has awarded more than 135 grants totaling over $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,” added 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."

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

For information about JWF or becoming a Trustee, visit jewishboca.org/jwf or contact Lisbeth Rock at 561.852.3188 or lisbethr@bocafed.org.

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Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC FL): $10,000
Community Works Transition Program

PJ Library®: $10,000
PJ Our WayTM

Jewish Women’s International (JWI): $5,000
Change the Culture (part of a JWF South Florida Collaborative Grant)

KidSafe Foundation: $5,000
Empower Me KidSafe! Prevent Child Abuse

March of the Living Southern Region: $20,000
From March to Miriam: Matching Holocaust survivors with teens and adults

IN ISRAEL – $55,000

Center for Women’s Justice: $10,000
Legal Solutions for Empowering Women and Eliminating Get Abuse

Kol Israel Haverim: $10,000
Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Working Towards a Significant Military or National Service for Girls in Science

Krembo Wings: $10,000
Youth Movement for Children with and without Disabilities

Tahel Crisis Center for Religious Women and Children: $10,000
Production of Movies to Prevent Violence against Religious Women and Children

YEDID - The Association for Community Empowerment: $5,000
Let’s Get to Work: Financial Capability Workshops for Women with Low Incomes

Yozmat Atid: $10,000
Realizing My Business Dream Micro-Entrepreneurship Program