Jewish Women’s Foundation to Grant Wishes and Feature NBC’s Jean Chatzky at Reception

Wishes are granted by Trustees of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County (JWF) with a strong moral compass and financial empowerment guiding their highly judicious process to fund social change. Committed to engage, envision and empower, this impressive, forward-thinking group’s dollars and sense philanthropy awarded over $121,000 in 2013 to fund non-profit programs that change the lives of Jewish women and children locally and internationally.

Celebrating their success and creating opportunity for others to join their efforts, JWF invites the entire community, men and women, to the 2014 Granting Wishes Cocktail Reception on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the Boca Rio Golf Club 22041 Boca Rio Road, Boca Raton. In addition to announcing JWF’s 2014 grant awards, the event will feature guest speaker Jean Chatzky, financial editor for NBC’s Today Show, on financial literacy – empowering women to make financial decisions.

“We are thrilled to have internationally renowned and respected financial expert, Jean Chatzky as our 2014 Granting Wishes guest speaker. As an award winning personal financial journalist, best-selling author and magazine columnist, she is an authority on financial health, management and empowerment,” said Marlene Silver, a Co-chair for the event. “Jean demonstrates how being informed and understanding finances contributes to the strength and growth of women, which is perfectly in sync with the Jewish Women’s Foundation’s beliefs and goals as an organization.”

In just over a decade, JWF has awarded well over $500,000 to fund grants that exponentially raise women’s and children’s abilities, education, and independence locally and globally, in categories including: education, health, abuse prevention, and economic security. Silver continued, “I am very proud to be part of JWF. Reading grants, researching organizations, round table discussions are all part of the skill building that is what makes JWF so empowering and enhancing for the Trustees. Everyone comes to JWF with their talents and collaborates as part of a hands-on, interactive group. We come away as stronger, better-informed women who are able to improve the lives of others.”

Mara Reuben, JWF Chair, and a Trustee since 2003, concurs, “JWF is an opportunity for each Trustee to build on the resume of her life, education, and experience to understand and impact the world as we know it and as we will come to know it. Each Trustee is equal in her ability to contribute financially, provide stewardship, and vote to determine grant allocation. With equal voice, we are funding actionable, measurable programs to improve the lives of Jewish women and children.” One of the seven grants JWF funded in 2013, Kol Israel Haverim, promotes young women toward science, technology and engineering so that they may one day ‘crack the glass ceiling,’ illustrating the proactive initiatives JWF supports. Reuben appreciates the responsibility and the far-reaching, rewarding impact that programs like this afford for women in a changing world. “JWF is continually growing. We are an ongoing reflection of change, in the world, in our community, in ourselves. We are always evolving, learning, and broadening our horizons, our perspectives, and our outreach.”

As the grants awarded by JWF each year provide skills and hope to those navigating a changing world, a highlight of the Granting Wishes event is the announcement of the 2014 grant recipients. While that announcement signifies the culmination of a year of diligent review and collaboration by the Trustees, it also heralds the beginning of new opportunities for the women and children whose lives will be forever changed by the grants awarded by Jewish Women’s Foundation. “JWF allows me the privilege to be part of the decision making process to determine where my money will do the best good,” says Jeanne Fibus, Event Co-chair. “I enjoy the camaraderie of the Trustees as we make these grant choices to help others realize their dreams.”

The Granting Wishes event includes hors d’oeuvres, food stations, desserts, wine and soft drinks, with dietary laws observed. Couvert is $80 and all are welcome to attend. To register, and for information about the event or about becoming a JWF Trustee, visit or contact Lisbeth Cauff at 561.852.3188 or

The guest speaker has been generously underwritten by Marsh and AIG. JWF Granting Wishes is generously sponsored by Boca Raton Regional Hospital and BNY Mellon. The Boca Raton Observer is Exclusive Magazine Sponsor for the event.


Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s TODAY Show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador and the host of “Money Matters with Jean Chatzky” on RLTV. Jean is a best-selling author and a long-time magazine columnist, focusing on personal money management and financial literacy for all ages.

Jean is the author of eight books, including Money Rules and the recent New York Times bestseller Money 911: Your Most Pressing Money Questions Answered, Your Money Emergencies Solved. Her book The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even the Toughest Times (Crown Business), received the 2009 Books for a Better Life award in the Personal Finance category. Her Pay It Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 A Day (New York Times and Business Week best-seller) was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show’s successful Debt Diet series.

Jean is a sought-after motivational speaker, as well as a respected consultant to businesses and company executives. She also regularly shares her advice and opinions as a guest on popular television shows, including The View, The Talk, and Morning Joe, and made regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Jean is a proud graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women. She is on the board of the Kelly Writers House, also at Penn. Jean lives with her family in West Chester County, New York.