Jul 7, 2022

The Jewish Women’s Foundation’s 2022 Granting Wishes Event Celebrates Ten Recipients and More

The Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) of South Palm Beach County hosted its annual Granting Wishes reception on Friday, April 1, at The Polo Club of Boca Raton. Thrilled to celebrate in person after two years apart, the event attracted the largest crowd in JWF’s history. 
JWF is a program of the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Close to 200 guests from across the Jewish community learned about JWF’s ten grant awards for 2022 (see list below) at the sold-out event co-chaired by Laurie Kamhi, a fourth-year Trustee, and Harriet Kimball, a seventh-year Trustee. 
It was JWF’s first year to hold their popular event at The Polo Club of Boca Raton venue. Since the inception of Granting Wishes over 16 years ago, JWF has awarded 165 grants totaling $1,600,565. Critical funding has been allocated to 50 local and global organizations, impacting over 35,000 lives. 
This year, nine local organizations and one Israeli foundation received a total of $105,000. It was the first time since the pandemic began that an Israeli organization received a grant. Guests could also contribute to the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Ukraine Emergency Fund to support relief efforts.
Also highlighted at this year’s event was JWF’s Micro-Grant Fund. Recognizing the need to develop the next generation of future Jewish leaders and philanthropists, it awards up to $1800 to local teens and young adults with a project or program to enlighten or improve the community’s wellbeing. Micro-grants have so far supported initiatives such as the installation of a new floor at the West Boca Chabad’s outdoor play area, the creation of the “Girls in the Garden” program at Liumi West Retreat, the funding of a trademark for JARC’s “Abili TEA,” and a college student’s effort to make a documentary. 
The JWF’s Rapid Response Fund, launched in 2008 in response to that economic crisis, continues to aid local women in dire circumstances. Recipient Jodie Berger shared her story of courage via video and was acknowledged as the audience rose to their feet in spirit and support.  
After all recipients were acknowledged, Randee Rubenstein, outgoing JWF Chair for the past three years and a Trustee for seven years, thanked the guests, event committee, co-chairs, and Trustees, saying their hard work helped JWF not only to survive but thrive during the pandemic.