T’he Hadassah Foundation is an investor in social change to empower girls and women in the United States and Israel. It works to improve the status, health and well-being of women and girls; bring their contributions, issues and needs from the margins to the center of Jewish concern; and encourage and facilitate their active participation in decision-making and leadership in all spheres of life.
- AJEEC-NISPED: A team of Jews and Arabs working together to promote socio-economic development and peace-building among communities in transition. Funds support the Taliyah Gap Year Program for young Arab women in the Negev Bedouin community, which provides participants with the skills and support to be among the first women in their families to hold advanced degrees and professional careers outside their homes.
- Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel (ARCCI): The national umbrella organization for Israel’s network of rape crisis centers that advocates on behalf of policies and practices that promote women’s safety. Funds underwrite a pilot project to conduct research and implement university-wide policies that prevent and regulate instances of sexual harassment in academic settings.
- The Beit Ruth Educational & Therapeutic Village: A long-term therapeutic residence and school for girls that have been removed from their homes as a result of severe neglect and/or physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Funds support their Advocacy and Outreach Initiative that furthers Beit Ruth’s work to drive awareness about girls at-risk of domestic abuse/neglect; builds public support that adds to the discourse about gender-based violence, and advocates for non-discriminatory government policies that support, rather than are biased against, girls and young women.
- The Center for Women’s Justice: An organization that defends women’s rights to equality, dignity, and justice when they are threatened by state religious institutions. Funds support CWJ’s general operating costs, which include: using cutting-edge litigation, reframing the public discourse around the violation of women’s rights, and advocating in criticism of religious legislation through the lens of women’s civil liberties.
- Itach Ma’aki: Women Lawyers for Social Justice: Itach Ma’aki works to create a society where the needs of disenfranchised women are addressed and their voices are heard in the public discourse. Funding supports the City for All Program that works with the Local Authority and specifically the local Mayoral Advisor for Gender Equality to create a multi-level consultation process on gender needs and issues, whereby residents from diverse groups participate, alongside local-authority leadership, to identify issues and areas for improvement in their locality.
- Jasmine: Promotes the growth and professional development of Israel’s Jewish and Arab women business owners and leaders. Funds go toward the Izun (Balance) Project that helps women business owners obtain board member positions in public companies and government agencies. The Izun Program was piloted in 2016 with The Hadassah Foundation’s support.
- Nivcharot: is the first and only organization in Israel focusing on Haredi women and their integration into public, social, and political life. Funds help Nivcharot raise awareness of the unique needs of Haredi women and girls and support the HaNivcheret (The League) Program, which provides a group of select Haredi women with the tools, knowledge, and self-perception necessary to lead in Israeli secular society, business, and government.
- The Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of Women’s Status: Operating at Bar-Ilan University, the organization provides legal representation, related academic expertise, and reform recommendations to increase gender equality in Israel’s laws and policies. Funds support initiatives to increase women’s rights in Israel’s family court system that limits women’s access to justice and negatively impact their children.
- SHIN – The Israeli Movement for Equal Representation of Women: Facilitates equal representation of women in politics and in the public sphere. The supported program brings together over 250 Jewish and Arab high school girls to involve them in discussions, and projects that increase their knowledge and skills to address social and political feminist issues.
- WePower: Advances women’s leadership to the highest levels of decision-making and elected positions. Funding supports The Incubator for Council Members and Women Mayors, offering newly elected women with training opportunities, support and professional know-how, and a network of women in government throughout Israel.
- Women’s Spirit: Promotes the economic independence of women survivors of violence in Israel and strives for social change from a feminist perspective and a commitment to social and gender justice. Funds support the “Breaking the Bind” initiative that includes their education and advocacy efforts to: change Israeli policies and laws that undermine, destabilize, and weaken women survivors of violence; serve as a catalyst for awareness-raising among the public to the financial issues trapping women in violence and poverty; and help achieve legal recognition of Economic Violence in law statutes.
- Yozmot Atid: Shares the gift of entrepreneurship with some of the lowest earners in the Israeli market—women from low-income backgrounds particularly from the socio-geographic periphery who want more for themselves and their families. Funds support programming for Yozmot Atid alumni whose businesses are now in jeopardy as a result of pandemic and for new participants in vulnerable economic straits who stand the most to gain from opening a small business.
Past Israel Grantees
A Step Forward
Al Zahraa Organization for Women
Association of Rape Crisis Centers
Center for Jewish Arab Economic Development
Citizens’ Accord Forum Between Jews and Arabs
The Falk Institute
The Haifa Battered Women’s Hotline
Hebrew University NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education
Israel Association for the Advancement of Women’s Health
Israel Religious Action Center
Israel Women’s Network
Jerusalem Intercultural Center
Kav LaOved—Worker’s Hotline
Koret Israel Economic Development Funds
Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development
Project Kesher Israel
Rabbis for Human Rights
The Rackman Center, Bar Ilan University
Shatil—New Israel Fund
The Taub Center
Tel Aviv University Law School
Theatre Company Jerusalem
The Tmura Center
Turning the Tables
Van Leer Institute, The Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere
Women Against Violence
Women of the Wall
Workers’ Advice Center—Ma’an
- Jewish Women International: A national organization that ensures women and girls thrive in healthy relationships, control their financial futures, and realize their full potential. Funds will underwrite the Washington, DC-based pilot of the Jewish Communal Women’s Leadership Project (JCWLP), an initiative to help women advance to the highest positions of Jewish communal organizations.
- Maharat: The first rabbinical school in North America to train and ordain Orthodox women for the rabbinate. Funding will enhance the Executive Ordination Track (EOT), the part-time, advanced program for experienced women leaders and educators. Located throughout the world, the women in the EOT track have never previously been afforded the opportunity of ordination.
- Moving Traditions: An organization that emboldens teens by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning. By promoting a more inclusive and expansive view of gender for Jewish girls, boys, and transgender and nonbinary teens, Moving Traditions creates a more vibrant, engaging Judaism that helps all teens to flourish. Funds support Kol Koleinu (All Our Voices), a national fellowship that invites Jewish teen girls to explore and deepen their feminist knowledge, channel their voices to share their beliefs, and use their skills to create tangible change in their communities.
- Shalom Task Force: A partner new to the Hadassah Foundation, Shalom Task Force combats and prevents domestic violence and fosters healthy and safe relationships. Funds support the Purple Fellowship, which equips students with the skills, knowledge, and leadership experience to become advocates on behalf of the issue of domestic violence in their schools and communities.
Past United States Grantees
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
Challah for Hunger
District of Columbia JCC
Edith and Carl Marks JCH of Bensonhurst
F.E.G.S. Long Island Division
Hebrew Free Loan Society, New York City
Jewish Community Relations Council of NY
Jewish Family & Life
Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Jewish Free Loan Association, Los Angeles
Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance
Jewish Theological Seminary
Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale
Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy
Ohio State University Hillel
Shalom Bayit (The Tides Center)
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
St. Louis JCC/Nishmah
Union for Reform Judaism
Women’s Sports Foundation
COVID-19 Response Grants
With a dramatic increase in calls to Israel’s domestic abuse hotlines since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, the Hadassah Foundation quickly launched a COVID-19 Response Fund. The selected grant recipients were:
- Association of Rape Crisis Centers: The convener of Israel’s rape crisis centers that advocates on behalf of policies that promote women’s safety and support survivors of gender-based violence.
- Israel Women’s Network: An organization focused on women’s equality that is lobbying the new Knesset and national government administration to implement needed domestic violence reforms.
- Kayan: A feminist movement that advances the status and protects the rights of Arab women in Israel, is translating important domestic violence information into Arabic, expanding their culturally responsive helpline, and advising local Arab-women leaders on the ways to respond to COVID-19 and the domestic violence crisis
Phase 2: Jewish Women’s Collective Response Fund
The Jewish Women’s Collective Response Fund, convened and facilitated by The Hadassah Foundation, was comprised of five women’s funds – Greater Miami Jewish Federation Women’s Amutot Initiative, Israel Lions of Judah, Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta, and The Hadassah Foundation. The Collective Response Fund was created to provide sorely needed financial resources during this pandemic to Israeli nonprofit organizations that support survivors of domestic violence.
- Tahel: The Crisis Center for Religious Women and Children: with 85 percent of its clientele coming from the Haredi population, Tahel provides emotional support, advice, and referrals for women and children in times of crisis.
- Women’s Spirit: provides tools, knowledge, and support for the economic independence and personal development of women survivors of violence.
- MASLAN: The Negev’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Support Center: one of nine crisis centers in Israel, offers emergency services and counseling for people located throughout the Negev region.