JWF starts season with celebration; looks ahead to 12/15 luncheon

On Wednesday, November 9, Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches kicked-off the social season with stories of success. The Foundation hosted a Trustee Luncheon at Table 26 in West Palm Beach to welcome back supporters for what is promised to be another exciting year of growth and opportunity. The West Palm Beach-based nonprofit invited special guests from PACE Center for Girls to detail the Foundation’s reach in the community – and the need to continue its work locally, nationally and in Israel.


1aa“We have much success to celebrate – and still so much work to do,” said Tami Baldinger, CEO of JWF. “Our innovative approach to grant making and advocacy ensures JWF will have a lasting impact for generations to come.  The programs we fund, such as the $44,000 grant awarded to PACE Center for Girls, addresses the root cause of issues impacting women and girls.  By addressing the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of problems affecting women and girls we are able to make lasting systemic change.”


Earlier this year, JWF announced a two-year $22,000-per-year grant for the “PACEWorks Program,” a program designed to increase employability of at-risk and high-risk girls.  The program provides teens with skills and experience for employment in traditional and non-traditional fields. Angela Clarke, executive director of PACE Palm Beach, along with a PACE graduate, presented its mission and the impact of JWF’s critical funding to trustees.

Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches is a nonprofit grant making and advocacy organization established to improve the lives of women and girls. Guided by Jewish values, JWF advocates for advancing all women and girls and funds projects that have long-term effects for societal change on local, national and international levels by placing an unwavering focus on the root cause of issues. An inclusive organization, JWF welcomes members of all beliefs and genders who believe that when women and girls are empowered, the entire community benefits.


On December 15, 2016 the Foundation will welcome supporters to its annual Imagine the Possibilities luncheon at The Colony in Palm Beach. Martina Vandenberg, founder and president of the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, will speak about her two decades of experience fighting injustice against women. Earlier this year, JWF gave a two-year, $20,000-per-year grant to the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center. The grant is allocated to support the Sex Trafficking Justice Initiative, a national program that helps trafficking victims by increasing access to pro bono counsel, increasing the number of civil cases filed by victims against traffickers and increasing the number of expungement filings to clear victims’ criminal records.


This year the Foundation awarded nearly half-a-million dollars to more than 15 organizations; the annual luncheon raises money for future grants. JWF grantees are selected based on ability to solve problems with a gender lens, innovative approach to problem solving and leadership within their expertise. JWF empowers its trustees by giving each a voice in the grant making process.


Paula Lustbader is chairing the benefit and is joined by co-chairs Joel Yudenfreund, Vivian Lieberman and Michelle Jacobson. The luncheon will honor Sydelle Sonkin, longtime JWF trustee and leader, who is passionate about advancing women and girls and became the foundation’s second million-dollar donor.


Tickets are $125. For more information about JWF, to purchase tickets or to inquire about sponsorships, please visit www.jwfpalmbeach.org or call 561-275-2200.