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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-07-12

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Women's Foundation
Announces Grants

The Jewish Women's Foundation of
Metropolitan Detroit (JWF), a grant
making and educational foundation
established to enhance the lives of
Jewish women and girls through phi-
lanthropy, has announced recipients of
its 2002 grant cycle.
The Jewish Women's Foundation
board of trustees awarded more than
$60,000 to nine programs in the
Detroit area and Israel on June 26.
Grant recipients were chosen by the
trustees from a listing of 33 charitable
groups that submitted proposals to
JWF by March 1.
The Foundation trustees awarded
$10,000 to the Jewish Hospice and
Chaplaincy Network, $10,000 to
JARC, $10,000 to the Single Jewish
Parents Network, $6,000 to Barbara
Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute,
$5,711 to JVS, $5,175 to the
Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center, $5,000
to SHILO: Pregnancy Advocacy
Center (in Jerusalem), $5,000 to
YEDID (in Nazareth Illit, Israel) and
$3,119 to Machon L'Torah.
The JWF has met the first phase of
its membership goals, welcoming its
100th trustee at the close of the third
fiscal year in May, said Margot
Halperin, JWF chair since the
Foundation's November 1999 incep-
tion.
In less than three years, the JWF has
built support for its endowment to
$1.5 million, made more than
$100,000 in grants and hosted 10
educational forums.
JWF grants are made to programs
and projects that are specific to Jewish
women and girls. The Foundation
completed its first grant cycle in June
2001, awarding a total of $50,000 in
grants to support seven local pro-
grams.

Programs Funded

• The 2002 grant made to the Jewish
Hospice and Chaplaincy Network
will benefit its "Women in Pastoral
Care" program. This Gayle Halperin
Kahn Memorial Grant honors the
memory of a JWF trustee who suc-
cumbed to cancer. Funding will help
the organization's efforts to promote
women rabbis to enter the field of
chaplaincy and train other professional
women in the direct care of adults

with disabilities, loss and grief accom-
panying end-of-life issues. The pro-
gram also will seek to improve the
professional status of women in the
field of pastoral care, traditionally a
male-dominated field.
• The JARC grant will support a
project called "Strengthening the
Jewish Identity of Women with
Developmental Disabilities." This Rosh
Chodesh (new moon) project will offer
JARC residents monthly programs
designed to increase their knowledge
of Judaism with instruction about
Jewish history, traditions and spiritual-
ity through Jewish holiday celebra-
tions and Shabbat observances.
• JWF chose to fund for the second
year the Single Jewish Parents
Network, making money available for
its Single Mother-Child Family Camp
and Quarterly Jewish Family
Programs. SJNP provides single-parent
families with Jewish-based environ-
ments, offering them opportunities to
enhance their Jewish learning, bond,
relax and establish friendships and
support systems through educational
and recreational activities.
• The grant to the Barbara Ann
Karmanos Cancer Institute will
finance a research and counseling
project called "Molecular Biology and
Genetics: Breast and Ovarian Cancer
in Ashkenazi Jews." JWF funding will
be used to further research into the
causes and detection of certain breast
and ovarian cancers in Ashkenazi
Jewish women, and the disproportion-
ate frequency of certain cancer causing
genetic mutations in this population.
• The JVS dollars will fund a
"Personal and Career Awareness
Program for Girls." This program will
serve girls in Jewish schools by provid-
ing interactive, hands-on activities,
which will help them to build self- -
esteem, identify their unique, personal
styles, learn about their aptitudes and
understand how those aspects of their
character relate to personal relation-
ships and career choices.
•.Support to the Jerusalem Rape
Crisis Center will finance its
"Women's Education and
Empowerment Project." The JRCC
will provide a series of sexual violence
education and support workshops for
women participating in community

women's groups sponsored by the
Jerusalem municipality.
• The JWF grant to Jerusalem-based
SHILO: Pregnancy Advocacy Center
will fund a program called "CHOIC-
ES: Healthy Relationships for High-
Risk Girls and Young Women." The
program will address the issues of sex-
ual risk-taking and coercive sexual sit-
uations with adolescent girls and
young women considered at "high
risk" through multi-session workshops
in schools and community centers.
• A second grant to Israel will bene-
fit the "Women to Women" program
of YEDID: the Association for
Community Empowerment in
Nazareth Illit. This year-long program
will assist and empower women in
gender-related advocacy and assistance
fields. In the program's first stage,
women will be trained as advocates for
other women in-the community, in
the areas of women's employment
rights, control over one's body, vio-
lence against women, single parents'
rights, marital and divorce procedures
and housing. The second stage will be
the formation of model self-help
groups facilitated by the newly trained
advocates.
• The Machon L'Torah grant will be
used to kick off the "Uniquely Ours
— JCC Women's Rosh Chodesh
Lecture Series." Funds will support the
initial lecture in the year-long series.
The featured speaker will be Esther
Jungreis, newspaper columnist and
founder of Hinieni ("Here I Am" in
Hebrew), an organization devoted to
inspiring Jews to return to their roots.
Her Jewish Women's Foundation topic
will be "How to Keep the High of
High Holidays in Our Lives Through
Prayer." ❑

Jewish Women's Foundation
trustees participate in all aspects
of the Foundation's governance,
planning and grant making. To
become a trustee, a local Jewish
woman must make a minimum
commitment of $10,000, which
entitles her to board membership
for five years. For information
about the JWF, contact Helen
Katz, (248) 203-1483.

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