Israel Granting Programs
NCJW promotes policies and programs that promote peaceful co-existence within Israel and between Israel and its neighbors. All our Israel funds go to support women and children, and to strengthen democracy and civil society in Israel. This is a very important way for all NCJW sections and members to turn our values into action in our beloved Israel.
Israel Granting Program: To address the critical challenges still facing women in Israel today, and to promote further progressive action, NCJW emphasizes empowerment and leadership programs for women and girls as well as gender equality as the cornerstones of NCJW’s Israel Granting Program. The Greater Houston Section is proud to join other regional sections in supporting progressive action in Israel.
Grant recipients include organizations and programs designed to address Israeli women’s rights and well-being in areas such as economics, politics, education, domestic violence, and social justice. Supporting the Israel Granting Program is an ideal way to speak your mind on issues such as gender segregation in the public sphere, agunot rights, and other personal status issues that specifically affect women in Israel.
Current Projects Include “Connecting for Impact: Strengthening the Feminist Ecosystem in Israel.” A partnership between NCJW and Tel Aviv University’s (TAU) NCJW Women and Gender Studies Program.
Seventeen extraordinary and diverse Israeli feminist leaders of organizations and online communities have been chosen in a selective process to participate in the program. The objective is to provide opportunities for these diverse feminist leaders to strengthen relationships, enhance skills, expand networking, and explore the possibilities of greater collaborative work; the long-term goal is to leverage this collective feminist power for greater impact on Israeli society – improving the lives of women and girls and all of Israel.
The women selected to represent a spectrum of Israeli society. These leaders include Israeli Russians, Palestinians, Ethiopian, Haredi, Mizrahi, LGBTQ, and other-abled women. They are NGO directors, CEOs, and online community leaders whose organizations are working on a variety of feminist issues: domestic violence and personal safety; equal employment/equal pay; gender equality in political representation; peace and security; women’s health; women and disability rights; women and film/arts; and more.