2016 Israel Granting Partners
Isha L’Isha – Haifa Feminist Center: Fighting Against Trafficking in Women and Prostitution project. This project works to end the sexual and physical abuse of women that is the sex industry. Their work advocates for change on the national level, educating the public about the abuses of the sex industry, direct assistance to women who are victims of extreme sexual, physical and emotional abuse, helping them leave prostitution behind and providing them with the tools needed to reclaim their lives. Their direct service work in 2016 will focus on mail-order brides who are trafficked into the country.
The NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education at Hebrew University (RIFIE): Training Bedouin Women for the Workforce as Educators in the Pre-School Sector. This unique NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education project empowers Bedouin mothers who wish to work outside the home by training them for paraprofessional work and placement in the early childhood education sector in their communities.
Israel Hofshit: The Center for Training and Initiatives has emerged as the leader in organizing the public and training social change activists in Israel for freedom of and from religion. In order to integrate more Israeli women activists and leaders on gender issues into the larger movement, the center will seek to integrate alumni and faculty from the NCJW Women and Gender Studies Program at TAU. The community engagement work will fuel a grassroots movement of skilled and organized activists to secure Israel’s democratic principles and finally win full equal rights for men and women in personal status issues and anywhere in the public sphere where they are attacked or undermined by religious extremism.
Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance (JOH). NCJW’s grant will support the organization’s work meeting the specific needs of those in the transgender community, who are too often excluded from programs and services available to gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. The grant will provide transgender activists in Jerusalem the security and flexibility to organize independently and unite with a stronger voice, as well as increase the access of transgender individuals in Jerusalem to services currently beyond their reach.
Yerushalmit Movement. Dedicated to building Jerusalem as a vibrant, pluralistic, and inclusive city, the Yerushalmit Movement has helped reduce gender segregation based on religion, including the exclusion of women from public spaces in Jerusalem. NCJW’s grant will enable the Movement to create women-led forums in neighborhoods across the city to promote equality and improve quality of life. For the first time, Ultra Orthodox Jewish women and Arab women will be engaged in the conversation to encourage civic collaboration among women activists of diverse religious sectors.
Hillel – The Right to Choose. For over 20 years, their mission has been to help those who chose to leave the Haredi ultra-Orthodox community and successfully integrate into Israeli society. The complex challenges faced by those who leave these communities are magnified for single mothers, some of whom have suffered abuse, and all of whom face financial distress and struggle to navigate the secular world. The grant provides job training, tuition scholarships for education, funds for legal fees to battle their former husbands and families in the religious courts for custody over their children. The program targets 48 single mothers aged 18-30.
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2015 Grant Partners
Isha L’Isha – Haifa Feminist Center: Fighting Against Trafficking in Women and Prostitution project
The NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education (RIFIE): Training Bedouin Women for the Workforce as Educators in the Pre-School Sector
Israel Hofshit: Freedom in Marriage Now
Tmura – The Israeli Antidiscrimination Legal Center: Protecting Women’s Reproductive Choice
Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance (JOH)
Turning the Tables
Women of the Wall
Hillel – The Right to Choose