Celebrate Women!

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From allies to thought leaders to changemakers, we're sharing stories of women who are making an impact this International Women's Day.

Rising Up
Through their philanthropy and their hands-on community service, Federation women have always been deeply involved in repairing the world. These days, women are more active than ever, rising to the challenges brought by the pandemic and working to improve lives in their own communities and around the world. Read More

We are so proud of JFNA’s former Board of Trustees Chair Rep. Kathy Manning, who is serving her first term in Congress advocating for smart policies that serve the 6th district of North Carolina and are informed by our Jewish communal agenda. Read More

Engaging Communities
When Rabbi Ilana Baird arrived in Los Gatos, CA, the relatively large population of Russian-speaking Jews living in the area had no anchor to connect them with each other or with their Jewish identities. Today, she runs a robust engagement program. Read More

Building Networks
Following the signing of the Abraham Accords on the White House lawn, a small delegation of Federation leaders boarded planes for the United Arab Emirates, where high level officials pledged support for its Jewish citizens – among them UAE Minister of Youth Shamma al Mazrui. Read More

Supporting Allies
Sara Lomelin developed the largest Latino donor network in the country. Now, she’s working to catalyze the national giving circle movement though Philanthropy Together, a new national initiative built for that purpose. Check out Amplifier@JFNALearn More

Ensuring a Better Future
Galina’s internal strength and ability to dream helped her find a place in a JDC employment program, securing a better future for herself and her daughters. Watch Now

Addressing Health
Rochelle Shoretz, z"l, founded Sharsheret to help Jewish women like herself fighting breast cancer find a community of support. Jewish women are disproportionately at risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Learn More

Empowering Teens
"Grandma, don’t worry. Everything will be ok" is what Eva Stupka, a young Moldovan Jewish woman and Co-President of JDC’s Active Jewish Teens, wishes she could tell her great-grandmother today. Eva is now working to strengthen her community, educating and helping others connect to resources. Watch Now

Advocating for Families
As the COVID pandemic has raged on, the economic fallout has landed disproportionately on women and communities of color. By putting money directly into the hands of women and families who need it, the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit programs have the power to lift millions of people out of poverty. That’s why JFNA has made these initiatives a priority. Learn More

Coming Full Circle
Shira made aliyah from Ethiopia at the age of 6. Now she works at a Jewish Agency absorption center. She is helping bring 2,000 new Ethiopian Jews to Israel, including a child who will receive life-saving surgery. Watch Now