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"Jewish Women's Giving Foundation Awards $85,000 in Grants for 2011"

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May 3, 2011

Leaders at the Jewish Women's Giving Foundation (JWGF), a program of THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, announce an allocation of $85,000 in grants for fiscal year 2011. The grants, which range from $5,000 to $20,000, are provided to organizations that support the JWGF mission of helping to provide better lives for women and for girls in Maryland, the United States and throughout the world.

The JWGF is a group of over 65 women philanthropists who collaborate in the grant making process, sharing their passion for improving the lives of others. Since its inception in 2003, over $560,000 has been awarded to nonprofit organizations that empower, enrich and assist needy women and girls in Baltimore, Israel and the former Soviet Union.

At a luncheon honoring this year's grant recipients on May 11th at THE ASSOCIATED's headquarters, the foundation will present the following grants:

Enterprise Community Partners: Funding will be utilized for the Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-School Youngsters (HIPPY) program, in Baltimore. HIPPY is a home-based early childhood development program that focuses on teaching mothers basic skills and knowledge so their children will succeed when they begin school.

Grant Amount: $20,000

Herzog Hospital: Geriatric Caregiver Training is a nurse's aide training program for Ethiopian and Bnai Menashe women in Jerusalem, Israel. Funding for this course will address the shortage of nursing aides in Israel and will enable Ethiopian women to receive professional skills so that they can become self-sufficient.

JWGF will partner with the Lions of Judah in Israel to support this program.

Grant Amount: $5,000

Israel Family Planning Association: The Bridge to Communication program will enable 40 semi-professional Ethiopian women to receive training to assist new female adolescent Ethiopian immigrants and their families combat sexual abuse and violence, promote gender equality and raise the living standards and economic standards of Ethiopian women.

Grant Amount: $15,000


Prison Education Partnership (PEP): This program, in Jessup, MD will enable PEP to expand their college program to reach over 800 women incarcerated in Maryland. This program will enable the women to improve their lives while in prison and will set them on a path towards success as they re-enter the community and workforce, often as the sole custodians of minor children.

Grant Amount: $20,000

Senior Friendly Neighborhoods: Funds will aid in partially funding the salary of a bilingual (Russian-English) Support Services Coordinator who works intensively with older women in the Millbrook community in Baltimore, MD, helping new immigrants to maintain physical and mental health and independence.

Grant Amount: $20,000

The Family Nest: This program, in Ashkelon, Israel, will assist mothers and their children become self-sufficient, off of Municipal aid, and provide emotional support and counseling to help them overcome hardships. JWGF will partner with the Lions of Judah in Israel to support this program.

Grant Amount: $5,000

"The Jewish Women's Giving Foundation empowers women and gives them the ability to see how powerful and impactful collaborative philanthropy can be. Our members find it so rewarding, and see first hand how a group of women can join together to truly make a difference by funding programs that improve the lives of women and girls around the globe,” said Janice Obuchowski, Jewish Women's Giving Foundation Chair.

For additional information about JWGF grants and membership information, please contact Leah Berry at 410-843-7493,, or visit the JWGF website


THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore preserves and enhances Jewish life by addressing charitable, educational, religious, humanitarian, health, cultural and social service needs of the Jewish community in Baltimore, in Israel and throughout the world. As the central fundraising entity for the Baltimore Jewish community, THE ASSOCIATED raises more than $30 million each year, with two-thirds aiding Jews in need locally and the remainder funding programs overseas.

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