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Hadassah Foundation Awards 13 Bat Mitzvah Year Mini-Grants to Support Well-Being of Jewish Girls, Young Women

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Pamela Vassil
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Organizations serving Jewish youth in 11 states benefit from support

NEW YORK —To celebrate 13 years of grantmaking, the Hadassah Foundation has awarded 13 mini-grants, in honor of its “bat mitzvah year” of service, to organizations in 11 states serving Jewish young people.  The 13 Bat Mitzvah Year Mini-Grants support new or expanded programming that promotes the physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being of Jewish girls and young women.

The Hadassah Foundation seeks to augment the work of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, by improving the status, health and well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel.

“We are delighted that this mini-grant program will enable so many youth-serving organizations in the Jewish community to create feminist-oriented programming,” said Donna Gerson, Chair of the Hadassah Foundation.  “This program enables us to reach many new communities that normally wouldn’t be touched by the Hadassah Foundation.”

The Hadassah Foundation’s Bat Mitzvah Year Mini-Grant program impacts all segments of the Jewish community.  Recipients of the $500 mini-grants include organizations from all major Jewish denominations, synagogues, day schools, Hillels, a community-based organization doing outreach to people in their 20’s, an after-school high school program, and a local board of Jewish education. 

The following organizations were awarded Bat Mitzvah Year Mini-Grants:

Shearim Torah High School for Girls, Scottsdale, Ariz.:  To conduct a leadership training program for their students.

Bureau of Jewish Education, San Francisco, Calif.:  To enhance their Rosh Hodesh programming with yoga instruction.

Temple Kol Tikvah, Woodland Hills, Calif.:  To create a female mentorship program, linking teen girls with adult female members, based on the teens’ potential career interests.

Hillel Foundation at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.:  To hold a three-part workshop series that promotes self-esteem and healthy living among young Jewish women.

Congregation Agudath Achim, Taunton, Mass.:  To create multiple programs on healthy dating relationships, targeting teens, parents, and college students from across southeastern Massachusetts. 

Temple Beth El, Traverse City, Mich.:  To conduct a program about young Jewish women and their mentors, featuring a film about photojournalist Ruth Gruber and a panel of leading local women in northern Michigan.

Next Dor STL, St. Louis, Mo.:  To create a monthly Rosh Hodesh program for women in their 20’s. 

Congregation Agudath Israel, Caldwell, N.J.:  To conduct a program about how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence.

Solomon Schechter School of Queens, Flushing, N.Y.:  To start a Rosh Hodesh program for teen girls.

Chapel Hill Kehillah Synagogue, Chapel Hill, N.C.:  To implement a wellness program that advances girl power, health and leadership.

Hillel at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio: To conduct a personal safety, assault prevention and self-defense workshop for young women in the college community.

B’nai Brith Youth Organization, Ohio Northern Region, Beachwood, Ohio:  To enhance its B-Fit program for teenage girls with workshops about bullying, planning for college and personal finance.

The Jewish Community High School of Gratz College, Melrose Park, Penn.:  To use a curriculum that explores the issues surrounding dating and its power struggles that can lead to violence with local teens.

The Hadassah Foundation is dedicated to refocusing the priorities of the Jewish community through funding innovative and creative projects that serve women and girls from diverse cultural groups within Israel and the Jewish community in the United States.  The foundation is a philanthropic pioneer in the fields of economic security for low-income Israeli women and leadership and self-esteem programs for adolescent Jewish girls and young women in the United States.  Since 2000, the Hadassah Foundation has awarded grants totaling almost $6 million to more than 60 nonprofit organizations.


Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is celebrating its 100th year. Hadassah is a volunteer women's organization, whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.

Date: 8/20/2012
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