|Recipient is a Writer, Graphic Designer for Jewish Women International|
NEW YORK – The Hadassah Foundation will present its Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize honoring innovative contributions to advance the status of women and girls in Israel and the United States to Danielle Cantor. Cantor is Associate Editor at Jewish Woman, Jewish Women International’s magazine, and Design and Communications Manager for JWI. She will receive the award on June 14.
“Danielle Cantor knows how to relate to Jewish adolescent girls and young women, and she personifies the Hadassah Foundation’s commitment to helping to nurture Jewish girls,” said Carol M. Joseph, Foundation Board Chair. “As a journalist and graphic designer, she creates images and texts that deliver positive messages to bolster self-esteem and Jewish identity.”
The Prize is designed to honor professionals who are in an early stage of a career devoted to social change for women and girls. In Cantor’s case, her portfolio includes work for two Hadassah Foundation-funded projects: Strong Girls, Healthy Relationships: A Conversation on Dating, Friendship and Self-Esteem; and Life$avings®: Financial Literacy for Young Women. The Prize is awarded based on the nominee’s contribution to the field, leadership potential, the merits of her proposal for professional development, and her potential to affect the field beyond the scope of the nominating organization.
Named in honor of Bernice S. Tannenbaum’s lifetime of service to the Jewish people, the State of Israel, and Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, the Prize connects Cantor to the accomplishments of Tannenbaum, who served as Hadassah National President from 1976-80. In the late 1990s, Tannenbaum chaired the Strategic Planning Committee that proposed the creation of the Hadassah Foundation, and she now serves as the National Board’s liaison to the Hadassah Foundation.
The Tannenbaum Prize was conceived and implemented through generous contributions from Joan and Leonard Leiman with additional funding provided by The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation.
The Hadassah Foundation is the largest Jewish women’s fund in North America. Since 2000, it has awarded grants to 58 not-for-profit organizations. It is a philanthropic pioneer in the field of economic security for low-income Israeli women and self-esteem and leadership projects for adolescent Jewish girls and young women in the United States.
Past recipients of the Tannenbaum Prize are Lena Gurary (2010), Director, Supportive Community: Women’s Business Development Center, Israel; and Vardit Dameri Madar (2009), Director, Legal Department, Yedid, Israel.
Cantor grew up in Potomac, Md., and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in 1997. She worked as a copywriter for advertising agencies before being hired as a writer at JWI in 2003. She has since expanded her work to graphic design and writing a blog. The goals of JWI (originally B’nai B’rith Women) align with those of the Hadassah Foundation by empowering women and girls through economic literacy, community training, healthy relationship education, and the proliferation of women’s leadership.
“To be recognized by The Hadassah Foundation for making a difference means the world to me,” Cantor said. “Going forward, I want to develop as an artist and also get back to my roots as a writer. Fearless storytelling can empower others to change their own lives.”