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Economic Empowerment for Bedouin Women: Training and support for women in Rahat to start small home businesses producing traditional sewing and embroidery with modern techniques.


Resource Incubator for Economic Initiatives by Women: Working Together to Create a Feminist Economy: A group of Ethiopian women gain skills to establish and maintain their own business by selling traditional crafts and providing embroidery incorporated into merchandise sold by the fashion company Comme Il Faut.

The Year of the Working Woman: An initiative to educate low-income working women about employment rights.

Al Zahraa Organization for Women

Courses for Empowerment: Courses for Israeli Arab women in the Galilee to gain greater economic independence.

Association of Rape Crisis Centers

Victim Witness Assistance Program: Advocacy on behalf of victims of sexual abuse.

Bar Ilan University

Research conducted by Professor Dafna Izraeli z'l on the impact of women's high-tech careers on family life. Dr. Michal Frankel completed the project, Women in High-Tech: Has the Motherhood Barrier Collapsed?, published by The Israel Women's Network.

Center for Jewish Arab Economic Development (CJAED)

Integrating Arab Women as Board Directors of Israeli Companies trains Arab women with leadership potential to serve on the boards of publicly-traded and companies. Past grants to CJAED supported Women in Development, business skills training and initiatives encourage Jewish and Arab Israeli women to work together and Jasmine: Association of Businesswomen in Israel, a national umbrella organization that represents Israeli businesswomen of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Citizens' Accord Forum Between Jews and Arabs in Israel—CAF

Ofek Nashi: Empowerment, Economic Independence, and Social Change for Israeli-Arab Women Through Their Small Businesses: Group courses and individual mentoring in management, finance, and marketing for Israeli women who own small businesses.

CLAF—the Community of Lesbian Feminists

Organizational development and expansion of public programs.

Community Advocacy

Working Women Production Cooperatives: Formation of cooperative ventures between women in similar fields, utilizing the microenterprise curriculum, A Business of One's Own, developed by Economic Empowerment for Women.

Community of Learning Women

Economic Empowerment for Low-Income Women: A curriculum offering skills in computer literacy and English to help low-income women obtain jobs in the modern office. The Hadassah Foundation provided the initial grants to establish and develop this multicultural "school without walls" (originally under the auspices of Kol Ha-Isha).

Counseling Center for Women

Working It Through: Coaching to help female soldiers manage the challenges of working in male-dominated fields.

Falk Institute for Mental Health and Behavioral Studies

Dr. Marjorie Feinson conducted the research project, Never Too Thin: A Community Study of Eating Problems among Women in Israel.

The Haifa Battered Women's Hotline

The Youth Violence Prevention and Gender Equality Project: Advocacy to reduce violence against women and bring the issue of gender equality into the schools.

Isha L'Isha and Mahut Center

Changing Women's Lives through Empowerment and Employment: A project that includes basic financial literacy and empowerment courses as well as personalized job training and placement. Mahut now manages this project.

Israel Association for the Advancement of Women's Health

Development and implementation of La-Briut (to her health), a Hebrew Web site that provides information on how to negotiate the health-care system in Israel.

IT Works

The Foundation's grant enabled the Women's Empowerment Program (WEP)--a comprehensive, eight-month program that teaches low-income women (ages 18-35) technological and professional skills, provides them with certification from Cisco Systems, and assists them in finding skilled employment in the high-tech sector—to expand to Hadera.

Israel Religious Action Center

Putting Women in the Government-Funded Kitchen: A research project on the government's employment of women in religious service positions and to prepare the groundwork for women to enter this workforce.


Women Demand Mobility: Support to establish bus service in Arab towns and villages in northern Israel, enabling women to travel independently, be employed outside their homes, and develop greater economic independence.

Kol Ha-Isha

Women's Community Kitchen: A health- and kashrut-certified kitchen and entrepreneurial training for women to prepare institutional meals. The women also have access to the kitchen for their individual catering businesses.

Women Directors for Social Change: A training program in feminist and social change theory to help women directors of government and non-profit organizations transform management patterns.

Community School for Women: A pilot program of the Economic Empowerment Curriculum (adopted by the Community of Learning Women).

Koret Israel Economic Development Funds

The Microenterprise Initiative: Microenterprise programs for women in the south of Israel to aid in business development via a non-bank lending and post-loan assistance program.

Mahut Center

Women Open Doors to Employment offers training and job placement for low-income women in Haifa, many of whom are single mothers and/or survivors of domestic violence. They guide women to jobs in demand by local employers and provide long-term, personalized follow-up and support for participants.

Mavoi Satum (Dead End)

Recruitment of professional staff and volunteers to advocate on behalf of Jewish women whose husbands refuse to grant them a divorce.

Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development—NISPED

Economic Empowerment for Negev Arab Bedouin Women identifies, recruits, and trains 170 Bedouin women to work in the Rahat-Lehavim-Bnei Shimon Industrial Park. In the past, the Foundation supported the Bedouin Early Childhood Educators and Peer Teachers, a training and certification project for Bedouin women to operate and teach in an expanding network of childcare centers.

Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR)

Empowering Single Mothers to Advocate for Change helped marginalized Jewish and Arab women in the Hadera and Wadi Ara area to advocate for legislation that would expand the potential pool of families eligible for annual school stipends given to single parents of school-age children.

Supportive Community (Sviva Tomehet)—Sustaining Grant (*This organization closed in March 2013.)

The Foundation provided General Operating Support to Supportive Community's administration and programs. Supportive Community's programs included A Retirement Plan of Her Own, which encouraged female micro-entrepreneurs, immigrants from the former Soviet Union, to become more educated about their pension options and create a pension plan or upgrade an existing one.

Tel Aviv University Law School

The Micro-Business and Economic Justice Clinic: Legal guidance for women establishing microbusinesses and instruction for students in public sector law.

Theatre Company Jerusalem

Encouraging Women's Leadership and Self-Esteem: Training for teachers to lead workshops that utilize theater arts techniques and Hebrew texts to enhance self-esteem in girls.

Women of the Wall

Support and advocacy for the May 2000 ruling that allowed a minyan (quorum) of women to pray with the Torah and tallitot (prayer shawls) at the Western Wall under government protection.

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