The Women’s Giving Circle funds programs and initiatives with a focus on women and girls*, justice, and Jewish continuity. Through these lenses, the Women’s Giving Circle is committed to improving the overall status of Jewish women and girls, and funding projects that promote social change by addressing at least one of the indicators described below:
1. Women and Girls*: Emphasizing programs and services that enrich, enhance, and inspire Jewish women and girls. Programs could be in any number of realms, including but not limited to Jewish continuity/identity, health, social justice, or basic needs.
2. Jewish Continuity: Emphasizing programs and initiatives that seek to help strengthen Jewish identity through engagement, education, arts, culture, and beyond.
3. Justice: Emphasizing educational programs and initiatives that seek to promote tolerance, inclusion, and understanding with a focus on combating anti-Semitism, prejudice, racism and all forms of social injustice and inequity.
*Women and girls refer to all cisgender women and girls, transgender women and girls, and non-binary people who are comfortable in female-centered spaces.
2021 Grant Allocations
$26,000 Total Grant Allocations
General support to develop Girls in Trouble: The Musical. An evening-length theatrical project based around Alicia Jo Rabins’ indie-folk song cycle, Girls in Trouble, a series of songs about stories of women in the Torah. $1000.
2.The Alberta Shul
General support for planning and innovative creative events for eastside, underserved young adult Jews with a social justice lens. $3600.
Funding for a new initiative: Big Sister, Little Sister program at Camp Kesher with a focus on connecting and reconnecting post-pandemic/in-person and rebuilding community. $2500.
4.Chabad Jewish Center Hillsboro
Support for the Jewish Women’s Weekly Club and Rosh Hodesh. Chabad Hillsboro is the only source of Jewish connection in this part of the community. $3600.
5.Congregation Shir Tikvah
Sponsor through general support of “Kol b’ lsha,” performance of an original work by dance Jennifer Gwirtz. The piece is a meditation of the older female voice, visibility, and silences through a dance-based exploration of Jewish female modesty practices. $2000.
General support for Jewish Leadership Incubator program that trains and empowers younger Jews (approx. ages 22-44) who feel marginalized from the Jewish community to re-envision themselves as leaders in our community. $5000.
7.Congregation Neveh Shalom
Launch “Women, Whiskey, and Wisdom,” monthly women’s one-hour social and learning opportunity open to those who identify as female. Community-wide and partnering with Rabbi Rachel Joseph of Congregation Beth Israel. $1800.
8.The Oregon Hillel Foundation
Fund the annual Women’s Retreat with University of Oregon, OSU, and PDX Hillel campuses. New this year is the addition of PDX Hillel campuses. $5000.
9.Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Initiate a program called, “From Antiquity to Today: Are we our mother’s daughters?” for the Russian Jewish community. $1500.