“I would like to think that someday, when our dreams have been fulfilled, they will say that it was women giving of their ideas and resources that made the difference.”

-Golda Meir

Women Philanthropists are sisters and daughters, mothers and friends, at every stage of life and career. We are a growing force shaping our community, using our influence to shape our community like never before.

And the Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy is the Jewish vehicle by which we can harness this collective power to make the world a better place. It is the way we can come together to deeply understand the breadth of issues facing our community and then roll up our sleeves to effect change.

Last spring, the Jewish Federation unveiled its new and redesigned Women’s Philanthropy Initiative, which provides women with multiple opportunities to engage Jewishly, to connect with each other, and to make a significant impact on our community. This past November, we kicked off our WP initiative with an event featuring Israeli fashion house, Maskit, and Megemeria Jewelry. Over 150 women joined us that evening to hear inspiration personal stories from Israel, while connecting with one another.

Through your involvement in Federation, you can make these type of connections and have meaningful conversations with other Jewish women, who live in our own community, across the country, and around the globe.

Next, we will offer you the opportunity to make a difference. On Tuesday January 30, we will put our values into action with our tikkun olam literacy program. These programs are open to all the women in our community.

We will then come together in the spring of 2018 to celebrate the women who are guided by our Jewish tradition of Tzedakah and make a meaningful gift to the Federation’s Annual Campaign. Our spring event will be open to women making a gift at the Pearl Society giving level of $180 or more. By participating in the Federation’s Annual Campaign we have the opportunity to impact the issues that are so important to us, and to inspire others to do the same. This is how we give.

Goodness is not a single act. It’s the sum of many parts. Which is why we are presenting you with multiple opportunities to get involved and make a difference. We hope you will join us for one or both of our upcoming events and be the start of something powerful.

Our Vision

Inspired and guided by our tradition of tzedakah (righteousness/charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), the Jewish Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy is dedicated to the continuity, connectivity and thriving future of our Charlotte Jewish community, Israel and the Jewish people.

Women’s Philanthropy is about knowing and understanding deeply the breadth of issues facing our community and rolling up our sleeves to help. It’s about educating, inspiring, and empowering women of all ages in our community. It’s about nurturing leadership and fostering a commitment to philanthropy. It’s about having an impact.

 

Women’s Philanthropy Upcoming Events

The Power of Women: Literacy and Tikkun Olam

Tuesday, January 30, 8:30-11:30 AM

Where does the idea of Tikkun Olam come from and why is it so central to Jewish life? We’ll look at the sources that inspire us to make a difference in the lives of others – then we’ll get ready to put these ideas into action. Our first service project will focus on literacy and the importance of reading proficiency in our school system.

Literacy is the foundation of all successful learning. Without reading, students do not have the skills they need to be successful in their academic careers, and their life options are limited. Sadly, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, only 40% of Charlotte’s third graders can read on grade level. Once students start to fall behind in reading, they tend to fall faster and further behind their peers with every year.

On January 30, we will start our day at 8:30 AM with a light breakfast and discussion with a staff member from “Read Charlotte,” an organization founded in 2015 in collaboration with local business, nonprofit, education, philanthropic, and civic leaders. Read Charlotte has set up a bold goal: to double third grade reading outcomes over the next decade. Come and learn of ways you can be a part of that change in our community.

We will then divide into two groups to visit two of our community’s schools: Huntingtowne Farms and Sterling Elementary. Volunteers at the schools will read with a young child or two, sharing their attention, warmth and enthusiasm about books. Additionally, the Federation will provide books as gifts to the elementary school students with whom we will be reading and visiting that day.

This program is free and open to all women in our community, however, space is limited and registration is required by Jan. 22nd. To register, go online to www.jewishcharlotte.org. For more information, please contact Tair.giudice@jewishharlotte.org or 704-944-6759.

Save the Date

March 8: The Power of Women: Philanthropy and Tzedakah

A recognition event for women who make a gift of $180 or more to the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign. Join us as we celebrate the power and generosity of these women and their commitment to our community.

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