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      The Jewish Women’s Foundation’s

      2022 Granting Wishes Event Celebrates 10 Recipients

         The Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) of South    with a project or program
      Palm Beach County hosted its annual Granting Wishes   to enlighten or improve the
      reception on April 1, at The Polo Club of Boca Raton.   community’s well-being.
      Thrilled to celebrate in person after two years apart, the   Micro-grants have so far
      event attracted the largest crowd in JWF’s history.   supported initiatives such
         JWF is a program of the Jacobson Jewish Community   as the installation of a new
      Foundation at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach   floor at the  West Boca
      County. Close to 200 guests from across the Jewish community   Chabad’s outdoor play area,
      learned about JWF’s 10 grant awards for 2022 (see list below)   the  creation  of  the  “Girls
      at the sold-out event cochaired by Laurie Kamhi, a fourth-year   in the Garden” program at
      trustee, and Harriet Kimball, a seventh-year trustee.   Liumi  West Retreat, the
         It was JWF’s first year to hold their popular event at   funding of a trademark for
      The Polo Club of Boca Raton venue. Since the inception   JARC’s “Abili TEA,” and
      of Granting Wishes more than 16 years ago, JWF has   a college student’s effort to
      awarded 165 grants, totaling $1,600,565. Critical funding   make a documentary.
      has been allocated to 50 local and global organizations,      The JWF’s Rapid Response
      impacting more than 35,000 lives.                  Fund, launched in 2008 in
         This year, nine local organizations and one Israeli   response to the economic
      foundation received a total of $105,000. It was the first   crisis, continues to aid local  JWF advisory committee: Janet Sahr, Miriam Atzmon, Dana Egert, Roxane Lipton, Amy
      time since the pandemic began that an Israeli organization   women in dire circumstances.  Rosenberg and Randee Rubenstein
      received  a  grant.  Guests  could  also  contribute  to  the   Recipient Jodie Berger shared
      Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Ukraine   her story of courage via video and was acknowledged as the      Rubenstein invited women to join the trustees with a

      Emergency Fund to support relief efforts.          audience rose to their feet in spirit and support.   $10,000 commitment, payable over five years. “At $2,000
         Also highlighted at this year’s event was JWF’s Micro-     After all recipients were acknowledged, Randee   a year, that’s about $5.50 per day, the cost of a latte at
      Grant Fund. Recognizing the need to develop the next   Rubenstein, outgoing JWF chair for the past three years and a   Starbucks,” she said, noting an additional $50,000 in 2022

      generation of future Jewish leaders and philanthropists,   trustee for seven years, thanked the guests, event committee,   grant requests went unfilled due to the lack of funds. Amy
      it awards up to $1,800 to local teens and young adults   cochairs, and trustees, saying their hard work helped JWF   Rosenberg was then recognized warmly as rising chair,
                                                         not only to survive but thrive during the pandemic.   taking over in May.
                                                            “Today, you have seen the impact of the grants we have      “Amy has done a superb job as grants chair and vice-chair.
                                                         funded. Women are a powerful force in philanthropy, and   She will bring new ideas and perspectives to making JWF even
                                                         that power shapes our world and our community. All of us   better,” said Rubenstein, who will continue serving as a trustee.
                                                         are on a mission to improve the lives of Jewish women and
                                                         children,” she said.                              The Jewish Women’s Foundation on page 13

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