Women of Reform Judaism Joins Jewish Women’s Collective Response Fund to Support Israeli Women Post-October 7

Fund Comprised of 11 US Jewish Women’s Organizations

New York, NY — Women of Reform Judaism, the women’s affiliate to the largest Jewish denomination in North America, announced today to contribute to grants from the new and jointly established Jewish Women’s Collective Response Fund.

Led by Elluminate and the Hassasah Foundation, this joint fund marks a significant mobilization and collaboration by Jewish women’s organizations post-October 7 to support, elevate, and empower Israeli women.

The Fund — representing the commitment of a total 11 Jewish women’s organizations throughout the country — was created by Elluminate and The Hadassah Foundation to support Israeli nonprofits actively and effectively working to give voice to women and advance equality in government and civil society as Israelis reprioritize and rebuild during and after wartime.

“Out of the darkness of October 7 came a real opportunity for leading Jewish women’s organizations to come together in the moment and to meet the moment,” said Stephanie Garry, President of Elluminate.

“We saw not only an opportunity to step out of our individual silos, but most importantly the imperative to do so, and create a collaborative paradigm of what women’s leadership can and should be to meet outstanding needs, work for permanent change, and unleash the visionary and philanthropic power of our collective community.”

“As a long-time philanthropic arm of the Reform Jewish Movement, Women of Reform Judaism is honored to partner with other legacy Jewish women’s organizations to make a collective difference as the Israel-Gaza war persists,” said Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch, Women of Reform Judaism executive director. “After personally bearing witness to the tragedies of October 7 and beyond, we must continue to lift up Israeli women’s voices and experiences when it is needed most.”

The five Israeli organizations receiving grants are:

  • The Adva Center, based in Tel Aviv, which advances equality, social justice and gender-responsive policies in Israel, including giving voice in the Israeli government to women at a time when they are often excluded from decision-making.
  • Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel, based in Jerusalem, which raises awareness within Israeli communities and government of gender-based sexual violence and harassment; provides support, resources and advocacy for survivors; and leads calls internationally for accountability for the sexual terrorism committed against Israeli women on Oct. 7.
  • Itach Ma’aki - Women Lawyers for Social Justice (Tel Aviv), which empowers and gives voice to Israeli women facing social, geographic, national, ethnic and economic discrimination by providing legal aid, engaging with activist groups and other allies, and identifying and promoting changes in national policy and legislation.  
  • The Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center, based at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, which promotes the status and rights of women in matters of family law and works to end gender discrimination and inequality in Israel through advocacy and legislative change.
  • WePower, based in Azor, which works to elevate women to influential and decision-making positions in Israel, focusing on erasing the gender gap in public and political arenas by identifying potential female leaders and training them for leadership positions, promoting gender-aware legislation to remove barriers, and advancing gender equality as a societal foundation.

“We believe that women have and are bearing the brunt of this war, in multiple respects, revealing both specific and broad inequalities and challenges in familial, social, economic and civic spheres,” said Audrey Weiner, Chair of The Hadassah Foundation.

“These five grantee organizations have been and will continue to be on the forefront of changing the status quo for women and girls in Israel at a time when their voices and place in government and society are no less than crucial to the country’s reemergence from October 7th.

“Speaking for our funding collective, which was unanimous in support of these five organizations following a rigorous vetting process, we are proud to elevate and move their impact forward.”

Other contributing partners include the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh, the Miami Women’s Amutot Initiative, the National Council of Jewish Women, Propel – The Jewish Women’s Fund (San Francisco), The Fund for Women and Girls at the Jewish Community Foundation (Washingon, DC), The Miriam Fund (Boston), and Women of Vision (Philadelphia).

“We are grateful to Melanie Gorelick, CEO of Elluminate, and Stephanie Blumenkrantz, Director of The Hadassah Foundation, for staffing this effort and bringing these organizations to the table,” Weiner added.


Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) is a network of Jewish women working together to empower women and communities worldwide through the bonds of sisterhood, spirituality, and social justice. WRJ, founded in 1913, is the women's affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, the central body of Reform Judaism in North America. For more information about WRJ, please visit www.wrj.org

The Hadassah Foundation envisions a world in which women are working within and across communities to inspire and drive economic, social and political equality for all people. In 25+ years of grantmaking, the Foundation has awarded more than $10 million to over 100 organizations in Israel and the US.

Elluminate empowers trailblazing Jewish entrepreneurial women and visionary feminist philanthropists in their pursuit of systemic social change in the U.S., Israel, and beyond. Bringing together a diverse coalition of bold Jewish women, Elluminate addresses the unique challenges faced by female leaders, ensuring that they are supported and elevated as they battle to change the world. Elluminate is a force multiplier for vital social change, fostering collaboration, strengthening leadership capabilities, magnifying voices, and accelerating transformational influence and impact.