Women of Vision — the Jewish Women's Foundation at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia — has reached its goal, and now has over $1 million in assets.
With more than 275 members, the group will celebrate this milestone and chart its course for the future during their fall annual meeting and luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Prime Rib, 1701 Locust St., at the Warwick.
The keynote speaker will be Abigail Pogrebin, author of Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish. A former producer of "60 Minutes," Pogrebin interviewed more than 60 of some of the most accomplished Jews in America — actors, journalists, politicians. Changed by what she discovered about her Jewish identity during the process, Pogrebin will share insight about her personal journey, and what it means to many celebrities to be Jewish and in the limelight.
Co-chair of Women of Vision Donna Feinberg said that "we are thrilled to have reached our $1 million goal for the fund. Our members recognize that the programs we have funded have truly enhanced the lives of Jewish women and girls in the community. We are also very proud that as the fund continues to grow, we are able to have an even greater impact through a wider variety of programs."
The fund was created in 1994 by 100 women under the leadership of founder and chair emerita Sally Cooper Bleznak. Its original goal remains the same — to bring about social change through annual grants to innovative programs and projects for Jewish women and girls in the region.
Women of Vision offers various membership categories, with a minimum gift of $2,500, payable over two years.
During the meeting, the group will take stock of prior accomplishments, as well as introduce the 2006-07 grant. "This year's grant, with the theme of economic empowerment, will enable women emigrants to learn the essentials of business English," said Feinberg.
A $27,000 grant was awarded to the New World Association of Emigrants from Eastern Europe's English as a Second Language, English for Specific Purposes program. It will fund classes to improve business language skills.
Some 30 to 35 refugees or émigrés living in the Northeast, and Montgomery and Bucks counties will work with mentors to develop communication skills, and learn firsthand how others succeeded in the business world.
A representative from Jewish Family and Children's Service will present a report on the success of this past year's program.
The 2005-06 grant of $20,500 — specifically targeted to girls — was awarded to JFCS' "Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds" program.
The initiative — held in synagogues, day schools and summer camps throughout the Philadelphia area — worked with pre-adolescent and adolescent girls. Sessions aimed to strengthen Jewish identity and a sense of self, with a goal of preventing eating disorders. Initially, the goal was to reach 100 girls and 50 adults; the program reached more than 400.
The meeting and luncheon are being sponsored by Glenmede and Nordstrom.
For more information, call 215-832-0849.