Empowering Jewish Women

24 Oct

WGC LogoA Women’s Giving Circle is a group of women who join together to pool their donations and decide as a group where to distribute the funds. Recognizing that a group can have more impact than individual giving alone, Women’s Giving Circles have been popping up throughout the United States. Each giving circle is unique—some solicit grant proposals, some give to a specific cause while other giving circles may join together over a glass of wine, discuss causes that are important to the women in the circle and make a grant to one or more of the organizations.

While participating in the Jewish Federation of North America’s Campaign Chairs and Directors Mission to Odessa, Ukraine and Israel during July 2012, Ros Mazur was deeply moved by a visit to an elderly, impoverished Holocaust survivor. A luxury item for her is toilet paper.  Ros also met “at-risk children and teens” attending a Jewish camp discovering for the first time that they are Jewish.  “While we can’t help every needy woman and child, we must continue to strive to help as many people as possible,” said Ros after she returned to Sarasota. She vowed to find a way to make her dollars count to provide support Jews in need worldwide.

While Ros related her experience to Karen Bernstein, Karen shared with Ros the concept of the Women’s Giving Circle, something in which Karen participated in her native Pittsburgh.  The concept is that a group of women could raise money to help women and children and that the members of the circle would choose the beneficiaries of the funds.

Thus, Ma’agal Nashim (Circle of Women) was born. Ma’agal Nashim is made up of caring and passionate women in the Sarasota-Manatee area. Its mission is “to practice tikun olam (improving the world) through a circle of caring women in order to enhance the lives of women and children around the world.”

Would you like your voice to be heard and determine where your dollars will go? To join Ma’agal Nashim or for more information, please contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or ifox@jfedsrq.org.

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