About the Jewish Women's Foundation

We are Women of all ages and backgrounds, united by our Jewish values and our passion for creating a world in which all women and girls grow up in a healthy, supportive environment, a world in which we have equal opportunity for economic, religious, social, and political achievement.

We are female philanthropists, intent upon overcoming the barriers and resolving the issues that prevent women and girls from taking their just place in society and realizing their true potential.

We are the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey, working collaboratively since 2006 to empower women and girls through strategic grant-making.


How it works

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey (JWF) educates women about the power of philanthropy by pooling funds and collaboratively and strategically awarding grants to address areas of need and importance to all women and girls. By highlighting what have been considered “women’s issues” — such as workplace concerns, work/life balance, self-esteem, education, and domestic violence — and moving them to the main stage, JWF members empower women and girls while improving the quality of life for all.

All JWF members have an equal voice in the granting process no matter how much they contribute. In addition, the unique set up of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey demonstrates that when women work together and combine their strength, they can make a meaningful and lasting impact in the community. To date, JWF grants have helped nonprofits meet critical needs, spur new projects and foster innovation and collaborations across the state.

All organizations that receive grants from JWF must help empower women and girls — in the workplace, in school, on the playing field, and more.

Grants may be given to local, regional, national, Israeli, or global organizations; they need not be a Jewish organization to receive funds.

Susan Friedman
Director, JWF

(973) 929-3005 or
(973) 929-9316


Join Us

Membership can be funded with cash or appreciated securities, or by recommendation of grants from philanthropic (donor advised) funds or family foundations. All membership fees are payable over five years. Membership is effective immediately upon receipt of first payment and will last for a period of five years, unless the member chooses a life or legacy membership. Read more...


What people are saying...

  Grants from JWFNJ promote issues of self-esteem and empowerment, including workplace, family and financial independence; child care; parenting; and encouragement of civic/political engagement.
Susan R. Friedman Director,
Jewish Women's Foundation of NJ

Read what some of our grantees are saying about us.