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Women’s Philanthropy is pleased to announce the 2015/16 NEFESH Fund Grantees


SPRINGFIELD – Women’s Philanthropy, a division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts (JFWM), has announced the allocation of nearly $18,000 in grants from the NEFESH Fund of the Jewish Endowment Foundation (JEF). In line with its mission and objectives, the NEFESH Fund is pleased to provide grants to the following programs and initiatives that are bettering the lives of Jewish women and girls both locally and overseas:

The American Joint Distribution Committee – a program designed to provide community activities and empowerment for young mothers in our Sister City, Afula, Israel;

Essentials – a Rachel’s Table and Jewish Family Services program providing kosher meals for Western Massachusetts families in need;

“Mama-do” – a women’s empowerment group in our Sister City, Afula, Israel;

ORT KesherNet – a program of World ORT “Increasing self-sufficiency & improving employment opportunities for women in the Former Soviet Union; and

“Voices of our Elders – L’dor V’dor” – An oral history project of Jewish Geriatric Services in Longmeadow.

The NEFESH Fund, established and distributed by the Jewish Endowment Foundation, is made possible thanks to the philanthropic contributions of compassionate women dedicated to meeting these needs working with organizations showing evidence or promise for meaningful impact. The grantees are obligated to allocate the funds in a manner that best achieves the goals of the founders, thereby touching lives in transformative and powerful ways.

For more information, or to make your own contribution to the NEFESH Fund, contact Amy Nee at (413) 737-4313 ext. 260 or via email at

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