The Women’s Giving Circle funds programs and initiatives with a focus on women and girls*, justice, and Jewish continuity.
Total Funds Available: $26,200
General Support. Support to further develop Girls in Trouble: The Theatrical Experience. This evening-length theatrical project is based around Alicia Jo Rabins’ indie-folk song cycle, Girls in Trouble, a series of songs about stories of women in the Torah. The funding will support the development of the work with local PDX artists, including targeted community engagement events in the form of work-in-progress readings, talkbacks, and a final public work-in-progress preview production/performance in spring 2023. Grant - $3,600.
General support. Program expansion of "Jewish Events" program (based around holidays and rituals with a social component) to expand beyond holiday-based outdoor events and launch a series of nature-based activities. Programs geared toward creating a welcoming space for eastside, underserved young adult Jews with a social justice lens. Grant - $1,800.
3. Oregon NCSY
Funding for a new program. NCSY will create "The Israeli Mom's Get-away", a 2-day, one-night retreat for Israeli mothers from the Bethany and Hillsboro area (especially) to spend time recharging and growing Jewishly. Grant - $1,000.
On-going support for the Jewish Women’s Weekly Club and Rosh Hodesh, plus newly added bi-monthly cooking/baking events. Chabad Hillsboro is the only source of Jewish connection in this part of the community. Grant - $3,600.
Funding for a new program. An event at OJMCHE in July, "In Conversation," featuring three Oregon Jewish artists who will discuss their reaction to the work of Judy Chicago, the subject of OJMCHE's current exhibit -- "Judy Chicago, Turning Inward, from the Collections of Jordan Schnitzer and His Family Foundations." Grant - $1,500.
Support for a new program. The launch of an Alumni Support Program (ASP). The goal is to provide regular gatherings to support the 17 current alumni from the Jewish Leadership Incubator program that trains and empowers younger Jews (approx. ages 22-44) who feel marginalized from the Jewish community to re-envision themselves as leaders in our community. The primary focus is to support cohorts of amitim. Between the current and graduate amitim, 90% of populations served identify as female, transgender, or non-binary. Grant - $3,600.
On-going support. Spring 2023 annual Women’s Retreat will connect, empower, and inspire women at this annual statewide college student retreat through U of O, OSU, and PSU. The program is co-sponsored by Oregon Hillel and PDX Hillel. Expecting a large group of students for the fifth year of this retreat to be held at B'nai B'rith Camp in Lincoln City, Oregon. Grant - $5,000.
Funding for a new Program. Fund Portland Kollel's, Mommy Talks, a new monthly initiative designed to bring timely and relevant information to PDX Jewish mothers of young children, while simultaneously helping young mothers build community. Monthly programs are facilitated by an experienced professional. Grant - $2,500.
Funding for a new program. Disability Support Services' Accessibility Program to provide American Sign Language simultaneous translation services and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) to their clients and the greater community. Currently, clients who are Hard of Hearing (HoH), D(d)eaf, and experiencing hearing loss cannot yet access DSS's programming be it a Zoom group, informational panel, holiday celebration, or film screening and discussion. The ultimate goal is to provide Jewish continuity and connection through, "Access for all abilities" using the technology in all settings. Grant - $3,600.
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