by Shira Epstein
We explored the need to hold both in our classrooms: Our biblical characters who speak up, and those whose voices are silenced or who censure themselves out of shame and fear. Those whose power is elevated through voice, and those who we never hear.
JWI’s tagline certainly rang true last month throughout the Young Women’s Leadership Conference. I felt informed of women’s issues in the workplace and out inspired to make a difference in my community and my life and empowered to make the changes I need to see it all through.
The 2017 Young Women’s Leadership Conference brought together over 200 Jewish women from across the United States to network with and learn from JWI’s inspiring Women to Watch honorees. Hali Simons attended the event and wrote about her experience for JW magazine.
Since attending the conference last year, I have become an active Network member, and I am now honored to serve on the D.C. Network Board. As part of this year’s YWLN Conference Committee, I am so excited to energize a new generation of leaders, and to continue learning from women who speak their minds, and from their hearts.
JWI's new Joan Margolius Cherner fund, commemorating a beloved supporter, has been created to help women and families rebuild their lives after domestic violence.
A personal perspective on this inspiring event, from a woman who's experienced it from many angles.
Marla Garchik has co-chaired walks in support of Autism Speaks for more than a decade, and is the founder of Peace Love Solve, which sells apparel featuring distinctive designs and messaging raising awareness and inspiring acceptance of those with autism.
Anna Isaacson is senior vice president of social responsibility at the National Football League, where she played a pivotal role in developing the NFL’s programmatic response to a series of domestic violence incidents in 2014.
Erica Keswin, founder of The Spaghetti Project, has spent 20 years working in organization and leadership development and travels around the country speaking at conferences and meeting with companies and community groups.
Co-owner and COO of Sandy Spring Builders, Mimi Brodsky Kress has had an outsized impact on an array of non-profit organizations in the Washington area while forging a highly successful career in the building industry.
Mardene Miller, president of global healthcare advertising and promotion agency Harrison & Star, oversees the development of campaigns to help pharmaceutical companies educate physicians and patients about diseases and medications.
NBC New York reporter Jen Maxfield Ostfeld's stories are broadcast to millions of viewers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Kathy Raffa, a CPA, is president, as well as owner and partner, of Raffa, a Washington, D.C.-area firm which provides accounting, technology, tax and financial consulting services to more than 1,000 nonprofits.
Rabbi Dana Saroken is the creator of The Soul Center at Beth El, a Conservative congregation in suburban Baltimore.
As the founder of Business Advantage, Pam Sherman has coached leaders – many of them women – around the world to share their story and their vision in a way that ignites passion for their mission.
Shelley Zalis, the L.A.-based CEO of The Female Quotient and founder of the Girls’ Lounge, works to empower individuals and companies to champion diversity and equality.
A documentary now showing at film festivals tells the story of a seriously strong little girl. As an Orthodox Jew and a female athlete, 15-year-old powerlifter Naomi Kutin is not only breaking records, but also shattering stereotypes.
Before there was Hillary or Michelle, there was Eleanor. To cap off Women’s History Month we asked Eleanor Roosevelt’s biographer Blanche Wiesen Cook to share with us some of the ways in which this activist, First Lady and UN delegate can inspire us today.
JWI congratulates our wonderful philanthropic partner on its centennial! We are so proud to have joined the Sigma Delta Tau Sorority family and are so grateful for the generosity and commitment of SDT to the mission and work of JWI.
This twenty-something New Yorker is working to empower refugees by teaching them culinary skills.
The 2016 Young Women’s Leadership Conference brought together nearly 200 Jewish women from across the United States to network with and learn from JWI’s inspiring Women to Watch honorees.
Tami Ackerman writes about why JWI's National Library Initiative is a project close to her heart.
In this week’s Torah portion—Vayishlach—we learn about the rape of Dinah. What is most striking about the story is that throughout, Dinah is silent. At JWI’s 2016 Women to Watch gala, attendees heard from a young woman who refused to be silent after she was raped.
Sonat Birnecker Hart shook up her career by transitioning from college history professor to president of a distillery.
Ethel Kessler, the art director behind the new 2016 Hanukkah Forever stamp, is considered a rock star in stamp design.
For #VoteLikeAGirl, Senator Cheryl C. Kagan tells JW magazine why there’s just no excuse to sit out elections.
The Oscar-winning actress talks about Judaism, being deaf, parenthood, Celebrity Apprentice and winning an Oscar when she was barely out of high school.
We spoke with historian and author Deborah Lipstadt, whose legal battle with a Holocaust denier is told in the new film Denial.
For #VoteLikeAGirl, Maryland Delegate Shelly Hettleman tells JW magazine why it’s so important for women to use their voices by voting, calling their representatives, and sharing their experiences.
For our #VoteLikeAGirl series, Dafna Michaelson Jenet speaks with JW magazine about what it’s like to run for office. Jenet is a first-time candidate for the Colorado House of Representatives, District 30.