Join JWI for the launch of Chicago’s Young Women’s Leadership Network.

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Jewish Women International (JWI), the leading Jewish organization addressing the empowerment of women and girls, is thrilled to announce the launch of its Young Women’s Leadership Network in Chicago, part of a multi-city, multi-year expansion effort to create engaged communities of young professional Jewish women nationwide. The Chicago expansion is made possible by a generous grant from the Crown Family Philanthropies which has provided seed funding for the project. Through its established Networks in D.C., New York, L.A., and Denver, JWI is bringing together thousands of young women in their 20s and early 30s to build their professional skills, strengthen their personal and career networks, advance their leadership on critical issues that impact women and girls, and give back to their community.


Thursday, May 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


WeWork, 20 West Kinze Street, Chicago


Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart is founder and president of internationally award-winning KOVAL Distillery, Chicago’s first distillery since the mid-1800s.

Roberta Rosenthal Kwall is the Raymond P. Niro Professor at DePaul University College of Law. Kwall is an internationally-renowned scholar and lecturer and has published more than 30 articles on a wide variety of topics including Jewish law and culture, authorship rights, and intellectual property. 

Liz Traines is a career and lifestyle coach who empowers her clients to love their careers, thrive financially and live in alignment with their values. 

Kim Oster-Holstein (moderator) is a brand architect, mentor, and serial food entrepreneur with a passion for creating food concepts/products that nourish our world community. Kim's expertise in innovation, ideation, product development, packaging look/feel/spirit, and vision/strategy for go-to-market have contributed to successful endeavors including The Crave Bar, Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels, and Industry Juice, of which she currently serves as chief mocktail officer. 


Interested in attending? Contact Meredith Jacobs, COO, JWI [email protected] 202-464-4803

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About Jewish Women International (JWI):  Jewish Women International (JWI) is the leading Jewish organization working to empower women and girls by ensuring and protecting their physical safety and economic security, promoting and celebrating inter-generational leadership, and inspiring civic participation and community engagement. JWI is a principal leader of the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally and a Steering Committee member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women. JWI’s advocacy efforts focus on the passage of legislation that supports women and girls, ensures their economic security and their ability to live life free of violence. For more information, please visit or call us at 800-323-2823.

JWI Calls on Congress to Pass Legislation that Protect Survivors from Gun Violence

JWI Calls on Congress to Pass Legislation that Protect Survivors from Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. — Jewish Women International (JWI) has long supported gun violence prevention legislation – particularly when it intersects with the epidemic of domestic violence, dating abuse, and stalking. We are heartened by the interest in the Trump Administration to pass commonsense gun violence prevention legislation that updates our laws to prohibit domestic violence abusers from purchasing or possessing guns. Our 75,000 members call on all members of Congress to pass legislation that protects survivors from gun violence and to support other life-saving gun violence prevention legislation.

In 2016, our Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence galvanized 500 clergy representing Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths to sign a letter of support for the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act (H.R. 3207) and the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act (S. 1539). Both bills would close loopholes that allow convicted abusers and stalkers to buy and own guns. Currently, federal law allows individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence who have not cohabited with their victim or who do not have a child with their victim, as well as individuals convicted of misdemeanor stalking, to purchase and possess firearms. Since physical abuse occurs before seventy to eighty percent of intimate partner murders, it is imperative that Congress prohibit these perpetrators from owning and possessing firearms.

We thank Representatives Dan Donovan and Debbie Dingell and Senator Amy Klobuchar for their steadfast work to close the ‘boyfriend loophole’ which will prevent all abusers from purchasing guns. We urge all members of Congress to join them in co-sponsoring H.R. 3207/S.1539 and to pass this commonsense piece of legislation.