Join us at the San Francisco Network launch!
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
3092 16th Street, San Francisco
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What is 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.
Inspired by our legacy of progressive women’s leadership and guided by our Jewish values, JWI works to ensure that all women and girls thrive in healthy relationships, control their financial futures and realize the full potential of their personal strength. JWI works on college campuses to bring prevention programming to this at-risk population; we advocate for policies that support women and girls on Capitol Hill; and we work with domestic violence shelters to bring supportive resources to women and children.
What is the Young Women’s Leadership Network?
JWI’s Network, funded in part by the Sondra D. Bender Community Leadership Institute, brings together Jewish professional women in their 20s and 30s to grow as leaders in their workplaces, their communities and their personal lives. The Network connects members in Chicago, D.C., Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, and now San Francisco to inspiring role models from a diversity of fields. Our young women are inspired to be great by doing good, participating in social action events and meeting with philanthropists.
Most of all, we're building a community. At the heart of the Network is a group of amazing young women becoming their best selves with a network of friends.
What does Network membership involve?
Basic membership ($36/year) entitles you to discounts on Network events throughout the year, including access to special members-only events, networking happy hours, meet and greets with authors, entrepreneurs and other inspiring women,the annual Young Women's Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., and more. The tax-deductible cost of your membership supports the mission and work of JWI.
Sustainer membership ($180/year, or $15/month) includes basic membership discounts, plus three free events and a “See Us Lead” gold Mantraband bracelet. This membership level supports JWI’s life-saving and life-affirming work, including our sexual assault prevention programs in high schools and college campuses and our project to build new libraries for children in battered women’s shelters around the country. The cost is tax-deductible.
What kinds of events can I expect?
Every city is a little different! In L.A., favorite events have included everything from hiking to baking challah with Holocaust survivors. In Chicago, one of last year’s favorite events was body-positive yoga class followed by a conversation on self-care. Every year, Denver decorates pumpkins for children in their local Children’s Hospital. D.C.’s Women In Policy events last year brought Jewish women on the Hill together for the first time. In NYC, one of last year’s memorable events was crowding 30 women into an NYC apartment to eat latkes and celebrate Hanukkah together. Our events aim to provide tangible resources, like with programming on financial security, inspiration in the form of incredible women leaders, and of course, an opportunity to connect and have fun, with happy hour and discounted group fitness classes.
What should I wear to the launch party?
The dress code is business-casual.
San Francisco Board Members
Rachel Barton is a San Diego native who's been living in the Bay Area since 2016. Rachel's Jewish upbringing inspired her to pursue a career as a Jewish professional, and she has worked at Jewish Federations in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and now San Francisco. Her current role as senior engagement officer of Israel & Global involves shaping strategy for Federation's investments in pursuing a just, democratic, and shared society in Israel. Rachel holds master’s degrees in social work and Jewish nonprofit management from USC and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She studied anthropology as an undergrad at UCLA and loves exploring where people, culture, and traditions intersect in a globalized world. Rachel fulfills her passion for travel as both work and play. She is excited for the opportunity to help build a supportive network of ambitious, passionate Bay Area Jewish women who will learn and grow together!
Ely Benhamo is the East Bay and Sacramento associate director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She joined the Pacific Northwest team in San Francisco after working for two years on growing the pro-Israel community throughout AIPAC’s Florida region. Since living in San Francisco, Ely launched the Nob Hill Moishe House, where she lives and plans programs for young Jewish professionals in the community. Originally from Miami, Ely is a first-generation graduate. She graduated cum laude from the University of Florida where she received her B.S. in public relations and minored in Jewish Studies. Go Gators!
Aya Kantorovich is an associate at Pantera Capital Management. She focuses on capital formation, partnerships, and content in addition to supporting the firm's CEO and president. Since joining, Aya has helped raise over $25M in addition to managing operations for the team.
Prior to joining Pantera, Aya was the first hire of Tegus, a buy side investor research platform that grew to 15 people with offices in San Francisco and Chicago. While at Tegus, Aya focused on TMT investments, managing client accounts in addition to a team of analysts and streamlining project workflows. Previously, Aya was at Navigant Consulting working on bankruptcy and remediation as well as operational risk assurance. Aya graduated from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in International Affairs and a B.S. in Finance.
Jenna Kress was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, and is now living in Oakland, California. She received her bachelor's in social work from the University of Georgia (go dawgs!) and went on to earn her master's of social work from the University of Washington in Seattle. As a part of those programs, Jenna was able to support individuals and families impacted by domestic violence and mass incarceration. Throughout her education, Jenna held multiple leadership roles in Jewish organizations, including president of UGA Chabad and SDT. Since moving to the Bay Area, she has been working at Community Works West as a senior coordinator for a restorative justice program that diverts youth out of the traditional juvenile justice system. Jenna is committed to fostering meaningful experiences and dialogue to promote community building. Outside of her passion for social justice and equity, you can find Jenna exploring the great outdoors, eating lots of ice cream, or watching embarrassing TV shows that she considers self care.
Apply here to join the San Francisco Network board!
Each board member will serve a full year plus one month for transitions, and then have the option to reapply. Board members will be selected by JWI staff.
Each board member will be responsible for chairing at least two events per year.
Each board member will be responsible for outreach and should bring at least two people to each event.
We frequently email to brainstorm, discuss events, organize, and discuss outreach, etc. Each board member must be comfortable with maintaining input on these chains as they are the main form of communication.
Board members are to attend at least 75% of all board events throughout the year.
The board will meet once a month - each board member is expected to attend unless there is an extenuating circumstance.
Each board member will pay a $180 fee in order to be on the YWLN board (Sustainer membership).
Each board member must be a member of JWI's YWLN and in good standing for the entirety of her term.