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JWF Monthly Advocacy Issues Update
The issues you care about - direct to your inbox.

Dear JWF Community:  

We are pleased to share the Advocacy Committee's February update, highlighting our grantees and the issues that impact Jewish women and girls. For more frequent updates, we invite you to Follow us on our Facebook page.

JWF grantee ATZUM has made marked progress in the fight against prostitution in Israel, spearheaded by their Task Force on Human Trafficking (TFHT). Israeli MK Merav Michaeli, Chair of the Caucus for Female Knesset Members, recently called the Task Force for counsel about initiating legal action against the use of business cards to advertise sex workers. As a result of this conversation, a bill will be introduced to allow law enforcement to cut the phone lines of those advertising for sex via business cards and make their printing and distribution a criminal offense. 

The American Conference of Cantors has resolved to remedy the gender pay gap for female clergy, a topic recently discussed in depth by Rabbis Schorr and Mendelson at JWF's 2017 Annual Meeting. We celebrate this step toward breaking the (stained-glass) ceiling!

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) urges you to take action and contact your representatives regarding the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMILY) Act, which would create an affordable paid family and medical leave program modeled on successful state programs.

March 8 is International Women's Day, a yearly celebration of women’s important role in society, including the economic, political, and social achievements of females of the past, present, and future. We encourage you to use this day to take at least one proactive action about a women's issue most important to you.

As always, please feel free to pass along any content you would like us to share with our community of trustees, grantees, and partners. We love to hear from you!

Sue Rifas, Advocacy Committee Chair
Mary Thomas, Program Associate

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Grantees in the News
Click here for a full list of organizations and projects JWF trustees have funded over the past 20 years.
Holding Tradition While Reflecting Modernity: A Recipe for Social Change
Jerusalem Rabbinical Court Dismisses Husband’s Violence as Grounds for Divorce
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) Wins Legal Victory for Survivors of Sex Trafficking
Global Issues

NCJW & the Dafna Fund Partner to Study Feminist Agenda and Women’s Organizations in Israel


Too Soon for Jewish Feminists to Celebrate ‘Victory’ at the Western Wall

Three Things I've Learned about the Real Meaning of Gender Equality


Gender and Faith: UGA Student Challenges Traditional Roles in Judaism
Domestic Issues
The Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force released a special magazine featuring works of art, poetry, and reflection from survivors of sex and labor trafficking and from advocates in the field.
Meet the Jewish Writer Who Wrote a Children’s Book About Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Flight Attendant Rescues Girl after Spotting Signs of Human Trafficking
The Hypocrisy of the Orthodox Union’s Ban on Women Clerics
Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Sting Yields More than 100 Arrests in Cook County
There's No Stopping Women's Spiritual Leadership
How to Close a Gender Gap: Let Employees Control Their Schedules
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