Special Events

  • July 30, 2019 2019 JWF Annual Meeting

    Review the successes of 2018 and set the agenda for 2019.

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  • PAST JWF's 20th Anniversary Frame the Future Grant

    Over the course of one dynamic evening on May 3, 2018, women who contribute to this "pop-up" giving circle will hear live presentations about a select group of proposals and vote for the project they feel will make the biggest positive impact in the community. At the end of the night, one local Jewish organization will be awarded JWF's Frame the Future Grant.


    Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning empowers Jews of all backgrounds to discover new entry points into Judaism through mindfulness and immersive learning.

    Sacred Spaces is a Jewish cross-denominational initiative to systemically address sexual and other abuse in Jewish institutions.

    Sharsheret supports Jewish women and families facing breast and ovarian cancer.

  • PAST 2018 JWF Annual Meeting (January 24, 2018)

    Review the successes of our 20th Anniversary year and set the agenda for 2018.

  • PAST MARKETING THE MOVEMENT (November 14, 2017)

    Collaborate. Stakeholder Workshop.

  • PAST 20th Anniversary Two-Day Series on April 19 - 20, 2017

    View photos from this momentous 20 hour event!

Signature Events

Annual Meeting. Renew and reset.

JWF's Annual Meeting takes place every winter. Join us as we review the progress of our previous year and set the agenda for the next one. This event is open to all JWF Trustees and anyone interested in learning more about our work. The event is generously supported by a grant from the Joseph L. and Emily K. Gidwitz Memorial Foundation.

Our 2017 Annual Meeting featured Rabbi Alysa Mendelson Graf & Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr, co-editors of Funny, You Don't Look Like A Rabbi: Tales from The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate

We welcome you to listen to their humorous and inspiring conversation below.

Power Lunch. Power up.

The JWF Power Lunch is a roundtable luncheon where participants work together with powerful women to learn how they can make a difference in the lives of Jewish women and girls, choose from a list of topics and a variety of speakers focused on women's issues, and interact with experts ready to motivate, educate, and enlighten the audience.

Leadership Luncheon. Learn to lead.

JWF's Leadership Luncheon is held in collaboration with JUF's Women's Division and takes place every other year. Trustees and those interested in learning more about JWF are welcome to attend. This event is generously supported by a grant from the Joseph L. and Emily K. Gidwitz Memorial Foundation.

The 2017 program featured a one-woman show entitled "Legal Tender: Women & The Secret Life of Money" performed by actress Laura T. Fisher. Playwright Christian McEwen based the show on personal interviews with more than 50 women. The play is designed to be a creative catalyst for conversations on the subject of women and money, creating opportunities for inspiration and empowerment about philanthropy.

Special Events

Mission to Israel. Be there.

Return to Chicago with a fresh perspective on the lives of women and girls in Israel and use this information in our work at JWF. Visit grantees, conduct site visits, and meet with feminist leaders and government officials. This trip provides trustees with a unique experience to learn from community leaders, ask questions directly to Knesset officials, and broaden our understanding of Israeli culture and society as a whole.

Multigenerational Event. Stay connected.

An event to honor and engage JWF's Multigenerational families. The 2015 Multigeneratonal Event, Values, Voices, & Vision: Connecting Generations of Women to Enhance a Vibrant Jewish Present, explored the values that guide us, the voices that define us, and the vision that unites us as Jewish multigenerational female philanthropists.

JWF Presents: Lesley Sachs, Executive Director of Women of the Wall. Be inspired.

This special event, An Up-to-the-Minute Update on the Status of Women in Israel, featured Lesley Sachs, Executive Director of Women of the Wall.