Upcoming Events

JWF Annual Meeting

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Noon – a virtual event
The JWF community will come together – with hope and optimism for the future – during a time when our country is deeply divided, and people are isolated from one another. We will review our progress and successes, assess the unparalleled moment we're in, and envision how we, as Jewish women, can work to build a more just world without anti-Semitism and racism.

JWF Power Lunch

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 11:30am – a virtual event
Structured like a small-scale conference, the Power Lunch is an opportunity for JWF trustees and guests to participate in a dynamic and engaging educational day that focuses on timely issues impacting women and girls. Participants select two of the four different roundtable discussions led by subject-matter experts.

JWF Mission to Israel

The inaugural Evelyn R. Greene Women's Study Tour of Israel is tentatively scheduled for February 2022.


Signature Events

Annual Meeting. Renew and reset.

JWF's Annual Meeting takes place every summer. 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 2019 Annual Meeting featured Shira Berkovits, Founder and Executive Director of JWF Frame the Future Grantee Sacred Spaces.

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

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, over 200 women gathered at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center to view the first retrospective exhibition on Ruth Bader Ginsburg which was supported in part by a 2019 grant from JWF. Guest speaker Linda Hirshman, author of Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World, shared behind-the-scenes insights and analysis of RBG's historic legal and judicial career.

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.

20th Anniversary Celebration & Ideas Exchange and Frame the Future Grant

Over the course of one dynamic evening, women who contribute to this "pop-up" giving circle 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 is awarded JWF's Frame the Future Grant.

View photos from this momentous 20 hour event!