JWF's 20th Anniversary Frame the Future Grant

Over the course of one dynamic evening in May 2018, over 100 women who contributed to this "pop-up" giving circle heard live presentations about a select group of proposals and voted for the project they feel will make the biggest positive impact in the community. At the end of the night, Sacred Spaces was awarded JWF's $50,000 Frame the Future Grant.

With a commitment of a minimum of $500, JWF trustees and women from throughout the community were invited to invest in this unique grant designed to meet the needs of local Jewish women and girls.


Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning empowers Jews of all backgrounds to discover new entry points into Judaism designing innovative, reflective, and immersive learning experiences. Orot is proposing a new project that engages Jewish women of all ages, across generations, in answering the question: how might Jewish women, through an intergenerational community, use Jewish wisdom to imagine a revitalized future for Jewish women in the Chicagoland area?

Sacred Spaces is a Jewish cross-denominational initiative to systemically address sexual and other abuse in Jewish institutions. Their program, new to Chicago, will unite local institutions across the denominational spectrum in a guided process for preventing abuse through comprehensive policy development and education for lay leaders, clergy, staff, and the community.

Sharsheret supports Jewish women and families facing breast and ovarian cancer - enhancing lives and saving lives, today, tomorrow and into the future. Their proposed project is to open Sharsheret Chicagoland and make it the expert resource for local Jewish women affected by breast or ovarian cancer as well as their spouses, partners, parents, children, extended family members, and friends; medical and Jewish communal professionals; and the community at-large.