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Jewish Women’s Foundation Power Lunch set for March 6

National experts to facilitate discussions on current issues affecting Jewish women and girls

Gender inequality in Israel. The complex lives of teen girls. Advancing the status of women through leadership. Myths about women and money.

Chicago area women will discuss these critical topics during the Jewish Women's Foundation Power Lunch Program, set for Thursday, March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Lillian and Larry Goodman Conference Center, Sixth floor, 30 S. Wells, Chicago.

Tickets are $40 per person, which includes lunch. Dietary laws will be observed. No funds will be solicited. The Joseph L. and Emily K. Gidwitz Memorial Foundation provides support for this biennial event.

"The Power Lunch provides a unique and exciting opportunity for our trustees and guests to learn from experts about issues that impact women and girls in our community and around the world. Our presenters' perspectives will not only inform, but also empower the audience to take steps to be part of the solution," said Dana Hirt, JWF Chair.

"JWF's mission is to expand and improve opportunities and choices in all aspects of Jewish women's and girls' lives through strategic and effective grant-making, targeting systemic change. Educational events like our semi-annual Power Lunch ensure that we stay current on relevant issues and remain thoughtful in our approach to address them," she added.

Attendees may choose from two of the following four breakout sessions:

Gender Index: Tracking the Status of Women and Girls in Israel. In 2012, the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute launched an unprecedented effort to study and track rates of gender inequality in Israel. By examining a myriad of issues including women's economic security, political representation, health outcomes and rates of interpersonal violence, this new resource provides a snapshot of the status of women and girls throughout the country. This session will present some of the report's key findings and recommendations for legislative, policy, and programmatic reform. Facilitator Naomi Chazan, former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, was one of the founders of the Israel Women's Network, and is a professor emerita of Political Science and African Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Dean of the School of Government and Society at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo.

Empowering Our Teens.  In today's 24/7 plugged-in culture, teen girls struggle with many complex issues. This session will provide an update on universal coming-of-age issues such as body image, friendships, sexuality and stress, and identify ways a concerned community can help Jewish teens navigate their world. Facilitator Deborah Meyers is founder and Executive Director of Moving Traditions, a Jewish education organization dedicated to advocating for a more expansive view of gender in Jewish learning and practice.

Every Day is Election Day: Women, Leadership and Influence. Studies show that women's leadership is vital to advancing the status of women and girls and transforming institutions, policies and communities. This session will present practical tips for any woman interested in achieving a leadership position, and provide inspiration for advancing the issues about which she cares. Facilitator Rebecca Sive, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy faculty member, women's political advocate and author of Every Day is Election Day, presents strategies for transforming institutions, politics and philanthropy through women's leadership.

Myths and Truths about Women and Money. What messages do we hear about women and money and what is the reality? This session will expand participants' understanding of financial literacy, explore the real impact of continuing gender discrimination and identify ways they can change the dialogue. Facilitator Helaine Olen, author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry, is a New York based journalist and regular contributor to The Great Debate and Equals blogs at Reuters. Business Insider recently named Olen as one of "50 Women Who Are Changing the World." 

For information and registration, call (312) 444-2846 or visit Early reservations are encouraged. There are a limited number of tickets for the event, which is expected to sell out.


WHAT: Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago 2014 Power Lunch

WHEN: Thursday, March 6 - 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lillian and Larry Goodman Conference Center - Sixth Floor

Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, 30 S. Wells, Chicago

COST: $40 includes lunch; Dietary laws observed

Parking passes available for $14.75

SPONSOR: Joseph L. and Emily K. Gidwitz Memorial Foundation

REGISTRATION/INFO: (312) 444-2846 or

Sara Kalish is the Program Officer for the Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago.

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