The history of JFEW traces an arc from 1880 to the present. Since then, the Foundation’s name has evolved along with the social attitudes and opportunities for women. Likewise, our means of assistance have changed, but our focus has been constant: providing needed assistance to women striving to attain an education.Letter From JFEW Chair
For over 130 years, the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women has provided scholarship and other support to financially-needy women who aspire to achieve their career and other life goals through education. Over the course of its history, and in response to the ever-changing times, the Foundation has taken on new and different roles in the life of its scholarship recipients. In addition to giving scholarships to women of varied backgrounds, ethnic and religious affiliations, as entry into the workforce has become increasingly complex and competitive, JFEW has broadened its support to include not only scholarships but also opportunities for internships, study abroad, networking, and other mentoring-type experiences.
JFEW is proud of its heritage, rooted in two central tenets of Judaism: to provide support for education and to help those in need. It is also proud of its ability to respond to the changing roles and responsibilities of women in society, while remaining true to its core values.
JFEW continues to value those who aspire to achieve through learning and initiative. Toward that end, JFEW strives to achieve its goals with purpose and commitment, and to celebrate these same qualities in our scholarship recipients.
JFEW continues to value the importance of partnership and community. Toward that end, JFEW has turned to colleges, universities, and other institutional partners to administer JFEW scholarships and to create programs and other support services that facilitate the exchange and sharing of resources that strengthen the impact of our scholarship support.
JFEW continues to value the importance of education as a path to professional achievement and social good. Toward that end, JFEW embraces education as a means to opportunity, professional fulfillment and service to the larger community. It believes strongly that succeeding academically provides the potential for meaningful work which makes it possible to care for ourselves, our families, and society.
Nearly 40 years ago, I began my connection to JFEW when I became a grateful recipient of one its scholarships for undergraduate study. I invite you to learn more about this wonderful organization, and to explore ways in which you can help us to further our mission as a donor, partner, or scholarship recipient.— Sharon L. Weinberg