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JFEW | The Newsletter for the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women
JFEW | The Newsletter for the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women

Winter 2014 | Issue #7

Welcome

The Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW) is a private, nonsectarian foundation. In partnership with schools and nonprofits, JFEW supports over 400 aspiring women annually to meet their educational and career goals. Read about our mission and history, and the programs we support, on our website.

JFEW | The Newsletter for the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women
JFEW President Phyllis G. Korff

JFEW President Phyllis G. Korff

JFEW President Phyllis G. Korff

As I assume the Presidency of JFEW, I think back to when I was a student at Brooklyn College and selected as the recipient of a JFEW scholarship. That support was a great help to my family, and I felt affirmed by the Foundation's support and investment in my education. Last year, JFEW supported over 400 women with a combination of scholarships and internship stipends as well as professional development programming and cohort support. We believe strongly in the potential of the women we serve, and are proud to become part of their 'higher education family.' The theme of family resonates broadly at JFEW--be it the sense of family that cohorts engender, mother-daughter connections, or the continuity of second and third generation Board members. This past year, JFEW welcomed 150 new alumnae to our family. Whether you're a current scholar, a JFEW alumna like myself, or interested in investing in the educational outcomes of aspiring women, I hope you, too, will find a personal way to stay connected with JFEW in the coming year. Our warm wishes for a bright 2015.

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Chabely Ignacio and Sasha Powell, SUNY Binghamton

Chabely Ignacio and Sasha Powell, SUNY Binghamton

News

150 JFEW Graduates Step into the Future

Congratulations to our 150 JFEW Scholars who graduated in 2014 and are pursuing their career aspirations. Graduates, let JFEW help you grow your personal and professional networks by joining us on LinkedIn.

Chabely Ignacio and Sasha Powell, SUNY Binghamton

Liz Schneider and Assembly Member Daniel J. O'Donnell

200 Summer Interns Soar

A record 200 JFEW Scholars took professional summer internships at 139 different government, health, education and social service organizations in 2014. JFEW proudly supports internships as a way to encourage college retention and to provide skills, credentials and networks that help students succeed in the workforce. At the left, JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholar Liz Schneider with her supervisor Assembly Member Daniel J. O'Donnell.

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JFEW Participates in Scholarship Funders Roundtable

JFEW was one of 30 scholarship funders who gathered at Philanthropy New York to share advice and resources. Don't miss JFEW Executive Director Elizabeth Leiman Kraiem's blog post.

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Family Matters

Naomi and Lina Haber at the JFEW John Jay Summer Scholars reception in August

Family Matters

Sometimes the JFEW family includes actual family members. Below, JFEW John Jay Summer Scholar Naomi Haber and her mother, JFEW alumna Lina Haber, discuss their familial and educational ties. Through the JFEW John Jay Summer Scholars Program, Naomi worked at the Met Council on Jewish Poverty last summer.

LINA HABER: I found JFEW after coming to New York from Russia in 1975. My parents couldn't afford college and I was determined to be a doctor. I started out at Stern College of Yeshiva University, as only the second Russian immigrant to attend, ultimately received my Bachelor's at Brandeis University and did get my doctorate at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For the past 22 years, I've been an Admissions Psychiatrist at Rockland Psychiatric Center. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without JFEW supporting my transition to America.

NAOMI HABER: I was born and grew up in New York and attend John Jay College where I study Media and Justice and where I can incorporate my passion for public relations, social justice and media communications.

LH: One of the big differences I see between Naomi's JFEW experience and my own is the focus on gender equity. In Russia, there was constant anti-Semitism; I couldn't attend medical school because I was Jewish. But it had nothing to do with being a woman. Yet, here in America, the focus has been equal educational opportunities for women, and JFEW's support has given Naomi opportunities to learn about those important issues.

NH: John Jay College allows me the opportunity to gain insight into crime and discrimination and this challenges my beliefs. I'm surrounded every day by people who dedicate their lives to making profound differences. For my professional future, I'd like to work for the FBI as a Communications Liaison. My mom supports my journey and wants me to be happy in the field of my choice, making an impact in my own way.

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Family Matters

JFEW CUNY Summer Service Corps Fellows present about their internships

Cohorts: A Crash Course in Teamwork

Last summer, JFEW partnered with the CUNY Service Corps to develop the JFEW CUNY Summer Service Corps. A cohort structure is key to the program's success. We asked Service Corps Director Rachel Stephenson and JFEW Summer Service Corps Scholars Liz Walsh (Lehman College) and Sayashmini Madhow (Queens College) to reflect on the cohort experience.

What can a cohort provide?

SM: A crash course in teamwork. Working together toward a common goal, you are unwittingly identifying your personal strengths and weaknesses and may be forced out of your comfort zone...only to learn that you actually like it!

LW: A common sense of purpose. Through Service Corps activities, we were experiencing the same thing at the same time, learning our roles and sharing successes and struggles. We created meaningful connections that will last long after our service year ends.

RS: A multiplier effect. Cohorts inherently create shared experience: many individuals committed to the same goal. Students bring different perspectives and life experiences, which can inform each others' work or methods of tackling similar challenges.

How can cohorts help you to succeed?

LW: They provide a unique sense of accountability. I couldn't just succeed, my whole cohort needed to succeed! That compelled me to work harder and make myself available in many ways--lending a listening ear or editing someone's nursing paper.

RS: Cohorts deliver project-based learning, communication skills, soft skills--things anyone in a workplace environment will need to succeed. We try to build those every day.

Tell us the recipe for a successful cohort.

SM: The ability to assimilate and great leadership. The CUNY Service Corps model is successful due to the exceptional support system and professional development it provides, in addition to diversity of perspectives, ideas and skills.

RS: Being very intentional. Students need to see participation as an obligation and to understand their important roles. If you aren't contributing, the quality of the work as a whole won't be up to par. Plus, cohorts create a great opportunity for school spirit and pride in the community. We are all in it together.

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In the spirit of the season, we asked our Facebook Community, "What are you thankful for?" A few favorites:

Beverley Khan, City Tech: "I'm thankful for my family and their patience, understanding, encouragement and love. I'm also thankful for straight A's on my midterms--was not easy but I persevered!"

Jamie Bernstein, Stern College: "I'm thankful to be surrounded by like-minded women and, though I'm in a difficult educational program, I'm thankful for my amazing support system encouraging me every step of the way!"

To see more of what we're thankful for, click here.

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Honor an aspiring woman in your life or help aspiring women with financial need to achieve their educational goals by making a donation. Donations by credit card can be made on JFEW's website. Donations by check can be mailed to:
Jewish Foundation for Education of Women
135 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

For donations of stock, or to discuss other giving options, please contact us or call Elizabeth Leiman Kraiem at 212.288.3931.

All donations to JFEW, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, are tax deductible as allowed by law.

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