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

Summer 2015 | Issue #8

Welcome

The Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW) is a private, nonsectarian foundation. In partnership with schools and nonprofits, JFEW supports more than 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.

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JFEW President Phyllis G. Korff

JFEW President Phyllis G. Korff

President's Message: Phyllis G. Korff

"If you want something done, give it to a busy person" rings true for so many of us who are working hard, taking care of our families and ourselves, and also hoping to make positive contributions to our world. As President of JFEW, I choose to dedicate much of my time to its mission: helping women to achieve their educational and career goals through scholarships and supportive services. I am proud that many JFEW Scholars have just earned a college degree, and that Scholars still in school are working at summer internships as part of JFEW-supported programs. Please take time to read about these programs, and also about JFEW Scholars Marva Charles and Sandra Khalil: two busy women who made unique contributions while they were students. Maybe we should start saying: "if you want something done, give it to a JFEW Scholar."  On behalf of JFEW, I wish you a wonderful and productive summer.

 

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Jane Padikkala, Lehman College, JFEW CUNY Service Corps

Jane Padikkala, Lehman College, JFEW CUNY Service Corps

News

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations Class of 2015--we salute your many accomplishments. Over 80 of you graduated this spring and are moving forward with exciting next steps in your career and educational journeys. Why not celebrate this milestone with your JFEW community? Click over to the JFEW Facebook page and share your graduation photos and advice for new students. And don't forget to stay in touch with JFEW and keep us posted on your future plans. We can't wait to see what's next!

Were you a JFEW Scholar? What's your advice for the Class of 2015?  Post to our Facebook page or email us at info@jfew.org.


Rachel Mirsky, Stern College, at her research internship

Rachel Mirsky, Stern College, at her research internship

JFEW Expands Investment in Internships

A record 280 interns will be supported by JFEW this summer in professional opportunities ranging from political offices and social service organizations to scientific research labs and innovative technology companies. JFEW invests in internships because of their connection to college retention and for the valuable skills and networks they provide. This summer, JFEW is expanding summer initiatives with the CUNY Service Corps, Stern College for Women and Footsteps, as well as starting a new collaboration with UJA and CUNY Hillels. As JFEW CUNY Service Corps Scholar Andrea Vazquez described her internship last year, “Having this experience throughout the summer was an amazing opportunity. I built professional relationships and learned many new skills. I was challenged by several assignments, but that only helped me grow and overcome obstacles."

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JFEW Honors Longtime Directors with Scholarships

Two distinguished and devoted JFEW Directors are being honored posthumously with named scholarships combining their commitment to education and philanthropy. Irving Kahn will be remembered with a scholarship for students from the Former Soviet Union studying health professions. A partner scholarship with Juilliard and Jazz at Lincoln Center will honor the memory of Alan D. Cohn. Both Directors dedicated decades to helping women with financial need advance themselves and their families through education, and these scholarships will continue this work in their names.  

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Marva Charles celebrates her City Tech graduation with her daughter and grandson

Marva Charles celebrates her City Tech graduation with her daughter and grandson

 

Sandra Khalil and Devin Stewart, of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

Sandra Khalil and Devin Stewart, of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

 No Time Like The Present

Many JFEW Scholars make serving others a part of their education. Read about Marva and Sandra's contributions.

Marva Charles

Marva Charles, newly graduated from CUNY New York City College of Technology Dental Hygiene program and mother of four, didn't let intense school work or busy home life stand in her way of getting involved in an important cause. On May 17th, Marva led the City Tech AIDSWalk team on a march around NYC to raise money and awareness for AIDS/HIV. Marva says she inherited her passion for public service from her grandmother, whose inspiring words, "...whatever little you have is enough to share with someone else..." stay with her today.

"It was important that my own children understand that you have to care about someone other than yourself. So I made them all participate!" Marva told us. "My JFEW scholarship allowed me to focus on my studies, which gave me the ability to focus on something that I was passionate about that also helped the greater community."

Sandra Khalil

Sandra Khalil, JFEW SUNY International Relations Scholar, just graduated from Binghamton University. Last month, she was selected to present her research on human trafficking at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. 

During her JFEW summer internship with the State Department, Sandra first developed an interest in globalization and began formulating a paper in her political science class on linkages between globalization and human rights abuses. The topic became so important to her that she took a chance and submitted her abstract to the Council's inaugural research competition. She was one of only five students chosen to present research in front of the prestigious panel!

"The work I presented demonstrated how globalization brings countries into the international realm and presses them to adopt basic human rights practices. None of this would have been possible without being part of the JFEW program. I learned new skills and networking strategies that gave me the confidence to apply for something like this opportunity."

            



 
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Aisha Prudent

Aisha Prudent

We asked the Class of 2015, "What advice would you give to new Scholars?"

Parmjeet Kaur, JFEW Hunter College Eleanor Roosevelt Scholar:

"Have an open mind. Not everything comes together like you'd expect, but it's important to know that you'll end up where you need to be."

Aisha Prudent, Binghamton University, JFEW SUNY Int'l Relations Scholar

"Take advantage of everything you have at your disposal as an undergrad. Study abroad, run for leadership positions, join clubs--whatever interests you, try it now. That’s the key to having a college experience with no regrets!"

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Honor an aspiring woman in your life and 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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