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

December 2015 | Issue #9

bullet Welcome
bullet President's Message
bullet News
bullet Anniversaries Abound
bullet Spotlight On: Eva McKend
bullet Donate


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

50 years ago, the Higher Education Act was signed into law, making federal financial aid widely available for the first time. This year, JFEW also marks an “education anniversary.” For 135 years, we have worked to broaden women’s access to education and to enhance its economic benefits. In the past year alone, JFEW’s support extended to over 470 women, providing a combination of scholarships, stipends for internships and transportation as well as supportive services to help them complete college with less debt and to realize the economic value of their degree. What education milestones are you celebrating? See what some JFEW Scholars are doing on the anniversaries of their graduation, and keep up with JFEW News, below. As you read about our work, consider making a contribution, perhaps to mark an anniversary of your own. Please note that as of December 1 JFEW has a new address. I send warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a bright 2016.

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Networked and Linkedin

In August, we were delighted to host 95 JFEW recipients and coordinators from five of our summer programs for a networking celebration that included an interactive Linkedin workshop led by professional career coach Connie Thanasoulis. Afterwards, the students had a chance to meet one another, mingle with JFEW staff and Board members, and discuss their exciting summer internship experiences.

Linkedin is an essential tool for professional networking and job hunting. Join us on JFEW's scholars-only Linkedin network.

The College Completion Innovation Fund is a project of Graduate NYC!

Innovating for College Completion

JFEW has joined the Advisory Board of the College Completion Innovation Fund (CCIF), the first collaborative fund focused exclusively on college retention and completion in New York City. CCIF is investing over $1 million to improve student outcomes significantly in the areas of remediation, college persistence, and two-year to four-year college transfers.

Emily Nocito

SUNY Scholar Wins United Nations Prize

Emily Nocito, 2016 JFEW SUNY Global Scholar from Stony Brook University, was honored with this year's United Nations' Millennium Oceans Prize! The award celebrates student leaders who are advancing conservation, ecology and sustainable use of marine resources to further global development; the $5,000 prize helps students create their own campaigns and initiatives. “I hope to show that restocking fisheries and marine protected areas are something that we millennials care about,” Emily said. “I expect that those in power will see that and act accordingly.”

You can read more here about Emily, her incredible accomplishments, and how her JFEW internship played a part!

Marcia Stebbins Goldsmith

In Memorium

We fondly remember Marcia Stebbins Goldsmith who passed away in July. Marcia was the first woman to serve as President of the Foundation Board and she demonstrated her unwavering commitment to JFEW and education with more than six decades of Board service. More than anything, she loved meeting JFEW scholarship recipients, and took a personal interest in their progress and achievements. Marcia's fierce dedication, compassion and leadership will be greatly missed.

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Anniversaries Abound

Not only are we marking JFEW's anniversary, but we're excited to mark the anniversaries for three JFEW women in different stages of their post-graduation life.

Eva McKend

Spotlight on: Eva McKend, anchor Channel 3 Morning News WCAX

Eva McKend, JFEW scholar and Swarthmore College class of 2011, has pursued her chosen career in broadcast journalism and now anchors the morning news weekdays on WCAX-TV Vermont. She's also coming up on her five-year reunion at Swarthmore! Below, in her own words, are Eva's thoughts on college and career success:

"I was connected to JFEW through Harlem Educational Opportunities Fund (HEAF). I wanted to attend a great liberal arts college, take interesting courses and have a culturally rich experience. My family constantly encouraged my college education; I can't imagine what my life would look like without it. Lately, there's a message out there that a college education is not worth it; people can pull themselves out of poverty with an education, so it is worth it.

I've always wanted to be in media. Although I recognized early on that it was very competitive, and aesthetically, there weren't a lot of broadcast journalists that looked like me so it didn't seem feasible at first. The summer before my junior year, I had an internship at Ms. Magazine in Los Angeles and lived with a diverse group of young women. We would watch Soledad O'Brien's Black in America II on CNN and stay up for hours talking about what we had seen and our various perspectives. I realized I wanted to create powerful stories that people are up all night discussing. My first broadcast experience was with Time Warner Cable News of Hudson Valley, I was shooting and editing my own reports and became close with the people in the community. I've been at WCAX for almost a year now and anchoring is allowing me to flex a different muscle.

My advice for women in college? Recognize the beauty of an opportunity. Try not to get so caught up in what everyone else is doing, especially on social media, that you miss out on taking your own path."

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Renee Lee (left)

Renee Lee, New York City College of Technology, Class of 2014

Renee celebrated one-year since she graduated City Tech with her degree in Dental Hygiene; she is currently working in her field.

“I work at several (dental) offices and one of the jobs is with Dr. Jackson, where I interned the summer I was a JFEW scholar. I wasn't looking to be hired, I just stopped by to say thank you for allowing me to gain some experience. And they hired me the next week. I love it there! I also work at a nonprofit 2 days a week. I'm certain JFEW had a big part in where I work now. I feel it really impressed my employers that I acquired the scholarship and I believe it was what got me a lot of interviews.”

Rachel Namdar

Rachel Namdar, Stern College Class of 2015

After graduating last spring, Rachel is studying towards a Masters in Secondary Mathematics Education at Teachers College.

“I really appreciated JFEW’s support throughout my academic studies at Stern College, and for my summer research experience at NYU Langone Medical Center. I think students should have a summer research opportunity. Even if you're not pursuing scientific research as a career, it’s an important experience and you may be surprised by how much you like it. Most research labs don't have funding for interns, the JFEW stipend is vital.”

Are you a JFEW college graduate? We want to hear from you! Email us at info@jfew.org so we can find out where are you now and trumpet your achievements.

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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
545 Fifth Avenue, Suite 502
New York, NY 10017

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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