Upcoming Events

Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta education and advocacy efforts broaden the scope of our work and complement our portfolio of grants. By using a Jewish and gender lens to delve into topics such as addiction, poverty, caregiving, and financial literacy, JWFA elevates Jewish women’s and girls’ issues to the forefront of the conversation. JWFA works strategically with local partners to host periodic seminars and discussions on relevant and pertinent subjects at hand. We invite you to engage with us by attending events and educational opportunities.

Upcoming Events


MJCCA Book Festival in Your Living Room features “2020 Hindsight.” Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 7 pm EST. There is no cost to attend this virtual program. Register here.  

Hosted by Holly Firfer, Program Director, Reach-TV. Purchase the book here.

Panelists include anthology authors: Terri Bonoff, CEO of JF&CS; Dina Fuchs-Beresin, Program Manager of Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta; Hazel Halitsky, third grade student at Davis Academy; Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus, Senior Associate Rabbi at The Temple; and Debbie Sonenshine, Agent with Coldwell Banker

Join us for a very special evening with an esteemed panel of local women and girls who will be discussing essays they wrote for this beautiful anthology. 2020 Hindsight: A pivotal moment in history, through the eyes of Atlanta’s Jewish women and girls is the first publication of its kind to capture the experiences of Jewish women and girls during this historic moment in time. This poignant collection of stories and poetry exudes a profound sense of personal discovery, depth and hope, recalling candid reflections of the struggles endured by women and girls in Atlanta’s Jewish community during a most challenging year. Writers ranging in age from 7-90, pulled back the curtain on their innermost thoughts to illuminate what’s really going on in their lives and offer powerful and provocative testimony.


Quarterly Impact Forum featuring guest speaker Jill Savitt, President & CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. October 13, 2021 at noon. Zoom. Register here.

The Quarterly Impact Forum is a time for self-identifying Jewish women to learn from experts in the field, connect with one another in meaningful ways, and be inspired by JWFA’s grantee partners. Our first event in the series will feature special guest speaker Jill Savitt, President & CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. 

We will also hear from Terri Bonoff, CEO of JF&CS Atlanta, who will provide an update on our first-ever Signature Grant, a $225,000 3-year initiative to address the Superwoman Complex and mental health challenges in for women and girls in Atlanta’s Jewish community.  

Quarterly Impact Forums are open to JWFA Trustees and Associates

Jill Savitt, the President and CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, is a human rights advocate with expertise in genocide and atrocity prevention.  She assumed the role in March 2019, but has been involved with The Center since 2010 when she curated the Center’s exhibit on global human rights. Previously, Savitt was the Acting Director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.  The Center stimulates global action to prevent genocide and to catalyze an international response when it occurs. In 2007, Savitt founded and directed Dream for Darfur, a high-profile advocacy campaign that pressed the Chinese government to take specific actions regarding the genocide in Darfur in the lead up to the 2008 Beijing Games. The New York Times Magazine profiled Savitt and the initiative. Savitt was the Director of Campaigns at Human Rights First from 2001 to 2007, where her team ran the campaign to assist a group of retired military leaders to speak out against torture.  The campaign also worked with Hollywood to present a more accurate portrayal of interrogation in movies and TV shows. She began her career as a reporter for WAMU, the NPR affiliate in Washington, DC.  Savitt graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


“Women’s Empowerment, Feminism, and Gender Fluidity.” October 26, 2021 at 12 pm EST. Register here.

In honor of Pride Month, we explore the complicated dilemma – What does it mean to be a woman when gender is fluid? Where does the binary fit into the equation? What do we mean when we talk about “women’s issues”? As gender identity continues to evolve and challenge old modes of thinking, we’ll delve into how this shift impacts the ways in which self-identifying women are upending long-held norms and expectations. We’ll also discuss the intersection of gender and Jewish identities and how these deeply personal viewpoints inform and enhance the way in which women see themselves. Join our esteemed panelists for a candid conversation about this eye-opening topic. Guest speakers include (panel still in formation):

Liz Wolfson (moderator) – Changemaker Strategies, Managing Director

Miryam Kabakov – Eshel, Executive Director

McKenzie Wren – Sojourn, Programs Manager


Book discussion group: “Crash: How I Became a Reluctant Caregiver.” November 2, 2021. Time TBD. Registration coming soon.

Join us for a lively discussion of the memoir Crash: How I Became a Reluctant Caregiver, by Rachel Michelberg. More information on the book is available at Crash: How I Became a Reluctant Caregiver by Rachel Michelberg.

Rachel likes to think of herself as a nice Jewish girl, dedicated to doing what’s honorable, just as her parents raised her to do. But when her husband, David, survives a plane crash and is left with severe brain damage, she faces a choice: will she dedicate her life to caring for a man she no longer loves, or walk away? Crash tackles a pervasive dilemma in our culture: the moral conflicts individuals face when caregiving for a disabled or cognitively impaired family member.


“Caring for the Caregivers.” November 16, 2021. 12 – 1 pm EST. Registration coming soon.

In recognition of National Caregivers Month, we revisit the issue of caring for the caregivers. Prior to the pandemic, our 2020 Needs Assessment identified the serious need for additional support for women serving in caregiving roles. Covid-19 continues to complicate this issue and amplify the challenges associated with caregiving, particularly for women who often bear the brunt of that responsibility. Hear from women in the trenches and learn more about how JWFA, JF&CS and MACoM have partnered to address this ongoing struggle.

Confirmed guest speakers:

Rebecca Brown, LCSW, Shalom Bayit Outreach Social Worker, Counseling Services
Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta

Jocelyn Schorvitz, Executive Director, MACoM: Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah


Quarterly Impact Forum featuring guest speaker Nancy R. Mansfield, Director of the Women Lead Program and Senior Faculty Associate for Women’s Leadership Development at Georgia State University. January 27, 2022 at 9 am. Registration coming soon.

The Quarterly Impact Forum is a time for self-identifying Jewish women to learn from experts in the field, connect with one another in meaningful ways, and be inspired by JWFA’s grantee partners. Our winter event in the series will feature special guest speaker Nancy R. Mansfield, Director of the Women Lead Program and Senior Faculty Associate for Women’s Leadership Development at Georgia State University. 

We will also hear from a JWFA grantee partner, currently working in the field to promote gender equality and social change. More details to come.  

Quarterly Impact Forums are open to JWFA Trustees and Associates

Nancy R. Mansfield serves as the Director of the Women Lead Program and Senior Faculty Associate for Women’s Leadership Development at Georgia State University.  Professor Mansfield has long been committed to excellence and innovation in undergraduate education and to experiential learning as part of the university experience.  She brings significant depth and breadth of experience to the award-winning WomenLead program that empowers students to aspire to and achieve leadership roles.

Throughout her career in education, Professor Mansfield has built curricula and programs across disciplines, including developing and teaching courses on leadership, business, law and ethics.  Her scholarly work focuses on the legal and ethical obligations of the employment relationship and the obligations of companies to shareholders. Professor Mansfield has won a number of national, college and university-wide awards for her excellence in teaching, research and service.  She received the Holmes-Cardozo Award for excellence in research from the Academy of Legal Studies and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Legal Studies in Business. She received the Outstanding Service to Students Award at GSU, Robinson College of Business Faculty Recognition Award for both Teaching Excellence and Distinguished Service and the National Award for Teaching Excellence from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

She serves as a founding member of the Women’s Philanthropy Network (WPN) at Georgia State University, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Girls School and a member of the Georgia State University Foundation Board. In 2019 she was named one of Atlanta’s Women Making a Mark.


“Safety, Respect, & Equity in the Era of #metoo.” March 8, 2022. 12 – 1 pm EST. Registration coming soon.

On International Women’s Day, we’ll discuss the progress that has been made and the work yet to be achieved for the #metoo movement. Each time a high-profile case hits the news, it becomes clear that a reckoning is underway, but what will it take for a sea change to occur? Hear from experts who will share resources and guidance on what you can do to move the needle and make a difference in issues surrounding safety, respect and equity.


Quarterly Impact Forum featuring guest speaker Andrea Young, Executive Director, ACLU of Georgia. March 29, 2022 at noon. Registration coming soon.

The Quarterly Impact Forum is a time for self-identifying Jewish women to learn from experts in the field, connect with one another in meaningful ways, and be inspired by JWFA’s grantee partners. Our spring event in the series will feature special guest speaker Andrea Young, Executive Director, ACLU of Georgia, who will speak about Jewish women and the historical interaction with ACLU and the Civil Rights movement.

We will also hear from a JWFA grantee partner, currently working in the field to promote gender equality and social change. More details to come.  

Quarterly Impact Forums are open to JWFA Trustees and Associates


Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta Celebrates 10 Years! April 27, 2022. Sponsorship and registration information to follow.

Join us as we celebrate our 10th anniversary and JWFA Impacts! We are thrilled to welcome honoree and keynote speaker, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director. Stay tuned for more information regarding sponsorships and tickets. 

Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, is the 19th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the ninth Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. She is an influential scholar whose pioneering research has helped advance the national and global response to HIV/AIDS. Dr. Walensky is also a well-respected expert on the value of testing and treatment of deadly viruses.

Originally from Maryland, Dr. Walensky received her Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, her Doctor of Medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and her Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Selma/Montgomery Trip. May 15, 2022. Registration information to follow.

Join us on a one-day journey to get to know the women of the civil rights movement as we embark on a private tour through Selma and Montgomery led by Etgar 36. Participation is limited and there is a cost to participate. More information will be available soon.


“Keeping it All Together.” May 2022. Registration coming soon.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, hear real stories from women and girls in our community as they speak openly about their struggles, and get an update on what’s been accomplished in the first year of JWFA’s signature grant partnership with JF&CS and MACoM. We’ll take another look at our 2020 Community Needs Assessment that served as a catalyst for this project and hear about new opportunities and resources that directly address mental health challenges right here at home.


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Past Events

  • “Speaking Her Truth: Faith Leaders Challenging Our Assumptions” (July 2021)
  • “Impact Investing through a Gender Lens” (June 2021)
  • “2020 Hindsight Book Launch Event” (May 2021)
  • “Make Your Words Count: The Art of the OpEd’ (April 2021)
  • “Advocacy in Action: An International Women’s Day Program” (March 2021)
  • “Caring for the Caregivers: Supporting Others without Losing Sight of your own Wellbeing” (December 2020)
  • “JWFA Impacts” honoring Lisa Haynor and featuring Rebecca Minkoff (November 2020)
  • “Deconstructing the Myths: A Talkback Series” (Fall 2020)
  • “Rules of Engagement: Maintaining Dignity amid Political & Pandemic Discord” featuring Rosalind Wiseman and Laura E. Adkins (October 2020)
  • “Women, Money, and Power: Bold Philanthropy in the Age of COVID” featuring Jamie Allen Black, Barbara Dobkin, Naomi Eisenberger, and Lesley Grady” (August 2020)
  • “Coffee Talk with Dr. Yael Zamir” in partnership with the Jewish Fertility Foundation (August 2020)
  • “Deconstructing the Myths: Good girls, super women, and our desire to have it all.” featuring Nadia Bilchik, Ada Calhoun, and Dr. Lisa Damour (July 2020)
  • “A Conversation with Jacqueline Novogratz and Pat Mitchell” (July 2020)
  • “Nevertheless” Film Screening and Panel (June 2020)
  • “Change the Culture Summit” (February 2020)
  • “Women in Israeli Society Today: A Diplomat’s Perspective” (February 2020)
  • “POW! Power of Women Pop-Up Giving Circle.” (November 2019)
  • “Working together. Using our power. Becoming visible.” Featuring Jamie Allen Black. (October 2019)
  • “Conquer Your Fears” (September 2019)
  • “Human Trafficking: A Jewish Issue” featuring Lauren Hersh. (March 2019)
  • “Coffee & Conversation: Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Jewish Community” (March 2019)
  • “Coffee & Conversation: Human trafficking and the Jewish community.” (January 2019)
  • Sandwich-making with Zaban Paradies Center for Homeless Couples (November 2018)
  • “Human trafficking action and awareness training.” (October 2018)
  • “Book discussion: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer” (October 2018)
  • “Adulting is exhausting. Let us make it easier.” featuring Alexis Abramson. (August 2018)
  • “Coffee & Conversation: Yoga Edition” (August 2018)
  • “RBG in partnership with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival” (May 2018)
  • “Wait…You’re the Rabbi? Conversations with three women rabbis.” (May 2018)
  • “JWFA Ignites! 5 Years, 3 Founders, 1 Mission.” (January 2018)
  • “Demystifying Mikvah: Claiming this Traditional Women’s Ritual as our Own” (October 2017)
  • “Women on Board: Finding Your Voice as a Volunteer Leader” (June 2017)
  • “Brave Miss World” in partnership with Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (April 2017)
  • “Eating Disorders and the Jewish Community.” (February 2017)
  • “Society, Workplace, and Politics: How has the position of Israel’s women changed?” (December 2015) A Conversation with Consul General of Israel, Ambassador Judith Shorer, in partnership with The Temple’s Sandwich Salon.
  • “The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth Westheimer” (November 2015). Community Partner of the Book Festival of the MJCCA
  • “Take Your Seat at the Table: A Jewish Woman’s Guide to Financial Empowerment and Protection” (October 2015)
  • “Divorce: Our Communal Responsibility” (January 2015)
  • “A Conversation with Michal Barkai,” Founder of JWFA Grantee Partner Alma Pre-Army Preparatory Academy for Women (December 2014)
  • Lunch and Learn: “Jewish Women and Hunger,” in partnership with Atlanta Community Food Bank (February 2014)
  • “Women on Board Leadership Training Program,” in partnership with Atlanta Women’s Foundation (November 2013)
  • Brunch and Learn: “Substance Abuse and Addiction Among Jewish Women and Girls,” in partnership with Jewish Family & Career Services HAMSA program (October 2013)