Advocacy


Advocacy Spotlights


The Monster in the Medicine Cabinet:
Opiates Among Us
Featuring Beth Fishman, Ph.D., Manager of the Jewish Center for Addiction at Jewish Child and Family Services

Click here to read about this event.

Advocacy Committee JWF Chicago

From left: Ellen B. Carmell, JWF Executive Director; Susan Rifas, JWF Advocacy Chair; Dr. Beth Fishman, Manager of the Jewish Center for Addiction

Combating Violence in Chicago
Featuring Gigi Pritzker, president of the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation; Dr. Sharon Holman, President of the Sinai Urban Health Institute at Mt. Sinai Hospital; Pastor Chris Harris Sr., Founder and CEO of Bright Star Community Outreach and The Urban Resilience Network (TURN) Center; and Teny Gross, Executive Director of the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Philanthropy, JUF's Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Jewish Women's Foundation.

"We hold firm to our Jewish values that teach us we are all responsible for one another," said JUF President Dr. Steven B. Nasatir in his opening remarks. "And we must remember that if any one child is not safe, then none of our children are safe."

Click here to read more.

Advocacy Committee JWF Chicago

From left: Dr. Sharon Holman, David T. Brown, Teny Gross, Gigi Pritzker, Pastor Chris Harris

Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions (BDS) & Intersectionality
Featuring Stephanie Goldfarb, Program Director, Youth Philanthropy and Leadership at the Jewish United Fund, Emily Briskman, Assistant VP/Executive Director, Israel Education Center at Jewish United Fund, and Laurie Grauer, Midwest Manager, A Wider Bridge


What is intersectionality? What is BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions)? How do these seemingly disparate ideas relate to one another? Watch this presentation to explore the theory of intersectionality, the BDS movement currently taking place on college campuses, how these two ideas overlap in today's culture climate.


Religious Refusal Laws
The Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois Reproductive Rights Project


The Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU, a JWF grantee, works to change the laws that put women's health at risk under the guise of religious freedom. Lorie Chaiten, Director of the Reproductive Rights Project of ACLU, met with JWF's Advocacy Committee to discuss how the ACLU's Reproductive Rights Project works to change the laws and ways you can help end this unjust and dangerous practice.

We invite you to watch highlights from her presentation above.




Advocacy Issues Updates

2017 Updates

2016 Updates

2015 Updates