Projects We Support
The Arev Fund supports organizations taking an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to moving the Jewish community forward in the areas of spiritual leadership, social justice, education and communal life. Arev is proud to partner with the following organizations:
Chochmat Nashim combats extremist positions around the exclusion of women from communal citizenship that have become increasingly influential in Orthodoxy. They work to shift this trend by establishing women’s presence in Orthodox society through various means, including ensuring that images of women and girls are present in religious publications, promoting women’s health as a communal concern, raising women’s voices in Torah scholarship, and incorporating women’s voices in policymaking.
Deracheha is an online platform in both English and Hebrew which provides halakhic and philosophical analysis of current issues. The website offers users a layered examination of particular topics, from basic overviews to detailed Jewish legal dissections to philosophical perspectives. It provides access for the entire community to deeply knowledgeable and thoughtful female voices, and seeks to build a bridge to move women's spiritual leadership from a siloed female space into more public space. This also expands the availability of Modern Orthodox halakhic voices online and fosters community among learners and between the English- and Hebrew-speaking world.
Hadran works to make Talmud study central to the lives of modern Jewish women and girls. Hadran's signature event will be an unprecedented women's Siyum HaShas in Jerusalem on January 5th, 2020, marking the completion of the Daf Yomi cycle and celebrating the achievements of women studying Talmud around the world. The siyum will draw thousands of participants and be live-streamed to an international audience and will serve as a springboard for an innovative online Talmud resource center for and by women. It unites institutions that promote Talmud study, a number of which have received grants from the Arev Fund in the past, and will inspire the next generation.
Itim helps people navigate the religious authorities’ bureaucracy in Israel by providing information and advocacy services. Arev is partnering with Itim in their work to reform two Israeli state policies that impede women’s pursuit of Torah study: a policy of preventing women from taking state exams to certify halachic proficiency, and a policy of refusing to grant women studying in midrashot the same preschool tuition discounts for their children as men studying in yeshivot. Granting women the ability to sit for rabbinic exams will create greater official recognition for women who have attained the highest levels of halachic knowledge. Indeed, many of the institutions we have funded in the past have provided these educations. The lack of financial support for childcare for women studying Torah, which is provided to male students, disincentivizes women from continuing their Torah studies. This project seeks to remove these barriers to enable and incentivize women to continue to pursue ongoing, high-level Torah study
The Matan Shayla Project
The Matan Shayla Project provides an online English-language platform for women to ask halakhic questions to qualified female halakhic decisors. Through whatsapp, text, email and an online platform, people all over the world have an address for their questions. The resulting teshuvot are published online, enhancing access to high-level teshuvot written by women.
The Rackman Center for the Advancement of Women
The Rackman Center for the Advancement of Women at Bar Ilan University exists at the intersection of legal representation, research and reform and works to improve the status of women and end gender discrimination in Israeli society, with a focus on Jewish family law. The Rackman Center utilizes a multi-prong approach to create change through legislative and policy reform, impact litigation, and access to justice through legal aid and pro-bono representation of cases in the rabbinical court system. They also work to promote the appointment of observant women to positions of power in the rabbinic court and religious state systems.
Lakita is an innovative and broad-based model for enhancing and enriching students' experience across the broad spectrum of Israeli society, as well as empowering teachers. Arev is proud to support their work in leveraging the larger community through a crowd-funding platform which brings that community into the work of schools.
Bat Melech works with battered women from the observant community as well as with their children, providing shelter, support and skills training. Arev is partnering with Bat Melech on the Skills for a New Life project, which is designed to provide skills training and education for battered women to better empower them to leave shelters, support themselves and their families, and prevent future cycles of abuse and need for themselves and their children
Emunah Kashrut Supervisors Training Program
The Emunah Kashrut Supervisors Training Program is working to create a cadre of women who will take up official positions as kosher supervisors. Arev is partnering with Emunah in this work, which expands women's leadership into roles that have lower barrier to entry than some of other spiritual leadership models and seeks to expand women's positions in the official religious biosphere in Israel.
Beit Hillel: Meshivat Nefesh - Women’s Spiritual Leadership Initiative
Beit Hillel is an Orthodox leadership forum in Israel that includes rabbis, along with community scholars and leaders of both genders. Arev is partnering with Beit Hillel on the Meshivat Nefesh project, which works to arm women scholars with professional tools to expand the number of women serving as halakhic decision-makers and to support women’s authorship of high-level Torah scholarship.
Eden Association provides educational, social and therapeutic services to underprivileged women and girls living in the Negev. Arev is partnering with Eden to support Bet Bogrot, a project that addresses the gap in state-mandated services for young women living on the geographic periphery of Israel who are aging out of foster care. This project provides safe haven, counseling, and tools to help these young women transition successfully to adult life.
Ohr Torah Stone Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership
Ohr Torah Stone is a multi-faceted organization dedicated to highlighting the relevance of Torah Judaism in the modern world. Arev’s grant will help support the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership, which aims to close the educational and professional gap in women’s spiritual leadership in the Orthodox community. This program features a five- year full-time Talmud and halakha curriculum, practical and communal training, and partnerships with external organizations to create and fund professional opportunities for its graduates.
ORA - The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot
The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA) seeks to eliminate abuse from the Jewish divorce process through agunah case advocacy, early intervention programs, and initiatives for education and agunah prevention. Arev is partnering with ORA on its aggressive publicity campaign to raise awareness of issues around get refusal.
Machshava Tova provides underprivileged populations with technological training in a supportive and empowering environment. Arev is partnering with Machshava Tova on the App2U project, which trains disadvantaged women in app-building and related skills and provides these women with access to careers in the high-tech sector. As their final project, the students build apps for non-profit organizations.
Matan Morot Halakha
Matan is a center for women’s Torah scholarship in several locations in Israel. Arev funding will help support the Morot Halakha program, which seeks to create a pool of female leaders and teachers who are deeply learned and versed in broad areas of halakha. These women plan to serve in communities in both the geographic center and periphery of Israel to positively impact women’s lives, well-being, and commitment to Torah and halakha.
Mavoi Satum provides legal and emotional support to women in Israel who have been refused a Jewish divorce, and works to find a solution to the problem of get refusal in Israel. Arev funding will help support Mavoi Satum’s social media advocacy project.
Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Yoetzet Halakha Program
Nishmat is a Jerusalem-based center for women’s scholarship, leadership, and social responsibility. The Miriam Glaubach Yoetzet Halacha Program is the American platform for the training of Yoatzot Halacha—female halakhic advisors—a role created by Nishmat. Arev will help fund the leadership training component of this curriculum, which will include mentoring programs and workshops to develop and expand professional development.
Yeshivat Maharat Pastoral Torah curriculum
Yeshivat Maharat provides a path for women in the United States to gain the skills, training, and certification to become spiritual leaders within the Modern Orthodox community. Arev funding will help support the Pastoral Torah Curriculum, a uniquely integrated pastoral, spiritual, and leadership-training program that employs Torah texts along with those of contemporary social sciences to grapple with key issues of human life and development.