Project Kesher maximizes the impact of our infrastructure of Jewish women's groups and multi-faith coalitions by partnering with other organizations. Partners include:
The Felshtin Society
Felshtin was a small, rural Ukrainian town that contained a Jewish community and was located 78 miles north-northeast of Chernovtsy and 186 miles west-southwest of Kiev. It is sometimes confused with a completely different town, “Felzstyn” (Skelevka), 340 miles west of Kiev, famous for its wooden synagogue. Felshtiners who came to the United States established the New York-based First Felshteener Progressive Benevolent Association, which was organized in 1905 and incorporated in December 1909. The association provided relief to survivors of the 1919 pogrom, helping them settle in the U.S., Israel, and Latin America. The Association also created and published a Felshtin yizkor (memorial) book in 1937, sponsored social events, a memorial in Dimona, Israel, and maintained the Felshtin section of a Staten Island cemetery. By the late 1970s, many Felshtin-born Americans had passed away, and the Association grew increasingly inactive.
The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute develops fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research, artistic projects and public engagement. The world's only academic center of its kind, the HBI provides research resources and programs for scholars, students and the public.
HEBREW UNION COLLEGE (HUC)
Hebrew Union College (HUC) is the educational and intellectual center of Reform Judaism. It trains and sustains rabbis, cantors, communal and educational professionals throughout their careers for service to Reform Judaism and klal Yisrael, provides higher learning for scholars of religion of all faiths and supports the educational and spiritual growth of lay leadership for the Reform movement. HUC provides educators for some Project Kesher programs and connects with Project Kesher to bring HUC's leaders and staff to women in Project Kesher's network.
HILLEL IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION
Hillel In The Former Soviet Union operates community-based centers in seven former Soviet Republics. The 27 Hillel Centers in the CIS provide approximately 10,000 young Jews per year, once denied access to their heritage, with the opportunity to reconnect to Judaism and the Jewish people. Project Kesher partners with Hillel in Georgia to create post college educational and social advocacy programming for women and, social activist Rosh Chodesh groups on eight CIS college campuses.
JEWISH WOMEN INTERNATIONAL (JWI)
Jewish Women International is dedicated to ensuring that every woman and girl is safe, in her home and in her relationships. Today, JWI is recognized as the leading Jewish organization committed to ending the cycle of family violence and to promoting safe homes, healthy relationships and strong women. Project Kesher partnered with JWI on domestic violence programming in the CIS and adapted its activist and rabbinic guides for a CIS audience.
THE "LA STRADA PROGRAM: PREVENTION OF TRAFFIC IN WOMEN IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
The LA Strada Program aims at preventing and suppressing trafficking in persons by: information & lobby, prevention and education and social assistance, including safe return and social inclusion. Project Kesher works with La Strada in Ukraine to educate women about the issue of trafficking and prevent them from entering trafficking situations.
Masorti- the international arm of the Conservative movement has been an important partner for Project Kesher-Israel, providing rabbis and educators for programs for PKI's emerging leadership.
Not In our town (NIot)
Since 1995, the Not In Our Town initiative has been a trailblazer, successfully using stories of community action together with grassroots organizing, educational outreach and social media to engage and empower hundreds of communities around the world to take a stand against hate and intolerance. NIOT's original 1995 PBS special about the community of Billings, Montana continues to be used by communities to inspire local action. NIOT uses exciting new media tools to engage more diverse audiences, share resources, facilitate connections, and spread grassroots action. Project Kesher activity is currently featured on NIOT's anti-hate map: http://www.niot.org/map
PAIDEIA - THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH STUDIES IN SWEDEN
PAIDEIA - is a nondenominational academic framework established in 2000 with a foundational grant from the Swedish government. Within an interdisciplinary academic setting, Paideia educates leaders for Europe - academicians, artists and community activists - towards fluency in Jewish sources. Project Kesher helps Paideia identify potential leaders and then, works with them to engage program graduates in CIS Jewish life.
Tahirih justice center
The Tahirih Justice Center engages in direct litigation, public policy advocacy, and education and outreach to ensure systematic change that protects women and girls from violence. Project Kesher has worked with Tahirih Justice Center to educate women in the CIS about the dangers of becoming a "mail order bride" and advising them of their rights if they choose to come to the U.S. despite these concerns.
World ORT is a London based not-for-profit organization responsible for the education and training of 270,000 people each year in 58 countries through a global network of schools, colleges, training centers and programs. Project Kesher has teamed up with World ORT to create 15 ORT Keshernet Computer Centers providing computer and vocational training to women, with priority given to those at risk. Since its inception 87% of its 9,000-plus graduates have gone from unemployment or underemployment to self-sufficiency.
WOMEN'S FUNDING NETWORK
Women’s Funding Network connects and strengthens more than 165 organizations that fund women’s solutions across the globe, making it one of the largest collaborative philanthropic networks in the world.
WORLD UNION FOR PROGRESSIVE JUDAISM (WUPJ)
WUPJ, established in London in 1926, is the largest body of religious Jews in the world. Its basic aims are, first, to create common ground between its constituents and, second, to promote Progressive Judaism in places where individuals and groups are seeking authentic, yet modern ways of expressing themselves as Jews. Project Kesher identifies opportunities to work collaboratively with WUPJ and its leadership in the CIS on educational and leadership programs throughout the region.