Marking Woman to Woman's 40th Anniversary

Photo: Mor Amgar

Dear Friends,

A new year is approaching and this is a special time for our organization: Woman to Woman is marking its 40th anniversary.

Forty years of committed endeavor is a reason to be both proud and grateful – for the social impact made by Woman to Woman, and for the hundreds of families our Shelter and halfway apartments have provided as turning points in breaking the cycle of violence.

This past year we once again had the privilege of aiding those who need us, this time nearly one hundred women and their children. We work hard to maintain our existing programs, while continuing to develop new, up-to-date projects, in the hope that the day will come when every woman and child can feel safe in their homes.

It is impossible to imagine our organization's development without the caring support provided by the community that surrounds us. We are grateful to each and every one of you for your generosity.

We invite you to share in the excitement of our special anniversary at our annual fundraising event, to be held on November 2, 2022 in Jerusalem, with a performance by international singer Ahinoam Nini - Noa. Ticket sales have already begun.

Warm wishes for a Happy New Year,

Naomi Schneiderman, Executive Director

“I imagined a shelter… as dark and gloomy…. I was amazed to see this beautiful, bright and cheery building.”

Rina (not her real name) recently came to our Shelter and shared her personal story with us:

 “I’d been thinking about running away to a shelter for a long time. His outbursts were unbearable. He was obsessive and jealous, and his violence only grew worse… But I imagined a shelter for battered women as dark and gloomy, with bare cement walls, and that really put me off,” said 35-year-old “Rina” (not her real name). “When I got here, I was amazed to see this beautiful, bright and cheery building.” For further reading.

This past June, we displayed  an exhibit featuring professional illustrations of dreams and aspirations for the future as articulated by children in the Shelter.

We were very moved by the attendance of Dr. Adham Abadallah, a practicing pediatrician, who resided in the Shelter as a child and imparted his personal story to the audience at the opening night in ZOA Gallery, Tel Aviv. 

Photo: Dr. Abdallah and Andy Somer, former director of the Children's Center, meeting again after many years.  

Breaking the Cycle - Children From the Shelter Share Their Dreams

"Breaking the Cycle" - click on the video above to view a sample of the illustrations and texts included in the display. 

Mildred Weissman, z"l - A Woman of Valor

We were saddened to learn that one of Woman to Woman’s earliest benefactors, Mildred Weissman, had passed away at the age of 102. Mildred and her late husband George were staunch supporters of progressive causes in America and Israel.

We first met Mildred, a stalwart feminist and advocate of women’s rights, in the mid-1980s, when she visited our Shelter in the ramshackle building that accommodated us initially. A connection was made on the spot, and to our good fortune, we enjoyed Mildred’s generosity and, through her patronage, that of her colleagues and friends as well.

In 1990, a very considerable gift from the Weissman family was instrumental in enabling Woman to Woman to relocate the Shelter to its permanent home, the beautiful building we presently occupy. In 2010, after George Weissman passed away, Mildred announced another handsome grant, a bequest from her late husband’s estate, thereby reiterating her support.

Upon hearing the news of Mildred's passing, those of us who knew Mildred personally reminisced about her approachability and generosity of spirit. We extend our sincere condolences to the Weissman family on the loss of their mother and grandmother, a truly remarkable woman of valor.

Photo: Mildred Weissman, z"l, and Rachel Bialer, former shelter director, at the Shelter, 2010.

Special Thanks To:

Devorah and Meir Charash - for a fundraising campaign marking what would have been the 29th birthday of their son, Ariel Charash (z"l), who was a National Service volunteer with the Shelter. Thanks to their efforts, the campaign raised the significant sum of NIS 50,000. Devorah and Meir also hosted a wonderful magic show at the Children’s Center – also in memory of Ariel z”l. 
Middle-school students, Tahel, Nitzan and Adva and Dvorah  - who planned and promoted a fundraiser for our Children's Center. 

Kol Nashim, the Colorado Hebrew Chorale – for renewing their annual benefit concert and raising considerable funds for our organization, after a break brought on by the pandemic. 

Michal Rapeport - for donating her time and talent in graphic design.

Bank of Jerusalem – for organizing and funding a day at an amusement park for women and children from the Shelter and Halfway Homes.

Elisheva, Kumkum Tea House - for consistently donating baked goods to the Shelter. 

Professor Tsfira Grebelsky Lichtman - for contributing a fascinating lecture at the tribute evening for our volunteers.  

The talened Ariela Stein, Miri Spitzer, Stefani Midian, Moran Lachmi, Sagit Kleinman, Sofia Rosenbaum and Ronit Turgeman - for pampering the women of the Shelter and halfway apartments in various styling and makeup evenings. 

Ban Family - for organizing and hosting a benefit concert for the Shelter in their home. 

Your Donation is Greatly Appreciated!
Now, more than ever, we need donations to continue to help those who have no economic backing or family support.
 USA - tax-deductible contributions can be made on-line 
or by check/wire transfer via  PEF Israel Endowment Funds.

Woman to Woman is partially funded by the Israeli Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services. 
We gratefully acknowledge the support of our many friends and donors: 
Anatta Ltd. (cc); The Clore Israel Foundation; Coca Cola Israel; The Harris Foundation; The Jerusalem Foundation; The Karma Foundation; Arlene R. Kogod; Kol Nashim (Colorado Hebrew Chorale); The Jennifer Lalin Memorial Foundation (Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey); Levine Family, in memory of Shmaryahu; Matan - Investing in the Community; PEF Israel Endowment Funds; Rochlin Foundation; Samis Foundation (Seattle); Schusterman Foundation Israel (SFI); Steinhardt Family Foundation, Israel; Lady Nancy Wald, and all our generous private donors in Israel and abroad.