By Cindy Rubin, Principal Gifts Officer & Director of The Miriam Fund
Itach-Maaki is a past Miriam Fund grant recipient for the program, “Women Leaders for Social Change”, to improve the lives of marginalized Israeli (Jewish and Arab) women by advancing their legal status through advocacy. The program trained women in these communities and Haifa University law students to work within the existing system to create change.
israel360 sat down with with Dana Myrtenbaum – one of the lead staff attorneys at Itach-Maaki ("with you" in Hebrew and Arabic), an Israeli advocacy organization working to create a society in which the needs of disenfranchised Arab and Jewish women are addressed, and the voices of these women are heard in public/policy discourse. They were also joined by special co-host, Daniella Levine, who is the Grants Manager of The Miriam Fund.
The Miriam Fund is a philanthropic community of women. We invest in programs and services to improve the lives of women and girls in Boston and in Israel. The members of the fund are personally engaged in strategic grantmaking in Boston’s Jewish and secular communities and in Israel. Over the past twenty years The Miriam Fund has invested more than $4.6 million in Boston and in Israel on behalf of women and girls of all faiths and ethnicities. We approach our grant-making holistically, investing in the health, education, employment, legal rights, and safety of women and girls in three major communities: Jewish Boston, Secular Boston, and Israel. In our first year, we awarded grants totaling $100,000; last year we gave out a record $376,000, and our endowment remains healthy. We also devote ourselves to educating others on gender issues, advocating for positive change for all women.