The Jewish Women’s Initiative, better known as JWI, empowers women to share the beauty, joy, and relevance of Judaism in their homes and communities. Through classes, events, and gatherings JWI helps members build a strong foundation and nurture their own personal connection to Judaism. JWI enables women in Los Angeles to communicate Jewish values to their families and communities. JWI’s team of vibrant leaders, educators, and program coordinators bring JWI’s message to life. Director Chana Heller has been teaching Jewish women to love being Jewish for three decades. The success of JWI can be attributed to the upbeat energy, warmth, and invaluable dedication of all of the team members.
JWI provides a space for Jewish women to connect, share perspectives, and receive guidance all while having an incredible time. Frequent topics of discussion include personal development, relationships and a deeper understanding of Jewish values, observance, and spiritual connection. The women of JWI enjoy insightful classes, Shabbat dinners, social events, a yearly trip to Israel and an annual women’s Shabbat of Unity. The Israel trip combines fun and adventure with sisterhood and personal exploration. JWI inspires Jewish women across Los Angeles to create meaningful connections to G-d, Jewish wisdom, and one another. Members of JWI support one another so they transform life’s journey together. The Jewish woman holds the power to shape her community, and in turn, the world.