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ORA Named One of the Most Innovative Jewish Organizations in North America Impacting the Lives of Women and Girls


Oct 28, 2013

Slingshot Guide Highlights the Best of the Thriving Jewish Nonprofit World

New York, NY – The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA) has been selected for the Slingshot Guide's 2013-2014 Women and Girls Supplement as one of the most innovative Jewish organizations in North America impacting the lives of women and girls. ORA is one of 18 leading Jewish organizations in this new supplement of the Slingshot Guide, which was released on Thursday, October 24th alongside the ninth annual Slingshot Guide, Slingshot 2013-14.

Selected from among hundreds of finalists reviewed by 83 professionals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life, the Guide states, “ORA does more to resolve get-refusal cases than anyone else. But more significantly, its teen education programs and consciousness-raising in the Orthodox world about the unacceptability of abuses that include, but are not limited to, get-refusal, are fundamentally changing attitudes in a younger generation of Orthodox Jews.”

Organizations included in this year’s women and girls supplement were evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact they have in their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results. “ORA is very excited to be included in Slingshot's brand new Supplement on Women and Girls,” said Rabbi Jeremy Stern, ORA's Executive Director. “We are honored to be counted among the most innovative Jewish nonprofits that are tackling some of the most challenging issues within our community. ORA is grateful to Slingshot as well as the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York for taking the initiative to highlight our work and the work of other organizations who are making a tremendous impact on the lives of women and girls.”

According to Will Schneider, Executive Director of Slingshot, which publishes the Guide each year, “The introduction of the women and girls supplement is an important milestone in the work of Slingshot. While this supplement is new, the work being done in the Jewish community on behalf of women and girls has been going on for quite some time. It only makes sense to give these organizations the recognition they deserve and in doing so, also boost their presence among volunteers, donor and activists. The Guide is the framework for a community that through the collaboration that results from inclusion in the Guide, becomes something significantly more effective than what each of the individual organizations can achieve on their own.”

About the Slingshot Guide

The Slingshot Guide, now in its ninth year, was created by a team of young funders as a guidebook to help funders of all ages diversify their giving portfolios to include the most innovative and effective organizations, programs and projects in North America. The Guide contains information about each organization’s origin, mission, strategy, impact and budget, as well as details about its unique character. The Slingshot Guide has proven to be a catalyst for next generation funding and offers a telling snapshot of shifting trends in North America's Jewish community – and how nonprofits are meeting new needs and reaching new audiences. The book, published annually, is available in hard copy and as a free download at

Being listed in the Guide is often a critical step for selected organizations to attain much needed additional funding and to expand the reach of their work. Selected organizations are eligible for grants from the Slingshot Fund, a peer-giving network of young donors with an eye for identifying, highlighting and advancing causes that resonate the most with the next generation of philanthropists. Furthermore, the Guide is a frequently used resource for donors seeking to support organizations transforming the world in novel and interesting ways.

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