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Alumna of the Women’s Leadership Institute take part in a retreat at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree. The retreat featured dynamic Jewish learning classes, an interfaith panel discussion and leadership-development courses. The retreat was funded in part by the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix.

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Seekers of Meaning Podcast: Rabbi Elana Kanter and Harriet Rosen on Women’s Jewish Learning Center and Women’s Leadership Institute


Jewish Sacred Aging

On this installment of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, Rabbi Address chats with Rabbi Elana Kanter and Harriet Rosen, founders of the Women’s Jewish Learning Center and the Women’s Leadership Institute.

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Jewish Women Change the Landscape of Communal Life Through Mentorship and Study


E-Jewish Philanthropy

When 1998 Covenant Award recipient Rabbi Elana Kanter established the Women’s Jewish Learning Center in Phoenix, Arizona in 2010, she often heard the same questions over and over: “Why are you starting a learning center for women only?” “Isn’t that a step backward?”

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Women’s Leadership Institute expands reach across country


Jewish News

In the three years since the launch of the Women’s Leadership Institute, participants have added several programs to the Valley’s Jewish communal landscape, including a family camp experience, a teen leadership program and Passover seders for individuals with special needs.

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Valley breast cancer survivor starts support group with Jewish focus


Jewish News

Facing a cancer diagnosis with four young children, Knight felt a strong urge to connect with the Jewish community. She called the nearest Reform synagogue. As it happened, the synagogue’s membership director answered and told her that they ran a breast cancer support group. She invited Knight to come meet with them that evening.

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Arizona Jewish Life

“It came to my attention that on certain boards of our community women are underrepresented,” says Rabbi Elana Kanter, director of the Women’s Jewish Learning Center in Scottsdale. “I really believe that our strength as a community depends very much on having enough women in leadership roles, together with men. To have women underrepresented in our day and age is not good for anybody, … it’s not good for the whole Jewish community.”

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Institute celebrates first year’s leadership cohort


Jewish News

The Women’s Jewish Learning Center (WJLC) and PJ Library hosted a “Celebration of New Leadership” June 7, at The New Shul in Scottsdale to congratulate their first leadership cohort of the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) on completing their year of study.   

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Women’s Leadership Project to Launch in Fall


Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

A new yearlong leadership training program for women will launch this year as a result of a collaboration between The Women’s Jewish Learning Center (WJLC) and PJ Library.

The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI), developed and led by Rabbi Elana Kanter, WJLC director, is designed to train a new cohort of communal leaders by providing a formal leadership training curriculum and matching the women with mentors.

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WJLC Hosts Holiday Webinars for Young Parents


Valley View

The Women’s Jewish Learning Center in Scottsdale will hold a “Make ‘em Magical!” Jewish holiday webinar about Hanukkah at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. The webinar is for young parents and will teach how to make home celebrations meaningful.

Future webinars will focus on Tu B’Shevat, Purim, Passover and Shavuot. Cost is $75 for series or $25 per session.

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