PROPEL : Investing in Community Women to Help Them Discover Their Passion, Profession and Earning Potential 

“I don’t know how I can ever thank PROPEL! I’m learning so much at work and the people are so fine. My husband is very supportive.”

“If you told me two years ago what I’d be doing today, I wouldn’t have believed you. Thank you so much for pushing me and believing in me.”

“I’m doing something I love. It’s going to take me a bit longer because I have a husband and family to take care of but I’m building a career I truly enjoy thanks to PROPEL.”

“I just wanted you to know how much I earned this month. Thank you for believing in me!”

“The support kept me going. Sometimes I felt overwhelmed with family and work but PROPEL kept me going.”

“I am learning Excel and so much more. It makes such a difference to know I have a person to call if I have any questions. I never would be able to do this if it weren’t for PROPEL.”


These are just but a few testimonials that have appeared in the PROPEL inbox.  Supporting women to feel confident about entering the workforce by providing one-on-one career guidance has changed the financial reality of many families in the community to date.

PROPEL’s Board of Directors is comprised of men and women that are extremely committed to the mission of the organization. The board members have professional experience in many areas, including marketing, medicine, finance, retail, real estate and fashion, enabling them to actively promote innovative and relevant ideas for PROPEL. 

Over 100 women participated in PROPEL programs in Deal, New Jersey this summer.  PROPEL’s summer programming encompassed Vision Mapping with Alice Chera (workshops designed to delve into personal interests), Finding the Teacher in You (a panel discussion focusing on women Judaic Studies educators in our community) and Finding Your Sweet Spot (a young leadership event).  As a result of those events, women in our community made that initial step and called PROPEL. 

PROPEL helps to place women in certificated programs that make sense for living a balanced life and maintaining traditional values in the home. PROPEL careers include

software developers, nutritionists, medical assistants, paralegals, Judaic Studies teachers, cosmetologists, yoga instructors, photographers, interior designers and many more professions.

Ellen Ades, PROPEL’s career coach explains, “It is common for graduates to say, ‘I never could have imagined doing this, thank you for believing in me.’ Whether you are searching for clarity or simply want to discuss career possibilities, contact PROPEL. We are here for you.”

PROPEL recently has expanded its professional staff to accommodate the growing needs of our clients. While a majority of women graduating from high school in our community are attending college, PROPEL is aware that some of these women need career guidance while they are in college or even after they graduate. PROPEL is excited that Raquel Shalam has joined the PROPEL team. As a trained life coach, Raquel is able to connect with young women and support them in collaborative efforts to move toward their professional goals.

Many PROPEL graduates recount that the most difficult thing that they did was to make that initial phone call to PROPEL. It is scary doing something new, but PROPEL provides personal support along the way. PROPEL  graduates are now community women with careers that they enjoy and they are helping to make a financial difference for their families.


By Alissa Shams and Randi Eisenstein


If you are interested in a career, please reach out to PROPEL and we can help you fulfill your professional goal.

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PROPEL is pleased to announce its new and convenient location in Brooklyn at the Sephardic Community Center.  PROPEL is looking forward to collaborating on many programs at the Center. Follow PROPEL on Instagram @PropelNetwork to find out information about upcoming PROPEL programs and events.