Women are taking their rightful seats at the table and are shaping Jewish philanthropy like never before. We are focused on building a more inclusive, empowering and egalitarian Jewish community and, in so doing, are playing a key role in reinventing American Jewish life. Leadership giving is a way to make a significant impact on our local and global Jewish World. It’s a way for you to connect to our community in a personal, powerful way; become a role model for other women and inspire the next generation to stand up and be counted.

Pearl Society


With a gift of $180 to Federation’s Annual Campaign, you’ll become a member of this group of inspiring women who, just like you, want to make a difference.

Cultivate your spirit of philanthropy. Add charms as your commitment to the Jewish Federation grows. Enhance the beauty of your Pearl Society necklace with colored pearl charms. The Pearl Society Silver Hamsa Pendant and necklace features a silver Hamsa or “hand,” symbolizing the Hand of God. The Hamsa has a freshwater pearl inlay. The letter pey, which represents the Hebrew word p’nina (pearl) is elegantly embossed on the back.

As your gift continues and grows, your commitment to the Pearl Society can be distinguished with the addition of colored pearls. Blush ($365+) and Black ($1,000+)

Pomegranate Society


The pomegranate is one of the seven fruits named in the Bible, said to contain 613 seeds – one for each of the commandments (mitzvot) found in the Torah. This ancient symbol is one of the oldest found in Jewish art and ritual. It has been carved in the entranceways of the earliest synagogues, woven into fabrics, and hammered into silver and gold. The intricate covers for the handles of the Torah scrolls are called pomegranates (rimonim). All women who commit an individual gift of $1,800-$4,999 to the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign are part of the Pomegranate Society.

Being part of the Pomegranate Society is a declaration of your personal commitment to honor traditional Jewish values of justice (tzedek) and acts of loving kindness (gemilut hesed).

Lion of Judah


Created in 1972 by Norma Kipnis Wilson and Toby Friedland (z”l), the Lion of Judah is now an international symbol of commitment to the global Jewish community. This exciting program has brought together women of all ages and from many walks of life in order to play an essential role in creating social justice, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, preserving human dignity and building Jewish identity. Today, more than 16,000 women worldwide proudly wear the gold Lion pin to signify their commitment.

Each year that a woman sustains or increases her gift of $5,000 or more to the Annual Campaign, she is eligible to have a small diamond set into her pin. Larger commitments are recognized at different Lion of Judah levels, as signified by different precious stones.

Ask any woman who wears the Lion of Judah pin and she’ll tell you: there’s nothing like being in the same room with hundreds of like-minded women who “roar.” This alone symbolizes our success, strength and commitment to Jewish peoplehood.

As a Lion of Judah, you’ll be invited to national and international events and conferences, as well as premier local events, such as our prestigious Lion of Judah Luncheon. You’ll hear from top speakers, learn more about important issues and have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the world around you.

Lion of Judah Endowment

When you create a Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE), you enable future generations to benefit from your values, interests, foresight and generosity.

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