Women's Divisions

WOMEN'S PHILANTHROPY

Women philanthropists are the change-makers and community-shapers of the world. We are compassionate and committed women at every stage of life and career, of all ages, backgrounds and interests.  We have a place for you to be involved and make a difference.

Inspired and guided by our tradition of tzedakah (righteousness/charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) Women's Philanthropy engages women in the fulfilling work of making the world a better place. We make a personal commitment to build, support and enrich Jewish lives everywhere and work to create a vibrant Jewish future. 

WHAT WE DO

Women’s Philanthropy is about knowing and understanding deeply the breadth of issues facing our community and rolling up our sleeves to help. It’s about educating, inspiring, and empowering women of all ages in our community. It’s about nurturing leadership, connecting with like-minded women and fostering a commitment to philanthropy. It’s about having an impact.

We raise funds for crucial programs, plan for our community's future, and help women develop into tomorrow's leaders. 

Through our donations and our hands-on community service, we help bring dignity to people in need, fight domestic violence, provide shelter to vulnerable children, protect at-risk seniors and so much more. We support Israel and world Jewry with our dollars and our presence. 

Our collective philanthropy enriches our own lives while improving the lives of others. There’s so much happening in our community. Discover it now!

Our Leadership

Our Women’s Philanthropy Board is composed of a diverse group of devoted leaders who have committed their time and energy to advance our mission and purpose.

Rosita Beer, Chair
Lauren Alperstein
Jane Basch
Nanci Africk
Simi Blaine
Randi Blum
Risa Chopp
Corinne Cott
Tammy Fayne
Barbara Feller
Heather Gilbert
Deb Gill
Hara Glasser-Frei

Debbie Gober
Jennifer Goldfaden
Sharri Gordon
Randi Grant
Pamela Gregg
Lisa Henry
Miriam Hershenson
Sandi Jarrett
Robin Kabat
Rica Leibowich
Andrea Leibowitz
Leslie Linevsky
Olgui Lowell

Lori Margolis
Lori Mizels
Sheri Rosenberg
Lisa Rosenburg
Elsa Rozenberg
Liz Samrick
Mindy Schechter
Esther Shacket
Carolyn Shapir
Anne Sopshin
Samantha Sossin
Judy Spatz

Learn, Engage and Volunteer

Connect with like-minded women through fun, social and educational engagement and volunteer opportunities.

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The Dignity Project's mission is to: 

  • Educate women about the difficult choices low-income women and girls face due to financial hurdles when purchasing feminine hygiene products.
  • Empower women and girls by collecting donated personal care items (pads, tampons, liners, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and detergent) to be distributed through our community agencies.
  • Further engage women in the Federation’s mission by highlighting our agencies’ work and mobilizing to meet a need in our community.

Since its inception, the community response has been remarkable. Our Federation has collected over 58,000 individual items via our Amazon wish list and curbside/contactless drop-off locations at seven private homes throughout Broward County. Sun-Sentinel shared additional details about the initiative with the community.

We saw our efforts come to fruition, with deliveries to five Broward agencies: The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard, Craig's Pantry, WECARE Food Pantry, Hebrew Academy Community School and PACE Center for Girls.  

As our community’s need continues to grow due to the pandemic, these products will alleviate a burden for hundreds of recipients. They will allow the agencies to offer more without absorbing additional costs. “It was very moving to see the shelves stocked with products and hear about the impact these items will have on recipients,” added Andie Temkin Gerszuny, Director, Women's Philanthropy.

“We express our deepest gratitude to the over 200 individuals who contributed to this initiative, the agencies, committee members, and representatives who made this project flourish,” exclaims Rosita Beer, Chair, Women’s Philanthropy.

The Dignity Project will continue its initiative throughout the year. If you would like to participate or start your own collection, please contact Andie Temkin Gerszuny, Director of Women’s Philanthropy at agerszuny@jewishbroward.org.

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Leadership Series

Leadership Series: We have two robust women’s leadership curriculum series. 

The Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Series is for those interested in furthering their Federation education and exposure as well as their leadership skills in a cohort of like-minded women. 

Our newly launched Yesod: Jewish Women’s Leadership Series 2.0 offers leaders insights into personal and organizational leadership through a Jewish perspective. 

This exciting program which is offered nationally was developed by the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and written by well-known Dr. Erica Brown. A cohort is nominated to participate in this curriculum, and the program merges Jewish text study, business skills, leadership theory, and experiential application. 

Learning Series

Participate in the Jewish Women’s Learning Series (minimum giving level of $1,000+ to the annual campaign)

Our Jewish Women’s Learning Series meets monthly over the course of 6 months. We are currently exploring the Jewish spiritual practice of Mussar, which is a  virtues based approach to Jewish Ethics and character development.  Each session focuses on a different virtue (Middah).   Throughout the series, women engage and connect with each other on a deeper level through small group and group discussions surrounding Jewish text specific to each virtue.

Ways To Give

With your help, we are able to build a safety net for the most vulnerable and secure the Jewish future in Broward, Israel, and worldwide. 

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Lion of Judah | $5,000

The Lion of Judah is a symbol of a Jewish woman's strength, her passion for Jewish community and a symbol of her financial commitment of at least $5,000 to the Federation's Campaign. Lion of Judah is an international sisterhood of thousands of global philanthropists who care about the Jewish future.

Step Up Lion of Judah | $2,500 - $5,000

Step Up Lion of Judah is a community of women who are passionate and committed to our Jewish community. These women partake in a two or three-year program, where they "Step Up" their gift to become a Lion of Judah.

Shomer | $2,500 - $4,999

Shomer means "guardian" in Hebrew. This level is for women making an annual gift of $2,500-$4,999. It is recognized by a 14k gold diamond-shaped crown pin.

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Pomegranate | $1,800 - $2,499

Pomegranate is an ancient symbol found in the earliest synagogues. Women making an annual gift of $1,800-$2,999 are recognized by a sterling silver pomegranate pin.

Morasha | $1,000 - $1,799

Morasha means "heritage" in Hebrew. Women making an annual gift of $1,000-$1,799 are recognized by a hand-crafted sterling silver and 14K gold bar featuring the skyline of Jerusalem.

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Rosita Beer | Women's Philanthropy Chair

Rosita Beer was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2002, she and her family moved to Weston, Florida to raise her three girls in a safe environment. She received her certificate of College Counseling from UCLA and was awarded with distinction. Her focus is in Special Education and a concentration in Learning Disability. Today, she is a college counselor and enjoys helping students through their educational journals. 

Rosita has been involved with the Jewish Federation of Broward County for many years. In 2010, she became involved with the Latin initiative and helped developed Maccabi Tzair in 2012. Since her inception, she has been a part of many committees. It is because of her involvement that she was nominated to be part of the Leadership Series, “Emerging Leaders” in 2013. In 2015, she joined the Women’s Philanthropy board and a year later co-chaired the Women’s Event, Bash. She was later awarded the Lisa R. Shulman Leadership Award for her outstanding efforts. Today, she is the chair of Women’s Philanthropy and the proud founder of The Dignity Project in Broward. She has traveled to Israel on the Federation’s Mission trips, traveled to Argentina and Uruguay, and has sat on impact teams supporting Israel and Overseas, and the Community Institute Seminar.

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Andie Temkin Gerszuny, MBA Director, Women's Philanthropy

Julie Flansbaum

Julie Flansbaum Women's Philanthropy Associate

WOMEN'S EXECUTIVE CIRCLE

The Women's Executive Circle (WEC) of the Jewish Federation of Broward County will exercise the collective clout of Broward County's preeminent Jewish women business and professional leaders to empower the women of tomorrow and employ high-impact philanthropy to strengthen our community today. We welcome the participation of accomplished corporate, entrepreneurial, and professional women who want to make a difference. The WEC represents a view from the top of Broward County's corporate, entrepreneurial and professional world, and each member benefits from the stimulating and supportive relationship she develops. Within this network, peers share best practices, create new ways of collaborating, and explore the balance between personal and professional priorities. WEC members employ innovative mentoring techniques to help mold the next generation of business leaders – mentoring each other, making lasting friendships and business relationships, all while strengthening the Broward Jewish community.

WEC Directory
Lori Adelson

Lori Adelson, Esq.

HR Law Consulting & Employment Mediation

HR Law PRO  
401 East Las Olas Blvd, Suite 1400
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301
Phone: (954) 302-8960  
Lori@hrlawpro.com

My Philanthropic Passion is Tikun Olam.

Hobbies/Interests
Travel, food and wine, water activities and live music

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Lauren Alperstein, Attorney

Marital and Family Law

Boies Schiller Flexner
2435 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood FL  33020
Phone: (954) 924-0300  
LAlperstein@BSFllp.com

My Philanthropic Passion  is supporting children and the elderly

Hobbies/Interests
Family time, community relations, politics, theater & concerts, reading, movies, traveling and shopping

Heather Barraza

Heather Barraza, CFO

Jewish Federation of Broward County  
5890 S Pine Island Road
Davie, FL  33328
Phone: (954) 252-6921  
HBarraza@JewishBroward.org  

My Philanthropic Passion Passions are Jewish children, family engagement and education

Hobbies/Interests
Family time, community relations, politics, theater & concerts, reading, movies, traveling and shopping

Lori Ben Ezra

Lori Ben-Ezra, Ph.D.

Lori Ben-Ezra and Associates
4700 Sheridan St, Suite J
Hollywood, FL  33021
Phone: (954) 641-8700
Shrinkmomfl@yahoo.com 

My Philanthropic Passion is Jewish Continuity.

Hobbies/Interests
Reading, working out, playing MaJong

Stephanie Cypkin

Stephanie Cypkin, COO

The Plaintiff Law Group
501 E Las Olas Blvd, Suite 347
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301
Phone: (954) 326-1231
Stephanie@ThePlaintiffLawGroup.com 

My Philanthropic Passion are strengthening & advancing Jewish life, women’s equality and wildlife rescue.

Hobbies/Interests
Reading, movies, theater, hiking, traveling, mindfulness and the beach

Lea Salama DiMitri

Lea Salama DiMitri, Attorney

U.S. Immigration

Behar Law Group
888 SE Third Avenue, Suite 400
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 524-8888
Lea@EB-5Lawyers.com

My Philanthropic Passion are Jewish Federation’s Latin Initiative and Scheck Hillel Community School

Hobbies/Interests
Reading, traveling, cooking.

Ellen Fischer

Ellen Fischer

Realtor

Better Homes and Gardens Florida 1st
2139 Imperial Point Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33308
Phone: (954) 557-8879  
EllenFischerRealtor@gmail.com
www.EllenFischerRealtor.com

My Philanthropic Passion are PJ Library, Food Bank, Rack Pak

Hobbies/Interests
Walking, hiking, biking, kayaking, jewelry making, weaving

Gail Fisher

Gail Fisher, P.L.

Attorney

Law Offices of Gail M. Fisher, P.L.
8551 W. Sunrise Blvd, Suite 300
Fort Lauderdale, FL 
Phone: (954) 315-1169
Gail@LawOfficesGailFisher.com

My Philanthropic Passion are Justice and Fairness

Hobbies/Interests
Travel

Adrienne Frank

Adrienne Frank

Certified Financial Planner Practitioner

Frank & Levy Wealth Management Group, UBS Financial Services
401 E. Las Olas Blvd, Suite 2300
Fort Lauderdale, FL   33301
Phone: (954) 290-8545
AdrienneFrank@comcast.net

My Philanthropic Passion are Adults with disabilities; at risk seniors

Hobbies/Interests
Tennis, fitness training, travel and cooking

Alona Geysman

Alona Geysman, Director

Women’s Executive Circle

Jewish Federation of Broward County  
101 NE 3rd Ave, Suite 1500
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301
Phone: (954) 252-6945  
AGeysman@JewishBroward.org  

My Philanthropic Passion are people and animals in need

Hobbies/Interests
Travel, food & wine and the environment

Heather Gilbert

Heather Gilbert

Vice President, Marketing

Angiology Corporation of America
6986 Clarksville Pike
Joelton, TN  37080
Phone: (615) 400-1773
Heather.Gilbert@Angioscreen.com

My Philanthropic Passion are Jewish Federation of Broward County, David Posnack, AIPAC, Temple Kol Ami Emanu-el, PJ Library, JAFCO, Making Mitzvah Memories, enriching lives and connecting people

Hobbies/Interests
Exercising, traveling and bike riding

Jacqueline Gillman

Jacqueline Gillman

Real Estate Professional and Financial Advisor

Gillman Homes
2395 Pheasant Lane
Weston, FL  33327
Phone: (954) 557-0218  
JGillman18@gmail.com

My Philanthropic Passion are women, children and Israel

Hobbies/Interests
Traveling, reading [at the beach], orchids, cooking/baking and being with my family

Jill Ginsberg

Jill Ginsberg

Board Certified Elder Law Attorney and Senior Partner

Ginsberg Shulman, PL
401 E Las Olas Blvd, Ste 1400
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301
Phone: (954) 332-2310
Jill@GinsbergShulman.com

My Philanthropic Passion as the Board Chair-Elect of Meals on Wheels, is to make sure no one goes hungry, collecting art from local and emerging artists; supporting museums, local galleries, and artist collectives.

Hobbies/Interests
Studying Wine (I have a Level 2 WSET Degree), being outdoors, dog rescue

Debbie Gober

Debbie Gober

Registered Physical Therapist

Debbie Gober
9500 NW 44th Place
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Phone: (954) 494 -9877
TalkDebbie@gmail.com

My Philanthropic Passions Jewish Federation of Broward, caring for our elderly & Holocaust survivors so they age in dignity, education & lifetime care for disabled, provide Jewish education & programming for Jewish continuity

Hobbies/Interests
Exercise, traveling, art & dancing

Pamela Gottlieb

Pamela Gottlieb

VP- Senior Donor Relationship Manager

Jewish Federation of Broward County
5890 S Pine Island Rd
Davie, FL  33328
Phone: (954) 252-6936
PGottlieb@JewishBroward.org

My Philanthropic Passion Jewish Federation of Broward County

Hobbies/Interests
Working out, time with friends, jigsaw puzzles, reading

Randi K. Grant

Randi K. Grant

Retired CPA CFP Taxation and Personal Financial Planner

*WEC Founding Chair

Randi K. Grant
3132 NW 84th Ter
Cooper City, FL  33024
Phone: (954) 383-4320
RandiKGrant@gmail.com

My Philanthropic Passion are women and girls

Hobbies/Interests
Books, theater, learning and people

Sheryl Greenwald

Sheryl Greenwald, President

Sam Berman Charitable Foundation
19925 NE 39 Pl, Suite 203
Aventura, FL  33180
Phone: (305) 588-0751 
SGSBCF@gmail.com

My Philanthropic Passion are helping women and children

Hobbies/Interests
Volunteering, the beach, canasta, photography and tennis

Bette Hochberger

Bette Hochberger, CPA, CGMA

Bette Hochberger, Inc.
3980 N 42nd Ter
Hollywood, FL  33021
Phone: (954) 235-6339  
Bette@BetteHochberger.com 

My Philanthropic Passion are women, children and Israel

Hobbies/Interests
Stage combat/sword fighting, cosplay, crochet, sewing, science fiction

Sandi Jarrett

Sandi Jarrett, Manager

Kaufman, Rossin & Co, PA
100 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 2400
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33394
Phone: (954) 566-4400
SJarrett@KaufmanRossin.com

My Philanthropic Passion are helping children and the elderly

Hobbies/Interests
Reading, hiking and running

Helen Karpel

Helen Karpel, General Manager

The Club at Boca Pointe
7144 Boca Pointe Drive
Boca Raton, FL  33433
Phone: (954) 294-3841
HLKarpel@yahoo.com

My Philanthropic Passion are Judaism, Israel and health.

Hobbies/Interests
Reading, exercising and spending time with family & friends

Lisa Lader

Lisa Lader, PA

Real Estate Broker & Developer Sales Executive

Solemar Beach & Auberge Beach Residences
Related Realty
1116 N Ocean Blvd
Pompano Beach, FL  33062
Phone: (305) 331-0039  
Lisa@SolemarBeach.com

My Philanthropic Passion are supporting women and children

Hobbies/Interests
Biking, walking, jogging, tennis and water sports

Carol Lasek

Carol Lasek,

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Bienenfeld, Lasek & Starr, LLC
1000 Corporate Dr, Suite 600
Ft Lauderdale, FL  33334
Phone: (954) 689-9484  
CLasek@blsfinancial.com

My Philanthropic Passion are activism and advocacy for aging in a place of dignity, safety and health for senior citizens, Jewish education and safety for children and benefits for US Veteran’s (I’m a daughter of a WWII POW)

Hobbies/Interests
Orchids, butterfly gardens and spending time with my family

Denise Lettau

Denise Lettau

Attorney/Advisor

Secured Futures Pooled Trust Company
2875 NE 191 St, Suite 500
Aventura, FL  33180
Phone: (954) 296-0493  
DLettau@SecuredAlliance.org

My Philanthropic Passion are all things related to improving the lives of women and girls.

Hobbies/Interests
Yoga and reading

Karen Levy

Karen Levy

Private Mortgage Banker

Wells Fargo Private Bank
350 Las Olas Blvd, 19th Floor
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301
Phone: (917) 734-4010 
Karen.Levy@WellsFargo.com

My Philanthropic Passion are cat and dog rescue, neglected pets, breast cancer/all cancer, Alzheimer’s, and helping under-privileged women and children in the community

Hobbies/Interests
Golf, biking, running/walking and travel

Leslie Linevsky

Leslie Linevsky, President

International Sales and Marketing Consultant

Share America, Inc.  
2735 Hackney Road
Weston, FL  33331
Phone: (954) 649-1432  
Leslie.Linevsky@ShareAmerica.com

My Philanthropic Passion are Judaism, elderly, Israel, fighting hunger and women’s equality.

Hobbies/Interests
Gourmet cooking, travel and exercising

Elissa Mogilefsky

Elissa Mogilefsky

Retired Trust Consultant for Raymond James Trust Company

*WEC Founding Chair

5100 Dupont Blvd, Unit 5A
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33308
Phone: (954) 629-4870
EMogil43@gmail.com

My Philanthropic Passion are advancing Jewish life, programs for the elderly and those in dire need, women’s rights, fighting hunger and concern for our environment.

Hobbies/Interests
Golf, visiting museums and galleries, travel, reading, live performances, meditation, Mah Jong, good restaurants

Kristina Olsen Madden

Kristina Olsen Madden

Financial Advisor

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
2400 E Commercial Blvd, Suite 1200
Ft Lauderdale, FL  33308
Phone: (646) 388-1440
Kristina.Olsen@MorganStanley.com

My Philanthropic Passion are Nat King Cole’s Generation Hope and Jewish Federation of Broward

Hobbies/Interests
Yoga, tennis, golf and Zumba

LaurieAnne Minoff

LaurieAnne Minoff

Residential Realtor

Keller Williams Realty Professionals
3696 N Federal Hwy, Suite 101
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308
Phone: (954) 292 -8411
LaurieAnneMinoff@gmail.com

My Philanthropic Passion are Historic preservation, Women’s and Children’s Rights

Hobbies/Interests
Spending time with family, traveling and all things geneology

Robbin Newman

Robbin Newman

Managing Member/ Commercial and Luxury Residential Real Estate

Newman Law Office, P.L.
7700 Congress Ave, Suite 3100
Boca Raton, FL  33487
Phone: (954) 817-5511
RNewmanAtty@gmail.com

My Philanthropic Passion are Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program (mentor and national board member), Jewish Women's Foundation

Hobbies/Interests
Golf, Broadway theater, collecting antique dinnerware, cooking

Nikki Packer

Nikki Packer, Vice-President

Senior Philanthropic Specialist Fort Lauderdale/Miami

Wells Fargo Private Bank
350 East Las Olas Blvd, 19th Floor
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 712-3746
Nikki.Packer@WellsFargo.com

My Philanthropic Passion are Israel, Hunger, Jewish camping, March of the Living

Hobbies/Interests
Going to the beach, walking, reading, watching my kids play sports, The Grateful Dead

Elsa Rozenberg

Elsa Rozenberg

Real Estate Consultant- Commercial and Residential

Keller Williams Realty
3301 N University Dr, Suite 120
Coral Springs, FL  33065
Phone: (954) 918-3785
Elsa@ElsaRozenberg.com

My Philanthropic Passion are empowering women, be mindful about our Jewish identity and defend it again anti-Semitism.

Hobbies/Interests
Traveling, discovering other cultures, reading, movies/shows, food/wine...in two words: enjoying life!

Eris Sandler

Eris Sandler

Market Executive

BankUnited
3250 W Stonebrook Circle
Davie, FL 33330
Phone: (954) 290 -7631
ErisSandler@aol.com

My Philanthropic Passion are helping others in need. Especially in the local community.

Hobbies/Interests
Exercising, reading, tv binge watching

Stephanie Saunders

Stephanie Saunders, Director

Marketing and Business Development

United Claims Specialist
520 NW 165th St Suite #110
North Miami, FL 33169
Phone: (305) 563-0404
Stephanie@ucsfl.com  

My Philanthropic Passion are community housing assistance, natural disaster preparedness & response, animals in need

Hobbies/Interests
Group exercise classes, yoga, volunteering, gourmet cooking, travel, event hosting

Sheri Fiske Schultz

Sheri Fiske Schultz, CPA

Forensic Accounting and Business Valuations

Fiske and Company  
1000 S Pine Island Road, Ste 440
Plantation, FL  33324
Phone: (954) 236-8600 
Sheri@fiskeco.com  

My Philanthropic Passion are the elderly and women in need.

Hobbies/Interests
Snow skiing, traveling and reading

Nicole Shacket

Nicole Shacket

Insurance Litigation Group, P.A.
1500 NE 162nd St.
Miami, FL  33162
Phone: (321) 303-9594  
Nicole@ILGPA.com

My Philanthropic Passion is the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Broward County

Stacy Silver

Stacy Silver, President

Silver Hospitality Group  
2420 Deer Creek Road
Weston, FL  33327
Phone: (954) 305-0747  
SSilver@SilverHospitalityGroup.com  

My Philanthropic Passion are helping others find the best in themselves and connect with those who can assist them.

 

Sherryl Steinberg

Sherryl Steinberg,

Director of Development

Donna Klein Jewish Academy
9701 Donna Klein Blvd
Boca Raton, FL  33428
Phone: (561) 504-0600  
SherrylFS@gmail.com

My Philanthropic Passion are Jewish education, Israel and Jewish life

Hobbies/Interests
Spinning, cycling, exercise, traveling, theater, movies and reading

Gaby Thierer

Gaby Thierer

CEO & Founder

The Corporate Graphic Center
5400 S University Dr, Suite 208
Davie, FL  33328
Phone: (954) 588-7711
GabyB@TCGCenter.com

My Philanthropic Passion are to make the world a better place and leave a mark

Hobbies/Interests
Travel & Learn

Cindy S. Vova

Cindy S. Vova, P.A.

Managing Shareholder

Law Offices of Cindy S. Vova, P.A.
8551 W Sunrise Blvd, Suite 301
Plantation, FL  33322
Phone: (954) 316-3496  
CindyVova@VovaLaw.com  

My Philanthropic Passion are supporting children’s charitable organizations; Godparent with JAFCO

Hobbies/Interests
Raising orchids, travel, cooking, wine, reading historic fiction and non-fiction

Susan Weisman

Susan Weisman, CFO

Accounting and Finance

Finance and Strategic Consultants, LLC  
600 W Las Olas Blvd. Suite 2001
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33312
Phone: (954) 236-8600  
Susanwcpa@aol.com  

My Philanthropic Passion are helping others through hands-on projects, as well as, supporting the Federation in financial areas.

Hobbies/Interests
Travel, photography, yoga, meditation and boxing

Women's Executive Circle Co-Chairs:

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Sheri Fiske Schultz has been involved with the Jewish Federation of Broward County for many years. She has served in numerous leadership roles on the Federation Board of Directors, Foundation Board of Trustees, Women's Philanthropy, Advisors Philanthropy Initiative (API) and she is a proud Lion of Judah. Sheri is currently serving as the Chair of Women's Executive Circle. She says, that "one of my favorite things is to come together with like-minded women who want to make a difference and better the lives of others."

Outside of her leadership roles, Sheri brings over 30 years of experience to her clients, offering both professional expertise and practical insight toward business valuations and litigation support services. In addition to being a licensed CPA, Sheri holds the designation of Accredited in Business Valuation and is Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Sheri joined Fiske & Company in 1990 and is now Managing Partner of the firm.

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Jacqueline Gillman is co-chair of the Women’s Executive Circle of Jewish Federation of Broward County.  Jacqueline’s involvement with the Jewish Federation began in the 80s with the Young Leadership Council of Miami Jewish Federation, where she was an active member and joined several missions to Israel; her favorite being Mission 1000. Giving back has always been important to Jacqueline and it shows as she has always been involved with many organizations. Currently, she is also on the Board of Temple Dor Dorim and Sisterhood Co-President,  is a board member of the Rotary Club of Weston and the Rotary Club of Weston Foundation, and a member of several others.

In addition to philanthropy, Jacqueline’s passion is her family; her 3 adult children, Daniel, Michal, and Sarah, and her husband, Henry. Being with them on staycations and vacations is her ultimate “why”. Professionally, she is a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Realty in Weston, FL, and brings with her a financial background of banking, trusts, and financial planning.

Alona Geysman

Alona Geysman Eastside Community & Women’s Executive Circle Director

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Who We Are:

The Jewish Women's Foundation (JWF) Trustees are a group of philanthropic women who are committed to transforming the lives of Jewish women and girls and fostering life-long social change, one woman at a time. Through our generous allocation of innovative grants, programs here in Broward County and Israel are making a real difference by providing educational opportunities, crisis relief, and advocacy. JWF Trustees are decision-makers—analyzing needs, comparing grants, voting on grant applications, and evaluating outcomes.

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Our Guiding Values:

• Increase public awareness of issues directly affecting the lives of Jewish women and girls
• Advocate for social change, positive behaviors and empowering relationships
• Select grant programs that provide diverse resources, opportunities, and choices for Jewish women and girls
• Seek solutions through granting recipient agencies and organizations that meet needs beyond those currently being met in Broward County and Israel
 

JWF has proudly allocated over $209,900 in grants to help transform the lives of women and girls in Broward County and Israel.

JWF Trustees & Membership Information

MEMBERSHIP

Individual membership shall be through a financial contribution in one of five categories:

TRUSTEE

Trustees make a $10,000 commitment, payable over five (5) years. Trustees in good standing are those who have paid a minimum of $2,000 per calendar year. At the completion of five (5) years, Trustees may renew their membership by making a $5,000 commitment, also payable over five (5) years.

YOUNG WOMAN TRUSTEE (UNDER 40)

Young Woman Trustees make a $5,000 commitment, which may be payable over five (5) years. Young Woman Trustees in good standing are those who have paid a minimum of $1,000 per calendar year. At the completion of five (5) years, Young Woman Trustees may renew their membership by making a $5,000 commitment, also payable over five (5) years.

LION OF JUDAH TRUSTEE

Current Lions of Judah make a $5,000 commitment, which may be payable over five (5) years. LOJ Trustees in good standing are those who have paid a minimum of $1,000 per calendar year. At the completion of five (5) years, LOJ Trustees may renew their membership by making a $5,000 commitment, also payable over five (5) years. LOJ Trustees must maintain their LOJ status in order to be considered a LOJ Trustee.

LIFETIME TRUSTEE

Lifetime Trustees make a one-time commitment of $50,000, which may be payable over five (5) years. Lifetime Trustees in good standing are those who have paid $10,000 per calendar year.

MULTI-GENERATIONAL TRUSTEE

Multi-Generational Trustees make a one-time commitment of $100,000, which may be payable over five (5) years. The original member may appoint additional family members to join them as Multi-Generational Trustees. Original Multi-Generational Trustees in good standing are those who have paid $20,000 per calendar year.

JWF TRUSTEES*

Lori Adelson
Arlene Backman
Jane Basch
Terry Breitbord
Karen Dombey
Goldie Dropkin
Wandy Druss
Adrienne Frank
Agnes Gray
Sheryl Greenwald
Laura Gordon
Gladys Hirschman
Bette Hochberger
Marcy Hoffman
Stephanie Houser
Joan Kuriansky
Carol Lasek
Denise Lettau*
Jami Levy**
Audrey Meline
Gina Stelnik
Elissa Mogilefsky

Robbin Newman
Karen Roberts
Susan Samrick
Karen Saster
Stephanie Saunders
Susan Schneider
Hanita Schreiber
Ibby Schulman
Esther Shacket***
Nicole Shacket**
Merryl Shapiro
Gina Shull
Gina Stelnik
Corina Waldman

*Chair
**Past Chair
***Founder
as of September 2020

JWF Grants Awards & Application Information

2021 Grant Co-Chairs:
Sheryl Greenwald & Robbin Newman

 

2020/2021 GRANTS

COVID Emergency Grant - $10,000
Awarded to the Goodman Jewish Family Services (GJFS).  Funds will be distributed to single moms who are clients of GJFS.  These funds will go to rent emergency assistance and other immediate needs such as electric and other bills.  Additionally, GJFS will distribute gift cards to these same moms, $100 per adult and $50 per child as needed.  The distribution of gift cards may be made over a 2-month period.

JWF Scholarship Fund - $20,000
This is a scholarship fund for women, regardless of age, who have been affected by the COVID pandemic and who need to re-train, re-direct their careers and/or return to the workforce.

The Jewish Women’s Foundation Scholarship Fund awards dollars (a minimum of $1.000) to prospective Broward Technical College ("BTC") female students who have been affected by COVID-19. Those awarded scholarships would enter the “Career in a Year” Program(s) and participate in its online platform beginning on August 1st.

Recipe for Success - $5,000
Awarded to Be'er Sova, this program provides culinary training, skill-building and emotional support to help southern Israeli women age 20 – 60 who suffer from nutritional security and unemployment to break free of the cycle of poverty, eventually becoming financially independent and ensuring long-term job retention in the food industry

Tech Training with Guaranteed Jobs for Negev Women - $10,000
Awarded to Eretz-Ir, this is a holistic 4-month comprehensive training program for 20 women age 22 - 35, followed by a 4-month paid internship program that will teach young women to build websites using the WIX platform.  Graduates will be able to work from home, with guaranteed 2-year job placements with TribeStudio and Eretz Ir will continue providing support for program graduates for the first 6 months

Your Voice, Your Choice - $7,500
($5,400 plus a $2,100 match from the Sam Berman Foundation)
Awarded to Goodman Jewish Family Services, this program will consist of workshops to promote safety, security, strength, and self-esteem for teens and young adults.  The workshops include topics such as safe dating, healthy relationship, consent, bullying, identify abuse, speaking up, how to get help and debunking myths about abuse in the Jewish community

Women's Jewish Leadership Fellowship - $5,800
($3,600 plus a $2.200 match from the Sam Berman Foundation)
Awarded to Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, this 10-week theme-based seminar will include the study of rabbinic texts alongside contemporary analogs, learning skills to express and defend themselves, leadership skills, weekly dinners together, and including and Shabbat experiences.  The cohort will have 12-15 participants and include a JLF unpaid intern who will help to create a feeling of sisterhood amongst the group.  

Jewish Women’s Foundations Grants as of Dec 2020: $209,900 

2020

Goodman Jewish Family Services - $7,500

The program Your Voice Your Choice is a series of workshops geared to promote safety, security, strength, and self-esteem for teens and young adults.  The workshops include topics such as safe dating, healthy relationships, and consent, bullying, identifying abuse, speaking up, how to get help, and debunking myths about abuse in the Jewish community.

Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach - $5,800

The program Women’s Jewish Leadership Fellowship is a 10-week theme-based seminar led by the Hillel Rabbi and NSU Engagement Associate with study of rabbinic texts alongside contemporary analogs, learning skills to express and defend themselves, leadership skills, weekly dinners together, and including Hillel JLF interns to enhance the social interactions in and outside of class, and Shabbat experiences together as a cohort.

Be’er Sova - $5,000

The program The Recipe for Success Project provides culinary training, skill-building and emotional support to help southern Israeli women who suffer from nutritional insecurity and unemployment to break free of the cycle of poverty, eventually becoming financially independent and ensuring long-term job retention in the food industry

Eretz-Ir - $10,000

The program Tech Training with Guaranteed Jobs for Negev Women is a holistic 4-month comprehensive training program, followed by a 4-month paid internship program that will teach young women to build websites using the WIX platform.  Graduates will be able to work from home, with guaranteed 2-year job placements with TribeStudio and Eretz Ir will continue providing support for program graduates for the first 6 months

JWF COVID Emergency Grants – This includes a generous match from the Sam Berman Charitable Foundation

$10,000 JWF Emergency Grant

Awarded to the Goodman Jewish Family Services (GJFS).  Funds will be distributed to single moms who are clients of GJFS.  These funds will go to rent emergency assistance and other immediate needs such as electricity and other bills.  Additionally, GJFS will distribute gift cards to these same moms, $100 per adult and $50 per child as needed.  The distribution of gift cards may be made over a 2-month period.

$10,000 JWF Scholarship Fund

This is a scholarship fund for women, regardless of age, who have been affected by the COVID pandemic and who need to re-train, re-direct their careers, and/or return to the workforce.

The Jewish Women’s Foundation Scholarship Fund awards dollars (a minimum of $500) to prospective Broward Technical College ("BTC") female students who have been affected by COVID-19. Those awarded scholarships would enter the “Career in a Year” Program(s) and participate in its online platform beginning on August 1st.

2019 

WOMEN FOR FUTURE LEADERSHIP $5,000

Awarded to WEPOWER in Tel Aviv, Israel, this grant helps to identify and train women to become leaders in their local area, promote change, and take on public roles.  WePower is the only NGO in Israel which proactively focuses on advancing women to top influential positions at the highest decision-making levels in government and in the public arena, thus propelling social change leading to a more equal, civic society.

PROMOTING HEALTHY SEXUALITY WITH GIRLS AT RISK $8,000

Awarded to ORR SHALOM FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH AT RISK in Beit Shemesh, Israel, this grant focuses on the damage caused by sexual abuse and educates the girls towards healthy sexuality.  Orr Shalom is a non-profit organization that rescues Israel’s children who have been removed from their homes by the social welfare services following severe abuse, neglect, and tragedy.  By providing safe loving homes, educational, psychological, and material support, Orr Shalom enables the children in its care to break the cycle of abuse, overcome their past and prepare for life as independent adults. 

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT FOR THE ACTIVE ADULT $11,000

($5,000 plus a $5,000 match from the Sam Berman Foundation and a $1,000 from an anonymous donor)

Awarded to the DAVID POSNACK JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER in Broward County, this grant focuses on personal safety, including cyber theft and scams, financial stability and planning, and mental and physical wellbeing for women.  The mission of the DPJCC is to enrich lives by connecting people through cultural, educational, social, recreational, and wellness programs in an environment of fun, friendship, and unity.

2018

Production of Movies for Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshops for Young Adults and to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace - $8,000

Awarded to Tahel – Crisis Center for Religious Women and Children, this grant will go to help produce 2 films to prevent sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace.  The films will be used in workshops and a digital campaign and will be available on USB so they can be discreetly distributed.  Most noteworthy, the films are suitable to the sensitivities of the ultra-Orthodox community.

Women's Mentorship Initiative - $8,000

Awarded to Southern NCSY, this program pairs teenage women in the 9th – 12th grades with successful, accomplished women who have made an impact in their community.  During the yearlong program, the mentors will show and teach the teenage cohort that it is possible to be strong influential women in today's world who can be heard and affect change to make their communities a better place.

Change the Culture $20,000

($5,000 plus an additional $15,000 from a partnership with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, JWF of South Palm Beach, and JWF of the Greater Palm Beaches)

Awarded to Jewish Women's International JWI, this multifaceted program for Jewish college students tackles the epidemic of campus sexual assault with the goal of changing attitudes, supporting survivors, empowering women, and engaging men as allies   JWI will partner with the University of Miami Hillel and Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach on their NSU and FAU campuses.  The program will include training for peer leaders and professional staff, film screenings and discussion, a Shabbat dinner program, workshops, and a public awareness campaign.

2017

Wellness and Retreat for Mom's Raising Children with Special Needs - $15,000

$12,000 plus a $3,000 match from the Sam Berman Foundation

Awarded to JAFCO, the Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Organization, this grant supports and empowers Jewish mothers of children with developmental disabilities through weekly support groups, monthly parent education services, social activities, a special wellness retreat, all geared to support women in making positive change for themselves, their children their families and the community as a whole.

Generating Occupational Horizons for Girls at Risk - From Risk to Resilience $8,000

Awarded to Israel Sci-Tech School in Israel, this grant is geared to girls ages 14-19 who come from high-risk situations, including poverty, domestic abuse & violence. This program will address body image, couples and family communication skills, eating disorders, healthy lifestyle through low-cost healthy nutrition, sports, leadership skills, technological and computer training, and much more.

2016

Alma Derech Eretz - $30,000

($10,000 plus a $20,000 double match from the Jewish Community Foundation)

Awarded to Alma Derech Eretz, this grant enabled young Jewish women from disadvantaged backgrounds in Israel to experience the personal growth and preparation that will pave the way for meaningful army service and is key to lifetime success in Israeli society.

2012 – 2015

Money Management for Moms - $20,000

Awarded to JAFCO and the Soref JCC, this grant provided for series of workshops to women and girls dealing with basic economic literacy including topics such as budgeting, credit, legal documents, mortgages, and savings.

Alma Derech Eretz - $15,000

($5,000 plus a $10,000 double match from the Jewish Community Foundation)

Awarded to Alma Derech Eretz, this grant enabled young Jewish women from disadvantaged backgrounds in Israel to experience the personal growth and preparation that will pave the way for meaningful army service and is key to lifetime success in Israeli society.

Just Us Girls - $3,600

Awarded to Chai Lifeline, this grant provided for a series of workshops to help mothers and daughters who are grappling with a critically ill child or sibling.

Bringing Women to the Fore - $10,000

($5,000 plus a $5,000 match from the Jewish Community Foundation)

In partnership with 17 other Jewish Women's funds, awarded a two-year grant to Itach-Makki, the lead agency of feminist organizations that combat against discrimination of women in Israel. This grant provided for services that addressed women's exclusion and discrimination in wages, employment, education, and public resources.

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Denise Lettau Photo

Denise A. Lettau, Esq., Co-Chair

Ms. Lettau joined National Care Advisors in October 2020.  She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University and subsequently a juris doctorate from Seattle University. After graduation, Ms. Lettau worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of International Law in Kiel, Germany and later after the fall of the Berlin Wall, she worked as a Senior Lecturer at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Upon her return to the United States, Ms. Lettau practiced law before entering the banking industry. Her banking career has been entirely focused on servicing the disabled and/or elderly. She worked for an eight- year stint at SunTrust Bank as a trust advisor in the Special Needs Trust department followed by nearly five years at Wells Fargo as a Senior Advisory Specialist in the area of Life Management Services which catered to the needs and concerns of older clientele. From 2018 – 2020, Ms. Lettau served as Vice President of Advancement at Secured Futures.

Ms. Lettau is a board member of both the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Broward County. Denise is currently serving as the co-chair for the Strategic Impact Teams for the Jewish Federation. She also currently serves as the Chair for the Jewish Women’s Foundation and is also a Lion of Judah. Denise has served a number of roles within the Jewish Federation as a lay leader. She is the founder of the Hearts of Gold Society, a women’s circle to support the goals of Ann Storck Center in Fort Lauderdale. The Ann Storck Center provides education, daycare and residential housing for individuals with special needs.

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Esther Shacket

Esther Shacket was born in Poland and raised in Israel, where she served in the IDF before immigrating to the US in 1974. As a child of Holocaust survivors, it guided and shaped the direction she would take in life. After arriving in the US, she met her husband Roger. Together with their two children, Kevin and Nicole, they have built a life of philanthropy. Since 1978 Esther has been involved in the Broward Jewish Community and held a multitude of positions at many Jewish organizations, including her role as B’nai Brith Women’s Regional Chair of 11 States (D.C. - Florida), and Past National Board member of Jewish Women International. She is a founding member of the KOLOT coalition at Jewish Family Services of Broward County,

Continuing her endeavors, she began her involvement with the Jewish Federation of Broward County in the early 2000s with Women’s Division and served as N. Area Campaign Chair.  She chaired the Israel and Overseas committee where she flourished as the 1st Steering Committee Chair of the Broward / Nesher, Israel Partnership. In 2007, Esther & Roger Shacket founded the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Broward County, where she formed a group of philanthropic women who are committed to transforming the lives of Jewish women and girls and fostering life-long social change, one woman at a time.

Expanding her involvement, she has held positions such as Broward Jewish Women’s Division Nominating Committee Chair, Jewish Community Foundation of Broward Governance Chair, Broward Jewish Federation Missions Chair, Broward Jewish Federation Major Gifts Chair, and from 2017 - 2019, she held the position of Board Chair of the Jewish Community Foundation of Broward.

Today, she sits on the Israel & Overseas Impact Team, is the Life & Legacy Chair, Vice Board Chair for the Jewish Federation of Broward County, and is a Board Member for Women’s Philanthropy.

Outside of her tumultuous philanthropic endeavors, she owns R.N.S. Associates, Property Development & Management Company and is a Certified Florida Supreme Court, Appointed, Family, Mediator. She is the proud recipient of the Jewish Federation WD Lisa Shulman Leadership Award, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Mother of the Year Award, Jewish Family Services Women of Valor Award, Soref  JCC Alvin Gross Community Service Award,  Jewish Federation Dedicated Leadership Award, and Jewish Community Foundation Outstanding Leadership Award.

Karen Zemel

Karen Zemel Director, Jewish Women's Foundation & Horizons Young Leadership Program

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