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!

LEAD

Federation inspires and empowers women to become leaders and decision-makers. We offer many ways to lead:

  • Our Women’s Philanthropy Board is composed of a diverse group of devoted leaders who have committed their time and energy to advancing our mission and purpose
  • 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 
  • Various leadership training and development opportunities

LEARN & ENGAGE

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

 

  • Attend a Women’s Philanthropy event (visit the community calendar for upcoming programs) 
  • Participate in the Women’s Philanthropy Learning Series (minimum giving level of $1,000+ to the annual campaign)

VOLUNTEER:

Hand-on philanthropy allows us to mobilize and make an impact:

  • Empower low-income women and girls through The Dignity Project by donating personal care items (pads, tampons, liners, shampoo, soap detergent etc) to be distributed through local community agencies
  • Volunteer at Federation supported community agencies (add link to volunteer opportunities) 
  • Participate in Impact Journeys, food drives, celebrations and more (visit community calendar for up to date events) 

Giving Levels

Lion

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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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.

Sheri Fiske Schultz
Chair, Women's Executive Circle

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 $205,900 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*

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
Karen Zemel

*Chair
**Past Chair
***Founding Trustee
as of May 2020

JWF Grants Awards & Application Information

2020 Grant Co-Chairs:
Sheryl Greenwald & Robbin Newman

2021 Letters of Intent will be available in January, 2021. 

GRANTS AWARDED - $208,900

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.  

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Karen Zemel

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