Women's Divisions


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. 


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!


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


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)


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 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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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.

Leadership Series

In Progress

Our Leadership

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

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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.

WP Newsletter – Jan 2021

By Orly Mayer | January 4, 2021

The Women’s Event | January 14, 2021 | 12:00 pmLion of Judah virtual conference | January 24-25, 2021 A LOOK BACK: Our Jewish Women’s Learning Series discussion for December was that of compassion. What is compassion, what can we learn from compassion and how can we become more compassionate?  We learned that the middah of…

WP Newsletter – Dec 2020

By Orly Mayer | November 30, 2020

Major Gifts & Legacy Society: GOOD MORNING JEWISH BROWARD December 6, 2020 | 10:15 am Chanukkah party at Daniel Cantor Senior Center December 11, 2020 | 10:45 am The Women’s Event | January 14, 2021 | 12:00 pm A NOTE FROM ROSITA:DID YOU KNOW… A LOOK BACK: In November we gave thanks for the many…

WP Newsletter – Nov 2020

By Orly Mayer | October 28, 2020

Women’s Philanthropy Board Meeting | November 5, 2020 | 8:30 am  March of the Living global interfaith initiative to commemorate Kristallnacht: #LetThereBeLight | November 9, 2020 | All Day  A Post Election Analysis with Ed Miller, AIPAC National Deputy Political Director | November 12, 2020 | 7:00pm  Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Series Class of 2020 Graduation…

WP Newsletter – Oct 2020

By Orly Mayer | September 28, 2020

A Note from Rosita:Did you know… Our Federation cares deeply about world Jewry, and is focused on sustaining Jewish life EVERYWHERE through our partnership with The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world leading Jewish humanitarian Organization. For over a century, JDC’s mission has been saving Jewish lives and building Jewish life in over…


Andie Temkin Gerszuny, MBA Director, Women's Philanthropy

Julie Flansbaum

Julie Flansbaum Women's Philanthropy Associate


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  

My Philanthropic Passion is Tikun Olam.

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  

My Philanthropic Passion  is supporting children and the elderly

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  

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

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

My Philanthropic Passion is Jewish Continuity.

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

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

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

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

Reading, traveling, cooking.

Ellen Fischer

Ellen Fischer


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

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

Walking, hiking, biking, kayaking, jewelry making, weaving

Gail Fisher

Gail Fisher, P.L.


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

My Philanthropic Passion are Justice and Fairness


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

My Philanthropic Passion are Adults with disabilities; at risk seniors

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  

My Philanthropic Passion are people and animals in need

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

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

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  

My Philanthropic Passion are women, children and Israel

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

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.

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

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

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

My Philanthropic Passion Jewish Federation of Broward County

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

My Philanthropic Passion are women and girls

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 

My Philanthropic Passion are helping women and children

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  

My Philanthropic Passion are women, children and Israel

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

My Philanthropic Passion are helping children and the elderly

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

My Philanthropic Passion are Judaism, Israel and health.

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  

My Philanthropic Passion are supporting women and children

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  

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)

Orchids, butterfly gardens and spending time with my family

Denise Lettau

Denise Lettau


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

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

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 

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

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  

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eris Sandler

Eris Sandler

Market Executive

3250 W Stonebrook Circle
Davie, FL 33330
Phone: (954) 290 -7631

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

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

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

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 

My Philanthropic Passion are the elderly and women in need.

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  

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  

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  

My Philanthropic Passion are Jewish education, Israel and Jewish life

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

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

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  

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

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  

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

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


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


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 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.


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 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 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.


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

**Past Chair
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.  

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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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Dignity Project has collected and delivered over 55,000 feminine hygiene products to girls and women in need.


Women’s Executive Circle – Happy Hour

February 1 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for Happy Hour to connect and socialize with the women of the WEC   WEC Co-Chairs Jacqueline Gillman & Susan Weisman Event Organizer: ageysman@jewishbroward.org 954-252-6945 Location: Event Cost:

JWF_The Expert Series

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

JWF is proud to present the next program in The Expert Series, JEWELS. Join us as we highlight 5 of JWF Trustees who are our JEWELS – Jewish Entrepreneurial Women Executives and Leaders. Each will share about their professional and philanthropy work and give us opportunities to learn together.   Lori Adelson Certified Mediator and…