Women philanthropists are the change-makers and community-shapers of the world. We are sisters and daughters, mothers and friends, compassionate and committed women at every stage of life and career.
Inspired and guided by our tradition of tzedakah (righteousness/charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), the Jewish Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy is dedicated to the continuity, connectivity and thriving future of our Charlotte Jewish community, Israel and the Jewish people.
Women’s Philanthropy is about more than just the Annual Campaign. It’s 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 and fostering a commitment to philanthropy. It’s about having an impact.
A gift in any amount to Women’s Philanthropy helps change lives around the world, so we encourage you to give a gift you feel comfortable with. Many women choose to give at the following levels:
The Lion of Judah is a symbol of a Jewish woman’s strength, of her dedication to the Jewish world, and of her financial commitment of a minimum annual gift of $5,000 to the Federation’s Campaign.
The Lion of Judah pin, worn with pride by thousands of women world-wide, is one of the most recognized and distinguished symbols of shared commitment to the strength and vitality of the Jewish people.
According to the Midrash, each pomegranate contains 613 seeds, one for each of the commandments found in the Torah, and was therefore chosen as a symbol for Jewish life and commitment. The Pomegranate Society recognizes a woman's gift of $1,800 or more to the Annual Campaign.
Pearl Society members are women who celebrate their commitment to philanthropy and our community by making a gift of $180 or more to the Federation’s Annual Campaign. Pearl Society members are recognized with a unique pearl necklace. As a woman’s gift grows, her commitment can be distinguished with the addition of colored pearl charms.
Women's Philanthropy Leadership
Dale Polsky, Women's Philanthropy Chair
Meredith Baumstein & Sara Kulbersh, Lion of Judah Co-Chairs
Melanie Brown & Debra Van Glish, Pomegranate Society Co-Chairs
Staci Mond & Liz Ren, Pearl Society Co-Chairs
Women's Philanthropy Planning Committee
Jill Halverstam, Lisa Strause Levinson, Debbie Porter, & Marisa Zeibert