Call 407-645-5933 ext 236 to find out more about the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Women's Philanthropy division. You can also click above to email Federation Office Manager Marisa West.
The Federation's Women’s Philanthropy division provides support for the Jewish community locally and abroad by developing leadership and raising awareness about the needs in the Jewish community through our three pillars: philanthropy, outreach and education.
Being a part of Women’s Philanthropy is an affirmation of our connection to our families, our community and Jewish people everywhere. Every woman can make a difference!
Recent Women's Philanthropy Events
On behalf of the Federation, we express our sincere gratitude for your gifts, which will benefit Jews here in our community and around the world!
Leigh Norber and Heidi Zissman
Choices 2017 Co-chairs
In early January, 30 of the Greater Orlando Jewish community's most charitable and caring ladies gathered at a private home to celebrate Women's Philanthropy and the magnificent sisterhood of the Lions of Judah. These generous women are changing lives here at home, in Israel and around the world. More than $85,000 was raised at the event for Federation's 2017 Annual Campaign!
Women's philanthropy represents 57 percent or Federation's annual giving, and of that amount, the Lions of Judah contribute a lion's share, 67 percent. That's the power of Women's Philanthropy!
In 2016, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando inaugurated a new sisterhood for women’s philanthropy in Central Florida: the Pomegranate Society.
Federation President Rhonda Forest spearheaded the effort to create a Pomegranate Society in Orlando. Volunteers Lauren Bloom and Ronni Mendelsohn co-chaired the initiative and recruited the inaugural “Pomegranates,” culminating in the launch reception held March 15, 2016.
During the reception, new members of the Pomegranate Society were honored in a Pinning Ceremony.
The Women’s Philanthropy division offers you several options to be our partner in serving fellow Jews. By performing mitzvahs (acts of kindness), we can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Join one of our Women’s Philanthropy Mitzvah Societies and be part of a growing, influential movement of caring individuals who are touching lives every day of the year.
Mitzvah a Week Society ($52)
Every Monday morning wake up fulfilled knowing that you are contributing weekly to building a stronger Jewish community.
Mitzvah a Day Society ($365)
Start your day, every day, knowing that the needs of your fellow Jews are being met, thanks to your generosity.
Pomegranate Society ($1,800)
The pomegranate is one of the oldest symbols found in Jewish art and ritual. The Pomegranate Pin is a symbol of your commitment to honor the mitzvot of Tzedakah and Gemilut Chassadim (acts of righteousness and acts of loving kindness). Women who donate $1,800-$4,999 qualify for the Pomegranate Society. You will receive a beautiful Pomegranate Pin, which is designed to be worn for 10 years. Each year that you increase your gift, you qualify for an additional "seed" (ruby) for your pin.
Lion of Judah ($5,000+)
The Lion of Judah is a symbol of a Jewish woman’s strength and of her concern for the Jewish world. It proudly displays her financial commitment to Federation’s Annual Campaign. Join 17,000 women around North America who wear their Lion of Judah Pins with great honor. The Lion of Judah Division was created in 1972 in Miami and brought to Orlando by our very own Harriett Lake. Find out more!
National Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federations of North America is dedicated to the continuity, connectivity and thriving future of our North American communities, Israel and the Jewish people. We believe that the future well-being of the global Jewish community is inextricably linked to the power of women's philanthropy, the fastest-growing phenomenon in fundraising today. We represent hundreds of thousands of donors around the world; almost 17,000 Lions of Judah; more than 3,500 Lion of Judah Endowments - all of which comprise an annual campaign of over $160 million a year, and pledged endowed assets in excess of $550 million.