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Inspiring Philanthropy From Generation to Generation

October 16, 2013
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Stellar leadership makes for a successful event. Event Co-Chairs (from left) are Bryna Berman and Tracy Gordon; speaker Amy Hirshberg Lederman; Women’s Phil­anthropy President Susan G. Schwartz; and Women’s Campaign Chair Jodi Miller. Photos by Jordan Cassway

More than 120 of our Greater Philadelphia Jewish community’s most philanthropic women gathered at the famed Downtown Club in Old City recently for the annual Lion of Judah luncheon. The event, which honors women who contributed a minimum gift of $5,000 to the 2014 Jewish Community Fund, is sponsored by the Women’s Philanthropy affinity of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Bryna Berman and Tracy Gordon co-chaired the luncheon, which expressed the theme of “L’dor v’dor” — from one generation to another.

Keynote speaker Amy Hirshberg Lederman addressed this theme during her presentation of “My Grandmother’s Candlesticks: Passing the Flame from One Generation to the Next.” Lederman’s personal passion for Jewish continuity led to her decision to leave the profession of law, which she practiced for 14 years, to enter the field of Jewish education.

She currently serves as development associate for the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and teaches courses on Jewish spirituality, ethics, law and literature. Lederman is a nationally syndicated columnist whose work appears in more than a dozen Jewish newspapers and is the author of two books on Jewish themes.

For more information on becoming a Lion of Judah member or upcoming Wom­en’s Philanthropy programs and events, call Marni Davis, Women’s Philanthropy director, at 215-832-0859 or email: mdavis@jfgp.org.

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