Ann Spain, 67, Proud ‘Lion of Judah’


Ann Spain, a longtime Jewish communal leader, died June 21 after a long illness. She was 67.

Spain was a member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Women's Philanthropy affinity group for many years and was a member of Lion of Judah, a campaign division for women who generously support Federation's annual campaign.


She created a Lion of Judah Endowment to ensure that her support of Federation will continue after her death.

Because of her volunteer commitment to Women's Philanthropy, Spain was selected as the group's 2012 Kipnis-Wilson Freidland Award winner and will be honored posthumously at the International Lion of Judah Conference in New York City this summer.

She will also be recognized posthumously at the local Lion of Judah luncheon on Oct. 17.

Spain had a long family history of involvement with the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life in Horsham, Pa. She was a lifetime member of the center's Auxiliary and was a dedicated volunteer, often found visiting with the residents or working in the gift shop.

She and her husband, Murray, were named Distinguished Honorees of the center at the 2003 Association of Fundraising Professionals luncheon and were recipients of the Family Award at the Abramson Center's 2009 Rainbow Ball.

She was an active member of Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen.

In addition to her husband, Spain is survived by daughter Laura Spain; sons Peter Spain and Craig Spain; and two grandchildren.



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