A delegation of 21 members of Federation's Lions of Judah, a division of Women's Philanthropy, traveled to Israel last month for three days of travel and togetherness prior to their participation in the International Lion of Judah Conference in Tel Aviv. The women, each of whom make a minimum gift of $5,000 to Federation's annual campaign, spent two days in the Galilee, with visits to Rosh Pina and Safed.
Then on to Haifa, where they were among the very first to see the Cis Golder Garden at Orr Shalom House, an organization that serves children who cannot live with their families. The garden honors the memory of Golder, who was an active member of the boards of Women's Philanthropy, the Federation Endowments Corporation and the Federation Board of Trustees until her death in May 2006 from breast cancer.
Before meeting up with the international conference, the delegation of women -- several of whom were accompanied by their parents -- spent a day in Jerusalem, exploring ancient archeological sites in the Old City's Jewish Quarter.
Philadelphia's own Gail Norry, co-chair of Federation's Center for Jewish Life and Learning, served as co-chair of the International Lion of Judah Conference along with Renee Chelm of Cleveland and Evelyne Douek of Israel.
One thousand women from all over the world explored the powerful role of philanthropic women in the Jewish federation movement. The women met with high-level political and spiritual leaders, made agency site visits, enjoyed home hospitality with their Israeli counterparts and attended a Havdalah program honoring Kipnis-Wilson/ Friedland Award recipient Beth Reisboard.
To learn more about being a Lion of Judah, call Marni Grinberg at 215-832-0859 or firstname.lastname@example.org .