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Women of Vision Celebrate a Milestone Anniversary

June 1, 2011
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L'dor Va'Dor, the Jewish tradition of each generation taking responsibility for the health and prosperity of our Jewish community, is deeply ingrained within the Wasserman/Wenitsky families. Enjoying the luncheon are (from left) Bobbi Wasserman; Dorothy Wasserman, a Women of Vision founding member; Phyllis Wenitsky; and Marcia Wasserman.

Members of Women of Vision, the Jewish Women's Foundation of Greater Philadelphia, honored their 100 founders and the current and future leadership who will continue their legacy during a special luncheon celebration at the Rittenhouse Hotel. The May 16 program marked the 16th anniversary of this generous group of 396 women who are committed to inspiring philanthropy to benefit the lives of Jewish women and girls.

Throughout its history, Women of Vision, a part of the Federation Endowments Corporation, has made grants totaling more than $400,000 to innovative, effective programs and projects benefitting more than 1,000 women and girls locally and in Israel.

Keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman, department chair of the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University. Fishman, who also serves as co-director of the Hadassah-Brandeis University, is the author of numerous articles and books on Jewish family and cultural themes. Her luncheon address focused on the changing depiction of Jewish women in film, television and popular culture through the past century.

Gladys Bernstein and Annabelle Fishman served as honorary chairs for the Women of Vision anniversary celebration. Other program participants were Women of Vision Chair Renée G. Sackey; Immediate Past Chair Donna Cooper Feinberg; Foundation Founder and Chair Emerita Sally Cooper Bleznak; and Federation President Leonard Barrack.

This event was underwritten in part by Blank Rome LLP. Women of Vision leadership is grateful for the support of Evantine Design, The Papery of Philadelphia and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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