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April 23, 2013
Women of Vision to Explore Gender Issues in Israel
Women of Vision, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Philadelphia, invites members and their guests to learn more about the Foundation’s philanthropic support of programs that enhance the lives of women and girls during a May 22 luncheon program at Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill.
Keynote speaker Miri Eisin, a former colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, will discuss the powerful impact that women have had on Israeli society during the Jewish state’s 65-year history.
Eisin served in the Israeli intelligence community and retired from active duty at the rank of full colonel in 2004. She is one of fewer than 2 percent of women to achieve this status in the military.
During her 20 years of military service, she was the deputy head of the combat intelligence corps, the assistant to the director of military intelligence and was the intelligence officer in combat units and research departments.
She was appointed as the Israeli government’s media spokesman during the second Lebanon War and then took the position of the Israeli Prime Minister’s international media adviser. She served in that position until December 2007, including during the challenging effort of the Annapolis conference.
Eisin lectures around the world on a variety of subjects, including the Israeli- Arab conflict; Israeli decision-making; women in Israeli society and the Israeli intelligence community.
Women of Vision was started in 1994 by a group of 100 Philadelphia women who combined their philanthropic resources to focus on critical issues affecting women and girls that are often ignored or significantly underfunded in the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community.
These women believed that together, with their collective power, they could effect positive change. This initiative was one of the first of its kind in the nation.
Today, Women of Vision is a permanent Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. It brings women together to promote hands-on change for Jewish women and girls in the Greater Philadelphia region and in Israel.
The Jewish Women’s Foundation makes annual grants to innovative and effective programs and projects that transform women’s lives — projects that provide hope, inspiration, motivation, healing and self-sufficiency for Jewish women and girls in Greater Philadelphia and in Israel.
Phyllis Finkelstein and Marian Fisher are co-chairs for the luncheon. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
For more information about Women of Vision or the luncheon, call Susan Lundy, at 215-832-0849 or email: [email protected].