Women IN Philanthropy

Jennifer Cohen
Message from Jennifer Cohen, Women IN Philanthropy Chair
Welcome to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Women IN Philanthropy – where Jewish women who are INvolved, INspired, and INclusive connect and make a difference. Our mission is to bring engaged women with shared values together to leverage our collective power and strengthen our community.
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Women IN Philanthropy Mission

We are committed to creating diverse strategies, programs, and opportunities to inspire and engage increasing numbers of women across their life cycles as leaders, donors and volunteers. We empower women to be community leaders and strengthen the Cleveland Jewish community.

Coaching Circles

Coaching Circles are small groups of individuals focused on exploring, reinforcing, and sustaining progress on a selected topic as it relates to leadership skills for professional and lay leader roles. Groups might explore communication styles, personality types, or self-care.

Four to six participants, including a Mentor

Six month timeframe, meeting at least once per month

Complete confidentiality of all discussions

Contact Rebecca Sattin to learn more about joining the next cohort.

“Women in top leadership roles are directly tied to our success as an organization.”

—Reneé Chelm, Past Board Chair

Mazel tov to Heather Schlang for receiving the 2022 Irene Zehman Volunteer Award for her outstanding volunteer efforts with Share What You Wear through NCJW Cleveland.

Established in 1980 by Irene Zehman's daughters, the award is presented by the Federation's Women's Philanthropy to recognize outstanding volunteer leadership in the community.

Empowering Women

Your gift is your voice. Every gift matters.

A gift in your own name means that you will:

Connect to the Jewish community in a personal, powerful way

Become a role model to thousands of other women

Inspire the next generation to stand up and be counted

Beth Wain Brandon

“When there is a need to lobby for human rights, fight against hunger, educate our children, and make the world a better place, my gift matters because together we are heard loud and strong.”

—Beth Wain Brandon, Women IN Philanthropy Past Chair


When we work together to make a difference in people’s lives, even one dollar a day can do so much.

With just $1 a day, you can provide:


of homecare for adults with disabilities


of job counseling for the unemployed


for homebound senior


for a community preschool program


packages for an elderly adult in the former Soviet Union

Making a Leadership Gift

Become the change you want to see in your community. Leadership giving is a way to make a significant impact on our local and global Jewish world. With just one gift, you are helping tens of thousands, locally and globally.


Pomegranate Society

The pomegranate is one of the seven fruits named in the Bible, said to contain 613 seeds – one for each of the commandments (mitzvot) found in the Torah. This ancient symbol is one of the oldest found in Jewish art and ritual. It has been carved in the entranceways of the earliest synagogues, woven into fabrics, and hammered into silver and gold. The intricate covers for the handles of the Torah scrolls are called pomegranates (rimonim). All women donors who commit an individual gift of $1,800 - $4,999 to the annual Campaign for Jewish Needs are part of the Pomegranate Society.

Lion of Judah

Lion of Judah Society

Created in 1972, the Lion of Judah Society is an international symbol of a woman’s commitment to the global Jewish community. Women donors who commit an individual gift of $5,000 or more to the annual Campaign for Jewish Needs proudly wear a Lion pin, which represents the strength, honor, and dedication of the Tribe of Judah, one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Being part of the Lion of Judah Society is a declaration of your personal commitment to honor traditional Jewish values of justice (tzedek) and acts of loving kindness (gemilut hesed).
Lion of Judah Endowment

Forever starts today. When you create a Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE), you enable future generations to benefit from your values, interests, foresight and generosity by making a charitable commitment of at least $125,000 in your name. This endowment fund will provide annual support to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Campaign for Jewish Needs forever. You also become a member of Federation’s Legacy Society, which honors those who create a gift that will last for generations and are invited to sign the Endowment Book of Life. For more information about Lion of Judah Endowment funds, please contact Lisa Hacker, Director, Women’s Philanthropy / Assistant Managing Director of Development, Planned Giving and Endowments at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, 216-593-2792 or lhacker@jcfcleve.org. All inquiries are confidential.

Building Community

We are diverse women with a shared common bond. Our values guide us. Our passion for Jewish life and culture connect us. Together, we are exploring new interests and ideas on topics that matter to us. We are discussing key issues facing women and the world today. We are having powerful conversations with other Jewish women, who live down the street, across the country, and around the globe. We are networking, we are learning, we are connecting; and together, we are making a difference in the lives of people everywhere.

Sally Wertheim

“Very strong people ask for help when they need it because none of us can do it alone.”

—Sally Wertheim, Past Board Chair

Making Connections

Each year, women’s engagement grows. Focused outreach efforts have resulted in an array of activities and events designed by women, for women. From mission trips to hands-on volunteer projects, our community’s women are inspiring others to take action.

A few great moments captured

Meet our Women’s Philanthropy Staff

Jessie Bruder

Contact Jessie Bruder, Director, Women IN Philanthropy

216-593-2869 jbruder@jewishcleveland.org

Contact Rebecca Sattin, Associate, Women IN Philanthropy

216-593-2873 rsattin@jewishcleveland.org