Just for WomenMeet Danielle Wild, Women's Philanthropy Chair! I remember getting my first phone call from Federation asking for a gift to the annual Campaign for Jewish Needs. I was in high school and remember thinking “Why are they asking ME?” I told my parents about the call, expecting them to wonder, like me, why they would be calling a high school student. Instead, they told me “Anytime that Federation calls you, you have to give whatever you can.” The next time they called, they had my pledge. Read More. | Get our e-news by signing up here
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Women’s 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.
Pathways to Leadership is an initiative that removes barriers for women and supports their leadership aspirations, to benefit the community as a whole.
of the donor base
of the Board of Trustees
of standing committee chair positions
of standing committee members
“Women in top leadership roles are directly tied to our success as an organization.”
—Reneé Chelm, Past Board Chair & Women’s Philanthropy Activist
Gayle Horwitz, 2017 Irene Zehman Volunteer Award Winner
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.
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
“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’s Philanthropy Activist & 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
25 NEW TOYS
for a community preschool program
food 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.
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 SocietyCreated 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
Did you know that you can perpetuate a gift to the annual Campaign by establishing a Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) fund in your name at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland?
According to current Federation guidelines, if you establish this fund at 20 times your annual Campaign gift, the annual spendable portion of the fund is used to make a grant to the Campaign for Jewish Needs in your name every year after you are gone. For example, you can perpetuate an annual gift of $1,000 with a $20,000 endowment. You can create this FOREVER endowment now or through your estate plan. If established through your estate plan, there is no cost to you during your lifetime. Your legacy to the community can go on forever.
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.
“Very strong people ask for help when they need it because none of us can do it alone.”
—Sally Wertheim, Women’s Philanthropy Activist & Past Board Chair
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.