Women's Philanthropy

Welcome from Sarah Wise, our Women's Philanthropy Chair


One of the best parts of my role as chair of Women’s Philanthropy is working with some amazing women. I had the pleasure of working with Rini Levy last year and found her passion for the Jewish Community to be contagious. This year, I’m so excited by the fresh new ideas my two vice chairs, Suzi Brant and Judi Roth, are bringing to the table.


David and I have always given to Federation, but I first got involved with Women’s Philanthropy when I stopped working, my kids were at Yavneh, and I had time to volunteer. I enjoy being a part of a community of like-minded women.  Now I see myself as an ambassador to help educate the community about the many programs Federation does. And we have some great things planned for the year ahead!


Social action is my thing. I’m hands-on—I like spearheading projects that benefit the community, doing something with my peers and feeling good about it. Doing simple things in the community can have a big impact. So, Women’s Philanthropy has decided to offer a series of mini-mitzvahs this year to provide more hands-on opportunities to help others. Watch for the “Give Together” emails if you like to get things done. 


If you are more interested in spending social time with other strong, Jewish women, look for the “Be Together” emails listing opportunities that help support the many programs offered by our partner agencies throughout the year—like the JCC’s Jewish and Israeli Film Festival and Israel at 70 events.


Women’s Philanthropy events are opportunities for ALL women in our community, regardless of giving level, to come together and do good on behalf of Jewish Federation to strengthen our community. Contact us and get involved today!  


—Sarah Wise, Chair, Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federation Cincinnati

Some of the more fortunate in our community are proud to contribute $5,000 or more in their own name. This qualifies them to be recognized nationally as Lions of Judah. For more information on the added benefits of being a Lion of Judah, see below.

  • Lion of Judah

    The Lion of Judah is a symbol of today’s Jewish woman’s strength, a symbol of her caring about the organized Jewish world and a symbol of her financial commitment of at least $5,000 to the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign.

Watch video: The Power of Women

Be inspired. Watch the Jewish Federation of North America's Women's Philanthropy video.

Participate in hands-on mitzvah opportunities with like-minded women. Click here to view events. 

Have fun together all while supporting some great community events. Click here to view events. 

Jennifer Zelkind
Women's Philanthropy Director