Be Part of a Movement to Make Your Mark on our Jewish Community

Women’s Philanthropy is for any community member who identifies as a woman and wants to make a difference in our local and global Jewish community. We are change-makers, caregivers, professionals, stay-at-home moms and empty nesters, mothers and daughters, volunteers.

Why Get Involved with Women’s Philanthropy?

Women make up roughly half of the general population, and locally we raise almost 50 percent of the philanthropic dollars to our Jewish Federation. What kind of a difference do you want to make?

Getting involved with Women’s Philanthropy will allow you to participate in activities designed specifically for you as women in the 21st century, no matter your stage of life. Joined by shared values, we will focus on philanthropy, volunteerism, events and travel experiences that will unite us on our common journey toward a better future.

To learn more, contact Melissa Hudson, Vice President, Women’s Philanthropy, at 561.242.6653 or melissa.hudson@jewishpalmbeach.org.

The Power of Your Donation | How Do You Want to be Remembered? | Our Social Action Initiative | Meet Your Women’s Philanthropy Leadership

The Power of Your Donation

There are so many reasons to consider making a philanthropic commitment of any amount as a woman in your own name. Doing so provides you with your own identity as an investor in our Jewish community. It allows you to stand up and say, “Hineni,” I am here. And it shows your family that you care. 

You have so many options to make a lasting philanthropic impact through Federation: contribute to Federation’s Annual Campaign to strengthen our local and global Jewish communities, target your support to specific Jewish partner organizations, or extend it to Federation’s Impact Areas and programs, including the Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF). As part of Women’s Philanthropy, you can become a JWF Trustee or GEM, advancing causes empowering women and girls.

Click here to learn how you can make your voice heard through Women’s Philanthropy.


How Do You Want to be Remembered?

Lions of Judah are women who make individual gifts of $6,000 or more to Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign. With a minimum gift of $120,000, you can perpetuate your gift and create a Lion of Judah Endowment Fund in your name. The annual spendable portion of the Lion of Judah Endowment Fund is used each year to make a grant to Federation’s Annual Campaign in your name FOREVER.

Did you know that you don’t have to be a Lion of Judah to make a profound difference on our community long into the future?
For more information, please contact Rachel Berg, Executive Director, William A. Meyer Jewish Community Foundation, at 561.242.6612 or rachel.berg@jewishpalmbeach.org.

Click on the photo above to read the inspiring story of Isabel Berg, a Lion of Judah who took an enormous step in solidifying her legacy.

Roll Up Your Sleeves with our Social Action Initiative

Women’s Philanthropy, in partnership with the Dorothy & Sidney Kohl Jewish Volunteer Center, is proud to launch Nourishing Knowledge to address two critical needs in our community – a lack of financial resources to purchase school supplies and food insecurity on the weekends.


Meet Your Women’s Philanthropy Leadership

Executive Committee

Marilyn Comiter
Board Chair

Patti Lehrhoff
Campaign Chair

PATTI LEHRHOFF, Campaign Chair
JILLIAN BENSON, Engagement Vice Chair
SYDELLE B. SONKIN, Jewish Women’s Foundation Chair
DIANE HERZOG, Legacy Vice Chair
HOPE SILVERMAN, Major Gifts Chair
JILL S. BERNSTEIN, Social Action Vice Chair
ISABEL BERG, Member-at-Large
PAMELA COMITER, Member-at-Large
RONDA STARR, Immediate Past Board Chair

Women’s Philanthropy Board

Allie Bar-Or
Renee Bearak
Nancy Beren
Sandra Bornstein
Nina Botel
Joanne Cass
Sheryl Davidoff
Deedee Daumit
Sara Balas Densen
Lisa Zwig Gerstein
Stephanie Gitlin
Barbara Goodman
Penny Greenberger
Beth Haspel
Liz Herman
Mimi Heyman
Judy Javer
Sandy Kant
Francine Katz
Michelle Kleiman
Jodi Kurtis
Caryl Levine
Karen List
Maxine Marks
Anita Naftaly
Sue Panitch
Barbara Peltz
Dayle Rakowsky
Emily Schachtel
Cindy Schlossberg
Dania Schwartz
Jennifer Shapiro
Edie Siegler
Denise Silverman
Lainey Simonson
Emily Singer
Linda Teitelbaum
Amy Terwilleger
Judy Volchick
Beth Wayne

Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Circle

Linda Cortell Benjamin
Cynthia Brown
Amy Jonas
Lynn Kaston
Bente Lyons
Zelda Mason
Carol Roberts
Sandi Rosen
Adele Simon

Have we piqued your interest? Want to know more or talk to someone about how you can get make your own impact with Women’s Philanthropy?

Contact Melissa Hudson, Vice President, Women’s Philanthropy, at 561.242.6653 or melissa.hudson@jewishpalmbeach.org, or fill out the form below and she will reach out to you.