Apr 19, 2017

Women of Intention Install 2017-18 Officers and Celebrate Year

Filled with caring, support and inspiration, dedicated local women philanthropists from across the local Jewish community came together on April 4, 2017 for the annual installation of the Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Led by Women’s Philanthropy Board Member Jeanne Fibus, the brunch program in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus was also a celebration of their 2016-17 season.

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“We are an exceptional community filled with women who share not only interests and concerns, but also a sense that we all have an obligation to help others and strengthen Jewish life everywhere, “said Fibus in her warm welcome. Fibus also lauded Wells Fargo Private Bank, the generous sponsor of the Dorothy P. Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy, and Ivan & Co. Fine Jewelry, the Lion of Judah program In-Kind Sponsor. Barry Goldberg of Wells Fargo was on hand to receive an award.

Anne Jacobson, current Federation Board Chair and a past chair of Women’s Philanthropy, and Matthew C. Levin, President & CEO, expressed their pride and gratitude for all the women have accomplished on behalf of the community and the Jewish people. Looking at the year ahead, Jacobson said, “You all demonstrate leadership in so many ways. I look out at you and feel confident that this community is in good hands. You all inspire me, and I know that we will go together from strength to strength, paving the way for tomorrow.”

Jill Rose, currently Women’s Philanthropy Vice Chair, Campaign, received special recognition as this year’s recipient of the Dorothy Seaman Leadership Award. On presenting the award, Debra Halperin, a past Women’s Philanthropy Chair, explained that it is bestowed annually to a Women’s Philanthropy board member who, “motivated by her desire to make our world a better place through tikkun olam…repairing the world, inspires us to strive for the highest level of tzedakah.” Rose’s dedicated service has included an array of key leadership roles in the local community as well as in Chicago.

April Leavy, current Women’s Philanthropy Chair, who, at her own installation a year ago, had asked the group to all be “Women of Intention,” looked back at their many accomplishments of the year past, along with a spirited multimedia review.

Together, the women celebrated their year’s many achievements, including having raised $7,233,010.59 for the 2016-17 Annual Campaign, from 2,592 donors. Since the last Lion of Judah luncheon, 65 new Lions have joined, expanding what is already one of the largest prides in the country – as well as 38 new Pomegranates. Adding six new LOJEs, this community continues to lead the nation in Lion of Judah Endowments. Their many learning opportunities have included a board retreat, events with powerful, insightful speakers and the Chapter Two leadership development program. The women also participated in social action projects throughout the community.

The group was further inspired by special guest speaker, Sherri Mandell, a noted author and Director of the Koby Mandell Foundation: Mother’s Healing Retreats for Bereaved Mothers and Widows.

Judi Schuman, Immediate Past Chair, installed the 2017-18 Women’s Philanthropy officers. “I know that this group of women, led by April Leavy, will meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” she said. “I wish you wisdom in your deliberations, passion as you stand for your beliefs, and a bit of humor as you face whatever the future holds in store.”

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Congratulations to the 2017-18 Women’s Philanthropy Officers:

  • April Leavy, Chair, Women’s Philanthropy
  • Jill Rose, Vice Chair, Campaign
  • Karen Dern, Vice Chair, Leadership Development
  • Elaine Roberts, Vice Chair, Lion Of Judah
  • Nancy Gefen, Vice Chair, Pomegranate
  • Joan Hauser, Vice Chair, Pomegranate
  • Dale Filhaber, Vice Chair, Planned Giving and Endowments
  • Marcia Beckerman, Vice Chair, Education
  • Helen Heiman, Vice Chair, Social Action
  • Susan Rahn, Vice Chair, Social Action
  • Helene Paul, Secretary
  • Jeanne Fibus, Officer at Large
  • Gail Greenspoon, Officer at Large
  • Eydie Holz, Officer at Large
  • Wendy Schlesinger, Officer at Large
  • Janet Sahr, Officer at Large
  • Judi Schuman, Immediate Past Chair