May 31, 2012

Women's Philanthropy Welcomes New Leaders & Honors Their Outstanding

South Palm Beach County Sends Largest Delegation from Outside NYC Area

United by their shared Jewish values of philanthropy and Tikkun Olam, fifty caring, generous women gathered in Zinman Hall on Federation campus recently for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Women's Philanthropy Installation Celebration. Together, they celebrated the year just past, rededicated themselves to the future, welcomed new leaders, and honored three women for their exceptional leadership contributions.

Meryl Gallatin was recognized for her two outstanding years as Women’s Campaign Chair. She then named Kathy Green as the 2012 recipient of the Dorothy Seaman Leadership Award, which recognizes a member of the Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy Board who embodies the values of tikkun olam, tzedakah and leadership.

Gallatin also announced that this year’s South Palm Beach County Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award will be presented to Beverly Shapiro. Established in honor of Lion of Judah founders, this award is presented to each Federation’s designee at the annual International Lion of Judah Conference. Gallatin lauded Shapiro as “one of the ‘visionaries’ responsible for bringing the Lion Program to South Palm Beach County, ‘the backbone’ of our Lion of Judah Endowment program, and a continuing source of inspiration, wisdom and hands-on work for Women's Philanthropy.”

Co-chaired by Margie Marlowe and Shirley Solomon, the brunch event brought spring indoors as it thanked the outgoing officers, and welcomed those incoming - including new Women’s Campaign Chair Emily Grabelsky - in a moving ceremony led by Dotti Seaman (see the new list of officers below). “I am grateful for this opportunity to grow into the shoes of the incredible leaders, including Meryl Gallatin, with whom I’ve been so privileged to work,” said Grabelsky. “And I’m thrilled to be working with our incoming Women’s Philanthropy leadership team including Wendy Pressner, our new Campaign Chair. I look forward to connecting more women at all giving levels to our local and global Jewish community, and to the joy and nachas we experience.”

Larry Katz, Barry Goldberg and Jason Freeman were on hand to receive kudos for Wells Fargo’s very generous sponsorship of the Women’s Philanthropy Department.

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County serves the Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach areas, raising and allocating millions of dollars each year for vital human services locally, in Israel and in 70 countries worldwide. Women’s Philanthropy is a driving force in this community, where women account for half the Federation’s annual campaign. Learn more about the Federation’s wealth of social, educational, leadership and philanthropic activities for women at

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