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Lion of Judah and Pomegranate Society Celebration

  •  June 7, 2023
     7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Join us in welcoming the newest and upcoming members of the Lion of Judah and Pomegranate Society!

with Guest Speaker Carolyn Gitlin, Chair of National Women’s Philanthropy

June 7 | 7:00 pm

Liz Sklaw’s residence (address provided to all registrants closer to the date)

Hosted by Clemy Keidan and Joyce Hallet, Giving Society Chairs

Drinks | Dessert | Festivities | RSVP Required

This event is for women who are Lions of Judah, LOJE participants, Pomegranate Society or by special invitation.


What is the Lion of Judah?

Lion of Judah (LOJ) is an international group of philanthropic Jewish women who care deeply about the Jewish future and give a generous gift of, at minimum, $5,000. A diverse and dynamic group of women – 18,000 Lions of Judah worldwide – who care deeply about the Jewish future. Lions of Judah are leaders who inspire others to give back, strengthen the Jewish people, and make the world a better place for all.

The Pomegranate Society recognizes women who make a commitment of $1,800-$4999 to the Annual Campaign in their own name. One of the seven fruits named in the Bible, the pomegranate is said to contain 613 seeds, one for each of the mitzvot, or commandments, found in the Torah.
The Step Up to Lion of Judah is for women who aspire to be a Lion of Judah. To start your journey, make a commitment to increase your gift to the Annual Campaign for the next two or three years (depending on your current donation level), starting with a minimum gift of $1,800 for the first year and at least $5,000 for the final year.
The Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) is the planned giving component of the Lion of Judah program. A Lion of Judah creates a LOJE by establishing a minimum fund of $125,000 or more in her own name, ensuring the perpetuation of the Lion of Judah level Annual Campaign gift.


About our Guest Speaker:
Carolyn Gitlin joined the Jewish Federations of North America’s National Women’s Philanthropy Board in 2016, and she began her tenure as Chair in June 2021. Her term will conclude in June 2023.

Gitlin is a longtime leader in her local Federation – the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut – and she has chaired its Board of Directors since 2019. Previously, she served as Vice Chair (2018–2019), Women’s Philanthropy Chair 2015–2017, and Board member at large (2015–2017); she also served as Vice Chair of Outreach and Engagement for Women’s Philanthropy (2014–2015).

Beyond the Federation network, Carolyn has served on the board of the Max Cares Foundation since 2015 and is a past board member of Aurora Women and Girls Foundation and Tumble Brook Country Club. She also is a past board member and Parent Association president of Kingswood Oxford School.


Thank you to our Women’s Philanthropy Leadership

Jane Bodner and Sherry Werman, Women’s Philanthropy Chairs
Joyce Hallet and Clemy Keidan, Giving Society Chairs
Shelly Igdaloff and Sherri Lazear, Lion of Judah Endowment Chairs
Liz Shafran, Chair of the Board
Naomi Lamb, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Julie Tilson Stanley, Interim President and Chief Development Office


Email Lori Maier Wishne at Lori@jewishcolumbus.org


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