$1 million in funding
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$382k raised
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120+ Columbus kids
sent to overnight Jewish summer camp
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Women’s Philanthropy

How we make an impact

Women philanthropists are the change-makers and community-shapers of the world. We are sisters and daughters, mothers and friends, compassionate and committed women at every stage of life and career.

Inspired and guided by our tradition of Tzedakah (righteousness/charity) and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), JewishColumbus’ Women’s Philanthropy is dedicated to the continuity, connectivity and thriving future of our Columbus Jewish community, Israel and the Jewish people around the world.

Women’s Philanthropy is about more than just the Annual Campaign. It’s about deeply knowing and understanding the breadth of issues facing our community and rolling up our sleeves to help. It’s about educating, inspiring and empowering women of all ages in our community. It’s about nurturing leadership and fostering a commitment to philanthropy. It’s about having an impact. Women’s Philanthropy’s four focus pillars aim to meet the needs of our community through engagement, action, and philanthropy.

  • Engagement
    • We serve as a personal and communal gateway to the community. We strive to welcome new people to our community and engage those who have never been active. We are currently working on ways to volunteer and welcome community members of all ages into Columbus.
  • Wellness
    • We have a unique opportunity to share information and develop programs that address the interests and concerns of our community, including social, emotional, and physical wellness. 
  • Community Service
    • We work together with our partner agencies on community wide service projects that put our Jewish values to action– making a difference through meaningful volunteer opportunities. We continue to collaborate with JFS for opportunities.
  • Giving Societies
    • Giving back unites our sisterhood, and as a multigeneration group, we offer diverse giving societies to meet you where you are in your philanthropic journey. The various societies are:

Women’s Philanthropy Board

Women’s Philanthropy Co-Chairs – Jane Bodner, Sherry Werman

Community Service – Caroline Cohn

Engagement –

Giving Society – Joyce Hallet, Clemy Keidan

Wellness – Susan Steinman

Senior Development Officer