Just for Women

Meet Danielle Wild, Women's Philanthropy Chair! I remember getting my first phone call from Federation asking for a gift to the annual Campaign for Jewish Needs. I was in high school and remember thinking “Why are they asking ME?” I told my parents about the call, expecting them to wonder, like me, why they would be calling a high school student. Instead, they told me “Anytime that Federation calls you, you have to give whatever you can.” The next time they called, they had my pledge. Read More. | Get our e-news by signing up here

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Women’s Philanthropy Mission

We are committed to creating diverse strategies, programs, and opportunities to inspire and engage increasing numbers of women across their life cycles as leaders, donors and volunteers. We empower women to be community leaders and strengthen the Cleveland Jewish community.

Developing Leaders

Pathways to Leadership is an initiative that removes barriers for women and supports their leadership aspirations, to benefit the community as a whole.

Women represent:


of the donor base


of the Board of Trustees


of standing committee chair positions


of standing committee members


of officers

“Women in top leadership roles are directly tied to our success as an organization.”

—Reneé Chelm, Past Board Chair & Women’s Philanthropy Activist

Judi Kovach, 2018 Irene Zehman Volunteer Award Winner

Established in 1980 by Irene Zehman's daughters, the award is presented by the Federation's Women's Philanthropy to recognize outstanding volunteer leadership in the community.

Empowering Women

Your gift is your voice. Every gift matters.

A gift in your own name means that you will:

Connect to the Jewish community in a personal, powerful way

Become a role model to thousands of other women

Inspire the next generation to stand up and be counted

Beth Wain Brandon

“When there is a need to lobby for human rights, fight against hunger, educate our children, and make the world a better place, my gift matters because together we are heard loud and strong.”

—Beth Wain Brandon, Women’s Philanthropy Activist & Past Chair

Impact 365

When we work together to make a difference in people’s lives, even one dollar a day can do so much.

With just $1 a day, you can provide:

18 hours


of homecare for adults with disabilities

14 sessions


  of job counseling for the unemployed  

30 Meals


       for homebound senior        

25 New Toys


for a community preschool program



  food packages for an elderly adult  
  in the former Soviet Union  

Making a Leadership Gift

Become the change you want to see in your community. Leadership giving is a way to make a significant impact on our local and global Jewish world. With just one gift, you are helping tens of thousands, locally and globally.


Pomegranate Society

The pomegranate is one of the seven fruits named in the Bible, said to contain 613 seeds – one for each of the commandments (mitzvot) found in the Torah. This ancient symbol is one of the oldest found in Jewish art and ritual. It has been carved in the entranceways of the earliest synagogues, woven into fabrics, and hammered into silver and gold. The intricate covers for the handles of the Torah scrolls are called pomegranates (rimonim). All women donors who commit an individual gift of $1,800 - $4,999 to the annual Campaign for Jewish Needs are part of the Pomegranate Society.

Lion of Judah

Lion of Judah Society

Created in 1972, the Lion of Judah Society is an international symbol of a woman’s commitment to the global Jewish community. Women donors who commit an individual gift of $5,000 or more to the annual Campaign for Jewish Needs proudly wear a Lion pin, which represents the strength, honor, and dedication of the Tribe of Judah, one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Being part of the Lion of Judah Society is a declaration of your personal commitment to honor traditional Jewish values of justice (tzedek) and acts of loving kindness (gemilut hesed).
Lion of Judah Endowment

Forever starts today. When you create a Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE), you enable future generations to benefit from your values, interests, foresight and generosity by making a charitable commitment of at least $125,000 in your name. This endowment fund will provide annual support to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Campaign for Jewish Needs forever. You also become a member of Federation’s Legacy Society, which honors those who create a gift that will last for generations and are invited to sign the Endowment Book of Life. For more information about Lion of Judah Endowment funds, please contact Lisa Hacker, Director, Women’s Philanthropy / Assistant Managing Director of Development, Planned Giving and Endowments at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, 216-593-2792 or All inquiries are confidential.

Building Community

We are diverse women with a shared common bond. Our values guide us. Our passion for Jewish life and culture connect us. Together, we are exploring new interests and ideas on topics that matter to us. We are discussing key issues facing women and the world today. We are having powerful conversations with other Jewish women, who live down the street, across the country, and around the globe. We are networking, we are learning, we are connecting; and together, we are making a difference in the lives of people everywhere.

Sally Wertheim

“Very strong people ask for help when they need it because none of us can do it alone.”

—Sally Wertheim, Women’s Philanthropy Activist & Past Board Chair

Making Connections

Each year, women’s engagement grows. Focused outreach efforts have resulted in an array of activities and events designed by women, for women. From mission trips to hands-on volunteer projects, our community’s women are inspiring others to take action.

A few great moments captured

Meet our Women’s Philanthropy Staff

Lisa Hacker

Contact Lisa, Director, Women’s Philanthropy and
Assistant Managing Director of Development, Planned Giving and Endowments


Contact Rebecca, Associate, Women’s Philanthropy