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A Legacy of Philanthropy

By PHILANTHROPY

For Lynn Saperstein and Hilary Goldberg, giving back is a family affair. Mother Lynn and daughter Hilary are two women in a beautiful Jewish Atlanta family legacy. Their dedication to the longevity of their community is inspiring.

Lynn has always been passionate about Jewish organizations. As her daughters, Hilary Goldberg and Raleigh Wasser were growing up, she was involved with many, including The Epstein School, Temple Kol Emeth, Temple Sinai, and serving on multiple Women’s’ Philanthropy committees. “My goal is always to be a role model for my daughters in terms of leadership, philanthropy, and giving back to the community. Participation in Women’s Philanthropy fulfills that for me.”

Approximately 10 years ago, Lynn became a Lion of Judah. Lions of Judah are an internationally recognized pride of women who share a commitment to philanthropic values in our Jewish community. By making an annual gift of $5,400 or more to the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Lions demonstrate their dedication to helping those in need and ensuring a vibrant Jewish future. Sustained giving is one of the most impactful ways to support an organization.

Lynn believes more people should learn the ways they can support community nonprofits. “Serving on the Allocations Committee at Federation gave me a much better understanding of all Federation does. There are so many partners and initiatives, and I was blown away by the scope.” Lynn and Michelle Simon conceived of Women’s Philanthropy’s POP-Up Events, which educate community members about Federation’s partners and programs. “We must make sure people are educated about this work, and that they feel empowered to give, no matter at what level. If you give from your heart, that’s what counts. The feeling of knowing that you’re helping people in need is unmatched. We touch real people in our community.”

Hilary is also a Lion of Judah and has carried on her mother’s legacy of service. She has served at The Temple as the PTA President of the WELC preschool for the past four years. Hilary’s in-laws are also a generational Federation family. Her husband’s grandmother was Betty Ann Jacobson, the first woman President of Federation in Atlanta, and her mother and father-in-law, Susan and Edward Goldberg, are both past presidents of Federation in Birmingham. Passing on this legacy from both sides of the family to her children is very important to her.

“We have this heritage, this bond, to everything Federation does. Everything my family is involved in—Jewish Kids Groups, PJ Library, In the City Camp—they’re all connected to Federation. As someone who has been in Atlanta my whole life, I feel a responsibility to keep these programs going here because I used them as a baby, a child, and now as an adult with my own children. Everyone deserves to have access to them.”

To learn more about setting up your family’s legacy in Jewish ATL, contact the Atlanta Jewish Foundation. Their team of experts will help you create a philanthropic plan that aligns with your Jewish values and maximizes the power of your investments.

Project Dignity Collecting Products for Menstrual Hygiene Day

By People in Need, PHILANTHROPY

Project Dignity, an initiative of Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy, raises awareness about period poverty and its effects on women and girls. This year, Project Dignity is observing National Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28 by collecting donations of menstrual products.

Periods are a fact of life for just about half the world’s population, but not everyone who has a period gets to experience it with dignity. Many women, girls, and others who menstruate suffer from poor menstrual hygiene caused by a lack of education, persisting taboos and stigma, limited access to menstrual products, and poor sanitation infrastructure. This can undermine the educational opportunities, health, and overall social status of women and girls and prevent them from reaching their full potential.

This video from Bustle highlights how difficult it is for unhoused women to manage their periods:

Menstrual products collected through Project Dignity are distributed to four organizations on an ongoing basis: JF&CS Food Pantry, CHRIS 180, Solidarity Sandy Springs, and the Sandy Springs Community Assistance Center.

To get involved, you can:

  • Bring your donation of menstrual pads or tampons to Federation’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 31 at the Selig Center
  • Visit our Amazon Wishlist to donate menstrual products
  • Volunteer to deliver collected products to our local partners or
  • Arrange Drop Off by contacting rlangfelder@jfga.org or 404-870-1618

It is imperative that we look out for women and girls in Atlanta, and make our city a safer, healthier place to have a period. Project Dignity is an opportunity to practice tikkun olam, repairing the world, and we invite you to join us in this effort.

Thank you for your support of this important cause.

The Project Dignity Committee:

Amy Arogeti, Marcy Bass, Caren Merlin, Lori Peljovich, Jessica Sacks

For any questions, please contact Becca Langfelder at rlangfelder@jfga.org or 404-870-1618.

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Welcome Our New Frances Bunzl Chief Philanthropy Officer!

By PHILANTHROPY

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is thrilled to announce our new Frances Bunzl Chief Philanthropy Officer, Rob Mann.

Rob grew-up in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. He comes from, as he describes it, a “Federation Family” – his grandparents were donors to Federation in Chicago, and his father was Campaign Chairman in the 80s.

Philanthropy and service are truly Rob’s passion. He has a long history of volunteering with Federation; in Chicago, he was a member and Campaign Chair of the Young Leadership Division of Jewish United Fund in Chicago, and then a member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of which he was Campaign Chair and Chair of the Men’s Cabinet. He was also chair of the National Training Department for the United Jewish Communities—now known as the Jewish Federations of North America. Rob has spoken at or trained in more than 30 Federation communities throughout North America and has been on more than 15 Federation journeys to Israel, The Former Soviet Union, and Ethiopia—often as a chair or learning resource.

He earned his BSM from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University before moving to Atlanta to work in Macy’s Management Training Program. He transitioned into radio advertising sales with Emmis Broadcasting, a position which brought him to Indianapolis, and then home to Chicago. In 1990, he joined the family business, Henry-Lee and Company. His grandfather, the “Henry” in “Henry-Lee,” founded the company 65 years ago. Rob eventually became President, as well as 3rd generation owner, and successfully pivoted the brand from dressmakers to purveyors of premium denim. While at Henry-Lee and Company, he earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Rob is thrilled to have reached a point in his career where he can make the leap into this field full-time. “Working for Federation is what I’ve wanted to do for a long time.” It is important to him to see Federation succeed, and to usher in a new generation of philanthropists. He says, “My main drive is always harnessing on my own enthusiasm for a cause and then sharing and giving that excitement to others.” He has big dreams for Jewish Atlanta, including enhancing and growing our Young Leadership Division.

For the last ten years, Rob has split his time between Chicago and Atlanta. He and his wife, Dorsey Waldron Mann, are happy to finally be settled together in Sandy Springs. Rob has three adult children: Lila, and Ryan, who live in New York, and Henry, a rising senior at Tulane.

We are delighted to have him on board and cannot wait to see how Atlanta’s philanthropy blossoms under his tenure!

 

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Linda Selig Awarded the 2022 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award

By PHILANTHROPY

On December 11, 58 Lions of Judah from Atlanta will travel to Phoenix, Arizona for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Lion of Judah. The International Lion of Judah Conference is a biannual event for women philanthropists who help shape the Jewish world. And this year, Linda Selig will be honored as the recipient of Atlanta’s Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award.

Linda Selig sat down with the Breman Museum and discussed what winning the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award means to her, and the legacy she hopes to leave in A