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.