Women’s Philanthropy is a strong network of women in every stage of life and career. We care deeply about our Jewish community and do all we can to strengthen our community—now and for the future. Together, we learn about the diverse needs of our community, locally and across the globe, how different organizations meet those needs, and how we can make a positive impact.
Through Project Dignity, an initiative of Women’s Philanthropy, we raise awareness on how period poverty affects our community and donate supplies to increase access to basic menstrual hygiene and dignity. Project Dignity is an opportunity for women to combat period poverty by providing menstrual products to local women and girls in need. The message of Tikkun Olam, which means repair the world, is a high standard that we hold ourselves to. It is imperative that we look out for one another and that is exactly what we are trying to accomplish with Project Dignity. 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:
We listen and work together to find solutions
Whether gathering food or other supplies, volunteering, or raising funds, our experiences together deepen our philanthropy. We encourage women to lead conversations about giving and make meaningful donations to the Community Campaign.
We invite you to make a difference, meet amazing women, and give back to your community. Join us for a POP-Up, Journey, or event, and become a part of this warm, welcoming, and dedicated group.
Reflections from the International Lions of Judah Conference
By Victoria Kimerling
It’s been a few days since I left Phoenix after attending the International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC), and I’m still in awe.
This was my third ILOJC, but it was the first in-person ILOJC since the start of the pandemic, and my first as a Lion in the Atlanta community.
Since moving to Atlanta in February I’ve been welcomed with open arms, and this conference was no exception. JFGA had an incredible delegation of over 50 women whose enthusiasm and passion were infectious.
I made new friendships and strengthened old connections, all while bonding over our shared love of the critical work that Federation does. This year’s ILOJC celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Lion of Judah. We heard stories of the amazing work Lions have done in their communities and around the globe over the last 50 years, discussed the most pressing challenges we’re currently facing, and looked ahead to envision the future we want to build for the next generations of Lions.
Being surrounded by so many bold, dedicated, philanthropic women reinforced my pride in being a Lion and a leader in the Jewish community. I attended the conference with my mom (Sheryl Kimerling), and we’re both Lions because of the legacy of my mimi (Paula Kimerling).
I love being a Lion because I know that through the work we’re doing together we’re showing up for Jews around the world and we’re putting our dollars to work in a way that reflects our shared values.
Working together, and giving as a collective, allows us to make an exponentially greater impact than if we were to try and go it alone.
And I believe that the 1,200 Lions who were in Phoenix with me would agree.
A Letter from Robin Sysler
My Dear Friends,
As I look ahead to Pesach in the coming days, It is hard not to think about the true essence of the holiday and reflect on what it means to be truly free. Families feel freer to travel and spend the holiday together, and I am overjoyed to be able to share the seder with my family. But my thinking about freedom has also been heightened by the recent Women’s Philanthropy Journey to Montgomery, Alabama and New Orleans. For four days, over 30 amazing women from all parts of Greater Atlanta came together to learn, travel and experience a greater understanding of the Civil Rights movement, slavery, mass incarceration, and being Jewish in the South.
There were difficult and important conversations to be had, a great deal of laughter, and a renewed sense of community and belonging. We are blessed to live in an amazing city with a rich, vibrant history and a legacy of acceptance. However, there is always more work to be done. We took the first step and my hope is that we will take many more steps together. I am so thankful for the honesty and courage of my fellow travelers and know that Jewish Atlanta will continue to thrive and be a source of help, hope, and support to our city and those in need around the world.
We are keeping a close eye on the ongoing war in the Ukraine and the mass humanitarian crisis, as well as the ongoing needs here at home. Once again we will be collecting menstrual products to distribute to schools, community centers and homeless shelters throughout Atlanta through our Project Dignity initiative. This has been life changing for so many.
Thank you for your generosity and know that at Federation we are built to face the challenges of today and into the future.
With great appreciation,
Robin Sysler, President, Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
Philanthropy Opportunity & Purpose series, also known as “POP Up Programs,” is a series of engaging programs planned by women for women. These programs allow us to get out into the community to learn and do together. See firsthand how the agencies and initiatives Federation supports strengthens Jewish Atlanta!
Pack your bags and take a trip with Women’s Philanthropy. Opportunities to travel abroad and domestically will be shared here.
Because of COVID-19, Women’s Philanthropy journeys have been postponed until it is safe to travel.
LION OF JUDAH – $5,400+
Inspired and guided by our tradition of tzedakah (righteousness/charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), the National Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA) is dedicated to the continuity, connectivity, and thriving future. An international organization of more than 17,500 dynamic philanthropic Jewish women who set an exemplary standard of leadership and giving. They are strong women of all ages, an international sisterhood of thousands of global activists who care deeply about the Jewish future. Each Lion makes an annual donation of $5,400 or more a year to Federation.
- ILR Lions: $250,000+
- PMC Lions: $100,000 – $249,999
- Sabra Lions: $75,000 – $99,999
- Zahav Lions: $50,000 – $74,999
- Amethyst Lions: $36,000 – $ 49,999
- Emerald Lions: $25,000 – $35,999
- Sapphire Lions: $18,000 – $24,999
- Ruby Lions: $10,800 – $17,999
- Lion of Judah: $5,400 – $10,799
Your philanthropic dollars make a difference locally, in Israel, and in 70 countries around the world. The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Women’s Philanthropy invites you to “Step Up” to the Lion of Judah with a 3-year step up pledge to the level of $5,400.
Step Up Pledge Commitment Guidelines:
- Year 1 Pledge – $3,600+
- Year 2 Pledge – $4,500+
- Year 3 Pledge – $5,400+
New Lions of Judah under the Step Up Program will immediately receive all of the benefits and recognition of being a Lion of Judah:
- Attendance at local Lion of Judah events
- Attendance at International Lion of Judah conference
- Lion of Judah pin (at additional cost)
For more information on the Lion of Judah Step Up Program, contact Arielle Orlansky.
Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE): More information coming soon
POMEGRANATE – $1,800+
The pomegranate, an ancient Jewish symbol, is also a modern emblem of Jewish women’s philanthropy and commitment. Women who give at least $1,800 a year to Federation form a community of like-minded donors who do a world of good.
GENESIS SOCIETY – $365+
Genesis Society is a group of committed women who make a generous gift of $365 or more a year to Federation.