Women's Philanthropy provides a place for all women to come together to promote, enhance and celebrate Jewish life. We are committed to building a Jewish community that is welcoming, engaging and demonstrates the impact a woman makes by having her voice heard.
Lion of Judah
The Lion of Judah is a symbol of today’s Jewish Woman’s strength, a symbol of her caring about the organized Jewish world and a symbol of her commitment to Jewish peoplehood. Each year that a woman sustains or increases her gift of $5,000 or more to the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples' Annual Campaign, she is eligible to have a small diamond set into her pin. Larger commitments are recognized at different Lion of Judah levels, as signified by different precious stones.
Today, more than 16,000 women world-wide proudly wear the gold Lion pin to signify their commitment. The Lions of Judah gather during the year for inspirational, educational and fundraising events.
Created in 1972 in Miami, the Lion of Judah program has brought together women of all ages and from many walks of life in order to play an essential role in creating social justice, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, preserving human dignity and building Jewish identity.
A Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) gift is established through a minimum endowment of $100,000 or more in your name, creating a lasting Jewish legacy and making an impact on future generations. Today, many women proudly wear the LOJE flame on their Lion pins. Endow your gift at your current giving level and ensure that the work you support continues even after you are gone. For more information about the LOJE, contact Gail Smith or Estelle Price.
Lion of Judah Group photo
Pictured left to right:
Front row: Judy Zahn, Linda Singer, Phyllis Seaman, Phyllis Strome, Debbie Kohler, Stacey Baum, Ellaine Rosen, Hetty Weinstein, Myra Friedman, Janet Solot, Carole Yellin, Arlene Subin, Anne Klein, Sheila Becker, Adele Cohen
Back row: Nancy Kahn, Jackie Faffer, Paula Filler, Robin Mintz, Elaine Landau, Jane Schiff, Phyliss Bernstein, Susie Goldsmith, Bobbie Lublin, Nina Iser, Barbara Balser, Arlene Sobol, Marcia Cohodes, Susan Feld, Karen Deutsch, Deb Wyman, Estelle Price, Rosalee Bogo, Goldie Bertone, Joan Saperstein, Gail Smith, Liz Jaffe, Sandy Roth, Bobbie Myers, Gracia Kuller
A minimum gift of $1,800 in your own name to the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples’ Annual Campaign earns your place as a member of the Pomegranate Society. When you give a gift in your own name, you will be joining the long line of women who have carried on the fundamental Jewish tradition of tzedakah. You will inspire other women to translate their Jewish caring into giving that makes a difference. The Pomegranate Society represents the best of what Federation does, bringing together like-minded women to do a world of good – promoting, supporting, enhancing and celebrating Jewish life.
Women who reach the Pomegranate Level are entitled to wear the specially designed Pomegranate Pin, introduced in 1981 by the Jewish Federation of Lehigh Valley. Each year that a woman continues her gift at the Pomegranate level, she is entitled to add a new ruby “seed” to the pin indicating the number of years she has contributed as a Pomegranate.
The pomegranate was chosen as a symbol of this level of giving as it contains 613 seeds, symbolizing the 613 mitzvot, or commandments, within the Torah. More than a beautiful piece of jewelry, the Pomegranate pin is a symbol of a woman’s commitment to and compassion for the Jewish people.
A proven inspirational tool, a woman’s pin shines a little brighter each time she increases her pledge. Each step up brings her closer to becoming a Lion of Judah and motivates her to stay with Federation and complete that journey.
Today, more than 7,000 women across North America proudly wear the Pomegranate Pin, signifying their personal commitment to and passion for their communities and their Jewish families around the world.