Women in the Military: A Jewish Perspective
November 11, 2012 (9:45 A.M.-11:45 A.M.)
Crowne Plaza Fort Myers
13051 Bell Tower Drive
Minimum contribution of $118 to the 2012 Women’s Campaign
R.S.V.P. to 239-481-4449 Ext-3 or amypadilla@JFedLCC.org
Committee is chaired by Juli Bobman. It is important for Women to give a gift independent of her family gift because with new found power there is also a new responsibility to community and society.
As women become more successful financially they have equal opportunity and ability to contribute Tzedukah and make charitable donations and charitable endowments a part of their own legacy to humanity. To choose one’s charity separate from one’s husband is empowering, as long as it is a choice devoid of judgment. Separate family, men’s and women’s gifts to charity do not negate the progress women have made to date in their struggle for equal rights. Instead these options allow women separate expression within the culture of charitable giving.
As a woman I choose to donate separately to charities in which I believe. As a member of Jewish Federation and as Campaign Chair for Women’s Philanthropy, I know that the women are a vital, indispensable and well organized arm of the Federation campaign. Our achievements are recognized for their own merits. I proudly contribute to the women’s campaign while I serve with confidence on various committees with other Federation members, male and female. I don’t believe it is archaic to have a separate division but an equal role within the organization. Rather it is enlightening and progressive… a reflection of the power women have fought so hard to achieve.
Women have been active participants in the UJA campaign process since 1939. However, there are still many women who say "We give as a family." Why should each woman and man give a separate donation? Click here to learn why?
Women’s Philanthropy invites women of all ages to join an environment where every Jewish woman can enrich and strengthen her identity as both a woman and a Jew. For more information or to join, email either of our Women's Philanthropy Committee chaires, Juli Bobman firstname.lastname@example.org or Jill Weil JillWeil@comcast.
Lion of Judah
While every dollar counts, there has been extraordinary movement in women's giving. It is called the Lion of Judah. And it is roaring.
Introduced in 1972 for the Miami Women's Division campaign, the Lion of Judah pin has firmly established itself as a symbol of commitment to the worldwide Jewish community.
The diamond inset 14-karat gold pin was created for the woman making a personal pledge to the annual campaign of $5,000 or more. When the program started, there were 16 women who qualified; by the end of the 1970's, there were more than 400 women in Miami who proudly wore their Lion of Judah pins.
In 1980, guidelines developed by leaders of the Miami and UJA National Women's Campaigns enabled other communities to participate in the program by adding their individual logo designs to the copyrighted pin. This is the only variance permitted except for Or L'Atid symbol of the Lion of Judah Endowment.
In 1983, a national logo was created for the pin. Communities have a choice of contracting with Miami for their local versions, or of ordering the National version. Regional and National Lion of Judah events have helped expand the program, which also has been adapted by Keren Hayesod.
In 1985, a Lion of Judah pin with a RUBY inset was established in recognition of an individual woman's personal commitment of $10,000 or more to the annual campaign.
As the decade of the 1980's ended, the program was extended to recognize even higher levels of women's giving. A SAPPHIRE inset acknowledges contributors of a minimum $18,000, and an EMERALD inset those women who contribute $25,000 or more.
In 1992, to mark the 20th Anniversary of the pin, a new $50,000 level was established with a CANARY DIAMOND inset; the stone and the category it represents are known as the ZAHAV (golden) DIAMOND.
Women's Campaigns have assumed an increasingly significant role in raising funds for the UJA Federation Campaign. Today, there are nearly 12,000 Lions of Judah in the U.S.; 900 in Canada; and more than 13,000 worldwide.
The Annual Community Campaign alone cannot secure the future of the Jewish community. Your LOJE fund can.