by Robyn Teplitzky Federation Senior Development Consultant
Imagine the impact of a room of 1,200 Jewish women from around the world can make! Eleven Lions from Greater New Haven; Judy Alperin, Linda Caplan. Amy Holtz, Betsy Hoos, Marcia Reiter, Dana Schwartz, Judy Skolnick, Lisa Stanger, Robyn Teplitzky, Stacey Trachten and Jody Ellant, participated at the Jewish Federation of North America International Lion of Judah conference recently in Hallandale, Florida.
The Lions of Judah are comprised of the most dynamic philanthropic Jewish women in the world. It is an international sisterhood of thousands of global activists who care deeply about the Jewish future and play a vital role in creating social justice, aiding the vulnerable, preserving human dignity and building Jewish identity.
Women philanthropists, who are dedicated to the Jewish community, contribute time and resources by committing an annual leadership gift to the Jewish Federation. In addition, Lion of Judah donors are encouraged to endow their philanthropy by establishing a LOJE (Lion of Judah Endowment gift.) A total of $36 million for the Women’s Philanthropy annual fund was raised by the conference participants.
Every two years, Lions gather for three phenomenal days of extraordinary learning, sharing and celebration. Participants are inspired by others and learn from the world’s leading experts in the fi elds of religion, culture, art, business and politics. Presenters included Rabbi Elka Abramson of The Wexner Foundation, Alison Lebovitz, host of “The A List,” Olympian and gymnast, Aly Raisman, and Sivan Ya’ari, Founder and CEO of Innovation Africa, an Israeli organization bringing clean water, solar energy and agricultural innovations to rural African villages.
At each international conference, Women’s Philanthropy honors one exceptional leader from their community. This year, New Haven was thrilled to celebrate Stacey Trachten as the recipient of the prestigious Kipnis- Wilson/Friedland Award.
Since 2004, the Kipnis- Wilson/Friedland Award has honored extraordinary women who have set a high standard for philanthropy and volunteerism. The prestigious, internationally recognized award is given to Lions of Judah who have demonstrated the highest ideals of leadership and involvement. Winners are chosen by their communities as “women of valor” with a lifetime of commitment to the Jewish world. The award was established in recognition of Norma KipnisWilson and Toby Friedland (z”l), co-founders of The Jewish Federation of North America’s Lion of Judah program.