Women philanthropists are the change-makers and community-shapers of the world. We are sisters and daughters, mothers and friends, compassionate and committed women at every stage of life and career.
Women’s Philanthropy engages Jewish women in the fulfilling work of making the world a better place. We are building and supporting Jewish life for today and for generations to come. Jewish Federation of St. Louis inspires women’s passion for the programs and services we help support while also empowering leaders and decision-makers. Our collective philanthropy enriches our own lives while improving the lives of others.
Woman’s Philanthropy has four giving societies.
Pearl Giving Society
The Pearl Society recognizes women who give from the heart. When you give a gift of $360 or more to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Annual Campaign, you share a bond with women in St. Louis who are committed to the welfare and continuity of Jewish people locally, in Israel and in 70 countries around the world.
The Pearl Society Silver Hamsa Pendant and necklace has a distinguished look designed by ElyseRyan© and can be purchased for $49 (+tax) with your $360 minimum gift to the Annual Community Campaign. The front features a silver hamsa with freshwater pearl inlay. The letter pey, which represents the Hebrew word p’nina (pearl), is elegantly embossed on the back.
For more information, contact Marianne Chervitz at 314-442-3805.
Pomegranate Giving Society
In 1981, Sybil Baiman and Jeanette Eichenwald of the Allentown, PA Federation decided to develop a pin that would enhance giving. Working with Kenneth L. Moyer, a talented goldsmith and gemologist, they came up with the prototype for the pomegranate pin.
The pomegranate was chosen because it is mentioned in the Torah. It was one of the seven species that the spies saw in the land when they were sent forth by Moses. The Midrash tells us that the pomegranate has 613 seeds, which corresponds with the number of mitzvot or commandments found in the Torah. It is an ancient symbol found carved into the lintels of the earliest synagogues. It has been woven into ancient fabrics and hammered silver and gold objects. The intricate covers for the handles of the Torah scrolls are called “rimonim” or pomegranates.
Each year, you will qualify for an additional “seed” or ruby by sustaining or adding to your gift.
The Pomegranate giving level in St. Louis is a minimum annual gift of $1,800 to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Annual Campaign. For more information, please contact Julie Gibbs at JGibbs@JFedSTL.org or 314-442-3729.
Lion of Judah Giving Society
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 financial commitment of at least $5,000 to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Annual Campaign.
Created in 1972 in Miami by Norma Kipnis-Wilson and Toby Friedland (z”l), the Lion of Judah program has brought together women of all ages and from many walks of life to play an essential role in creating social justice, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, preserving human dignity and building Jewish identity.
Each year that a woman sustains or increases her minimum $5,000 gift, she is eligible to have a small diamond set into the pin. The cost of the Lion of Judah pin is dependent upon the current value of gold.
There are nine giving levels within the Lion of Judah Society:
- Lion of Judah – Diamond $5,000
- Ruby Lion of Judah – $10,000
- Sapphire Lion of Judah – $18,000
- Emerald Lion of Judah – $25,000
- Double Chai Lion of Judah – Amethyst Diamond – $36,000
- Zahav Lion of Judah – Canary Diamond – $50,000
- Sabra Lion of Judah – Cognac Diamond – $75,000
- PMC Lion of Judah – White Gold with Black Diamond – $100,000
- ILR Lion of Judah – White Gold Diamond Pave – $250,000
For more information, please contact Julie Gibbs at JGibbs@JFedSTL.org or 314-442-3729.
Lion of Judah Endowment
A Lion of Judah is an activist and philanthropist. Her passion drives her work and her giving. By endowing her gift, she ensures that her support for the work of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis continues even after she is gone.
A Lion of Judah creates a LOJE by establishing a minimum fund of $100,000 in her name, during her lifetime or by putting a bequest in her will. By endowing her gift, she joins a long honor roll of women who have elected to take this step to sustain Jewish life. A LOJE may choose to enhance her Lion of Judah pin by adding a flame, known in Hebrew as or l’atid, to recognize this eternal commitment.
Every woman has a unique family and financial situation. In recognition of different estate planning and tax objectives, a LOJE can be easily designed to match a woman’s personal circumstances in a beneficial way.
Jewish Federation of St. Louis endowment professionals and financial and legal advisors can design a LOJE that will help each donor realize her philanthropic vision while meeting the required criteria. There are various ways to create endowments, many of which do not have to be funded during a donor’s lifetime.
For more information about establishing a LOJE, please contact Tim Henry, Director of Endowments & Planned Giving, at 314-442-3774.