More than 158 women demonstrated their strong personal commitment to Jewish philanthropy at the annual Lion of Judah luncheon at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia.
The Oct. 7 event, sponsored by Federation's Women's Philanthropy, was a record-setter, both in attendance and in money raised for the Jewish Community Fund. More than $1,000,000 was pledged to the annual campaign, with an additional $40,000 committed to help alleviate hunger.
"Jewish Women ... The Circle of Our Lives" was the theme of the program, which was eloquently addressed by guest speaker, Iris Krasnow. Krasnow serves as relationship correspondent for the Fox Morning News in Baltimore, Md. She is the author of several books including the newly released, I Am My Mother's Daughter and The New York Times best-seller, Surrendering to Marriage.
Luncheon chairs Lisa B. Goldenberg and Nancy Selarnick expressed excitement at the opportunity to recognize the 75 women who have committed to Lion of Judah's annual campaign, giving $5000 or more for 18 years or more. They are among the 350 donors who belong to this international women's philanthropic group.
During the event, Holocaust survivor and humanitarian Gerda Klein acknowledged Beth G. Reisboard for her 33 years of distinguished service to the Philadelphia and global Jewish communities.
Reisboard, the only woman to serve as the general campaign chair of the Philadelphia Federation, was declared the winner of the 2008 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award. She will receive her award later this month during the Lion of Judah Conference, which is to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel.