The upcoming Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Women’s Philanthropy Pomegranate event will serve as a thank you to donors.
Amy Wittenstein, co-chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Women’s Philanthropy Pomegranate event along with Kristy Schulman, views their upcoming program on Tuesday, March 10, as a way to say thank you to those who currently make an annual gift of $1,800 or more to the Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Fund as well as an opportunity to engage more women in this “dynamic Jewish Federation affinity group.”
Wittenstein’s leadership involvement in the Jewish community intensified after she participated in a Women’s Philanthropy Heart to Heart Mission to Israel three years ago. “I had an opportunity to see the programs and services that our Jewish Federation dollars support,” she said, adding that she returned inspired to make a difference locally. She found her niche after engaging in a Women’s Philanthropy mitzvah project at Jewish Federation Choice Food Program at the Klein JCC.
“Now, I volunteer there one day a week when they serve Russians and other new Americans,” she said. “I enjoy hearing their stories and learning about the tremendous impact of this program on their lives.”
For Kristy Schulman, Jewish Federation involvement is a family affair. “My entire family strongly supports the work that the Jewish Federation does for our community; however, I also enjoy making a gift in my own name to make a personal statement that is important to me as a woman to also give philanthropically,” she said.
Schulman says that her involvement in Women’s Philanthropy has greatly enriched her life. “I have met many wonderful women and made lifelong friends,” she said. “I am constantly inspired by the philanthropic hearts of my peers and the efforts they demonstrate always encourage me to do more. It is also particularly enjoyable to give back by working together as a group.”
Both Wittenstein and Schulman believe the event speaker, Jessica Abo, will have great appeal to the philanthropic women in attendance at the March 10 program, which begins at 7 p.m. in a private Main Line home.
Abo, who covers breaking news and special events for NY 1, spends her spare time as Chief Inspiration Officer at the tech startup Apploi, where she leads employment workshops for those who are out of work. She recently launched her own YouTube channel to empower kids, teenagers and college students and has traveled throughout the United States speaking to teenagers in her role as United Synagogue Youth’s 2014 Danny Siegel Changemaker in Residence.
The granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Abo produced and hosted a documentary on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, titled Passing the Torch. Her personal commitment to the Jewish community is evidenced by her service as co-chair of UJA Federation’s Young Entertainment Division and her membership in that federation’s Broadcast, Cable and Film Committee.
Reservations are being accepted for the Pomegranate event now through Feb. 27. Kosher hors d’oeuvres and cocktails are included in the couvert of $50 per person.
If you have not received an invitation and are a current Pomegranate-level donor or if you are interested in learning about becoming a three-year Pomegranate, call Marni Davis, director, Women’s Philanthropy, at 215-832-0859 or email: email@example.com
Women’s Philanthropy Seeks Board Nominations
Susan Schwartz, chair of the nominating committee of Women’s Philanthropy, an affinity of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, is seeking nominations from community members for the 2015-2016 board.
According to the Women’s Philanthropy bylaws, nominations should be based on the following criteria:
• Leadership experience
• An ability to work well with others
• Affiliation with communal organizations and/or Jewish Federation’s community partners
• Capability giving to the Jewish Federation Jewish Community Fund
Nominees who meet these criteria may be submitted by email to Marni Davis, director of Women’s Philanthropy, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Submit your recommendations now through March 13, 2015.