Philadelphia Jewish Community Among First to Launch JFNA’s New Joshua Society


The Society recognizes philanthropic families who represent sustained, strong and magnetic leadership. 

A significant change in thinking is taking place throughout the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) system: recognizing a family’s total giving in addition to individual giving. 
Philadelphia is one of the first Jewish Federation communities in North America to participate in a new national recognition program, known as the Joshua Society, which was launched at JFNA’s General Assembly in November 2014. The biblical Joshua was known for charismatic leadership. Members of Philadelphia’s Joshua Society likewise represent sustained, strong and magnetic leadership. 
The official Joshua Society launch will take place on Wednesday, June 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with a dairy reception at Old Original Bookbinders.
A unique wine-tasting will be conducted by Alexandra Cherniavsky, a sommelier of Iron Chef Jose Garces. The evening’s co-chairs are Susanna Lachs Adler and Dean Adler, and Marjorie and Jeffrey Honickman.
Traditionally, giving was the domain of a household’s primary wage-earner. The Joshua Society was established to acknowledge that times have changed.
“We are delighted to be among the first to say ‘thank you’ to members of the new Joshua Society,” said Gail Norry, Jewish Federation’s campaign chair. “We are especially pleased to recognize what a household contributes to our vital mission. After all, we are well aware of the power and the importance of family philanthropy.”
Members of the Joshua Society are those who contribute a minimum $10,000 family gift to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Annual Campaign. Those who have already made gifts at this level will be automatically enrolled as inaugural Joshua Society members.
Details and benefits of membership in this special society will be revealed at the June 10 reception, which is complimentary for members.
For more information about the Joshua Society, contact campaign director Bob Seltzer at 215-832-0535 or email:


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