Empowering Women in the Community

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Courtesy of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Women’s History Month is coming to a close, a time set aside to honor women’s contributions to history, culture and society. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia proudly supports programs that work toward providing safe spaces for self-identifying Jewish girls to develop confidence and empower women in the community.

One of the Jewish Federation’s grantees, the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society, is an all-volunteer organization serving Jewish women in the five-county Greater Philadelphia area. The organization provides emergency aid, monthly stipends, camp scholarships, emergency response systems, and pharmacy stipend programs.

“The Jewish Federation helps support our emergency aid program providing financial grants to Jewish women in our community assisting them with rent and mortgage costs, utility payments, medical supplies, home repairs and more at a time most critical,” explained Suzanne Sztul, president of the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society.


In addition to grantees, the Jewish Federation’s own affinity groups, Women of Vision and Women’s Philanthropy, celebrate and support women in our Jewish community every day.

About Women of Vision

Women of Vision impacts the lives of self-identifying Jewish women and girls across generations and geographic boundaries through strategic grantmaking, advocacy and educational programs leading to social change and social justice.

“We listen. We learn. We ask questions. We support and advocate. Not just in March, but every month, week and day,” said Carly Zimmerman, chair of Women of Vision. “Women of Vision is committed to shining a spotlight on the most pressing issues impacting the lives of self-identifying Jewish women and girls. As we learn about these issues, like sexual harassment, pay inequity, access to reproductive healthcare, we advocate for change in our local community and in Israel and invest in organizations that are experts at improving the lives of women and girls.”

The impact of Women of Vision:

  • 500-plus members, with donated assets totaling $4M in the endowment fund
  • $100,000 allocated for grants annually
  • $1M-plus awarded since 2001 to 33 unique organizations
    To learn more about Women of Vision, click here.

About Women’s Philanthropy

Women’s Philanthropy believes in the power of community. Through donations and hands-on community service, they travel together, volunteer together, and learn together while helping people in need and keeping Jewish life in Greater Philadelphia and around the world strong and vibrant.

“By working together for a common goal, our voices are amplified. We advocate for the most vulnerable in our community and beyond, ensuring that they are getting what they need with compassion and respect,” said Julie Savitch, chair of Women’s Philanthropy.  “Women’s Philanthropy builds community by connecting women of all ages, providing networking opportunities, peer support, mentoring partnerships and leadership models.”

The impact of Women’s Philanthropy:

  • 170-plus Women’s Leadership Development Program Alumni
  • $5M-plus raised of the total $15.5M+ Jewish Community Fund in 2021
  • 650-plus Lions of Judah, an international sisterhood of inspiring women who give an annual minimum gift of $5,000 as activists who care deeply about the Jewish future
    To learn more about Women’s Philanthropy, click here.

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For more information about Women of Vision and to become a member, please click here or contact Shara Swift, Jewish Federation’s affinities and donor engagement manager, at sswift@jewishphilly.org.

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