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Women's Philanthropy

Women's Philanthropy is a creative force for connecting Jewish women through outreach events and community education programs. Through our work on behalf of the UJA Federation Campaign, women take a leading role in raising funds to meet the needs of Jews locally, in Israel, and around the world. We currently raise well over $1 million annually from committed women in Rochester's Jewish community!

Download a brochure to learn about how through Federation, we do extraordinary things every day.

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Learn more about what the Campaign supports in Rochester. 

Who We Are

We are women aged 20 to 120 who are partners in tikkun olam, repair of the world.  We gather together to respond to the needs of our community, both locally and abroad, through fundraising, volunteerism and education.

Women's Philanthropy is representative and inclusive.

Women's Philanthropy is YOU.

Why a Woman's Gift?

  • Women's giving demonstrates dedication to, and acceptance of, responsibility for the needs of the global community.
  • Money is influence; the more women give in their own name, the greater their credibility and power as leaders and policy makers.
  • Women's giving is fiscal evidence of the influence women exert as full partners and decision-makers in the family, in the community, and in nation building.
  • Women can impact Jewish political power; U.S. government leaders count the number of givers when they measure support for Israel and local communities.
  •  Women have an obligation to practice tzedakah, justice, in their own right.


Women's Philanthrophy and the Lion of Judah

Watch out - there are over 100 Lions at large in the community! These Lions are of the philanthropic variety, and this powerful pride packs quite a punch. Lions of Judah, women who give $5,000 or more to the annual UJA Federation Campaign, are represented in very high numbers here for a community of our size.

You may have seen the distinctive Lion of Judah pin on the lapel of some of our local “pride.” Of the total Rochester group, we are fortunate to have one Zahav Lion ($50,000 or more) whose pin has a canary diamond; five Emerald Lions ($25,000 or more); two Sapphire Lions ($18,000 or more); and 26 Ruby Lions ($10,000 or more).

Lions take their commitment to the Campaign seriously and many opt to endow their gifts to perpetuate the important work supported by the Campaign into the future. Roughly half of Rochester Lions have taken the step to create a Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) to date. This way they can be assured that they have established a legacy of caring and support for the Jewish community in perpetuity. Lions also take on volunteer projects benefiting the general community.

The Federation is deeply grateful to our Lions of Judah for their exemplary commitment to Jewish peoplehood worldwide.
Want to learn more? There’s always room for more in this pride! Just give Randy Morgenstern a call, 461-0490, ext. 8658.

Learn more about living generously through the UJA Federation Campaign.

View the Federation's 2013 Annual Report.

Contact if you are interested in learning more about Women's Philanthropy at any and all giving levels!