Celebrating 50 Years of Lions of Judah

Created in 1972 by Norma Kipnis Wilson and Toby Friedland (z”l) for the Miami Women’s Division Campaign, the Lion of Judah is now an international symbol of commitment to the global Jewish community. This exciting program has brought together women of all ages and from many walks of life in order to play an essential role in creating social justice, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, preserving human dignity and building Jewish identity. The Lions of Judah are the most dynamic philanthropic Jewish women in the world. They are women of all ages, an international sisterhood of thousands of global activists who care deeply about the Jewish future. Since 1972, Lions of Judah have been leading the way by driving annual campaigns forward with significant impact. By making an annual donation of $5,000 or more to their local Federations, each Lion establishes herself as a leader in her community. Today, more than 18,000 women around the world are proud to call themselves Lions.


As we celebrate 50 years of the Lion of Judah program, we acknowledge those women who have taken their commitment to the Jewish Community to the next level by establishing a Lion of Judah Endowment. Establishing a LOJE allows a woman the opportunity to go the extra step to endow her annual gift in perpetuity. It enables her to leave a legacy to safeguard the values she holds dear and that have inspired her own giving ‒ such as strengthening social justice activities, healing the sick, preserving human dignity and providing Jewish education and growth for all. A LOJE ensures that your values live forever. A LOJE is created by establishing a minimum fund of $100,000 in the donor’s name, ensuring the perpetuation of a donor’s Lion of Judah level annual campaign gift. A LOJE is a permanent restricted fund, a component of the national Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment program of the Jewish Federations of North America. Through simple, innovative steps, an endowed gift is within the reach of any Lion of Judah. Establishing a LOJE ensures continuity and provides a legacy for your children and grandchildren. Protect what’s most meaningful ‒ yourself, your family, your community, and your philanthropy.

LOJE Individuals: 

Aliette Abo
Phoebe Altman (z”l)
Sadie Berman (z”l)
Wendy Born
Cindee Belman
Marilyn Braunstein
Karen Cooper
Iris Epstein
Roberta Epstein
Eileen Fischmann
Tama Fogelman
Lisa Fraenkel
Sandra Goldfarb
Bonnie Hammel
Deanne Kaplan
Judith Auritt Klein (z”l)
Elaine Lerner
Eva Levitt
Sylvia Rosen (z”l)
Lisa Scheller
Amy Silverman
Vicki Wax
Ilene Wood