By Lauren Rabin
Pomegranate Series Co-Chair
The Pomegranates are a “sorority” dedicated to strengthening and supporting the Jewish community within the Lehigh Valley. The value of being a Pomegranate is much greater than the beautiful pin that is proudly worn by its members. Pomegranates have access to unique programs and activities which aim to strengthen the bonds and friendships among members while benefiting the Jewish community as a whole.
The Pomegranates are excited to announce a new cutting-edge three-event series for this spring, co-chaired by myself and Beth Kushnick. As part of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley Women’s Philanthropy programming, the Pomegranate & Lion Spring Event Series was created to strengthen ties within the Jewish community and “give back” through a series of philanthropic art and cooking projects.
The first event will be a mixer where new and established Pomegranates will join with Lions of Judah to get to know each other while designing personalized pashminas. This is an ideal event for new members! The second and third events will bring Pomegranates and Lions together as volunteers to design fleece blankets and cook delicious soups to benefit Jewish Family Service. These “cannot miss” events are perfect for members who enjoy crafting and cooking! Of course, any member interested in good conversation among friends over delightful snacks is welcome.
This is my second year as a Pomegranate, and being a member has empowered me to give back to my community, which has supported me over the last 10 years. It was a way to connect with like-minded philanthropic women who have the same goals and ideologies about our community and Israel. One of my main goals as a Pomegranate is to acquire new members to join us in this initiative. The more we can work together as a community, the stronger it will become.
Contact the Jewish Federation to learn how to become a Pomegranate or Lion. And feel free to ask questions to anyone proudly wearing one of these pins – especially Pomegranate Chairs Amy Fels and Eileen Ufberg, Lion of Judah Chairs Beth Kozinn and Tama Tamarkin and Women’s Philanthropy President Iris Epstein – and do not hesitate to provide suggestions for additional programming and events. We would love to have you!