More than 125 Federations throughout North America participate in the Pomegranate Pin Program through the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. They range in size from large metropolitan areas to network communities.
We can offer you a full range of services to implement this program in your community.
Pin procurement and enhancement
Fully customizable marketing materials
Implementing the Pomegranate Pin Program at your local Federation is easy! Contact Wendy Edwards for details.
An ancient symbol found carved into the lintels of the earliest synagogues, the pomegranate has carried with it the concepts of Judaism for generations. In the Torah, the pomegranate is one of the seven species that the spies saw in the land when they were sent forth by Moses. The Midrash tells us that the pomegranate has 613 seeds, which corresponds with the number of mitzvot or commandments found in the Torah. The pomegranate has been woven into ancient fabrics and hammered into ceremonial silver and gold objects. The intricate covers for the handles of the Torah scrolls are called "rimonim" or pomegranates.
In 1981, the women of Allentown, Pennsylvania, introduced the Pomegranate Pin as a way to inspire giving from women of all stations. Modeled after the Lion of Judah program, then-President of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley Sybil Baiman and Campaign Chairperson Jeanette Eichenwald felt that a pin at the mid level would increase gifts in the upper levels. Almost four decades after its inception, more than 7,000 pins have been distributed across North America.
"Wearing the Pomegranate pin is a reminder to me that there are many needs locally and around the world and it inspires me to try and meet those needs." - Iris Epstein, Proud Pomegranate
More than a beautiful piece of jewelry, the Pomegranate pin is a symbol of a woman’s commitment to and compassion for the Jewish people.
It represents the best of what Federation does -- bringing together like-minded donors to do a world of good.
A proven aspirational tool, a woman’s pin shines a little brighter each time she increases her pledge. Each step up brings her closer to becoming a Lion of Judah and motivates her to stay with Federation and complete that journey.
Pomegranate women will remain connected to Jewish life for years to come.