Women's Philanthropy

Women philanthropists are the change-makers and community-shapers of the world. They are sisters and daughters, mothers and friends, compassionate and committed women at every stage of life and career.

Inspired and guided by our tradition of tzedakah (righteousness/charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), the Women’s Philanthropy is dedicated to the continuity, connectivity and thriving future of our Richmond Jewish community, Israel and the Jewish people.

Women’s Philanthropy is about more than just the Annual Campaign. It’s about knowing and understanding deeply the breadth of issues facing our community and rolling up our sleeves to help. It’s about educating, inspiring, and empowering women of all ages in our community. It’s about nurturing leadership and fostering a commitment to philanthropy. It’s about having an impact.


Women's philanthropy taps into the largest resource of charitable power - the ability to actually improve the world around us - through our acts of tzedakah and chesed.


Women's Philanthropy is dedicated to ensuring that women who assume positions of responsibility in their communities have the knowledge and confidence to lead, are appropriately trained and have been given the tools to hone their individual abilities and maximize their potential for success. Women's Philanthropy exists to serve the goals and mission of our federation system, its communities and network, and to strengthen the influence of women donors as philanthropists and decision-makers.


Pearl Society


The Pearl Society is a giving level that honors women under the age of 45, who make a minimum commitment of $180 a year to the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond’s annual campaign. They meet for quarterly events that include philanthropic speakers, volunteer projects, and social gatherings. Contact Jill Grossman, Director of Women's Philanthropy and Affinities, to become a Pearl today!


  • Pearl - $180
  • Blush Pearl - $365
  • Black Pearl - $500
  • Gold Pearl - $1,000


Pomegranate Society


The pomegranate is one of the seven fruits named in the Torah, said to contain 613 seeds – one for each of the commandments (mitzvot) found in the Torah. This ancient symbol is one of the oldest found in Jewish art and ritual. It has been carved in the entranceways of the earliest synagogues, woven into fabrics, and hammered into silver and gold. The intricate covers for the handles of the Torah scrolls are called pomegranates (rimonim). All women who commit an individual gift of $1,800 - $4,999 to the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign become a part of our Pomegranate Society.


Being part of the Pomegranate Society is a declaration of your personal commitment to honor traditional Jewish values of justice (tzedek) and acts of loving kindness (gemilut hesed). Pomegranate donors get the opportunity to celebrate the work they are doing at many community events.


Lion of Judah


Lions of Judah are the most dynamic philanthropic Jewish women in the world. There are Lions across North America and all over the world, including a strong contingency in Richmond. Lions are strong women of all ages, representing an international sisterhood of thousands of global activists who care deeply about the Jewish community. 


Lions of Judah play a vital role in creating social justice, aiding the vulnerable, preserving human dignity and building Jewish identity.


The impact can be seen through the contributing of time and resources. Each woman makes an annual donation to the Federation that reflects her capacity to give. Here in Richmond, the threshold annual commitment is $5,000 to become a Lion. Many Lions also choose to endow their gift to benefit future generations.


Each year there are several women’s philanthropy events at which the Lions get together.


Every second year, there is an international conference bringing these phenomenal women together. You can join the Lions as they gather for extraordinary learning, sharing and celebration. The Lions inspire one another and hear from the world’s leading speakers in the fields of religion, culture, art, business, and politics.


Contact Jill Grossman, Director of Women's Philanthropy and Affinities to find out how to be a part of this group.


Lion of Judah Endowment


Endowing your Lion of Judah gift ensures that your philanthropy makes an even greater difference throughout your lifetime and for generations to come.


There is no denying we live in an uncertain world. However, women are proving stronger than ever. And as a LOJE, you are shaping the Jewish future.


When you create a Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE), you establish a charitable gift of at least $125,000 in your name. This endowment is designed to provide ongoing support of Federation and the causes most important to you.


Your attorney or financial advisor can advise you on the best endowment vehicle for you. The most popular ways to create a LOJE include:


  • A charitable gift of bequest can be made in your will or living trust
  • A retirement fund that names Federation as the beneficiary of all or part of the fund
  • Life insurance policy


A LOJE lights the way for your family and community. Helping to illuminate Jewish life well into the future. Burning bright for all who are in need.


L'Dor V'Dor Women of Valor

If you were to look up the phrase L’Dor V’Dor in the dictionary you first would need a Hebrew-to-English dictionary, and then you would find that the phrase means, ‘from generation to generation'.


Different people and groups have different interpretations of the phrase. One interpretation that stands out comes from PJ Library, a program that sends free Jewish children’s books to families across the world every month and is locally funded and supported by the Federation.


On its website, PJ Library defines the phrase as, “Making your grandmother’s Matzah Ball soup recipe together, lighting Shabbat candles, and building a Family Tree are all ways you can practice L’dor V’dor. L’Dor V’Dor is all about making connections between generations – and there are many ways that you can do that as a family. Tell stories, pass on recipes, share photos, and just spend time together.”


While you may have your own interpretation or understanding of the phrase, the Federation annually hosts women of all generations to celebrate our people’s time-honored tradition of passing on our story at the Annual L’Dor V’Dor - Woman of Valor event.


Every year, Federation honors a Woman of Valor, and welcomes in a speaker to educate and inspire those in attendance. Check back for information on the next event. Contact Jill Grossman, Director of Women's Philanthropy and Affinities to find out how to be a part of this group.


Past L’Dor V’Dor Woman of Valor Recipients:

  • Selma Brown (OBM)
  • Miriam Davidow
  • Deane Dubansky
  • Bea Fine
  • Anne Fischer (OBM)
  • Edith Glock (OBM)
  • Carolyn Grandis
  • Inge Horowitz
  • Helen Horwitz
  • Willa Kalman
  • Amy Krumbein
  • Hedy Lapkin
  • Jeanette Lipman (OBM)
  • Pearl Karp Markham (OBM)
  • Bertha Meyer (OBM)
  • Susan Meyers
  • Sara Belle November
  • Catherine Plotkin
  • Shirley Plotkin (OBM)
  • Fran Raphael (OBM)
  • Elise Scherr
  • Lynn Schwartz
  • Barbara Shocket
  • Nannette Shor
  • Susan Sisisky
  • Carole Weinstein
  • Hortense Wolf (OBM)
  • Helen Zimm (OBM)

View 2022's ceremony honoring Nannette Shor on our YouTube page by clicking here.