UJA-Federation of New York

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Women’s Executive Circle

Executive Committee
Marnie Black, Chena Dederian, Adina Dolfman, Mechele Flaum, Maxine Forman, Lauren Goldberg, Donna Jakubovitz, Vickie Kobak, Marge Magner, Barbara Matas, Diana Muller, Jen Rochkind, Amanda Siegel Lansky, Helaine Suval, Jacky Teplitzky, Cynthia Wolff

Young Professional Women

Sara Hackmyer, Blake Sonnenshein

Immediate Past Chair
Stacey Spielman

Executive Board
Melanie Baevsky, Erica Berman, Stella Binkevich, Jamie Brokowsky, Debbie Burkhoff, Nicki Fishman, Dorit Ingber, Gabrielle Jackson, Rachel Levin, Lindsay Nakash, Jayme Tauber

Professional Women’s Philanthropy

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Professional Women’s Philanthropy is a community of Jewish professional women who support the work of UJA-Federation of New York. Spanning a variety of industries and experience levels, like-minded women come together to connect their professional lives with their philanthropic values through customized, high-level programs.

When you join our community, you have special access to New York trendsetters and the opportunity to interact with thought leaders in business and philanthropy. Programs include boardroom briefings, mentorships, hands-on volunteer experiences, and power breakfasts.

Each of the three Professional Women’s Philanthropy groups has its own leadership committee, responsible for setting strategy and developing programs. Leadership committee members serve as ambassadors of UJA-Federation’s mission, and are instrumental in expanding the division.

Opportunities for Engagement:

Women’s Executive Circle
Minimum gift of $6,000 to UJA-Federation’s annual campaign

The Women’s Executive Circle (WEC) is a group of professional and philanthropic leaders who lend support to one another professionally, intellectually, and socially. It is comprised of senior-level women business leaders, including corporate directors, partners, managing executives, nonprofit executives, and entrepreneurs, who engage philanthropically through UJA-Federation.

Women’s Ambassador Circle
Minimum gift of $3,600 to UJA-Federation’s annual campaign

The Women’s Ambassador Circle (WAC) cultivates a network of professional women by providing opportunities to connect through intellectual and cultural activities and philanthropic involvement through UJA-Federation.

Young Professional Women
Minimum gift of $1,000 to UJA-Federation’s annual campaign

Young Professional Women (YPW) fosters community for those who are up-and-coming professionals in their careers. This group offers tomorrow’s leaders opportunities to further their professional and personal development through peer interaction, mentoring from senior-level women, and philanthropy through UJA-Federation.

Panel Night: Our Signature Event

Every year, Professional Women’s Philanthropy presents Panel Night, an insightful discussion with influential industry leaders and a venue to expand your network beyond your industry. Join hundreds of Jewish professional women to get unparalleled access to visionaries and innovators, like Rebecca Minkoff, international fashion designer; Julie Rice, founder of SoulCycle; Daryl Roth, Broadway producer; and Melissa Ben-Ishay, founder and president of Baked by Melissa.

Women’s Philanthropy Executive Committee

Judy Baum

Interboro Regional Chair
Eva Galpern

Planned Giving & Endowments Chair
Laurie Girsky

Women's Leadership Board Chair
Muriel Goldberg

Cindy Golub

Marilyn Gottlieb

Northern Westchester Women's Philanthropy Chair
Michele Gregson

Leadership Development Chair
Ellen Grossman

Long Island Regional Chair
Stacy Hoffman

Francine Asher Holtzman

Professional Women's Philanthropy Chair
Donna Jakubovitz

Westchester Regional Chair
Laura Kleinhandler

Westchester Regional Chair
Kyle Koeppel

Lois Kohn-Claar

Campaign Chair
Sandy Lenger

Manhattan Regional Chair
Heidi Lurensky

Volunteer Engagement Chair
Mindy Richenstein

Commissions Liaison
Sarene Shanus

Commissions Liaison
Joy Zelin

For More Information

Contact Tammy Brass, Director


Anna-Rachel Krakowsky


Lauren Grunstein


Women's Philanthropy
Thursday, October 8
9:30 am
Scarsdale Women's Philanthropy Opening Event
Wednesday, October 14
10:00 am
A Conversation With Monica Lewinsky
Thursday, October 22
6:00 pm
Women's Philanthropy Panel Night
Monday, October 26
10:00 am
Campaign Kickoff Fashion Event
Thursday, November 5
11:30 am
Lion of Judah Fall Luncheon
Thursday, November 12
8:30 am
Woman in Gold
Sunday, November 15
11:45 am
Family Fun Day
Thursday, December 24
9:00 am
Winter Family Mission to Israel
Tuesday, January 12
1:30 pm
i3: A Summit for Women
Friday, January 15
8:00 am
L'Dor V'Dor Generational Mission to Cuba