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UJA-Federation of New York’s Women’s Philanthropy brings together women from across New York to maximize their collective power and make a profound impact on the future of our community.

Collective Power Making an Impact

As the center of Jewish women’s philanthropy in the New York area, more than 28,000 women use their combined talent, energy, and financial clout to inspire and educate, and transform the lives of people in need. From new mothers to grandmothers, from lawyers to bankers to advertising execs, here’s your place to get involved and make a difference.

Women’s Philanthropy can be a meaningful part of your life. Learn about what we do in Manhattan, Long Island, Westchester, and New York's boroughs.

Meet like-minded professionals, and learn how you can make a difference in our community through Professional Women’s Philanthropy, join more than 1,200 women in the New York Jewish community recognized as Lions of Judah, or create an planned gift to give a gift that will live on in perpetuity.

Ruby Circle

The Ruby Circle recognizes the generosity of women who contribute $10,000 or more to UJA-Federation's annual campaign. Members of the Ruby Circle are invited to exclusive events throughout the year including the TriBeCa Film Festival. Ruby Circle members are invited to be part of special local, national, and international missions. The Circle traveled to Argentina and met members of the Jewish community there.

Sapphire Society

UJA-Federation of New York’s Women’s Philanthropy Sapphire Society recognizes the generosity of women contributing $18,000 or more to UJA-Federation's annual campaign. Members of the Sapphire Society attend exclusive events throughout the year including art studio tours and exclusive showings at museums and galleries. A tour of the artwork of Mark Rothko at the home of Lori Cohen and Christopher Rothko inaugurated the Society.

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

Adrienne Tanner


Tammy Brass

Women's Events
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

On November 6, 2012, members of UJA-Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy came to the aid of Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations (COJECO) to help with supplies in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.