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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

Cindy Golub

Judith Kessler Baum

Vice Chair, Agency & External Relations
Mindy Richenstein

Annual Campaign Chair
Sandy Lenger

Emerging Leaders and Philanthropists Vice Chair
Pamela Wohl

Interboro Regional Vice Chair
Pauline Raphael

Leadership Development Vice Chair
Ellen Grossman

Long Island Regional Vice Chair
Stacy Hoffman

Manhattan Regional Vice Chair
Karen Kastenbaum

Member at Large
Suzy Appelbaum
Natalie Barth

Northern Westchester Regional Vice Chair
Randi Kreisler

Planned Giving & Endowments Vice Chair
Laurie Girsky

Professional Women’s Vice Chair
Mechele Flaum

Strategic Planning & Organizational Resources
Sarene Shanus

Westchester Regional Vice Chair
Lois Kohn-Claar

For More Information

Adrienne Tanner


Adrienne Rubin-Prince

Women's Events
Thursday, September 17
7:00 pm
2nd Annual LGBTQ Initiative New Year Kickoff
Monday, October 26
10:00 am
Campaign Kickoff Fashion Event
Thursday, November 5
11:30 am
Lion of Judah Fall Luncheon
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.