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has been raised
in the Women’s 2023 Campaign to date (as of January 26, 2023)
that represents 398 individual pledges
from the same group of donors in 2022
Lion of Judah is a campaign division for women who make an individual gift of $5,000 to $250,000 to the Annual Campaign of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Our Lion of Judah circle here in Tidewater stands at 105 ladies strong! Created in 1972, by Norma Kipnis Wilson and Toby Friedland of the Miami Federation, the Lion of Judah is now an international symbol of commitment to the Jewish community. The program brings together women of all ages and diverse walks of life, playing an essential role in creating social justice, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, preserving human dignity, and building Jewish identity. Internationally, more than 16,000 women proudly wear their gold Lion of Judah pin.
The Tikva Society is unique to women’s philanthropy in Tidewater. Created during the 2012 campaign, a Tikva donor is one who makes an individual Annual Campaign commitment between $3,600 and $4,999 to our Federation. The Society was named Gan Tikva (Garden of Hope) because its founders hoped to encourage women to become even further engaged in leadership, community building, and philanthropy. A small 14kt Tikva charm (which can be worn on a bracelet or necklace) plants the seed of a future Lion. This is a wonderful place to begin your philanthropic journey.
The Chai Division is a campaign division for women who give a gift of $1,800-$3,599 to the Annual Campaign. The Chai (or in some communities, Pomegranate) Division is a nationally recognized level of women’s leadership giving in the Federation system.
One of the seven fruits named in the Bible, the pomegranate is said to contain 613 seeds, one for each of the mitzvot or commandments found in the Torah. The ancient symbol was 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 “rimonim” or pomegranates.
The Golda Meier level of giving (a.k.a. Golda Giver) is the newest milestone level of giving in UJFT’s Women’s Campaign. Established by UJFT’s Women’s Campaign in 2015, Golda Givers are those who make individual commitments of between $1,000 and $1,799 to the UJFT Annual Campaign. Golda Givers receive a beautiful hand-crafted mezuzah case by Israeli artist Yair Emanuel as a gift of appreciation as they achieve this level of giving.
Workshops with Israeli Artists
UJFT’s Women’s Campaign offers several outreach and engagement events throughout the year, which are open to all women in the Jewish community. Events range from cooking demonstrations to workshops with Israeli artists, to guest lecturers, to Women’s Seders. Please Join us!
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