Women philanthropists are recognized nationally through giving societies established by the Jewish Federations of North America. The societies acknowledge women who believe that significant philanthropic gifts enable them to make a difference in the lives of Jews at home and around the world.
Give From the Heart
Women 40 and under who give an individual or family gift of $360 to $1,799.
The Pearl Society recognizes women who give from the heart and desire to engage with the community through philanthropy. The Pearl Society pendant and necklace feature a silver hamsa or “hand,” symbolizing the Hand of God. The hamsa has a freshwater pearl inlay. The letter pey, which represents the Hebrew word p’nina (pearl), is elegantly embossed on the back. The pendant and necklace are available for $49, including
shipping. New donors at this level will be recognized in donor honor rolls.
Plant for the Future
Women who give an individual or family gift of $1,800 to $4,999
The pomegranate has been a meaningful symbol in Jewish life since biblical times. The Midrash tells us that the pomegranate has 613 seeds, which correspond with the number of mitzvot or commandments found in the Torah. Pomegranate members nurture, sustain, and plant seeds for the future of our community. A beautiful silver Pomegranate pin is available for purchase for donors at this level.
The cost of the pin is $150 plus shipping, and rubies can be added for the “seeds.” The first ruby is $61. Each year donors who sustain or add to their gift will qualify for an additional ruby for $34. (Prices may vary slightly from year to year). Each year, donors at this level are celebrated at a special appreciation event, and new donors at this level are recognized in a donor honor roll
Commit to Community
The Lion of Judah is the nationally-recognized symbol for a woman’s gift of $5,000 or more to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign.
The Lion of Judah is a symbol of today’s Jewish woman’s strength, her caring about the Jewish people, and her financial commitment to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign. Judah, one of the sons of our patriarch Jacob, was known for taking care of his brothers, symbolizing our need for Jews to take care of one another. Lions of Judah are a global sisterhood of 17,500 women!
A striking gold pin is available for purchase at a cost of around $1,000 + shipping. (The cost varies with the price of gold.) Each year a woman sustains or increases her gift, she is eligible to have a small diamond set into the pin.
The Lion of Judah Society has nine giving levels. As a woman reaches a new level with an individual or family gift, she may add a new gemstone to her pin:
• Sapphire–$18,000 Emerald–$25,000
• Amethyst Diamond–$36,000
• Canary Diamond–$50,000
• Cognac Diamond–$75,000
• White Gold with Black Diamond–$100,000
• White Gold Diamond Pavé–$250,000
Each year, donors at this level are celebrated at a special appreciation event and are recognized in a donor honor roll. Lions are invited to the exclusive International Lion of Judah Conference, which is held every other year.
Realize Your Vision
The Forever Lion recognizes those who make a planned gift of $118,000 or more
You can become a Forever Lion in perpetuity by making a planned gift of $118,000 or more that will ensure your commitment to our community continues for decades to come. A Forever Lion may choose to enhance her Lion of Judah pin by adding a flame, ohr l’atid, to recognize this eternal commitment.
Each year donors at this level are celebrated at a special appreciation event, recognized in a donor honor roll, and are invited to the International Lion of Judah Conference, which is held every other year. A Forever Lion can be established with an endowment, a bequest, or a life insurance policy. A Jewish Community Foundation endowment professional, financial advisor or legal advisor can design a simple Forever Lion endowment that will help you realize your philanthropic vision