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Jan Sher honored at international Lions conference


Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award recipient Jan Sher, center, with her daughters, Allison, left ,and Jessica, at the Lions of Judah conference in New York City. Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award recipient Jan Sher, center, with her daughters, Allison, left ,and Jessica, at the Lions of Judah conference in New York City. Jan Sher of St. Pete Beach, a philanthropist and leader in the local Jewish community, was honored with the prestigious 2014 Kipnis-Wilson/ Friedland Award last month during the International Lion of Judah Conference in New York City.

The award honors extraordinary women from across the country who have set a high standard for philanthropy and volunteerism.

Sher was cheered on at the conference by Pinellas Lions Jeanne Abelson, Sally Laufer and Debbie Sembler and two of her daughters, Jessica and Allison Sher.

“It was a humbling experience to be included amongst such an outstanding group of motivating women” at the conference, Sher said. “The theme revolved around the ‘power of community and the power of one’ and you couldn’t help but be inspired by the successful programs we learned about and the personal journeys and acomplishments of the individuals we heard speak.”


The Pinellas County Lion of Judah contingent at the international conference toasts Jan Sher on receiving the Kipnis-Wilson/ Friedland Award. (L-R) Debbie Sembler, Allison Sher, Jeanne Abelson, honoree Jan Sher, Jessica Sher and Sally Laufer. The Pinellas County Lion of Judah contingent at the international conference toasts Jan Sher on receiving the Kipnis-Wilson/ Friedland Award. (L-R) Debbie Sembler, Allison Sher, Jeanne Abelson, honoree Jan Sher, Jessica Sher and Sally Laufer. A native of Pinellas County, Sher comes from a family with a history of multi-generational Jewish community involvement and commitment. Both her mother, Sonya Miller, and her late father, Irwin Miller, have been leaders and stalwart supporters of the Jewish community.

Sher has been a Ruby Lion of Judah for almost 20 years, a status awarded for annually donating $10,000 or more to the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties’ Campaign.

For 18 years, Sher has co-chaired Art Festival Beth-El, the prestigious art show hosted by the temple her grandfather built. She serves on the board of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services and the Menorah Manor Foundation. In addition, she has served on several committees of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties.

Within the broader community, she is a trustee of the Dali Museum and serves on the foundation board at the Poynter Institute She and her husband, Craig, were 2004 annual honorees for the State of Israel Bonds, received the Tree of Life award from Jewish National Fund and accepted the Celebrity Celebration award from Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services.

Sher is the mother of three daughters and has earned both bachelor and master’s degrees from Northwestern University.

The conference, which is the signature biennial event of National Women’s Philanthropy, brings together Lions of Judah worldwide, a diverse group of women philanthropists who contribute $5,000 or more in their own names to their local Federation’s Annual Campaign.

Legendary Lion Norma Kipnis-Wilson, co-founder of the Lion of Judah giving level, was present at the conference to witness the presentation of the 2014 Kipnis-Wilson/ Friedland Awards.

The conference made history as 1,400 women philanthropists raised more than $27 million to help care for those in need at home, in Israel and in more than 70 countries around the world.

For more information on how to become a Lion of Judah, contact Elana Gootson @ egootson@jewishpinellas.org or (727) 530- 3223.


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