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October 23, 2015  RSS feed
Culture

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The power of women’s giving celebrated at Museum of Fine Arts luncheon


Lions of Judah, from left, Helaine Solc, Marilyn Benjamin, Jan Sher, Susie Schwartz and Susan Heyman on a tour of the Museum of Fine Arts with docent Seymour Gordon. Lions of Judah, from left, Helaine Solc, Marilyn Benjamin, Jan Sher, Susie Schwartz and Susan Heyman on a tour of the Museum of Fine Arts with docent Seymour Gordon. The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties Women’s Philanthropy recently brought together the Lions of Judah with the Pomegranates and special guests, at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg for a luncheon celebrating their generosity.

Those attending the event, Tuesday, Oct. 13, received a catered lunch and a private tour of the museum with Seymour Gordon, docent and a museum board member.

Margot Benstock, Federation president, highlighted the Federation’s recent activities, including a new enhanced grant program, the continued growth of the PJ Library program, training activities offered by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Young Adult Division, and the upcoming slate of women’s and community events.

Deena Silver, Lion of Judah chair, reflected on the power of a woman’s gift, and that Women’s Philanthropy leads the Federation’s annual campaign year after year.

The Lion of Judah is a symbol of a Jewish woman’s financial commitment of at least $5,000 to the Annual Campaign. The Pomegranate is a giving level that includes a commitment of at least $1,800 to the Annual Campaign.

Also at the luncheon, Emilie Socash, executive director of the Federation, shared her personal journey to growing a Jewish identity.

She spoke of the key role her grandmother’s presence in her family home had on shaping her understanding of her family’s story, and the story of what it means to be Jewish. She shared memories of passing down family recipes, of making sense of what it means to be Jewish, and her early days working in Jewish communal service.

For more information about Women’s Philanthropy, contact Elana Gootson at egootson@jewishpinellas.org or (727) 333-3102.


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