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October 23, 2015  RSS feed
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Women’s Philanthropy to welcome back Main Event


Women’s Philanthropy leadership meeting attendees: (L-R) Emilie Gurtman, Toni Rinde, Women’s Philanthropy Chair; Margot Benstock, Federation President; Melissa Bernstein, Maimonides Society Co-chair; Emilie Socash. Federation Executive Director; Sally Laufer, Main Event Co-chair; Susan Heyman, Jeanne Abelson, Main Event committee chair, and Monica DiGiovanni. Women’s Philanthropy leadership meeting attendees: (L-R) Emilie Gurtman, Toni Rinde, Women’s Philanthropy Chair; Margot Benstock, Federation President; Melissa Bernstein, Maimonides Society Co-chair; Emilie Socash. Federation Executive Director; Sally Laufer, Main Event Co-chair; Susan Heyman, Jeanne Abelson, Main Event committee chair, and Monica DiGiovanni. Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties is going back to the future with the return of the Main Event.

The new 2015 version of the Main Event will take place Dec. 1 and will have the theme, “Deep Blue Genes.” Guest speaker at the blue-jean chic event will be a representative of Sharsharet, a Jewish organization that focuses on breast cancer.

Sally Laufer and Jody Sherman are serving as chairs for the Main Event. More details will be available soon.

Another highlight on the Women’s Philanthropy calendar will be the continuation of the wildly popular Women of Distinction event.

Working in close conjunction with Women’s Philanthropy program chair Becca Tieder, Abby Sterensis and Barbara Baughman, will again chair Women of Distinction. This event will honor one woman from each Jewish organization in the area covered by the Federation. Annually, the program attracts some 400 people.

“It’s a feel-good celebration of all that women do to make our community so special,” noted Margot Benstock, Federation board president at a meeting this month of Women’s Philanthropy leadership.

During the kickoff meeting, those attending reviewed the campaign calendar, which officially begins on Nov. 1 and concludes at Passover, reviewed the organization’s vision and set a tone for the future.

“The Women’s Division has always been the leader in the Federation’s Annual Campaign, and this year is no different,” noted Toni Rinde, Women’s Philanthropy chair. “By rekindling the energy of this group, we are finding a way to include every Jewish woman across our region.”

Paul Lewis, program officer for the Harold Grinspoon PJ Library program, also joined the meeting for a discussion on how Women’s Philanthropy could build upon the PJ Library success by getting involved with story-time readings, event volunteerism, and donating additional dollars to expand the initiative.

“Women’s Philanthropy has always been the place where women of all ages can join together to not just give a gift, but to explore a broad range of experiences together in our Jewish community,” said Barbara Baccari, a volunteer member of the organization.

For more information, or to get involved, contact Elana Gootson at egootson@jewishpinellas.org or by calling (727) 530-3223.


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