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March 9, 2018  RSS feed

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Luncheon for top tiers of women philanthropists’ is April 19

Leading philanthropic women who participate in the Federation’s two giving societies for women – the Lion of Judah and the Pomegranate Society – will enjoy a festive and thought-provoking spring lunch on April 19.

The lunch will feature Dr. Malcolm Heimer, a Baptist-raised engineer who fell in love with Israel some 30 years ago. Heimer will speak on the topic, “What Israel has done for humanity.” The event will also offer a docent-led art tour to follow the lunch at the Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach.

The Pomegranate Society recognizes women who donate at least $1,800 to the Federation’s Annual Campaign and Lions of Judah are those women you make a minimum $5,000 annual donation.

“The Lion of Judah program, established way back in 1972, gives women of all ages a way to connect with their Jewish community and make a big difference in what happens here at home and around the globe,” noted Toni Rinde, Women’s Philanthropy chair.

Funds raised through these giving societies are used by the Federation to support the host of local and international initiatives included in the Federation’s budget, spanning from PJ Library’s free Jewish books for children to hunger fighting Israeli programs like Leket Israel. “We’re very excited to be hosting Dr. Heimer. One of our Lions has heard him speak in another community and has shared that he speaks of what is best about Israel!” said Jeanie Abelson, Lion of Judah Chair.

Dr. Malcolm Heimer is a retired electrical and biomedical engineer who earned degrees from Bucknell University and Cal Tech before earning his Ph.D. from Penn State University. His personal connection to Israel is through his wife, Yael. She was a young pioneer who moved to Israel and lived on a kibbutz there for 10 years in the 1950s. Daughter Deborah, and grandson, Ofir, both still live in Israel, and Heimer has visited Israel seven times, including twice to give lectures at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He was raised a Baptist in rural Appalachia in central Pennsylvania and never met a Jewish person until college; now, after 30 years of marriage to Yael, they have relocated to Tamarac, and he is the president of their community’s American-Israeli Club.

Heimer has a unique perspective on Israel with particular emphasis on what Its impact on humanity has been through technology and the sciences.

The program will include pinning new Lions and Pomegranates, as well as having new Lion endowment donors sign the Lion of Judah Ketubah. All women interested in getting involved with the Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy division at these giving levels are encouraged to attend.

For more information or to register, visit or call (727) 530-3223.

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