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Gathering for a photo are JCFR President Ellen Renee Adams, Lion of Judah Chair Jill Goldfine, new Lion of Judahs Melanie Feldstein and Sara Waskin and Barbara Shockett, mother of Sara Waskin. JCFR Photos

By Jesse Feld
Director, Development & Engagement
Jewish Community Federation of Richmond

If you’ve been around the Jewish community long enough, there are many symbols that you see often but not think about so much.

You’ve seen the Hamsa, the Star of David, and perhaps you’ve also noticed the Lion of Judah. You may know it as the symbol of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, or perhaps you know it as the symbol our Jewish Patriarch Jacob gives to his son Judah.

While you may have your own image and recollection of this symbol, for Jewish Federations all over North America, the Lions of Judah represents the most dynamic philanthropic Jewish women in the world. In fact, we are so lucky to have 79 Lions of Judah here in Richmond.

Strong Women

Around the world, Lions are strong women of all ages, an international sisterhood of thousands of global activists who care deeply about the Jewish future. Lions of Judah play a vital role in creating social justice, aiding the vulnerable, preserving human dignity and building Jewish identity.

Lions demonstrate their dedication to the Jewish community by contributing of our time and resources. The Lions of Judah set an exemplary standard of leadership and giving. Each woman makes an annual donation to the Jewish Federation that reflects her capacity to give. In Richmond, the Lion gift starts with an annual commitment of $5,000.

Vicki Agron

Vicki Agron, a nationally renowned development professional, shares her insights on the importance of annual support for Jews everywhere.

This powerful group of women came together in late February 2020 for a meeting with another Lion of Judah, Vicki Agron. Vicki was introduced to the group by Jill Goldfine, our local Lion of Judah Chair.

“Vicki has four decades of experience as both a national leader and a senior development professional. She opened her own consulting firm specializing in strategic fundraising, professional staff development, and legacy families,” said Goldfine.

“Her client list includes local, national and international Jewish organizations as well as inter-generational philanthropic families. She is a revered, respected and someone who leads with tremendous class.”

Vicki spoke to the women about living an intentional life, and how their annual support is so crucial to the lives of so many. She thanked the group in attendance for everything they’ve done for the Jewish community here in Richmond, and for people all over the world. Vicki also focused on how easy it is to endow your gift at the Federation through working with Richmond Jewish Foundation, and specifically the Life and Legacy program.

New LOJ Members

The event was capped by welcoming two new members to the Lion of Judah family. Both Sara Waskin and Melanie Feldstein were officially inducted into this tremendous club.

If you are interested in learning more about the Lions of Judah, please contact Jesse Feld at the Federation at jfeld@jewishrichmond.org or by calling (804) 545-8623.

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