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Richmond Lions gather virtually to help kick off 50th Anniversary honoring Lion of Judah


By Jill Grossman

Director of Women’s Philanthropy and Affinities, JCFR

The Lions of Judah came together on Sunday, Jan. 9, for a virtual Reception and Watch Party. Over 20 Richmond Lions gathered on Zoom to meet the “Jills” – Jill Goldfine, chair of Women’s Philanthropy, and Jill Grossman, Federation’s director of Women’s Philanthropy and Affinities.

After introductions from Jill and Jill, President Ellen Renee Adams, and President-Elect Amy Nisenson, spoke about what inspires and motivates them as Lions to give of their time and resources, endowing gifts, the importance of being inclusive, growing Women’s Philanthropy, and so much more.

The women of Richmond went on to share their personal stories and what it means to be a part of this international sisterhood – the Lions of Judah – the most dynamic philanthropic Jewish women in the world!

Everyone who joined the virtual reception contributed to this beautiful conversation.

Year of the Lion

After the meet-and-greet, and time for the women to schmooze, the Richmond Lions joined together with Lions from across the globe to kick off the Year of the Lion; a celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the Lion of Judah. National Women’s Philanthropy, a division of the Jewish Federations of North America, will celebrate Women Making History throughout the year.

This year -2022 – marks 50 years since Toby Friedland and Norma Kipnis-Wilson, OBM, began the Lions of Judah, now 18,000 strong.

These powerful women are global activists who set an exemplary standard of leadership and giving who care deeply about our Jewish future.

Lion of Judah Convention

The yearlong celebration will culminate in December for the Lion of Judah Convention where Lions from across the globe will gather to celebrate each other and Women Making History.

For more information on Women’s Philanthropy initiatives, to donate, or to inquire about becoming a Lion of Judah, please contact Jill Grossman at jgrossman@jewishrichmond.org or (757) 652-2446.

For more about the JCFR, visit our website at jewishrichmond.org.

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