What if you had the power to change people’s lives? YOU ALREADY DO.

Through Women’s Philanthropy, women of all ages and stages of life make a personal and financial commitment to support Jewish community locally, in Israel and worldwide. The funds we raise care for those in need and sustain and enhance Jewish life here and abroad. Our programs educate, outreach, fundraise and build Jewish community while providing opportunities for women to enhance their skills as community leaders. Please join us in making a difference!

Women’s Philanthropy Executive Committee

  • Bari Kanefsky, Vice Chair, Campaign
  • Debra Friednash, Vice Chair, Community Development
  • Natalie Stern, Vice Chair, Education & Leadership Development
  • Carol Zeichick, Vice Chair, Communication
  • Stacey Sachs Arkules & Beneé Hilton Spiegel, Board Advisors
  • Sheryl Press, Director, Campaign & Women’s Philanthropy

Upcoming Women’s Philanthropy Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Events & Programs

Campaign & Recognition Events

We have a variety of exciting events to recognize our women donors throughout the year, including Lion of Judah, Pomegranate, and Pearl.


Our signature annual event welcomes all women from our community to hear amazing speakers and to learn about the work of the Federation in the Greater Phoenix Jewish community, in Israel and in Jewish communities worldwide.

The Power of You Speaker Series

Our speaker series presents the opportunity for you to socialize with other women and be inspired by engaging and compelling speakers.

Mitzvah Day

Join us for mitzvah projects and hands-on volunteer opportunities where you can make a difference!


Hop on the bus and join us for a fun, informative visit to community agencies funded through the Federation’s annual campaign. Connect with other women and see where your Federation dollars go!

Travel to Israel

We offer Israel experiences designed specifically for women.

Campaign Giving Society Levels

Women who contribute to the annual campaign in their own names are recognized at various levels, each with its own benefits. Through their gifts, the women of Women’s Philanthropy observe our rich Judaic tradition of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedakah. Together, we practice kol Yisrael arevim zeh l’zeh (all Jews are responsible for each other) and for the world in which we live.

Pearl Society


Women celebrate their commitment to philanthropy and our community by making a $180+ gift.

Gold Pearl $1,000 – $1,799
Black Pearl $500 – $999
Blush Pearl $365 – $499
Pearl $180 – $364

Pomegranate Society


Pomegranates are symbolic with their 613 seeds, one for each of the mitzvot or commandments in the Torah. Pomegranate donors provide strength, compassion and inspiration for our community through their annual gifts of $1,800+.

Pomegranate Society $1,800 – $4,999

Lion of Judah Society


The Lion of Judah symbolizes the strength of Jewish women. It is also an international giving society of women donors making annual gifts of $5,000+ that is 17,000-strong. Women at this level are invited to attend the International Lion of Judah Conference.

Endow your Lion of Judah gift to ensure that an annual gift is made in your name for generations. To learn more, contact womensphilanthropy@jewishphoenix.org.

International Leadership Reunion Lion of Judah $250,000+
Prime Minister’s Council Lion of Judah $100,000 – $249,999
Sabra Lion of Judah $75,000 – $99,999
Zahav Lion of Judah $50,000 – $74,999
Double Chai Lion of Judah $36,000 – $49,999
Emerald Lion of Judah $25,000 – $35,999
Sapphire Lion of Judah $18,000 – $24,999
Ruby Lion of Judah $10,000 – $17,999
Diamond Lion of Judah $5,000 – $9,999

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