Women’s Philanthropy: Inspiring Innovation and Impact

Women are making a difference like never before. Women’s Philanthropy brings women and ideas together in shared purpose. You use your philanthropy to articulate your values and how you want to strengthen Jewish life.

We are using our collective strength to address issues central to our families and communities. As philanthropists, we are the visionaries and innovators shaping the word around us. We are role models to our children and other women, inspiring them to see the impact that philanthropy has in our community.

We welcome you to Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy. There’s a place for you here, no matter where life and career have taken you. Add your voice to this amazing community of women. Our collective philanthropy is purposeful and effective.

“Thanks to Women’s Philanthropy, I am now a part of a community of modern, civic-minded Jewish women – I am grateful to be in such a dynamic group, and to be having important conversations about 21st century Jewish life and meaningful giving.”

– Cheryl Isaac

Women with Holocaust survivor.

Engage, Travel, and Learn With Us

We offer you meaningful ways to make an impact on our Jewish community, and on your own life.

Women’s Giving: Making Your Impact

We are a community that cares for each other and supports you in your Jewish journey. How do you want to make an impact?

Upcoming Events

October 2022

A Celebration of Jewish Culture & Belonging with Pomegranates and Lions of Judah
Celebrate local BIPOC Jewish artists from Greater Washington
Wednesday, October 12 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia
Cost: $72
Join Women’s Philanthropy for a celebration of Jewish culture and belonging with Dee Sanae, founder of Mosaic Visions. We will honor Federation’s continued work towards creating a more vibrant and inclusive Jewish community, as we are joined by local BIPOC Jewish artists from Mosaic’s signature Spirit of Humanity event. Together we will celebrate our rich and beautiful shared culture at this event, which is open to women who give $1,800+ to Federation’s Annual Campaign.

Lion of Judah Fall Current Event Series: How is Russia’s War Impacting the World?
Wednesday, October 12 | 7:00 PM ET
From the Global Food Crisis to NATO Expansion and More.

Sushi in the Sukkah
Thursday, October 13 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location provided upon RSVP.
Join Federation’s Network for our second annual Sushi in the Sukkah, hosted by Amy Rotenberg and featuring Michelle Kallen, Partner at Jenner & Block. Michelle is the former Solicitor General of Virginia and most recently served as Special Litigation Counsel in the US House of Representatives, representing the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. This gathering is exclusive for our Women in Law cohort and will be a wonderful opportunity to meaningfully connect with like-minded Jewish women lawyers.

Fall Flavors with Chef Michael Solomonov
Wednesday, October 19 | 7:30 PM
Join us for a FREE virtual fall cooking demonstration with famed chef, Michael Solomonov! James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef, Michael Solomonov, will demonstrate how to cook a delicious fall meal with seasonal ingredients, perfect for the cooler days ahead. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to wow your friends and family with new culinary skills, exclusively for the Jewish community of Greater Washington.

Women’s Philanthropy Civil Rights Journey Pre-event #1
Thursday, October 20

Women’s Philanthropy Civil Rights Journey Pre-event #2/Send off
Thursday, October 27

November 2022

Women’s Philanthropy Civil Rights Journey
November 6-9
An immersive and meaningful four-day journey to the heart of the civil rights movement. Together, we will learn about the struggle for equal rights and the courage of ordinary citizens who fought for justice and changed the course of history. Through this journey, we will also explore our role in tikkun olam (repairing the world) to do the work that still needs to be done for a more just and equitable world.

50th Anniversary of Lions Celebration and Opportunity to Honor our KWF Award Winner (announcement coming soon)*
Wednesday, November 16 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Details and registration coming soon.

Everything but the Turkey Day of Service
Sunday, November 20
Edlavitch DCJCC
A signature program of the Edlavitch DCJCC since 1996, Everything But The Turkey (EBTT) brings together hundreds of volunteers to chop, mix, grate, and prepare thousands of servings of festive Thanksgiving dishes for people experiencing food insecurity and homelessness in the DC area in partnership with DC Central Kitchen.
Learn More & Register

Our Values, Our Aspirations: Shaping Our Jewish Future
Monday, November 28 | 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Join The Jewish Federation, in partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute, online for the first public lecture of the year where we will explore the most pressing issues affecting the Jewish community.
Registration coming soon

December 2022

5th Annual Pomegranates & Lion of Judah Chanukah Celebration
Thursday, December 8 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Celebrate Chanukah and the light you bring to our community – an opportunity for Pomegranates and Lions of Judah to connect, learn, and support Federation partner agency JCADA and survivors of domestic abuse. (This event is open to women who give $1,800+ to Federation’s Annual Campaign.)
Registration coming soon

Women’s Philanthropy Civil Rights Journey Post-event #1
Thursday, December 1

Women’s Philanthropy Chanukah Party
Thursday, December 8

January 2023

Women’s Philanthropy Civil Rights Journey Post-event #2
Thursday, January 5

Women’s Philanthropy Ambassador Meetings

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, September 15 | 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Jill Granader’s home in Bethesda, MD
Theme: Why Women’s Philanthropy?

Thursday, November 17
Theme: Giving Tuesday

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Thursday, March 16, 2023
Location TBD

Thursday, May 4, 2023
Theme: Giving Week

Dates To be determined (Late winter/early spring)

  • MLK Day of Service (open to all)
  •  Women’s Philanthropy Lions of Judah event in Florida
  • Tour of the Capital Jewish Museum
  • Good Deeds Week (open to all)

If you are interested in getting involved, email [email protected].