The Women’s Division of the Federation is a diverse community of women from across Ocean County at every stage of life and career. These philanthropists are our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends who are compassionate, committed women. They share a personal commitment to support their local Ocean County community and the Jewish community locally, in Israel and around the world.
The division is comprised of individuals who make gifts of every dollar amount, ranging from $18.00 to over $5,000. All of these gifts, no matter the size, help transform the community, Jewish lives today and for generations to come.
Through our collective philanthropy we have enriched our own lives while improving the lives of others in our community. These gifts help fund programs and services that go directly to the people who need them most.
Across all Jewish Federations, women who give at specific levels are honored with special pins.
Lion of Judah and Lion of Judah Endowment, $5,000 +
The Lion of Judah is perhaps the most successful development vehicle of all time and is a symbol of today’s Jewish woman’s strength, a symbol of her caring about the organized Jewish world and a symbol of her financial commitment of at least $5,000 to Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign. Almost 17,000 women world-wide are Lions of Judah.
Pomegranates are members of a select group of philanthropists who share common Jewish values and tzedakah priorities by giving a gift of $1,800–$4,999.
The pomegranate was chosen because it is mentioned in the Torah. It was one of the seven species that the spies saw in the land when they were sent forth by Moses. The Midrash tells us that the pomegranate has 613 seeds, which corresponds with the number of mitzvot or commandments found in the Torah. It is an ancient symbol found carved into the lintels of the earliest synagogues. It has been woven into ancient fabrics and hammered silver and gold objects. The intricate covers for the handles of the Torah scrolls are called “rimonim” or pomegranates.