Welcome to Women's Philanthropy

Women’s Philanthropy is a community of women representing diverse lifestyles and income levels. Women share a personal commitment to supporting the Jewish community locally, in Israel and around the world.


Women’s Philanthropy offers a full calendar of educational, social and fundraising events. This passionate community of women raises more than $1 million annually to help Federation meet its goals.  


We invite you to join us at our events, in our volunteer activities and in making a real difference in Greater New Haven.





Women's Philanthropy: Handbag Bingo

Beckerman Lender Jewish Community Center 360 Amity Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525



Cool Reads for Hot Days

Guilford Yacht Club 379 New Whitfield Street
Guilford, CT 06437

Upcoming Event Details

Handbag Bingo

Thursday, May 30 | 7-8:30 PM | Beckerman Lender Jewish Community Center


Enjoy a delicious dessert reception as we play several rounds of BINGO. Prizes include unique handbags and more! Featuring handbags by MZ Wallace, Tory Burch, Ted Baker/London, Shiraleah/Chicago, Chanel, Michael Kors, Longchamp, Kate Spade, ZAC/Zac Posen & More!


Event sponsorship will support PJ Library and Alma Pre-Military Academy for Female Leadership.


Please bring a nonperishable food item for JFS Food Pantry.

Kashrut observed | Dairy Dessert





Susan Skalka & Jane Shernow: Co-chairs
Jennifer Baron Bayer, Debbie Brander Barberi, Linda Caplan, Nancy Cohen, Renee Drell, Stacy Dworkin, Jody Ellant, Besty Flaherty, Deb Gaudette, Audrey Greenberg, Jessica Halprin, Jodi Harris, Betsy Hoos, Sandy Horvath, Robin Kramer, Sami Merit, L.Faith Miller, Carol Robbins, Emily Sandberg, Jessica Savik, Shirley Scholder, Dena Schulman Green, Rachel Scolnic Dobin, Dana Schwartz, Jane Shernow, Susan Skalka, Judy Skolnick, Andi Stannard, Stacey Trachten, Leslie Zackin

What does it mean to be Jewish in Modern Russia with special guest speaker Mikhail (Misha) Libkin

Tuesday, May 21 | 11:30 AM | Beckerman Lender Jewish Community Building


Mikhail (Misha) Libkin is the National Director of ORT Russia. He came to this role in July 2018, but his involvement with ORT began in high school. Misha graduated from the ORT High School in Moscow in 2000, and has been an employee of ORT’s operation in the former Soviet Union since college. Beyond ORT, Misha has fulfilled many leadership roles in the FSU. He has worked with Russian Jews on all levels of engagement and has become a key leader of the community and of ORT.


RSVP by May 15 


For questions or more information, contact Robyn Teplitzky, Senior Consultant, rteplitzky@jewishnewhaven.org or (203) 387-2424 x320

Cool Reads for Hot Days

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Guilford Yacht Club 


Panel discussion and dinner. Hear from Roxanne Coady, founder and owner of R.J. Julia Booksellers, James Mustich, author of 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die, and Matthew Dicks, author, educator & storyteller. Pre-registration is required. Proceeds will support the Alma Pre-Military Academy for Female Leadership in Israel and PJ Library


Kashrut observed.

Couvert: $54 per person | $108 sponsor


Please bring gently used costume jewlery, knick-knaks or photo frames for the Towers Collectible Sale. 




Committee Co-chairs; Jo Ann Maynard, Carol Robbins

Committee Members: (in-formation)

Cecle Adler, Linda Cedarbaum, Nancy Cohen, Jody Ellant, Betsy Hoos, Sami Merit, Carol Miller, Cindy Miller, Gloria Sack, Emily Sandberg, Jessica Savik, Dena Schulman Green, Dana Schwartz, Judy Skolnick. Andi Stannard, Margie Starensier, Stacey Trachten, Dr Stephanie Wain, Leslie Zackin





For any questions, please Contact Robyn Teplitzky, Senior Consultant, (203) 387-2424 x320 rteplitzky@jewishnewhaven.org

Women's Philanthropy Giving Levels

Lion of Judah

With a gift of $5,000 or more to the Annual Campaign, a woman earns the distinction of the Lion of Judah. The Lion of Judah pin is worn by 17,500 women in the world and symbolizes their dedication to the Jewish community.

Pomegranate Society 

The Pomegranate honors all women who make a personal gift of $1,800-$4,999 to the Annual Campaign. These women can show their commitment by wearing a sterling silver Pomegranate pin, representing a commitment to saving lives and to helping Jews in need around the world.

Sabra Society

Women who give a dollar a day to the Annual Campaign, up to $1,799 annually, make our Sabra Society. The Sabra is a symbol of the native Israeli – tough on the outside and sweet on the inside. The Sabra endures and continues to thrive, just as we do and our community does.