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.


Featured Upcoming Events

Introducing Women’s Philanthropy’s Newest Projects

  • Shalom Baby

    Shalom Baby is an outreach initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven's Women's Philanthropy—designed to welcome Jewish babies and their families to the Jewish community in the Greater New Haven area. Through this collaborative effort, synagogues, vendors, and agencies that cater to our community extend a hand of friendship to families who have recently experienced the birth or adoption of a child.

  • Dignity Grows

    Dignity Grows empowers our neighbors in need by providing menstrual and hygiene supplies for every body that needs them. We remove obstacles to better self-esteem and health by providing personal hygiene essentials each and every month. Dignity Grows mobilizes volunteers to organize, assemble, and distribute free, reusable zipper-top totes filled with a month's supply of soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, along with menstrual products.

  • A Special Presentation from Shalom Baby Sponsor, JScreen

    Originally presented in April 2020, "What's In Your Genes: Jewish Genetic Testing – More Than Just Tay-Sachs" is a lecture from Shalom Baby sponsor JScreen that debunks the myths around genetic testing and provides families with vital information that can help keep our next generation healthy. JScreen is a national non-profit public health initiative dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases. Learn more at http://jscreen.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.

Meet Our Leadership

  • Nancy Cohen

    Women's Philanthropy Chair

  • Stacey Trachten

    Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) Chair

  • Dana Schwartz

    Lion of Judah Chair

  • Judy Skolnick

    WP Events Chair

  • Betsy Flaherty

    Pomegranate Chair



For any questions, please contact Amy Holtz, Chief Development Officer, (203) 387-2424 x254 aholtz@jewishnewhaven.org