Welcome to Women's Philanthropy

It's Moments Like This!


Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven invites you to engage, learn and grow.


We are a diverse community of women who 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, raising more than $1 million annually to make an impact.

Yesod Leadership Development Program


Women's Philanthropy is pleased to present a community-wide leadership development program. Yesod, the Hebrew word for foundation, aptly describes the curriculum created to provide an educational program for effective leaders.


The goal of this initiative is to assist in building a pipeline of excellent volunteer leadership. By investing in the development of individuals, this program will help build a stronger Jewish community.


The curriculum, developed by the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, was written by Dr. Erica Brown. The course content includes Judaic text study, business skills, leadership theory, and experiential application. The program is interactive and provides participants with the tools to develop their own leadership skills. Most importantly, this program creates a cohort of peers who will serve as resources and strategic partners for our community.


This program will take place in person at various local Jewish agencies. In order to gain the most from this group experience, your attendance is critical. Please complete registration by February 15, 2024. Space is limited.

Time:  6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (includes a light dinner) 


Thursday, February 29
Opening & Orientation / Strength Finders 


Thursday, March 21
What is a Vibrant Jewish Community? 


Thursday, April 4
Jewish Communal Responsibility / World Jewry 


Thursday, April 18
Best Practices; Leadership/Principles of Jewish Leadership & Governance of a Community 


Thursday, May 16
Funding & Allocations of the Jewish Community 


Thursday, June 20 
Leadership: Your Future; Graduation 

The cost is $150 per person including all materials and light dinners.


Each participant is expected to take a leadership role on a committee or board of a local Jewish institution. 


Each participant will serve as an ambassador for our Jewish community. 


Each participant will make a personal commitment to the 2024 Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven Annual Campaign for Community Needs.

Featured Upcoming Events

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    Save the date for this special Purim mom's night out with the JEWEL Society! 

  • Save the date for our first JEWEL Society book club!

    Sign up early to have a say in which book we'll be discussing. Home hosted by a PJ Library mom for PJ Library mom's (raising kids under the age...

  • Shalom Baby Cafe is back! Enjoy weekly meetups every Thursday morning this fall with your babies and toddlers. Registration is appreciated and drop-ins are welcome. Kosher refreshments provided fro...

  • Join your PJ Library friends for toddler-friendly pre-Purim celebration! Kiddos will get to make playdough hamantaschen, enjoy sensory play, and make their own graggers (noisemakers). Enjoy kosher ...

Signature Women’s Philanthropy 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.

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.

JEWEL Society

With gifts to PJ Library, JEWEL Society members take the lead in ensuring a vibrant Jewish community in Greater New Haven for generations to come. A gift to PJ Library allows us to reach the families of more than 800 children from birth to 8 years old, enriching their lives with Jewish books, local family programming and outreach.

Past Women's Philanthropy Events

  • Tradition Meets Trendy!

    Tradition Meets Trendy - Exquisite Kosher Creations! Cooking demo with Paula Shoyer at Chabad of Milford-HCW. Co-chaired by Betsy Karp, Abby Silbert, & Chanie Wilhelm in partnership with Chabad of Milford-HCW.

For any questions, please contact Robyn Teplitzky, Interim Women's Philanthropy Director,