Women's Philanthropy


The Women's Philanthropy Department of the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul organizes and conducts the annual Women's Philanthropy Campaign and broadens the base of women's participation in the fund. We are proactive in evolving issues of concern to contemporary Jewish women, and we develop and enhance personal networking, leadership skills and responsible communal leadership.


By perpetuating the ideals and the values of Jewish heritage and tradition, the Women's Philanthropy Department encourages women to become more deeply involved with and committed to the Jewish community.

Women's Philanthropy Programs

We create programs for women as a way to educate, outreach, fundraise and build Jewish community, including:


  • The Women's Philanthropy Campaign Cabinet, under the leadership of a Board chair, oversee the women campaign workers as well as working in the cabinet themselves. Other responsibilities of cabinet members include planning and participating in campaign events and phon-a-thons for women.

  • The Lion of Judah Luncheon is a lovely and special event for women who make a gift of $5,000 or more to the Annual Campaign. Events have included High Tea and a private fashion show, held jointly with the Minneapolis Jewish Federation in September.

  • The Pomegranate Event is planned for women who make a gift of $1,800-4,999 to the Annual Campaign. It is held each November.

  • The Women's Forum is a program for all women to come together for a day of education. Participants enjoy great food, great socializing and educational topics such as Torah Yoga, Kabbalah and family history projects.

  • The Lunch & Learns are a series of educational seminars held over the lunch hour to accommodate the working woman.


The opportunity for education, personal enrichment, community outreach and leadership are all found within the framework of Women's Division. We welcome your involvement in any of our programs. Come join us and meet women who make a difference in our community.

To get involved and learn more about Women's Philanthropy contact:

Sharyn Efress Pesses