2017-04-26 / Columns

Show our impact at this year’s Event for Women

Jewish Federation CEO

As a woman, a mother, a philanthropist, and a member of this community, it is truly powerful to see hundreds of women of all ages come together in one room in the name of tzedakah. The Event for Women is one of my proudest moments as the CEO of Jewish Federation because it imparts the message of tikkun olam (repairing the world) that I strive every day to pass on to my own daughters. I want them to know that women are strong, that women are change-makers, and that women have a voice in this community— and around the world.

The Event for Women is not just a fundraising event. It’s a symbol to our community of the strength and power behind a woman’s charitable giving. Over $1-million is donated each year by the women in our community to JFund, directly supporting programs and services right here in South Jersey, in Israel, and around the world. That is amazing, and shows how together, we can make an IMPACT.

We are making an IMPACT on older adults. Our Aleph Home Care department has helped over 400 older adults age with grace and age in place since opening in 2013, providing personalized care when you need it and where you need it.

We are making an IMPACT on individuals with special needs. The Special Needs Coalition, led by our Center for Impact & Innovation and consisting of individuals representing our local Jewish agencies, congregations, and schools, launched the Jewish Abilities Alliance website and personal navigator to provide special needs resources for everyone. Since the website’s launch in February, it has had close to 7,000 visitors.

We are making an IMPACT in Israel and overseas. We are allocating additional dollars to fund two new programs that are near and dear to our hearts: Young leadership development in the Ukraine and a pre-army academy for disadvantaged young women in Israel.

We are making an IMPACT through community engagement. Our Federation Leadership Institute (FLI) has graduated 100 current and rising community leaders since its start in 2014, placing previously unconnected community members on committees and boards, and opening key sessions, such as fundraising, to the entire Jewish community.

We are making an IMPACT on family and youth. Our PJ Library program has grown to include children ages 9-11, serving over 1,200 families and over 1,750 children in its eight years in our community.

Registration for this year’s Event for Women opened last week and I hope all the women in our community will join me in making an impact this year. The guest speaker is Bobbi Brown, makeup artist, author, entrepreneur, and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Bobbi’s story is fascinating. When she launched Bobbi Brown Essentials, she sought to fill a void in the beauty market with simple, flattering, and wearable makeup. Her philosophy was: “Women want to look and feel like themselves, only prettier and more confident.” Since then, she’s become a sought-after expert on translating the latest trends into wearable, real-life looks.

Bobbi’s entrepreneurial impact extends beyond fashion and beauty. She has been inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame; received honorary doctorates from Montclair State University, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Emerson College; was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation; and has received the Glamour Woman of the Year Award.

Learn more and register online at jewishsouthjersey.org/eventforwomen.


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