2018-06-20 / Federation

Supporting the community now and in the future


MARGE SOBEL MARGE SOBEL Marge Sobel moved to the South Jersey area in 1958. That’s 60 years that she has been an active part of our South Jersey Jewish community. These days, she is a resident of Lions Gate, a continuing care retirement community that is part of our Jewish Senior Housing and Healthcare Service. Marge enjoys that she has access to everything she needs living at Lions Gate, and says, “We have everything there: A rabbi for services, activities, and events. People at Lions Gate don’t necessarily need anything outside of it.”

Marge also takes full advantage of all that our community has to offer, saying that she still goes to the rabbi’s classes and services at Temple Emanuel and attends events for the Federation, most recently attending the Jewish Federation’s Event for Women on May 23. Marge is an active Lion of Judah, which is an international recognition society for women who contribute their time and resources and make a minimum annual commitment to a Jewish Federation’s annual campaign (known in our community as JFund) of $5,000. As the Immediate Past Membership Chair for the Jewish Federation’s Jewish Women’s Foundation, Marge recruited new members and continues to take an active role in the grants review process.

Marge’s philanthropic reach is wide. At the Jewish Federation’s Event for Women this year, she committed to establishing a Lion of Judah Endowment. As a new “Forever Lion,” Marge says, “I always wanted to create an endowment. I know the importance of it. I feel very strongly about the Federation and the work they do.”

Giving back is a family tradition for Marge, going back many generations. Thinking back to her childhood, Marge remembers, “My parents were always very charitable. We would walk on Market Street and see the people holding out cups for money. My mother would hand me coins so that I could give every single one of them money to help them.”

Marge has passed her values on to the next generations of her family, as well. “My children are the same way,” she continues. “They donate because they want to support what the Federation does. My family follows the tradition of giving that has been handed down. It’s just something we do.”

The Jewish value of tzedakah can be seen throughout Marge’s involvement in our South Jersey Jewish community. She has set an amazing example for others to follow— for the present and for the future.

I want the work of the Federation to continue in the community. That’s why people endow—for the future, for the children.”

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