Who We Are

Women's Philanthropy, a sisterhood of women united by acts of kindness and generosity dedicated to ensuring the continuity and vitality of our Jewish community

Our Mission: Women’s Philanthropy inspires and engages women over 40 to mobilize resources and strengthen the Jewish Community.

Our Vision: A strong and vibrant community for future generations.

Our Values: Jewish women taking responsibility for each other according to the principles of Chesed (caring and compassion), Torah (Jewish learning), Tikun Olam (repairing the world) and Tzedakah (social justice).

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Contact Us

Kim Garzon, Director of Women's Philanthropy
Tel: 514-735-3541 #6407

Women’s Philanthropy President’s Message

“In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it.”
Marianne Williamson

There are moments in your life that you know, even as they are happening, will be of a great significance when you look back. Those defining times, when you were really able to step up and make a difference. As I embark on this new journey as President of the Women’s Philanthropy Campaign, I am already filled with a deep sense of hope and optimism for this time, and know it too, will prove to be a defining moment in my life.

I am thrilled to be taking on this challenge, and honoured to have been given the responsibility to work with such an amazing team of women and on the goal of investing in our community. Women are so important in effecting change, and Women’s Philanthropy is truly a sisterhood that nurtures a sense of connection and commitment that we can all be proud of.

Through our annual Campaign, we help people. We really make a difference, not only in the lives of those in need, but to all members of the Jewish community, here at home and around the world. It’s not just about providing a safety net or security in times of crisis. Federation CJA is here to make Jewish lives better- no matter the need. I am hoping that I can count on you to help. Get involved, come participate and share in the excitement, optimism and success of this great endeavor. We cannot do it without you.

L’dor vador means from generation to generation. Passing on our shared values is major component of our Jewish culture. In so doing, it helps our community continue to thrive. We are all connected: As women, as a people, as parents and children, and as community; past, present, and future. We have the power to make sure the next generation has a community that is here, safe, strong and even better than it is today.

Let’s dedicate this year in Women’s Philanthropy to the concept of l’dor vador, and its important manifestations in the community. The power of giving – both in terms of tzedakah and through TOV – will resonate throughout the community and prove to strengthen future generations.

The opportunities and programs that Women’s Philanthropy offers are countless, and I encourage each and every one of you to find a volunteer opportunity that speaks to you. Let’s roll up our sleeves, get involved, and lead by example. Each time you participate, you get someone involved, it’s a mitzvah and it all comes full circle, back to us, our children and our grandchildren.

Please remember - the good we do is up to you!

Heather Adelson
President, Women’s Philanthropy

Women's Philanthropy Campaign Chair Message

Arlène AbitanMy name is Arlène Abitan, and I take tremendous pride in being your Chair for the 2014 Women's Philanthropy Campaign.

I have been involved with Federation CJA for more than twenty years. Canvassing, co-chairing events, and outreaching to increase awareness has always felt right to me. Like so many women involved, I knew that my commitment to our community would help benefit someone in need, somewhere, somehow.

These experiences have shown me that the diversity of our community is our key strength. Our similarities outnumber our differences, and forge our common identity.

In 2004, I had the opportunity to attend the Lion of Judah conference in Washington for the first time. I shared this experience with more than 1,000 women whose hearts were filled with Judaism, pride, and commitment to Israel. We sang Hatikva in unison: It was a defining moment for me. The conference allowed me to grasp the bigger picture of the vital role that women can play in community. Not just here in Montreal, but in Israel and around the globe.

It is inspiring to know that we all connect to one another for the same purpose: The sustainability and continuity of our community. In Women’s Philanthropy, there is a sense of camaraderie that has no bounds. For me, like so many others, this is where I belong. I am proud to be doing the right thing by taking my share of the responsibility for our collective future.

I invite you to join Federation CJA’s Women's Philanthropy. Getting involved can take many forms - from volunteering to attending an event, such as our annual CHOICES evening. I can’t begin to tell you how inspiring it is to see hundreds of women gathered under one roof, all united by their choice to support their community. Through our collective efforts, we will meet the needs of the poor, the immigrants, the seniors and the children in our community: For today, tomorrow and beyond.

Arlène Abitan
Chair, 2014 Women's Philanthropy Campaign

Lion of Judah

Lion of JudahThe Lion of Judah is an internationally recognized designation for women who personally contribute a minimum of $5,000 to the Combined Jewish Appeal annual campaign. The Lion of Judah recognizes and honours philanthropic women in Montreal and worldwide.

First introduced in Miami Women’s Division Campaign in 1972, the Lion of Judah pin was established as a representation of a woman’s commitment to the worldwide Jewish community. Upon its humble beginnings, only sixteen women qualified. Since then, the Lion’s roar has become louder and louder as more than 13,000 women around the globe now proudly call themselves Lions of Judah.

As a symbol of strength and majesty in the Jewish world, the Lion of Judah is a reminder that each woman can make a significant contribution at home, in Israel and anywhere in the world where Jews are in distress.

The Lion of Judah is also a symbol of unity – each woman who wears her pin is uniquely connected to all other Lions of Judah, all of whom embody the true meaning of tzedakah. These women have the determination, capability, and power to take the dream of Tikun Olam and turn it into a reality.

Montreal women have formed a community of international trailblazers with an astounding 575 Lions, and our numbers are on the rise. As a woman’s contribution grows, she is recognized for her philanthropy with a corresponding precious gem that is placed in the pin.

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The following are the different annual Lion of Judah Giving Levels:


Platinum Designation

Canary Diamond Designation
$50,000 - $99,999

Amethyst Diamond Designation
$36,000 – $49,999

Sapphire Designation

Emerald Designation
$18,000 – $24,999

Ruby Designation
$10,000 – $17,999

Diamond Designation
$7,500 - $9,999

Lion of Judah Designation
$5,000 – $7,499

Pomegranate Society

Pomegranate Society

The Pomegranate Society is an internationally recognized designation for women who personally contribute between $1,800 - $4,999 to the Combined Jewish Appeal annual campaign.

Today’s women are interested in taking a hands-on approach to philanthropy. The Pomegranate Society recognizes this and, beyond raising money, we serve as the catalyst for women to perform mitzvoth. Federation CJA Montreal is the first Canadian Federation to introduce this international recognition society. The significance of the pomegranate is that it has 613 seeds and there are 613 mitzvot listed in the Torah.

It is really exciting for women to engage in projects that make our community better. Among other activities, members of the Pomegranate Society have volunteered at Le Café, where they served meals to families that are experiencing a difficult time. They have participated in Missions to Montreal, where they visited the agencies funded by Combined Jewish Appeal and learned about the scope of the challenges facing our community, and the great work done to help people cope.


Women’s Philanthropy Mosaic

Women’s Philanthropy Mosaic is a unique cookbook of over 100 delicious and innovative recipes that reflects the rich diversity of Montreal’s Jewish cuisine. A project of Federation CJA’s Women’s Philanthropy Division, all proceeds from this book will be used to support women in need.

$50 Click here to order our book now!



Download your Mosaic app at the App Store and get a handy ingredients list for each recipe.
Women’s Philanthropy Mosaic Cookbook - Federation CJA


The Mosaic Cookbook is also available at the following locations:

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