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

Karen Soussan

Dear friends,

It is with great humility that I have accepted the role of President of Women’s Philanthropy. It is an honour and a privilege to pursue the work of so many mentors who paved the way and built Women’s Philanthropy into what it is today.

I would like to express my heartfelt admiration and thanks for Heather Paperman’s incredible work as President of Women’s Philanthropy. Her encouragement, support, and advice have been invaluable.

My own journey with Federation CJA started in 2002, following a Chairman’s Mission to Israel. My father was Chair of the Sepharade Campaign and he encouraged me to join him on the trip. My children were still very young and I was reluctant to be so far away from them, but once we arrived in Israel, my doubts faded away I didn’t once regret my decision.

That mission changed my life. It made me realize that I had a responsibility towards my community and that I needed to get involved. Slowly, as the years went by, my commitment and involvement grew.

Fifteen years later, I’m more engaged  than ever. Volunteering is part of my daily life now; it’s part of who I am. Knowing that my actions may make a difference in someone’s life is profoundly rewarding to me.

Today, we are all working together for the future and security of our children and the next generations.

My first experience with Women’s Philanthropy was as Co-Chair of the Choices event. It was an unforgettable experience. I discovered the commitment, dedication, sisterhood, generosity, and sincerity of the women in our community. Their sense of tikun olam (repairing the world) and tzedakah have inspired me ever since.

These days, it is more important than ever for Women’s Philanthropy to create and deliver programs that reflect every facet of the modern woman’s existence. The opportunities for women in our community to get involved range from hands-on activities – like serving hot meals to those in need at our “Le Café” soup kitchen – to attending conferences, cocktail parties, and networking events. We give them the choice to get involved in a way that speaks to them.

It’s up to all of us to ensure the success of Women’s Philanthropy. I can’t wait to work with each and every one of you, and I know that together, we will reach new heights.

Karen Soussan
President, Women’s Philanthropy

Women's Philanthropy Campaign Chair Message

Galit Suissa Antebi


What a privilege to follow in the footsteps of so many dedicated women leaders of our community! It is with gratitude and humility that I am chairing the 2018 Women’s Philanthropy Campaign.

Before getting involved with Federation CJA, my husband and I were donors. As an Israeli, my priority was to help Israel and Tzaal, its army. One day, we were invited to a Federation CJA event called les Mécènes, followed a couple of days later by a visit to Federation CJA’s agencies. I was so moved during my visit to the JEM Workshop, truly touched when I served hot meals at Le Café, and particularly overwhelmed with emotion when my children and I delivered food baskets for the holidays. Those people in need, with their heads down, their eyes haunted with despair, deeply impacted me. That’s when everything clicked. I understood that a Jew in need is a Jew in need, whether he lives in Israel, Montreal or somewhere else. Since then, I’ve dedicated a large part of my time to volunteering.

My time at Federation CJA has been one of inner blossoming and enrichment. I have met so many inspiring people! I’ve made so many friends and learned as much about my community as I have about myself.

I want to pass on to my children a legacy the value of unity, Kol Israel arevim ze la ze. Our children and grandchildren are the next leaders of our community. Teaching them to care for the collective Jewish family, and to see beyond their own needs without waiting for something in return, is one of the many goals I hope to achieve. It is important that our traditions live on, and by joining together and helping out others, we can perform miracles.  

My fondest and most touching memory, however, is when I joined the mission to Israel during Operation Protective Edge. Helping out on the ground when Israel was in a state of war, and doing good through acts of generosity, love and brotherhood, are memories that will forever remain a part of me.

I invite you all to join Federation CJA's mission of Tikun Olam, to be touched and inspired, to understand all the work and help its agencies provide for our community. By giving of your time and dollars you will get in return the rewarding and lifelong feeling of having done something exceptional that surpasses any individual accomplishment, because we are One people – Am Ehad


Galit Suissa Antebi
Chair, Women’s Philanthropy Campaign 2018


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:

Arts & Kards 5222 Queen Mary Rd, Montreal 514-489-4110
Ben & Tournesol 4915 Sherbrooke W. 514-481-5050
Bibliophile 5519, ch Queen-Mary 514-486-7369
Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors 5700 Westbury 514-342-1234
DBS Fitness 4904, Jean Talon W., Suite 250 514-344-3532
Delmar 4058 Jean Talon St W 514-875-4800
Jack and Jill 5330 Queen Mary Rd 514-488-5841
Kidlink Books and Toys 5604 Monkland 514-482-4188
Linen Chest Leaside Village, 93 Laird Dr, Unit B , Toronto 416-425-0533
Linen Chest Pinecrest Shopping Center, 2685 Iris St., Ottawa 613-721-9991
Linen Chest Promenade Cathedrale,  625 Ste. Catherine St 514-282-9525
Linen Chest Riocan Center Kirkland, 3160 Jean-Yves St. 514-694-6276
Linen Chest Rockland Centre, 2305 Rockland Blvd. 514-341-7810
Rodal’s 4689 Van Horne Ave 514-733-1876
St-Laurent Coiffure Aldo & Co 1 Westmount Square Suite 1200 514-934-3000
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Shalom 4100 Sherbrooke Street West 514-937-3575