- Women's Philanthropy - WP Lion of Judah Event
- Women's Philanthropy - Choices
- Federation CJA - W.I.N. with Joanne Nemeroff
- Women's Philanthropy - WP Emerging Leaders
Who We Are
Federation CJA 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).
Myriam Ifrah, Senior Development Officer, Women’s Philanthropy
T 514.345.2645 ext.3369
Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Chair Message
My name is Ruth Bensimon Choueke and I am honoured and humbled to be the 2019 Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Chair.
I have been involved with Federation CJA for over 17 years, yet the experience feels as fresh as it did when I first began. I can attribute the feeling to the fact that the journey has been so enriching in the connections I’ve made over the years with WP’s chairs and volunteers. They’ve helped shape who I am today and I thank them sincerely.
My parents immigrated to Montreal from Morocco in January of 1968, when I was one and my sister was two. They had never seen snow or experienced -25 degree temperatures. My brother was born a year later and life was challenging for a new immigrant family with three small children and no relatives in Canada.
Federation CJA, and specifically JIAS, guided my family through the many services they offered. My parents sent us to Jewish day schools, Camp B’nai Brith, and “Les scoot” – the Scouts, through the CSUQ. They did everything they could to be a part of this community.
Fast forward many years and when my children were born, I continued the family tradition by exposing them to all that the Jewish community had to offer and instilling in them the commitment of Tikun Olam. My kids got involved in Federation CJA’s programs like Feed the Truck and Pack it Up, and worked for the Yom Yocheved Clothing Giveaway and Challah Bake. They learned how a team of committed people can get things done together. I’m thrilled to see how these experiences have given them a first-hand appreciation of how I choose to invest my time.
Through the Israel Engagement Program at Federation CJA, our family hosted a Shinshin in our home, who is now part of our family. Thanks to the program, my children befriended all the Shinshinim and can’t wait to go to Beer Sheva to visit their friends and new Israeli ‘brother’.
My husband and I participated in both Mega Missions where we learned, laughed, cried and grew.
People often refer to women who get involved in Women’s Philanthropy as “Drinking the Kool-Aid”. I prefer to think of it as “Drinking the smoothie”, because smoothies offer a richer taste and nourish your well-being.
I thank you for this great honour and hope I can follow in the footsteps of our amazing past chairs.
Ruth Bensimon Choueke
Chair, 2019 Women’s Philanthropy Campaign
Women’s Philanthropy President’s Message
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.
15 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 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.
President, Women’s Philanthropy
Lion of Judah
The 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.
Click here to see our newsletter.
The following are the different annual Lion of Judah Giving Levels:
Canary Diamond Designation
$50,000 - $99,999
Amethyst Diamond Designation
$36,000 – $49,999
$18,000 – $24,999
$10,000 – $17,999
$7,500 - $9,999
Lion of Judah Designation
$5,000 – $7,499
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.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
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|