We started with a vision:  Jewish women philanthropists in South Jersey pooling their resources and raising awareness on issues often unmet in the Jewish community.


A group of Lion of Judah donors formed the Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF), believing that together, we can create opportunities to bring positive change to the lives of Jewish women and girls.


Today, our mission is to provide grants for programs and services that directly benefit or are of great importance to Jewish women and girls in South Jersey and around the world. Acting as a committee of the whole, our membership endeavors to empower women as funders, decision makers, and agents for change.  



Our membership of talented, intelligent and motivated women:


  • ...makes a minimum annual commitment of $5,000 or more to the Jewish Federation's JFund. (This can be an individual gift at the Lion of Judah* level or a household gift at the Major Gifts level.)
  • ...makes an additional commitment of $500 or more to JWF.
  • ​...is current in its financial obligations to the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey.

*Lion of Judah is an international honor society that recognizes women who make individual gifts of $5,000 or more to the Jewish Federation's JFund campaign.



JWF funds organizations that address issues through a gender and Jewish lens. We are interested in projects that recognize Jewish women and girls as having unique needs due to both their gender and their religious and cultural heritage.


JWF Announces Two-Step Letter of Intent and Application Process for 2018


The Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) is a committee of the Funds Development Board of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and is partnering in this effort with the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc (JCF).  


JWF seeks to engage in strategic grant making to fund programs that will aim to bring positive change to the lives of Jewish women and girls in Southern New Jersey and around the world.  


All applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations. Organizations from Israel or other countries must have a sponsoring American organization in order to be eligible to receive funding. 

Pictured at their Spring Annual Meeting and 2018 installation of officers are, from left (standing): Gerri Rudner, Cindy Yellin, Peggy David, Sydria Schaffer and Marge Sobel. Sitting: Judy Love, Judy Franken and Janine Sobel.

Jewish Women's Foundation Membership

Peggy David * √ 

JWF Chair

Cindy Yellin √

Grants Committee Chair

Marjorie Sobel * √

Membership Chair

Sydria Schaffer, M.D. * □

Past Chair

Janine M. Sobel, M.D. * √

Founding Chair

Roberta Abramowitz √

Shelly Abramson * √

Janice Apple * √

Debby Baratz *

Abby Belafsky *

Donna Bell * √

Helene Blumenfeld □

Joyce Lynn Branfman √

Sandy Brown *

Stephanie Cahn *

Anat Cohen *

Ceil Diamond * √

Marsha Z. Dollinger * √

Anita Farber * √

Joan Feinberg √

Patricia Feinerman * √

Miriam Feldman √

Ruth Feldman *

Judy Franken * √

Valerie Gladfelter * □

Amy Green *

Sara-ellen Greenberg * √

Alison Bell Keim √

Judy Auritt Klein * ◊

Andrea Levin √

Fran Levy *

Marlene L. Levy * √

Judy Love * √

Susan Love √

Nancy Morgenstern,, Esq. *

Judie Morrow *

Barbara Pearlman * ◊

Eileen Perice *

Judith Platt * √

Fran Rebhun, D.M.D. *

Dr. Mindy Goldberg Rose *

Gerri Rudner * √

Gerrie Rudoler *

Marcy Sanders *

Joan Shuster * ◊

Elaine Waxman * √

Jennifer Dubrow Weiss √

Hon. Judith Wizmur * √

Vicki Zell * √

Founding Member           √ Current Member

□ Lifetime Member         ◊ Of Blessed Memory