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 **



Cindy Yellin **

Grants Committee Chair

Marjorie Sobel **

Membership Chair



Alison Bell Keim **

Membership Chair


Sydria Schaffer, M.D.

Past Chair

Janine M. Sobel, M.D. **

Founding Chair




Valerie Gladfelter

Sydia Schaffer

Helene Blumenfeld





Roberta Abramowitz **

Shelly Abramson **

Janice Apple **

Debby Baratz

Abby Belafsky

Donna Bell **

Joyce Lynn Branfman **

Sandy Brown

Stephanie Cahn

Anat Cohen

Ceil Diamond **

Marsha Z. Dollinger **

Anita Farber **

Stacy Lewin Farber **

Joan Feinberg **

Patricia Feinerman **

Miriam Feldman **

Ruth Feldman

Judy Franken **

Amy Green

Sara-ellen Greenberg **



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 **


Of Blessed Memory

** Current Member

Bold – Founding Member