Women's Philanthropy Welcomes 2019-2020 Leadership

Women's Philanthropy Welcomes 2019-2020 Leadership

Karen Kogut, Abby Rapoport, Laura Corman, Arielle Levy, Phil Loewy. Credit: Dave Hawks

By Amy Hyman

On May 8, the 2018-2019 Women's Philanthropy Cabinet, led by Julie Waltzer, passed the torch to the 2019-2020 Cabinet, to be chaired by Phil Loewy.

The mission of Women’s Philanthropy is to educate, empower and engage women of all generations to strengthen and serve the community. Guided by Jewish traditions of tzedakah and tikkun olam, Women's Philanthropy is committed to ensuring a thriving Jewish future in Austin, Israel and around the world.

The strategic initiatives for the 2019-2020 Women's Philanthropy Cabinet are to increase messaging about Women’s Philanthropy’s mission and impact; improve strategies for engagement and follow up with attendees after events; and provide more Jewish educational opportunities for the Cabinet and community of women.

2018-2019 Women’s Philanthropy Cabinet Members
Thank you for your commitment and leadership to our community!

Chair: Julie Waltzer
Past Chair: Vicki Osherow
Advisory Council: Caryn Abraham, Jennifer Greenblum, Amy Kline, Val Newberg, Randi Shade, Margo Smith, Jewel Sud, Lecia Sud
Lion of Judah Co-Chairs: Lauren Halpern, Phil Loewy
Pomegranate Society Co-Chairs: Julie Franklin, Brooke Zigler
Nominations Chair: Heilla Lain
Communications Chair: Vicki Osherow
Volunteer and Social Action Co-Chairs: Marsha Fein, Melissa Krost
Forever Lion Co-Chairs: Jennifer Failla Hoffman. Phil Loewy
Lion of Judah Stewardship Committee: Amy Kline, Nora Lieberman, Suzanne Newberg, Marianne Rochelle
Pomegranate Society Stewardship Committee: Erin Bernstein, Jennifer Kaufman, Amanda Poses, Amanda Septimus
Jewish Family Service Hanukkah Wrap Project Chair: Amy Kline, Brooke Weinstein
Senior Adult Hanukkah Luncheon Co-Chairs: Samantha Friedman, Elana Priesman
Senior Adult Passover Luncheon Chair: Sharyn Vane
Book Lovers Luncheon Co-Chairs: Stacy Linkin, Lynne Stein
Ladies Night Out Co-Chairs: Drew Brigati, Rachel Gray, Shelley Solka
Graphic Design: Dalit Barrett
Social Media: Lauren Wiley

2019-2020 Women’s Philanthropy Cabinet Members
Looking forward to a great year!

Chair: Phil Loewy
Advisory Council: Pam Frager, Jennifer Greenblum, Jennifer Failla Hoffman, Val Newberg, Randi Shade, Margo Smith, Lecia Sud, Julie Waltzer (Past Chair)
Ex-Officio: Amy Kline, Courtney Manuel, Abby Rapoport, Jewel Sud
Lion of Judah Co-Chairs: Lauren Halpern, Robyn Sperling
Pomegranate Society Co-Chairs: Amy Antonocci, Julie Franklin
Leadership Development Chair: Margo Smith
Nominations Chair: Heilla Lain
Communications Co-Chairs: Robin Davis, Vicki Osherow
Volunteer Engagement Co-Chairs: Marsha Fein, Samantha Friedman
Social Engagement Co-Chairs: Katie Dochen, Lynne Stein
Forever Lion Chair: Jennifer Failla Hoffman
Lion of Judah Stewardship Committee: Karen Kogut, Nora Lieberman, Suzanne Newberg, Marianne Rochelle
Pomegranate Society Stewardship Committee: Erin Bernstein, Jennifer Kaufman, Cara Kelly, Ashley King, Carlye Levine, Frances Meltzer, Shay Millheiser, Amanda Poses
Jewish Family Service Hanukkah Wrap Project Co-Chairs: Lindsay Neuren, Marissa Sternberg
Senior Adult Hanukkah Luncheon Chair: Dana Shapiro Spaeth
Senior Adult Rosh Hashanah Luncheon Chair: Karen Kanarek
Senior Adult Passover Luncheon Chair: Heather Krol
Book Lovers Luncheon Co-Chairs: Laura Corman, Lynne Stein
Ladies Night Out Co-Chairs: Katie Dochen, Stephanie Saur
Mingle and Mimosa Chair: Carli Price
Wine Down Chair: Yael Glazer

Following is a letter outgoing chair Julie Waltzer wrote to the 2018-2019 Women's Philanthropy Cabinet. This letter is reprinted with permission.

Dear Women’s Philanthropy Cabinet,

YES! Thank you so much to the Women’s Philanthropy Cabinet for all saying, YES! Last month we all came together to celebrate an extremely successful 2018-2019 year. And while the weather was full gloom and rain, inside we were 47 strong, smiling women. I am so appreciative of each and every one of you for taking the time out of your crazy May schedules to be there that day and for sitting around the table with me this past year.

Women's Philanthropy has grown and changed so much during these last three years. There were a lot of transitions on the staff side and the development team has changed significantly for the better. One thing that has remained consistent is the one and only Amy Hyman. I do not know how I got so lucky to be able to work with you, Amy. Amy, we have spent a lot of time together these last few years and I am really going to miss you. Shalom Austin and Women’s Philanthropy are so lucky to have Amy, Shana and Arielle leading the way.

While we don't have time for me to go through everything that we (Women's Philanthropy) have done in these last three years, I did want to touch on just a few of my memorable highlights. We successfully changed our name from Women’s Division to Women's Philanthropy. We created a more robust structure and updated mission statement. We have had two IGNITE! events and this year, I was able to pass on the Young Leadership Award to Julie Franklin. We partnered with JFS and expanded the Hanukkah Project. And lastly, we created a successful four-part education and engagement series entitled “A Taste of Women’s Philanthropy.”

In the end, I am truly proud of all of us. Leaving this chair position I am excited to see where Women's Philanthropy will go next. And so, to my entire cabinet, thank you from the bottom of my heart, you have been my gems, each precious, genuine and strong. You have volunteered so hard and I have learned so much from each one of you and created a friendship that I will always cherish. Thank you for trusting me as your Chair and for saying YES to sitting around this table with me and leading our incredible community. Women's Philanthropy is lucky to have each and every one of you. I promise you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

And now as I pass the chair position onto Phil Loewy, I know Women’s Philanthropy is in wonderful hands. Phil, thank you for saying YES. Yes to me, yes to Women’s Philanthropy and YES to our Shalom Austin community. You have already created an incredible cabinet for next year. I am already looking forward to attending my first event.

With Love and Appreciation,
Julie Waltzer

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