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Federation ‘Lions’ to renovate Arad conservatory
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Federation ‘Lions’ to renovate Arad conservatory

Ohn Cohen, director of the Arad Music Conservatory, left, and Arad Mayor Nisan Ben-Hamo give Women’s Philanthropy professionals a tour of the facility in October.
Ohn Cohen, director of the Arad Music Conservatory, left, and Arad Mayor Nisan Ben-Hamo give Women’s Philanthropy professionals a tour of the facility in October.

WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ has launched Lions’ Leap to raise funds to renovate the Arad Music Conservatory in one of federation’s partner towns in the Negev. The project is being led by the Lions of Judah, women who give $5,000 or more to the federation’s Annual UJA Campaign.

Established in the 1970s, the conservatory has drawn a diverse group of musicians and artists from all segments of the community. The student body has grown from 67 students five years ago to 170 today. The conservatory is in need of a major renovation.

“Together, the generous women of Greater MetroWest will renovate the exterior, bring light and warmth to the interior, and allow the program to expand to 250-plus students,” said Lions’ Leap cochair Abbi Halpern.

Arad Mayor Nisan Ben-Hamo has identified the project as critical to his city’s re-development efforts.

Women’s Philanthropy president Jody Hurwitz Caplan said, “The more than 400 Lions of Greater MetroWest are passionate about their philanthropy and about making our community — and the world — a better place through their generosity and leadership.”

Jody Hurwitz Caplan, president of Women’s Philanthropy, enjoys a musical performance by Arad Music Conservatory students in
October.

Current Lions of Judah and other women who would like to join their ranks can participate in the project by either increasing their Lion-level gift by $500 or more, or by becoming a first-time Lion. The names of participants will be on display in the conservatory. Of the funds raised through this initiative, $50,000 will be directed to the project; all additional funds will go toward the 2019 UJA Annual Campaign.

Said Lions’ Leap cochair Maxine Schwartz, “We are thrilled to work with the city of Arad on the modernization of this important cultural center.”

Visit jfedgmw.org/womens-philanthropy or call 973-929-3104.

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