LINDA BLOCK of East Brunswick was the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey’s chosen winner of the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award, conferred by Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) on Lion of Judah (LOJ) donors who have “demonstrated the highest ideals of leadership and involvement.”
The awards were presented at the JFNA’s International Lion of Judah Conference, held Jan. 13-15 in Hollywood, Fla. Some 1,400 women representing close to 90 federations were in attendance.
Lions of Judah are women who make a commitment to give at least $5,000 each year to their local Jewish federation’s annual campaign. Winners of the award — named for LOJ founders Norma Kipnis-Wilson and Toby Friedland — are chosen by their respective federation communities.
A member of the Heart federation’s board and its Israel Action Committee, Block previously served as president of the federation’s Woman’s Division and has sat on its nominating, campaign, and executive committees. She has been a Lion of Judah since 2007.
Block, who has over 30 years’ business experience, is a member of JFNA Women’s Business and Professional Division. As a long-time board member of JFNA’s National Woman’s Philanthropy, she has chaired several missions to Israel and participated in several Campaign Cabinet missions.
In 2017, Block served as cochair for the Ethiopian National Project’s “Project 1460,” providing support for Ethiopian students in Israel.
Also attending the conference from the Heart federation were Lions of Judah Elise Feldman, Rona Shein, Brenda Tanzman, and executive director Susan Antman.