In September, five women from the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey travelled to Washington DC for the International Lion of Judah Conference. They joined 1200 other like-minded and dynamic women to experience three incredible days of inspiration and empowerment. Sharing in strength and sisterhood, learning and laughter. Engaging in tzedaka and sharing a passion for giving.
This year, Phoebe Wofchuck was named Heart of New Jersey’s recipient of the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award presented by Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA)), the umbrella organization of The Jewish Federation in the Heart of NJ. JFNA and its National Women’s Philanthropy (NWP) created the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award as a tribute to Norma Kipnis- Wilson and Toby Friedland, co-founders of Lion of Judah program in 1972. The Lion of Judah is an international honor society that recognizes women who fulfill a financial commitment to the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign. The Lion of Judah, founded over 40 years ago is now over 17,500 women strong. A valuable resource for the global Jewish community, instrumental in building Jewish identity and aiding Jews in need worldwide
Wofchuck is one of an exclusive group of women worldwide to receive this distinguished honor, first presented in 2004. Honorees have made a significant impact in their communities that will leave an enormous imprint for generations to come, and have motivated other women to take an active role in philanthropy and Jewish community involvement. Their combined energy, compassion, commitment and financial strength give them a powerful voice. And, they are using it to repair the world.
The Jewish Federation and its Annual Campaign have been the recipient of Phoebe’s time and energy during a distinguished volunteer career. She is a longstanding member of the Federation Board of Directors; has served on the Federation Executive Board; has been Women’s Division president, Campaign chair, and Campaign co-chair. She created a young leadership group, instituted community-wide seders and forged stronger connections with local synagogues and schools. During her tenure as president from 2001 to 2003, Federation proactively responded to critical Jewish community needs, including providing services for those affected by the attack on the World Trade Center and raising funds for the Israel Emergency Fund. Prior to her presidency, Phoebe was past president of Brandeis National Women’s committee and served on the boards of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Central New Jersey Jewish Home for the Aged and the East Brunswick Jewish Center. Her pride and joy are her two sons, daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren.