It’s Here: A New Women’s Philanthropy

Join the Women’s Philanthropy Committee!

Bring your expertise and passion to one of our philanthropy committees: FundraisingEducation and Engagement; Events; or Global Experiences. These committees are working to create programming that celebrates and increases women’s role in philanthropy.

For more information, contact Jen Bucklew, Development Officer.


Women Repair the World is a project of Women’s Philanthropy of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, providing engaging, inspirational, and impactful programming for women in Minneapolis. Each year Women Repair the World partners with a local women’s organization to host its series of workshops and service projects. We are pleased to announce our 2020 partnership with Hadassah of the Upper Midwest!


Jewish Disability Advocacy Month

February 2021

A month of education, solidarity-building, and empowerment in support of people with disabilities, powered by the Jewish Federations of North America. #JDAM

Join us locally on February 24.
Join Women Repair the World on February 24 for From Inclusion to Belonging: Removing Disability Barriersa conversation with people on the forefront of fighting the stigma of people with disabilities. You’ll hear from Tasya Kelen, Tamara Phillips, AJ McGhee Lewis, and Laura Cooper. The program is facilitated by Shelly Christensen. Click here to register!

Closed captioning is available throughout JDAM programming.

Interested in seeing a curated calendar of JDAM programming we think our WRW members will be interested in attending? Click here!

Click here to learn more about the month’s events and register!



You’re a woman who loves and appreciates your Jewish community and wants to help it thrive. You want to be part of something bigger than yourself.

Join the Pearl Society. With a household gift of $365—or a dollar a day—to Federation’s Community Campaign, you’ll automatically become a member of this group of inspiring women who, just like you, want to make a difference. And you’ll be invited to the Women of Intention Awards and have the option of buying our signature Minneapolis Pearl Society necklace, designed by Sara Goldfine Baratz of Goldfine Jewelry.


Women of Intention: June 24, 2021 | 7:00 PM

You’re a woman who loves and appreciates your Jewish community. You realize you can help it thrive. You want all Jewish children to know what it’s like to celebrate havdallah hand-in-hand with their best friend at summer camp, or to proudly tell their classmates at Christmastime, “I celebrate Chanukah”—without fear.

You’re a part of something bigger than yourself.

You’re a pearl. With your new or existing family gift of $365 or more to the 2021 Community Campaign, you’re a member of a group of inspiring women who make a difference for Jews in our community and around the world.

Not a pearl? Not a problem! Everyone’s invited!

Featuring Abby Stein, our 2021 Woman of Intention.

Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, author, speaker, and activist. She was born and raised in a Hasidic family of rabbinic descent, and is a direct descendant of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidic Judaism. Abby attended Yeshiva, completing a rabbinical degree in 2011. In 2012, she left the Hasidic world to explore a self-determined life. In 2015, Abby came out as a woman of trans experience. Since then, she has worked to raise support and awareness for trans rights and those leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy.

Her story has been covered in the New York Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Jewish Daily Forward, Daily Mail, NBC, Vogue, InStyle, and more. In 2016, Abby was named by The Jewish Week as one of the “36 Under 36” young Jews who are inspiring change in the world. In 2018 she was awarded the Pride Award by the Brooklyn Borough President. She studied gender studies and political science at Columbia University in New York City.

Abby’s book Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman, a coming-of-age memoir, was published by Seal Press in November 2019.

2019 Women of Intention Awards

2018 Women of Intention Awards

2017 Women of Intention Awards



As a Lion of Judah you are a member of the most dynamic group of Jewish women philanthropists in the world. Strong women of all ages, you’re part of an international sisterhood of nearly 18,000 global activists who care deeply about the Jewish future.

You’re firm believers in the strength and importance of a Federated gift to the community because you know no single gift impacts more Jewish lives.


POSTPONED: Lion of Judah Luncheon 2020

Originally scheduled for May 21, 2020, we are postponing the Lion of Judah Luncheon due to COVID-19. As soon as we have a new date on the calendar, we will let you know! Thank you for your understanding and patience.



We would love to talk to you about getting involved with Women’s Philanthropy!

Jen Bucklew
Development Officer
952.417.2327 or

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