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Women IN Philanthropy: Paradise Valley event showcases the ‘Power of the Purse’

Photo of Women in Philanthropy event in the Town of Paradise Valley
From left are Center for Jewish Philanthropy board members: Danielle Gross, Rachel Hoffer, Alison Betts, Leah Mondlic and Francine Coles at the ‘Power of the Purse’ event in the Town of Paradise Valley. (File Photos/

Center for Jewish Philanthropy event held in Paradise Valley

Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

Nearly 150 women gathered at a private home in the Town of Paradise Valley late last month for the Center for Jewish Philanthropy of Greater Phoenix’s Power of the Purse, an initiative of the organization’s Women IN Philanthropy.

Chaired by Leah Bold Mondlick, this was the committee’s first in-person event post pandemic and was a chance to highlight the CJP’s mission to energize and sustain Jewish life and leadership throughout greater Phoenix metropolitan area, according to a press release.

Photo captions clockwise:

  • From left are Consuelo Hernandez; Center for Jewish Philanthropy CEO Richard Kasper; Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Engagement Gail Baer; and Arizona House Representative Alma Hernandez.
  • From left are Ellen Weiss, Rachel Finkel, Cayla Kay, and Jacqueline Kay.
  • Top Row, from left are Chi Isiogu, Mollie Mahler, Ely Benhamo, Tamera Schoen, Sivan Levine. The bottom row, from left are Beth El Nager, Taylor Silverman, and Jessielyn Hirschl.
  •  From left are Judy Ackerman, Sandy Rife, Shari Kanefsky, and Amy Hirshberg Lederman who was the keynote speaker for “Power of the Purse.” Ms. Lederman is an award-winning author and columnist, expert Jewish educator, international public speaker and attorney.

Center for Jewish Philanthropy event
a Success in Paradise Valley

Amy Hirschberg Lederman was the keynote speaker for the evening, sharing her thoughts on the role women play in making decisions regarding property-homes.

“Every generation of Jewish women receives a different call,” Ms. Lederman said in a prepared statement. “But what never changes is the Jewish woman’s unwavering commitment to answer it.”

Women IN Philanthropy brings Jewish women together from across the Valley, leveraging their collective power to strengthen the Jewish community. This diverse group of women explore new interests and ideas and discuss key issues facing women today, representatives of the group say.

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