Program

Subject to Change

Kick off another extraordinary International Lion of Judah Conference, for the first time ever—virtually! Hop on early to see women from around globe celebrate community and connection, listen to beautiful voices, see welcoming faces, and more!

Featuring a special welcome from our Israeli Lions

ANTHEMS: 

Cantor Michelle Bider Stone, Los Angeles

Ashley Steinberg, Washington, DC, National Young Leadership Cabinet Member

Stacy Rotner, New York, National Young Leadership Cabinet Member


This year, taking action is more important than ever. At a time when the Jewish people face unprecedented challenges, we come together to change the world. Join us to hear from inspiring speakers, who will share their personal stories of making a difference.

Virtually Limitless: International Lion of Judah Conference Co-Chairs: Heidi Monkarsh (Los Angeles) and Jane Wilf (Greater MetroWest NJ)


- Federation Impact: Learn how Jewish Federations support the unique needs of victims of domestic abuse and provide resources to enable safe environments while educating community members.

- Jewish Federations across North America have been blessed with some of the most compassionate donors in the world. Still, due to the current economic crisis, an estimated 1.2 million Jewish adults are worried about paying their next month’s housing costs. More than 500,000 are facing food insecurity, not confident they will be able to afford to feed their families – unless we support these unmet needs. That’s why JFNA created the Human Services Relief Matching Fund, to raise $54 million to increase our efforts. Hear more. 

- Around the world, attacks against Jewish communities and institutions are on the rise. JFNA works with Federations and partners across North America to develop and implement strategic frameworks that enhance safety and security of the Jewish people. We'll hear more from our partners - around the corner and around the globe - about our collective responsibility and efforts to keep our communities safe.  

- The story of Ethiopian Aliyah is a moving and uplifting one, and JFNA has been part of it at every step. Learn about a new wave of Aliyah, bringing thousands of Ethiopians home, and the infrastructure that is necessary to support comprehensive absorption services in Israel.

- Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplin, Co-Founders of The Home Edit and stars of the hit Netflix show Get Organized with The Home Edit, join Wendy Abrams, Immediate Past Chair of National Women's Philanthropy, for a conversation about raising Jewish families, doing well while doing good and how their Jewish values have shaped their experiences as top female entrepreneurs.


Speakers include:

- Mark Wilf (Greater MetroWest, NJ): Chair of the Board of Trustees of JFNA
- Amanda Katz (Washington, DC): Executive Director, JCADA: Ending Power-Based Violence, Empowering Survivors,  Ensuring Safe Communities
- Julie Platt (Los Angeles): Board Secretary of JFNA and Chair, LiveSecure
- Kathy Manning, United States Congresswoman representing North Carolina’s Sixth Congressional District (Greensboro)
- Amira Ahronoviz: CEO and Director General of The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
- Ariel Zwang: CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
- Maxine Schwartz, Greater MetroWest NJ
- Shylee Grossman, JewishColumbus
- Meridith Goldstein, Columbia Jewish Federation
- Dani Kupfer (Washington, DC and New York)
- Member of Knesset Penina Tamanu-Shata, Minister of Aliyah and Integration 
- Shul Sisters:
Laurie Akers (Congregation Or Shalom of Vernon Hills, Chicago)
Cantor Rachel Brook (Park Avenue Synagogue, New York)
Cantor Rachel Goldman (Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay, Los Angeles)

Additional speakers pending

Choose one of five Impact Spotlights to dive deeper into our work. All Spotlights will repeat during Round Two, so everyone will have the opportunity to explore another area.

Despite closed borders and COVID-19 restrictions, Masa Israel Journey and other Israel program providers have continued to bring North American Jewry closer to Israel and Israelis. Thousands of young North American Jews, including Masa Fellows are in Israel right now on a variety of study, volunteer, and career development programs. Hear how Federation supported Masa stayed committed to keeping doors open, how the demand for long-term programs in Israel actually increased dramatically this year, and personal stories of young Jews (and one mom!) who are currently experiencing this journey of a lifetime.

The BDS movement is part of an increasingly sophisticated anti-Israel network whose impact not only harms Israel, but fosters antisemitism. Nevertheless, Federation and the Israel Action Network (IAN) are successful in protecting Jewish students and moving policies on campus when we have a strong partnership between community leaders, alumni, donors, and public officials with university administrators and board members. The entire college environment has to change for Jewish and pro-Israel students. Learn about achievements on college campuses by looking at these past accomplishments, we hope to provide a blueprint for moving forward together. 

This past year brought more challenges than we could have ever expected. That said, the story of Ethiopian Jews will remain a silver lining. When the Government of Israel approved the Aliyah (immigration) of 2,000 members of the Ethiopian community, Federations stepped up to help. Join to see and hear the stories of families reuniting in Israel after decades of waiting, and see how Federations made this Aliyah happen.

As racial justice has drawn global attention anew this year, unprecedented attention and focus is being directed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in organized Jewish life. Now more than ever, our Jewish tradition compels us to welcome all members of our own community and stand up for the oppressed. As individual Jewish women and as Lions of Judah, how can we strengthen our efforts to address racial injustice now?

Federation partner the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is closing the gap in opportunities for full participation in society and independent living between people with and without disabilities. From Centers for Independent Living in Israel to teen volunteer activities in the Former Soviet Union, JDC’s programs across the globe help ensure Jews who need support receive it. Hear about these vital services and how they were affected by the pandemic, raise your hands with Hila to pray in sign language, and keep them up for a short krav maga workout with Hodel as he mentors young men with autism. Comfortable clothing recommended!

Choose one of five Impact Spotlights to dive deeper into our work. All Spotlights will be available to participants after the Virtually Limitless: International Lion of Judah Conference concludes, to explore all areas at your leisure.

The BDS movement is part of an increasingly sophisticated anti-Israel network whose impact not only harms Israel, but fosters antisemitism. Nevertheless, Federation and the Israel Action Network (IAN) are successful in protecting Jewish students and moving policies on campus when we have a strong partnership between community leaders, alumni, donors, and public officials with university administrators and board members. The entire college environment has to change for Jewish and pro-Israel students. Learn about achievements on college campuses by looking at these past accomplishments, we hope to provide a blueprint for moving forward together. 

Despite closed borders and COVID-19 restrictions, Masa Israel Journey and other Israel program providers have continued to bring North American Jewry closer to Israel and Israelis. Thousands of young North American Jews, including Masa Fellows are in Israel right now on a variety of study, volunteer, and career development programs. Hear how Federation supported Masa stayed committed to keeping doors open, how the demand for long-term programs in Israel actually increased dramatically this year, and personal stories of young Jews (and one mom!) who are currently experiencing this journey of a lifetime.

This past year brought more challenges than we could have ever expected. That said, the story of Ethiopian Jews will remain a silver lining. When the Government of Israel approved the Aliyah (immigration) of 2,000 members of the Ethiopian community, Federations stepped up to help. Join to see and hear the stories of families reuniting in Israel after decades of waiting, and see how Federations made this Aliyah happen.

As racial justice has drawn global attention anew this year, unprecedented attention and focus is being directed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in organized Jewish life. Now more than ever, our Jewish tradition compels us to welcome all members of our own community and stand up for the oppressed. As individual Jewish women and as Lions of Judah, how can we strengthen our efforts to address racial injustice in the 21st century?

Federation partner the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is closing the gap in opportunities for full participation in society and independent living between people with and without disabilities. From Centers for Independent Living in Israel to teen volunteer activities in the Former Soviet Union, JDC’s programs across the globe help ensure Jews who need support receive it. Hear about these vital services and how they were affected by the pandemic, raise your hands with Hila to pray in sign language, and keep them up for a short krav maga workout with Hodel as he mentors young men with autism. Comfortable clothing recommended!

As a collective, Lions of Judah make meaningful differences in people’s lives. Lions innovate, impact, influence and inspire. Together, we take the community to places we never could have imagined.

Virtually Limitless: International Lion of Judah Conference Co-Chairs: Heidi Monkarsh (Los Angeles) and Jane Wilf (Greater MetroWest NJ)



- The Inaugural National Women's Philanthropy Ruth Bader Ginsburg Award 
Featuring remarks by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Adas Israel Congregation, Washington, DC,  Clara Spera, Granddaughter of Justice Ginsburg z'l, Shelly Kupfer, Chair, National Women's Philanthropy, and Recipient Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook; Founder of leanin.org and optionb.org

- Federation Impact: How Lions in Hartford empower neighbors in need by providing menstrual and hygiene supplies for everybody that needs them with Dignity Grows.

- Hear from and be inspired by the next generation: daughters of Lions of Judah who, with the help of Jewish Changemakers, are well on their way on their leadership journey. 

- Successful Jewish female entrepreneur, Heidi Zak, Co-Founder and CEO of ThirdLove, in conversation with Alison Pincus, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor. Hear how Jewish values and journeys influence women at the top of their field.

- There’s no denying we live in an uncertain world. However, women are proving stronger than ever. We are shaping the future. And as a LOJE, you are shaping the Jewish future. Your LOJE gift will continue to impart your values, paying them forward today and for generations to come. Hear more about LOJE25, our $100M campaign in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Lion of Judah Endowment. 

- Hear from four extraordinary Rabbis. Mothers. Women.

- Join together in song as we premier the Lion of Judah Anthem, written and performed by Jacqueline Rafii (Los Angeles): Cantorial Soloist and Director of Music at Shomrei Torah Synagogue


Speakers Include.

  • Jessica Zachs (Hartford): National and Local Chair, Dignity Grows
  • Eric Fingerhut: President and CEO, JFNA
  • Ilana Hoffer (Phoenix): Jewish Changemaker
  • Eliza Lebovitz (Chattanooga & Washington, DC): Jewish Changemaker
  • Lindsey Heller (Cleveland & New York): Jewish Changemaker
  • Sara Waxman (New York): Jewish Changemaker
  • Simone Knego (Sarasota): Jewish Changemaker
  • Judy Altenberg (Colorado): Past Chair of NWP and Chair, LOJE25
  • Rabbi Nicole Guzik, Sinai Temple, Los Angeles
  • Rabbi Sari Laufer, Stephen Wise Temple, Los Angeles
  • Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn, B'nai David-Judea, Los Angeles
  • Rabbi Amy Bernstein, Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades

Join your fellow local Lions for a community conversation to reflect, digest and bring the conference home. 

Zoom details for each Federation will be provided. 

Hear from top women actively leading in their local communities. National Young Leadership Cabinet Co-Chair Marisa Polin and NYL Lion of Judah Co-Chairs Victoria Kimerling and Haley Trager will share about their own inspiring leadership journeys in Federation. 

We welcome current or aspiring Lions in their 20s and 30s, as well as lifelong Lions and guests.

By invitation only.