Women's Philanthropy


Women’s Philanthropy is a community of diverse women who share a personal commitment to supporting the Jewish community and participate meaningfully in the fundraising efforts of Federation and its strategies.


Women’s Philanthropy offers a full calendar of educational, social and fundraising events. This passionate community of women raises more than 1/3 of Federation’s annual campaign each year.


Inspired by Jewish values, Women’s Philanthropy broadens and deepens engagement in Jewish life to strengthen Jewish identity, foster dynamic connections with Israel, and care for all Jews in need.


We invite you to join us in an environment where every Jewish woman can enrich and strengthen her identity as a woman and a Jew and help make a difference in our world. At a time when apathy and assimilation threaten us, we invite you to join the thousands of Jewish women who are leading by example.


Contact Women's Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County and get involved today!


Contact Jodie Graber, Director of Women's Philanthropy, at 858.737.7139.

Women’s Philanthropy Board 2017-2018

Silvana Christy, Board Chair 

Samantha Cohen, Campaign Chair 


Stacie Bresler-Reinstein

Debbie Carnick 

Britney Ewing

Andrea May Feinswog

​Judi Gottschalk 

Naomi Harris

Alexandra Hirschhorn

Leigh Johnson 

Stacey Katz

Tamara Klein 

Karen Kogut

Lisa Kornfeld

​Shana Lew 

Meg Mandel 

Olivia Okovita

Leah Pazol

Lisa Pearl

Lori Polin

Karla Silver

Susan Shmalo

Laura Tauber

Laura Vainer

Lynn Waldman-Flax

Honorary Members

Sivia Mann

Rebecca Newman


Advisory Council

Theresa Dupuis


Past Board Chair

Karen Kogut

Volunteering at JFS

  • Women's Annual Campaign

    The Women's Annual Campaign gives every woman the opportunity to make a gift in her own name and to assume individual responsibility for saving, sustaining, and enriching Jewish lives. In addition, these women lead other women and their own families by example. Get involved with our Federation by making a gift to our Annual Campaign and make a difference in our world today.


    Each year, Women's Philanthropy holds a signature event to celebrate the power of women and raise critically needed funds for our local and global community.

    Join more than 1,000 San Diegan Jewish women this winter — dates to be announced!

  • Social Action

    Women's Philanthropy Board Members get involved with the San Diego community and participate in various projects throughout the year. Providing holiday gifts for families in need, collecting shoes for local shelters and visiting seniors at Seacrest Village Retirement Communities are just a few ways we have provided meaningful engagement for our community.