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Philanthropy 101

How do we maintain balance in our busy lives while nurturing the Jewish values of tzedakah and tikkun olam? This is just one of many questions discussed during a Philanthropy 101 get together. 

Our first Philanthropy 101 program was held about six years ago. Since July 2013, Chair Michele Patrone has been organizing the events at the homes of young women in Scotch Plains, Westfield, Short Hills, and Livingston. Each program invites women to engage in Jewish learning and conversation. Our partners, Toba Grossbaum of the Friendship Circle in Livingston and Malky Blesofsky of the Friendship Circle in Fanwood, lead a challah baking activity while sharing insights into women’s mitzvot and the power of a community of women.

While the dough rises, participants talk about special Jewish memories, define philanthropy (it’s the love of humankind), and consider how they make decisions about where they donate their time and money. We also talk about Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, our priorities and partners, and ways that women can learn more about Women’s Philanthropy. There is no solicitation — it’s strictly a social and educational gathering.

If you are interested in organizing a Philanthropy 101 program for you and your friends, please contact Robin Leitner at

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About Us

Women’s Philanthropy Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ engages Jewish women through dynamic programs that benefit their lives and others in greater MetroWest, Israel and overseas. Guided by the principles of tzedakah (righteousness), Klal Yisrael (Jewish Peoplehood), and tikkun olam (repairing the world), WP’s support of the UJA Annual Campaign enables our vision to become reality. more
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We are a community of women of all ages and stages of life connected by our commitment to strengthen our Jewish community. Women’s Philanthropy is a fabulous place to be! Click here to see our list of upcoming programs and follow us on facebook to stay up to date.
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The Jewish people as a group are the most generous and philanthropic in the world. It is through your continuing generosity that we are able to support the agencies and programs that sustain the Jewish people and enrich Jewish life in Greater MetroWest, in Israel, and around the world. more
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Contact Us

Sarabeth Margolis Wizen
(973) 929-3040

Robin Leitner
Assistant Director
(973) 929-3035

Debra Levenstein
Development Officer
(908) 288-2427 (Regional Office)

Robin Wishnie
Development Officer
(908) 929-3089

Shay Rodney
Manager, Operations & Programs
(973) 929-3174

Elaine DeYoung
Administrative Assistant
(973) 929-3104

Miriam Hirschheimer
Administrative Assistant
(973) 929-3165

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