Lion of Judah

About lion of Judah

The Lion of Judah was founded over 40 years ago. Today we’re over 17,500 women strong. Providing a valuable resource for the global Jewish community. Instrumental in building and fostering Jewish identity. Aiding Jews in need worldwide. Each Lion fulfills a financial commitment to the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign. Additionally, many of us establish a Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) to perpetuate our Lion of Judah gift and ensure the Jewish future.

 As Jewish women philanthropists, Lions also bring something unique to the table. A deep sense of caring. A strong connection to each other. A personal understanding of what it means to create a strong Jewish community. Our combined energy, compassion, commitment and financial strength give us a powerful voice. And we’re using it to repair the world. We’re vocal in our own neighborhoods. In Washington. In Israel. And across the globe. Wherever our strength is needed, we’re raising our voices.

August 24, 2015; Youngstown, Ohio Lion of Judah event:

Global anti-Semitism on the rise, journalist explains to Lions of Judah;  Written by: Patricia R. Kelvin, Ph. D., APR

When Canadian investigative reporter and filmmaker Martin Himel spoke to the Youngstown-Area Jewish Federation’s Lions of Judah late last month, he gave them news many might not have wanted to hear: that anti-Semitism is on the rise throughout the world. Himel said “Capturing anti-Semitism on camera as it happens shows the true dimensions of the problem.” Using a miniature camera developed with the help of the FBI and Shin Bet, Himel discovered the “Well spoken, intelligent anti-Semites around the world as well as in the United States and Canada” with views that horrified the women and men attending the Lions’ annual special event. For example, in Pakistan, a nation Himel described as “ferociously anti-Semitic,” Pakistani journalists seem convinced the United States is run by Jews and that “Jews have taken over business in India” and that “the polio vaccine was Jonas Salk’s plot to sicken Muslim children.” In Egypt, Himel said, there is a wide perception that the Jews put a spell on Osama bin Laden and further that “tens of millions of people believe that Jewish black magic is a dangerous force in the world.” While such slanders might be expected in those parts of the world which have little contact with Jews, Himel brought attention to the millions who follow antiSemitic websites. He pointed to the Vanguard News Network based in Kirksville, MO, which he said was among the top 2 percent of websites in the world based on the number of hits. The Anti Defamation League describes Alec Linder, the founder of VNN, as a Holocaust-denying, white supremacist, anti-Semite and neo-Nazi, who alleges “that Jews have been responsible for killing 600 million white men over the course of the twentieth century as part of a Talmudic mission to exterminate the white race.” However, Himel assured the Lions that these “anti-Semites can be publicly embarrassed” when Jews are outspoken in unmasking the hate-mongers with truth. Bonnie Burdman, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation and at whose home the dinner was held, said the JCRC is reaching out to build bridges with various constituencies such as African-Americans, Latino Evangelicals and Catholics, professional groups and others who promote social action and social justice.  The Lions of Judah organization comprises 17,500 women around the world, who donate at least $5,000 to Federation every year. Described as the most dynamic philanthropic Jewish women in the world, the members are strong women of all ages, who care deeply about the Jewish future. Lions of Judah play a vital role in creating social justice, aiding the vulnerable, preserving human dignity and building Jewish identity. The Youngstown Area Jewish Federation counts 21 of its women leaders as Lions. Six Lions have endowed their gift ensuring that the Jewish community continues to receive a generous gift to the Annual Campaign in their name in perpetuity. This program is meant to spotlight the need for giving. Florence Harshman, who closed the program, appropriately stated, “The more things change, the more they remain the same. No one will take care of the Jewish community except us. As the future becomes the present, the same crises, indignities and issues will continue to haunt the Jewish community. We need to be ready to address these needs through the Campaign and Endowment.” Please contact Deborah L. Grinstein, Endowment Director, at DGrinstein@JewishYoungstown.org for information about Lion of Judah, LOJE and Endowments. - Source: Jewish Journal Month Magazine, Volume 12, Number 10

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