Lion of Judah UK
UJIA has relaunched Lion of Judah in the UK to give women in the community the opportunity to join a global Jewish women’s philanthropy network.
The Lions of Judah are women who are passionate about Israel and their communities’ future, wanting to inspire young people to connect to their heritage and help create the next generation of leadership.
44 guests joined the dinner held at Mortimer House in central London, and heard from Israeli Lions, Ruth Oren and Sigal Bar-on, and US Lion Dana Adler, about how they are putting Jewish values into action and increasing Jewish women’s philanthropy. Since the launch, 37 women have pledged to be a Lion and the total raised on the night was £111,000. The women who pledged to become a Lion of Judah on the night will form a cabinet of UK founder members.
UJIA trustee and Lion of Judah UK chair Karen Goodkind announced that in its first year, Lion of Judah UK will be funding a UJIA-supported mentoring programme in Israel called Youth Futures, for at-risk children aged eight to eighteen. Founding members will also allocate financial support to a further project of their choice.
In her address, she said Lions “set the bar high for women’s philanthropy and 17,500 women in the US, Canada, Israel, and around the world engage with the challenge. Their philanthropy plays a vital role building and strengthening Jewish identities, and aiding the vulnerable in their communities and in Israel. It’s up to us to create our own Lion of Judah story in the UK. Together we can start a powerful pride tonight and inspire others to join us too.”
Social campaigner and ShareAction Chief Executive Catherine Howarth talked about the ‘joy of giving’ and how a philanthropic journey can change you as a person, by going to places you’ve never dreamed of and meeting people you’d never come across.
New UJIA Chair Louise Jacobs said, “I’m delighted UJIA is partnering to bring Lion of Judah to the UK. We are building a strong British Jewry with a lifelong commitment to Israel, and engaging women is vital for this.”
Lion of Judah UK was active over a decade ago and is being brought to a new audience in new ways, with an emphasis on connecting with Lions globally and promoting more choice in the causes supported.