Lion of Judah
As UJIA Trustee charged with engaging Women’s Philanthropy, I’m delighted to have reinstated Lion of Judah in the UK. Together we are creating a network of philanthropic women who are passionate about the future of our Jewish community, wanting to inspire young people to connect to their heritage and create the next generation of leadership.
The Lions of Judah are an international network of philanthropic women of all ages who support Israel and their community putting Jewish values into action. They create impact by investing time and financial resources, demonstrating that they are ready to take their commitment to Jewish peoplehood to the next level and become a role model for the women in their community and family. There are 17,500 Lions of Judah in the USA, Canada, Israel, and 34 countries around the world. Through their philanthropy they play a vital role in aiding the vulnerable, preserving human dignity and building Jewish identity within their own communities.
UK Lions of Judah are part of the Keren Heyesod International Women’s Division, joining Keren Heyesod Lions of Judah in 34 other countries. 50% of our donations go to their programs in Israel that we choose, supporting women and children in vulnerable communities, to empower, save and change lives. The rest of the donations are split: 30% remains in the UK to support UJIA leadership and Israel engagement programs that strengthen Jewish identity in our youth and 20% to a giving circle from which the Lions are free to donate to causes of their choice.
As a Lion of Judah you can choose to be as active as you wish and have the option to Chair and/or join sub committees to encourage the growth of women’s engagement and philanthropy in the UK. You can choose between volunteering, events and enrichment, recruitment, and project committees.
Since successfully launching in January 2018, 45 women have become a Lion Of Judah each donating an annual minimum gift of £3,000. In recognition of their commitment to Israel, our Lions were honored and presented their brooches by the Ambassador of the State if Israel Mark Regev at a reception at the official residence. Lion of Judah Ambassador’s reception photos and press release HERE
And that’s not all! Being a Lion of Judah has many benefits:
An invitation to the highly acclaimed Lion of Judah International conference
When you become a Lion of Judah, you will be eligible to attend the inspirational International Lion of Judah conference which attracts up to 1,500 women and takes place every two years. At the conference you will hear from world class speakers on our most pertinent local and global issues. You will learn about philanthropic ventures that are healing and invigorating the Jewish world. You will hear how philanthropy is changing people’s lives during 3 incredible days of inspiration and empowerment. You will share in the collective strength of the women, learning, laughing and focusing on your own reasons for wanting to give back and make a difference. The next international conference will be held in Miami on the 13th -15th January 2019 http://www.lionconference.org/
Be part of a powerful International network with Lions of Judah from around the world
As a UJIA lion of Judah you will have access to other Lions of Judah when you travel and meet the most dynamic, philanthropic Jewish women in the world. Whether you want a business connection or social connection, Lions of Judah open up their hearts and homes. You will be invited to all the Lion events globally.
Lion of Judah event with the Ambassador of the State of Israel
Lions of Judah will be invited to attend an annual reception hosted by the Israeli Ambassador. All new lions will be honored and presented with their Lion of Judah brooch at this event. The brooch is an international symbol that you are part of the powerful network of women’s philanthropy.
Invitation to join the annual UJIA women’s mission “Mission Possible”
This is a high end 4 day women’s mission in Israel. This mission engages politically, historically, and spiritually. We travel the land, meet influencers and see the challenges first hand. We also laugh, cry and eat a lot! This is an awareness and fundraising mission but as a Lion of Judah you will not be expected to make a further donation unless you are inspired and choose to. Mission Possible 2018 will take place 18th – 22nd November
Priority invitations to all UJIA women’s events
As a Lion of Judah you will receive invitations to all women’s events without being asked to make further donations. We will be delighted to honour your presence at these events as an ambassador for women’s philanthropy identified by wearing your brooch.
The UK Lion of Judah was successfully launched in January 2018. To date 45 Lions just said yes!