In the words of our own Mark Wilf, chairman of our national Jewish Federation system, all people search for community and meaning. All of us. Because giving back to the community is something you need to do not just with your wallet but with your bare hands. Think about that for a moment. It takes dedication, energy, commitment. It takes you.
I was deeply proud to see the spirit and enthusiasm of our Women’s Philanthropy team – lay and professional leaders working together, and with our Jewish Community Foundation – to make a great experience into a Greater one.
I’m grateful to our Women’s Philanthropy President Jody Hurwitz Caplan, Director Diane Bakst, Lion Conference Chairs Stacie Friedman and Linda Rosenthal, and my colleagues Susan Ferber, Robin Leitner, Sarabeth Wizen, and Kim Hirsh for their leadership and dedication. And to all our participating Lions for their energy and vision.
To be with more than 1,400 Lions aged 24 to 93, to see the impact of this amazing group of women, and to know that in Greater MetroWest alone we’ve been honored and blessed to count an incredible 69 (!) new Lions this year alone – is to recognize how much that counting these numbers don’t do justice to what they represent. In our Federation system, and in Women’s Philanthropy, it’s not really about counting people.
It’s about making people count.
It’s very easy to sit back and be cynical in this day and age. But one speaker called it. Looking out over the packed hall she said, I see no people here. I see the essence.
I see rays of light manifested as humans.