2018 Women's Awareness Day

Women's Philanthropy Presents

Dr. Yarden Fanta-Vagenshtein

Ethiopian-Israeli Jewish Scholar

Wednesday, April 25 • 9:30 a.m.

Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus
901 Route 10, Whippany

Couvert: $36 per person

An optional docent-led tour of the “From Memory to History: Faces and Voices of the Holocaust” exhibit follows the morning program.

Amy Paternite, Ilyssa Tepperman, Event Chairs

Kosher dietary laws observed.

A suggested minimum gift of $180 to the UJA Annual Campaign, is requested for you to attend this event.*

Dr. Yarden Fanta-Vagenshtein

Dr. Yarden Fanta-VagenshteinDr. Yarden Fanta-Vagenshtein’s captivating story began in a remote Ethiopian village as an illiterate girl shepherding her family’s sheep. When she was a young teen, she and her family daringly sought new lives. Often barefoot, with one of her twin two-year-old sisters on her back, Yarden walked at night more than 450 miles across the desert. Following a historic airlift to Israel, she enrolled in school for the first time at age 14 and eventually became the first Ethiopian woman to earn a doctorate in Israel. Today, her research focuses on literacy and immigrant populations, and her remarkable life’s journey inspires audiences around the world.


Women’s Awareness Day Hostesses
(in formation)

Shari Berman
Debby Brafman
Deborah Brody
Jody Hurwitz Caplan
Heidi Cohen
Elyse Deutsch
Rebecca Fisher
Pamela Fishman
Stacie Friedman
Terri Friedman
Rebecca A. Gold
Alice Goldfarb
Ellen Goldner
Caroline Goldstein
Marcia Grosswald
Deborah Jacob
Debbie Janoff


Merle H. Kalishman
Genesia Kamen
Gail Kleinman
Lori Klinghoffer
Donna Kritzer
Michele Landau
Robyn Laveman
Ann Leeb
Joan Schiffer Levinson
Judy Lieberman
Lisa Lisser
Marlene Lupin
Ruth Margolin
Maxine Murnick
Rhonda Nissan
Amy Paternite


Dina Polay
Robin Polson
Laura Queller
Michelle Reback
Sharon Rockman
Wendy Rosenberg
Leslie Dannin Rosenthal​
Shira B. Rothschild
Gerri Rothfleisch
Paula Saginaw
Maxine Schwartz
Sharon K. Schwarz
Ilyssa Tepperman
Lynda Wachsteter


*The cost of the event is not tax-deductible and may not be paid for by foundation or donor-advised funds.

For more information contact Bobbie McClain at bmcclain@jfedgmw.org (973) 929-3057.

Women’s Awareness Day is partially underwritten by a grant
from the Maxine Fischer Memorial Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.


We thank our corporate partners for their generous support of Women's Awareness Day

General Plumbing Supply
KramerLevin Online Computers   Bottle King

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