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UJA Women's Philanthropy believes the women of Toronto's Jewish community are vital to creating the positive change we need moving forward. Getting involved allows you to showcase your commitment to community, your desire to strengthen our community, and fuel your passion for philanthropy.

These are many ways to help our community by getting involved with Women's Philanthropy. From attending events to volunteering to donating, the Jewish community could always use more dedicated women leading the way.

Lion of Judah

Lion of Judah (LOJ) is an international group of philanthropic Jewish women who care deeply about the Jewish future. A diverse and dynamic group of women, Lions of Judah in the GTA comprise more than 900 of the 18,000 Lions of Judah worldwide—all of whom care deeply about the Jewish future. In Toronto, Lions of Judah alone raised over $13.2 million in charitable giving in 2021.

Lions of Judah are leaders who inspire others to give back, strengthen the Jewish people, and make the world a better place for all.

Lion of Judah Step-Up

The Lion of Judah (LOJ) Step-Up Program is a five-year journey, as you make your way to becoming a Lion of Judah. In year one you will begin with a gift of $1,800 and increase incrementally at your own pace, ending in year five with your generous gift of $5,000. As part of the Step-Up Program, you will be invited to all LOJ events and will be recognized as a Lion at our annual marquee event. By participating in the Step-Up Program, you are making a difference in our community today and tomorrow.

Lion of Judah Endowment

The Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) program is designed for Lions of Judah to endow their Annual Campaign donation to UJA, guaranteeing the impact of their gift for future generations. With a minimum commitment of $125,000 through a fund, bequest in your will, life insurance policy, or cash, a LOJE guarantees at least $5,000 will be gifted to UJA’s Annual Campaign in perpetuity. Becoming a LOJE is a powerful way to set up a legacy of philanthropic leadership, prolonging a rich tradition of tzedakah.

To learn more about how you can become a LOJE and endow your Lion of Judah gift, contact the Jewish Foundation at jewishfoundation@ujafed.org or Sari Disenhouse at sdisenhouse@ujafed.org.

Women’s Philanthropy Lay Leadership

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Chair 2022

Sara Gottlieb is thrilled to be the 2022 Chair of Women’s Philanthropy. Sara has been involved with UJA in many roles, including Vice-Chair of Women’s Philanthropy, Chair of Lion of Judah, Chair of Atarah, Vice-Chair of Major Gifts, and Co-Chair of the Israel and Overseas Committee. Sara has also served on the boards of both UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and UIA Canada. A graduate of UJA’s Joshua Institute, Sara is also a JFNA Young Leadership Cabinet alumnus and a JFNA Fisher Flight participant. She has served on the boards of Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University and Robbins Hebrew Academy, and currently sits on the board of Tanenbaum CHAT and is President of the Canadian Friends of Duvdevan Advisory Board. When not volunteering, Sara can be found long-distance running and travelling with her husband, Darren, and sons, Koby and Cooper.


Vice-Chair 2021

Bio coming.

For more information on how to get involved, please contact Sari Disenhouse at
sdisenhouse@ujafed.org or 416-631-5851.