Joyce Mandell to Receive JFNA's 2022 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award

West Hartford, Conn. (October 14, 2021) ⁠— Dedicated philanthropist and community leader Joyce Mandell has been selected to receive the 2022 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award from the Jewish Federations of North America’s National Women’s Philanthropy division. Among her many accomplishments, Mandell served as the Mandell Jewish Community Center’s first female president and board chair; she serves on the board of Trinity Health of New England and its Strategic Plan and Medical Affairs Committees; and she co-founded the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Wallenberg Society.

Mandell was selected by her peers to receive the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award, which has honored extraordinary women philanthropists and volunteers each year since 2004. She will receive her award at the International Lion of Judah Conference in Phoenix on December 11-13, 2022; and she will also be honored at the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s local Lion of Judah Annual Celebration on June 1, 2022.

“We are thrilled that Joyce Mandell is receiving this incredible honor,” said Jill Dulitsky, Federation’s 2022 Women’s Philanthropy Chair. “She is a shining example of a Woman of Impact, helping to lead our community from strength to strength.”

The Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award was created as a tribute to Norma Kipnis-Wilson and Toby Friedland of blessed memory, who co-founded Federation’s Lion of Judah program in 1972. More than 18,000 Lions of Judah around the world contribute $5,000 or more annually in their own name to Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign. Mandell is a Platinum Lion of Judah in both Connecticut and Florida.

“When the power of women joins forces with the power of philanthropy, the possibilities are limitless,” said Mandell, a resident of West Hartford. “My connection to my Jewish community allowed me to become a part of something greater than myself – a journey that led my family to make an increasingly significant impact in our local Jewish community, and to realize increasingly rewarding returns.”

For more information about Jewish women’s leadership opportunities or the Lion of Judah program, contact Laurie Mandell, Associate Vice President, Development at or 860.335.7350.