Lion of Judah recognizes women who make a commitment of at least $5,000 in their own name each year to the Women’s Philanthropy Campaign. Lions attend exclusive events such as the annual Lion of Judah Luncheon and the International Lion of Judah Conference. The stunning Lion of Judah pin represents sisterhood and connectedness, leadership and power.


PJ Library

PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books to families across the world every month. A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library is made possible through our Lion of Judah supporters and the Mandell Jewish Community Center, which coordinates the program.

Families with kids ages 6 months through 8 years old with Judaism as part of their lives are welcome to sign up, regardless of their Jewish background, knowledge or observance. We know that something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children. PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk about values and traditions that are important to you.

Judy Zachs, Hartford

Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award Winner

Judy Zachs is a philanthropist extraordinaire. As a seasoned social work clinician and women’s group leader, Judy knows firsthand the power of women’s connections and the impact women have on their community. Judy is a Platinum Lion of Judah. She became a Lion in 1995 and soon after endowed her Annual Campaign gift to ensure support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford Annual Campaign in perpetuity. Judy says, “Philanthropy motivates me and has always been a major part of my family life.” 

As Hartford’s 2016 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award winner, Judy is proud to be among the select group of Greater Hartford’s Jewish women who are playing key roles as creative, committed leaders. She wants to inspire more women to fulfill their philanthropic potential. 

To learn more about the Lions of Judah, contact Meredith Chandler at 860-727-6125.