Find Your Philanthropic Journey


As philanthropists we are the change-makers and community-shapers of the world. Our Lions of Judah, for example, are sisters and daughters, mothers and friends, compassionate and committed women at every stage of life. The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans offers many paths to engage in the fulfilling work of tikkun olam. Our collective philanthropy enriches our own lives while improving the lives of others.


To learn more about the Federation Annual Campaign and its giving levels, please contact Lisa McCaffety-Scott, Chief Development Officer, at


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Giving Levels

The Chai Society

$180 individual / $360 household gift

The Chai Society recognizes JNOLA donors (ages 21-39) who give at this level. JNOLA hosts an annual celebration of Chai Society members.

Major Donor

Household gift of $10,000+

Major donors are celebrated in our community annually at the Goldring-Woldenberg Major Donor Dinner, and receive invitations to other special events and Jewish Federations of North America missions.

Ben-Gurion Society

The Ben-Gurion Society is our community for emerging philanthropists giving $1,000 or more to Federation's Annual Campaign.

King David Society

household gift of $25,000
The King David Society is a community of philanthropists who contribute between $25,000 and $99,000 to the Federation Annual Campaign.

The Lions of Judah

household GIFT OF $5,000+

The Lion of Judah was established to celebrate a woman’s commitment to the worldwide Jewish community - wherever Jews live, wherever Jews are in need. Lions are feted annually at the Lion of Judah luncheon.

Prime Minister's Council

household gift of $100,000
Members of the Prime Minister's Council are the Jewish Federation's leaders in giving, contributing more than $100,000 each year to the Annual Campaign.



The Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) is an endowment component of the Lion of Judah program. A LOJE is created by establishing a minimum fund of $100,000 or more in the donor’s name, ensuring the perpetuation of a donor’s Lion of Judah level annual campaign gift. A LOJE is a permanent restricted fund, a component of the national PACE or Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment program of The Jewish Federations of North America. PACE is an endowment vehicle at any amount, so long as it perpetually endows your Annual Campaign gift.


​The Lion of Judah Endowment is powerful statement of a donor’s commitment to tzedakah, providing a legacy for herself, her family and her community. Establishing a LOJE allows women the opportunity to the extra step to endow her gift in perpetuity. A LOJE may also choose to enhance her Lion of Judah pin by adding a flame, known in Hebrew as or l’atid, to recognize this commitment.



Every woman has a unique family and financial situation. In recognition of different estate planning and tax objectives, a LOJE can be easily and positively designed to match an individual’s person circumstances in a beneficial way. 


Our partners at the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF) will work with you to design a Lion of Judah Endowment to help you realize your philanthropic vision, and, at the same time, meet the required criteria. There are various ways to create endowments, many of which do not have to be funded during a your lifetime.


A LOJE fund is not intended to substitute for any part of a gift to the Federation Annual Campaign. A $100,000 endowment is expected to generate at least the Lion of Judah minimum of $5,000, calculated at a yield of 5%; a $200,000 fund (also designated as King David Society) will yield a minimum of $10,000; and a $1 million fund will yield a minimum $50,000 annually. LOJE funds are invested and prudently managed for maximum yield.


Currently, in New Orleans, we have:

  • 95 Lions of Judah

  • 37 Lion of Judah Endowments

  • 21 Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowments


The cost of the 14 karat gold Lion of Judah pin is dependent upon the current value of gold, and may be purchased by the woman herself.  Each year that a woman sustains or increases her minimum $5,000 household gift, she is eligible to add a small diamond set into the pin.  


  • Lion of Judah – Diamond $5,000
  • Ruby Lion of Judah – $10,000
  • Sapphire Lion of Judah – $18,000
  • Emerald Lion of Judah – $25,000
  • Double Chai Lion of Judah – Amethyst Diamond – $36,000
  • Zahav Lion of Judah – Canary Diamond – $50,000
  • Sabra Lion of Judah – Cognac Diamond – $75,000
  • PMC Lion of Judah – White Gold with Black Diamond – $100,000
  • ILR Lion of Judah – White Gold Diamond Pave – $250,000

To learn more about endowing your gift, or about how to Create a Jewish Legacy, please click on the buttons above or contact Debbie Berins, Legacy Director at the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, at

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