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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. The role Lions play as a network is vital in aiding the vulnerable and building Jewish identity for the next generation. There are approximately 18,000 Lions of Judah around the world, including 900 here in Toronto.

Lion of Judah Endowment

These women in our community are true visionaries and leaders. They have taken their Lion of Judah gift and endowed it with the Jewish Foundation ensuring their gift to UJA’s Annual Campaign will continue to make a difference throughout their lifetime and for generations to come. 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


Chair 2021

Perri Kirshenblatt is Chair of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. In 2019, Perri became an active volunteer for UJA and Co-chair of the Lion of Judah/Atarah division. She is a Board Member for the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Board of Governors. She served as Chair and Co-chair for several CFHU events. Perri is a volunteer for the University of Toronto - Hebrew University of Jerusalem Research and Innovation Alliance and an Advisory Committee Member for The Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, she spent several years as a committee member raising funds for events benefitting SickKids Hospital and North York General Hospital.


Vice-Chair 2021

Sara Gottlieb is thrilled to be the 2021 Vice-Chair of Women’s Philanthropy. Sara has been involved with UJA in many roles, including 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.


Young Women's Leadership (YWL) is dedicated to providing opportunities for the next generation of Jewish Toronto's female philanthropists. The focus of YWL is to bring budding leaders to the forefront of giving through inclusive and engaging programming. By developing the future of Women's Philanthropy, these women can find inspiration and encouragement with likeminded peers.

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