Women’s Philanthropy Gala Inspires Women to Leave a Legacy

November 1, 2022
Rhonda Gurinsky, Lauren Stanley, Sherry Braslau, Danielle Vogl, and Alison Lebovitz

On October 13, the Women’s Philanthropy Division of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio welcomed 120 women to Temple Beth-El for Planting Seeds for our Future, a premier event spotlighting our community and the importance of generational engagement. Featuring moments with JFSA Chair of the Board Lauren Stanley, Women’s Philanthropy co-chairs Rhonda Gurinsky and Sherry Braslau, and CEO and President Nammie Ichilov, the program brought  Women’s Philanthropy together in a large setting for the first time since March 2020.  The excitement and energy in the room was tangible, as was the genuine joy of finding community after such a long hiatus.   

Dr. Amy Benedikt spoke beautifully about the importance of legacy and generational impact, displaying behind her a photo of three hands on the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The hands belonged to her, her mother, and her daughter.  There were mothers and daughters in the room that evening, and mothers with young children at home who left thinking about their legacy and how to bring their children to the communal table.

Alison Lebovitz spoke as the keynote, sharing with the audience stories of growing up Jewish in the South and the lessons she learned from her mother and grandmother, as well as the lessons she hopes her three sons have learned over the years.  

The night was incredibly successful, raising critical funds for the JFSA Annual Campaign and motivating the women in our community to think about what legacy means to them – and how to create a legacy here in San Antonio.   

To learn more about Women’s Philanthropy, contact Senior Director of Development, Danielle Vogl, at vogLd@jfsatx.org