Kathy Williams Receives National Lion of Judah AwardSeptember 6, 2012
Kathy Williams, long-time JCF and Women’s Philanthropy lay leader, has been named the Federation’s 2013 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award recipient. The national award recognizes extraordinary women who have set a high standard of philanthropy and volunteerism in their community.
For more than three decades, Williams has displayed a passionate commitment to the Bay Area Jewish community through her work as a volunteer leader and philanthropist. Known for her warmth, elegance, modesty, and wit, she has been active on the boards of the Bureau of Jewish Education, Peninsula Temple Sholom, the Wornick Jewish Day School, and Pacific Northwest regional AIPAC, among others. Williams first joined the JCF Board in 1993, and among her many contributions, she co-founded the Women in Leadership program in 1999. A former volunteer and professional counselor who has worked with abused children, Williams is passionate about abuse prevention, education, health issues, and overseas needs.
JFNA and its National Women’s Philanthropy (NWP) created the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award as a tribute to Norma Kipnis- Wilson and Toby Friedland, z”l, co-founders of JFNA’s Lion of Judah program in 1972. The Lion of Judah is an international honor society that recognizes women who make gifts of at least $5,000, in their own names, to the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign in their respective communities.
Kathy will be honored at the bi-annual International Lion of Judah Conference, held September 10-12, 2012 in New York City. For more Information about the conference, visit: http://www.lionconference.org/