2018-11-07 / Voice at the Shore

Miriam Hirsch is honored with Women’s Philanthropy award

By ELLEN WEISMAN STRENGER Voice shore editor


Miriam Hirsch (left) received the Lion of Judah Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland (KWF) Award for her leadership in women’s philanthropy and community service at the Women’s Philanthropy Luncheon at the Linwood Country Club October 17. Luncheon hostess Judith Galler and Jewish Federation Executive Director Kirk Wisemayer presented the award. Miriam Hirsch (left) received the Lion of Judah Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland (KWF) Award for her leadership in women’s philanthropy and community service at the Women’s Philanthropy Luncheon at the Linwood Country Club October 17. Luncheon hostess Judith Galler and Jewish Federation Executive Director Kirk Wisemayer presented the award. Miriam Hirsch, a long-time Jewish Federation donor and volunteer who has been active in many Jewish community organizations, has been selected as the KipnisWilson/Friedland (KWF) Award Winner for the Atlantic & Cape May County Jewish Community for 2018.

The KWF award is given out by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to exemplary women who are Jewish community leaders and are also “Lions of Judah”—a designation for women who commit to giving a substantial annual donation to Jewish Federation.

Hirsch was recognized locally for receiving this award at a Women’s Philanthropy Luncheon at the Linwood Country Club on October 17.

“Miriam doesn’t just write a check, she gets behind things,” said Jewish Federation Executive Director Kirk Wisemayer, who praised Hirsch for her dedication to the community and her drive to make things happen.

Hirsch will also be honored along with Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award Winners across the country at the JFNA International Lion of Judah Conference, January 13-15, in Hollywood, FL.

Hirsch is very active in the Atlantic & Cape May County Jewish community and has served virtually every Jewish organization in one capacity or another. She currently co-chairs Jewish Federation’s Israel Center, and also co-chaired the Israel@70 mission in October 2018.

In 2018, she endowed her campaign gift in honor of Israel@70 as part of the LIFE & LEGACY Program.

Previously, she has served as campaign chair, major gifts chair, women’s philanthropy chair, and golf chair. She has also chaired two previous Jewish Federation missions, and is a former member of the Board of Directors.

In addition to her significant contributions to Jewish Federation, Hirsch has served in senior leadership roles with Beron Jewish Older Adult Services, Hadassah, Hebrew Academy, Jewish Family Service, and the two congregations of which she is a member, Beth Judah of Wildwood and Shirat Hayam of Ventnor.

“As a mother of two sons, and grandmother to two granddaughters, Miriam’s clear dedication to Jewish community, education, and values, to Israel, and to Jewish philanthropy sets a fine example to her entire family, but also serves to inspire others in our local Jewish community and beyond,” said Wisemayer.

For more information on the International Lion of Judah Conference, January 13-15, in Hollywood, FL, go to www.lionconference.org, or contact the Jewish Federation at (609) 822-4404. 

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