Women's Division

The Jewish Federation of Greater Austin Women's Division is a philanthropic and outreach division of the Annual Campaign.  The Women's Cabinet, a committee made up of community volunteers serving many different key roles, oversees the Women's Division. The Division hosts a variety of programs throughout the year, including the Jewish Federation's largest fundraiser, the Mosaic Luncheon.

The Power of Women's Philanthropy

The Women's Division takes its inspiration from the Jewish traditions of Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam—social justice and repairing the world. The Division offers many opportunities for women to network, explore issues at various stages of life, and inspire other Jewish women. The Women's Division increases the visibility and collective force of Austin's Jewish women through educational and outreach programs, opportunities for social action and philanthropic involvement with the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign.

Across the country women's giving is increasing, with approximately 30% of all gifts to local and Federation Annual Campaigns made by women.  The Women's Division encourages women to make an individual gift for many reasons, including demonstrating leadership and taking equal responsibility for meeting the needs of our global Jewish community.

Giving Societies

Women who give in their own name to the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin Annual Campaign will be recognized at the following levels:

Lion of Judah: $5,000+                          
Pomegranate: $1,800–$4,999                
Millennium: $1,000–$1,799

The Woman of Valor Award

The Eshet Chayil/Woman of Valor award is presented each year to a Jewish woman who has proven to be a leader in the community.  Stemming from a hymn in the Book of Proverbs, this woman is recognized as an openly giving and compassionate person.  She is committed to the cause of the Jewish people and Israel.  This outstanding woman is a role model to others and inspires women to positively impact Jewish communities, both in Austin and across the world.  The recipient of this award is honored at the Women's Division Mosaic LuncheonMazel Tov to the 2015 Woman of Valor, Judy Waxman.


Each year, the Women's Division hosts Mosaic, the single largest women's outreach event to raise philanthropic dollars for the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin Annual Campaign.  Mosaic strives to create a meaningful experience while fostering community among Austin's women.  Funds raised through the Campaign benefit Jewish people in Austin and in 59 countries around the world.  

Social Action

A crucial part to the Women's Division is developing meaningful programs for women to do mitzvot.  There are several opportunities throughout the year. There are also a number of on-going volunteer opportunities available with seniors through Jewish Family Service (JFS).  For more information, email jfs@shalomaustin.org.

Women's Division Cabinet

This coordinating body is comprised of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to provide meaningful opportunities for Austin's Jewish women. The division chairs oversee and advise the committee chairs.

If you would like to receive e-mails about Women's Division, be sure to update your e-news preferences here.  For any information on Women's Philanthropy, please contact Amy Hyman at amy.hyman@shalomaustin.org or (512) 735-8078.