We got this release in recently from UJA-Federation:
Ruth Suzman of Scarsdale was honored at UJA-Federation of New York’s Annual Lion of Judah Luncheon held Oct. 26 in New York City.
The Lion of Judah Luncheon honors philanthropic women. More than 16,000 women around the world are recognized as Lions of Judah, including more than 1,200 in the New York Jewish community.
A woman who makes a personal contribution of at least $6,000 annually to UJA-Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy is eligible to wear a Lion of Judah pin — the nationally recognized jewel-inset, 14-karat gold lion. As a woman’s contribution grows, a corresponding precious gem is placed as an inset in the lion’s eye.
Suzman was awarded with the Spirit of Peggy Award in memory of Peggy Tishman, who set an inspiring standard of service for women who give their time and hearts to communal leadership.
The award honors a young leader in our community who shares Peggy’s passion for dedicated service, generous commitment to philanthropy, and personal devotion to the welfare of the Jewish people.
Suzman comes from a family with a long history of philanthropy and social-service activity. Committed and creative, she follows in the footsteps of her parents, who sponsored a plane for 1984’s Operation Moses, a covert removal of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel during a famine.
She is a founding member of the Solelim Fund, an early venture philanthropy program established at UJA-Federation. She is a chair of UJA-Federation’s 2011 Westchester Annual Campaign and serves on the Board of Directors.