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WHY WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY?

Get to know our members as they share their personality, passion and purpose for ensuring a thriving Jewish future. Each month, Women’s Philanthropy highlights a member making a difference in our local and global Jewish community. 

MAY 2021 FEATURED MEMBER

Samantha Friedman

Moving to Austin with no family in the area, Shalom Austin and Women’s Philanthropy have been (and continue to be) incredibly meaningful and important in my life.  As we build a Jewish life for our family, the Jewish community in Austin has been vital in ensuring we have a strong foundation.

Samantha Friedman

Samantha Friedman

Where are you originally from and how long have you been in Austin?

I am originally from Baltimore and have been in Austin for 6 wonderful years!

How will you stay connected to Women’s Philanthropy and Shalom Austin?

Moving to Austin with no family in the area, Shalom Austin and Women’s Philanthropy have been (and continue to be) incredibly meaningful and important in my life.  As we build a Jewish life for our family, the Jewish community in Austin has been vital in ensuring we have a strong foundation. I look forward to continuing to participate in all the events Women’s Philanthropy and Shalom Austin have to offer. I especially look forward to volunteering at the 60+ Seder and Tot Shabbat when it’s safe to all be back in person!

What’s one word that describes our Jewish community?

Our Jewish community is vibrant! It is full of wonderful people and special spaces that are inclusive and welcoming to all.

What’s your favorite memory related to Women’s Philanthropy?

My favorite memory of Women’s Philanthropy is when I had just had my son and I brought him to our cabinet meeting. As soon as we walked in the door I was greeted with so much love and support. He loved the attention and warmth of so many wonderful women and I enjoyed a moment to eat my lunch!

Arielle Levy

Arielle Levy

Women’s Philanthropy and Volunteer Director

O (512) 735-8090
arielle.levy@shalomaustin.org

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