WHY WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY?
Get to know the women of Women’s Philanthropy as they share their personality, passion and purpose for being involved and connected to our wonderful community. Throughout the year, different women are highlighted as active participants of Women’s Philanthropy who make a difference every day in their own way for Jewish Austin.
Vicki: Liza, I remember meeting you for the first time at a Women’s Philanthropy event when Carol Aaron, from Dallas, came to speak to us about becoming a Lion of Judah. You were fairly new to the community. We happened to sit next to each other and connected immediately over our love for our dogs! How long have you been in Austin?
Liza: It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 16 years now. I moved to Austin in 2008.
Vicki: How did you get involved with Shalom Austin and specifically Women’s Philanthropy?
Liza: I went to a Shalom Austin event when I first moved to town and met so many wonderful people in the community, specifically women who were already involved in Women’s Philanthropy. After that I was asked to co-chair the Senior Adult Programs and be part of the WP Committee. The role was to recruit and facilitate Women’s Philanthropy volunteers in our community, which allowed our senior adult community members to attend the Rosh Hashanah and Passover luncheons.
Vicki: How has your involvement in Shalom Austin changed over the years?
Liza: I went back to work full time when I created my jewelry business LizaBeth. Although I don’t have the time to volunteer as much anymore, I’m so happy to be able to make my pledge to the Shalom Austin Annual Campaign.
Vicki: What’s one word that describes our Jewish community?
Liza: Family! I’ve made so many wonderful friendships and connections.
Vicki: Women’s Philanthropy is so grateful that you’ve generously donated a beautiful piece of jewelry from your LizaBeth line for many Mosaic raffles over the years. Thank you for always saying YES! This year, your bracelet brought in over $14,000.00 which all went to the JFNA Israel Emergency Campaign to fund immediate and longer-term needs from the war. What inspires you to continue donating personally and professionally?
Liza: It gives me great joy to give back to our community and make a difference!
Vicki: What do you see is a benefit of being affiliated with Shalom Austin?
Liza: I’ve gained an incredible support system through the years! It’s so wonderful to know that we’re all here for each other.