Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta Ignites

On January 19, 2018 we honored the vision and leadership of our three founders, Carol Cooper, Sara Franco, and Ilene Engel!

Thank you for your generous support of Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta and for joining with us to honor our founders and celebrate our first five years. Click here to make a donation in honor of Carol Cooper, Ilene Engel, and Sara Franco. 

Click below to view the presentation and speeches at the event. You can also visit our media page for links to photos and shorter video clips.


Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta (JWFA) expands opportunities for Jewish women and girls through effective grant-making, advocacy, and education. We empower women to be leaders, philanthropists, and decision-makers, all while using a gender lens to consider the needs in our own community and in Israel. In our first five years, we have invested over $500,000 in 32 organizations, promoting a safe, healthy, and equitable future for Jewish women and girls. No other organization is as exclusively and passionately dedicated to the advancement of Jewish women and girls in Atlanta and around the world.

JWFA Ignites: 5 Years, 3 Founders, 1 Mission was an inspirational showcase of JWFA’s efforts. As we came together to celebrate, we honored and thanked Carol, Ilene, and Sara for their tireless devotion, vision, and leadership in establishing a Jewish women’s fund in Atlanta and ensuring JWFA is a powerful force for change. We also highlighted the work of our Grantee Partners, who work every day to promote our mission.

Thank you for joining us at the luncheon and for sponsoring the event to honor our founders and to support JWFA’s vital work. All sponsorships are tax-deductible.

Thank you for your support. Your participation enables JWFA to expand our reach and impact, while we celebrate our most-deserving honorees.

Warmest Regards,

Martha Berlin, Lisa Greenberg, Laura Soshnik (Event Chairs)

Debbie Kunianksy (JWFA Chair), Rachel Wasserman (Executive Director)

Click here to become a sponsor and honor our 5 years, 3 founders, and 1 mission. 


Event Sponsors

Trail Blaze ($50,000)

Carol and Larry Cooper & Family

Ilene Engel

Sara and Robert Franco & Family

Change Lives ($25,000)

Janet Lavine and Rick Williams

Advance ($18,000)

Lisa and Jim Haynor

Transform ($10,000)

Marsha Cintorino

Laura Z. Dinerman, Jennie D. Medeiros, Kim D. Dinerman

Henry and Etta Raye Hirsch Heritage Foundation: Lisa and Seth Greenberg, Michele and David Hirsch, Etta Raye Hirsch

Debbie and Doug Kuniansky

Zaban Foundation: Judy Zaban, Carol Z. Cooper, Laura Z. Dinerman, Sara Z. Franco

Empower ($5,000)

The Argo Family Fund

Vicki and Gerry Benjamin

Mark and Ruth Coan Family Charitable Fund

Janice Ellin

Stacey and Ronnie Geer

Andrea Jaron and Larry Bircoll

Luci and Stan Sunshine Family Foundation

Influence ($2,500)

American Jewish Committee

Martha and Barry Berlin

Candy and Stephen Berman

BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Cohen Pollock Merlin & Small, P.C.

Ann Davis, Billie Greenberg, Judy Kogon, Glenda Minkin, Joyce Schwartz

Enid and Jerry Draluck

Lisa and Alan Engel, Andrea and Kent Haines, Marci Engel, Ilana Engel

Lois and Larry Frank

Lisa and Steve Freedman

Abby Friedman and Harry Heiman

Ronne and Donald Hess, Hilary and Stuart Nelson

Barbra and Gene Hirsh, Carol and Alan Grodin

Tonia Sellers

Polly B. Simpson

Laura and Greg Soshnik

Helen Marie Stern Memorial Fund

Innovate ($1,800)

Ellen Arnovitz

Jane Aronoff

Spring and Tom Asher

Teri Astren

Cherie Aviv

Lisa and Staci Brill

Brownieland Pictures

Kathe Brown and Dede Thompson

Linda and Richard Davis

Rachel Dinerman and Garrett Van de Grift

Nicole Ellerine

Elise Eplan

Ellen and Howard Feinsand

Jody Franco

Phyllis and Richard Franco

Viki Freeman

Marsha Goldstein

Lauren and Jim Grien

Lynne and Jack Halpern

Lynne M. Halpern

Hansberger & Merlin at Morgan Stanley

Michal Hart Hillman

Jeanie and Dick Katz

Dr. Elaine L. Levin

Barbara Lincoln

Debbie and Lon Neese, Melanie and Allan Nelkin

Carolyn Oppenheimer

Beth and Gregg Paradies

Maxine and John Perlman

The Pollack Family Fund

Jane Engel Purcel

Lynn and Lewis Redd

Marlene Rinzler

Louise Rothberg

Sue Samuels: The Lens Bar

Susan Schoenbaum

Joyce Schwob

Michelle and Gary Simon

Rabbi Alvin and Barbara Sugarman

Betty Sunshine


Judith G. Taylor

Clergy, Staff, and Leadership of The Temple

Cathy Tierney and Amanda Cohn

Melinda and Steve Wertheim

Susan Ellman Zweig

Advocate ($360)

Carol Auld

Marcy Bass

Nadine Becker

Joanne Birnbrey

Joyce Block

Rita Bloom

Lisa C. Cohen

Dorian Denburg

Gail Duner

Heather Fenton

Amy Fox

Lisa Galanti

Pearlann Horowitz

Arthur Hurwitz

Ellen Hyman

Deborah Jacobs

Susan and Mark Jacobson

Lori Kagan Schwarz

Sheri Labovitz

Barbara Levy

Diane and Martin Maslia

Belinda Morris

Wendy Pearlman

Phyllis Rodbell

Debbie Rubin

Mindi and Michael Sard

Cathy Selig

Linda Selig

Linda Silberman

Vicky Sloan

Susan Smith

Deborah Spector

Terri Theisen

Ronit Walker

Jacqueline Wolf

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Host Committee

Amy Arogeti

Vicki Benjamin

Candy Berman

Amanda Cohn

Carol Cooper

Ann Davis

Laura Dinerman

Enid Draluck

Jane Durham

Lois Frank

Lisa Fox Freedman

Abby Friedman

Marianne Garber

Stacey Geer

Lynne P. Halpern

Lisa Haynor

Michal Hillman

Etta Raye Hirsch

Andrea Jaron

Debbie Kuniansky

Janet Lavine

Barbara Lincoln

Elaine Rosenblum