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The Lions of Judah Celebrate 50 Years of Extraordinary Impact

Join us at the International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC) – December 11-13, 2022 - the premier gathering of dynamic, philanthropic Jewish women from across the globe. At this year’s ILOJC, our extraordinary sisterhood also celebrates 50 years of building flourishing Jewish communities worldwide – as together, we begin shaping how our Jewish communities can flourish for the next 50. We’ll start with the most critical issues both our domestic and global communities currently face.

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Here’s what’s on the agenda:

The mental health of our communities.

As we continue to reopen post-pandemic, the mental health issues that were both revealed and exacerbated by the pandemic – particularly with our young people – take center stage. We’ll hear from thought leaders and experts within the field. And we’ll explore how, despite the critical shortage and the affordability of mental health care professionals, we can provide maximum support to our communities and help to alieve this crisis and better recognize the stressors young people face.

The continuing rise of violent antisemitism.

The next 50 years of flourishing Jewish communities, depend on the ability of all our people to safely and securely participate in Jewish life. Together, we will dive into this crucial challenge and examine what actions we can take to make a significant impact here at home and worldwide.

Answering the critical needs of our Ukrainian brothers and sisters.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine forced tens of thousands of our extended Jewish family to flee their homes, and tens of thousands more to be displaced. They’re calling on us to help them rebuild their lives and build Jewish community whether they resettle here in North America, in Israel, or return home to Ukraine to create their thriving Jewish community once again. And we Lions, the world’s most dynamic philanthropic women, are joining together to determine how we can best answer that call.

The Lions of Judah have risen to every challenge facing our global peoplehood for the past 50 years – and we’re continuing to do so – together at the 2022 ILOJC!

Join us December 11-13 at the elegant Arizona Biltmore Hotel. Together, we will examine the changing face of our world. Hear from leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Be inspired. Give back. And empower one another to do more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where and when will the conference take place?

  • The conference will take place December 11-13, 2022 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference will kick off around 5 pm on Sunday, December 11th, and conclude by 2:30 pm on Tuesday, December 13th. More specific timing will be available as program details are released.

  • Who is the audience for the International Lion of Judah Conference?

  • Female-identified philanthropists are considered the current Lion of Judah in their home community.

  • How do I register?

  • Register here.

  • What are the major impact areas that the Jewish Federations of North America supports?

  • The impact of the 146 Jewish Federations across North America changes lives in North America, in Israel and around the world. Jewish Federations identify, support, and address the full range of social service issues. We provide life-saving humanitarian relief, breakthrough programs for all ages, and sustain Jewish community today and for future generations. Together, we collectively raise and distribute billions annually for social welfare, social services, and educational needs.  We also protect and enhance the well-being of Jews in 70 countries worldwide.

  • How much is the registration cost and what’s included?

  • The conference registration fee is $1,299 per person. This includes all conference programming and meals except for the Monday evening dinner which is organized by the community. The conference fee does not include airfare and hotel accommodations.

  • How do I make hotel reservations?

  • Once you register for the conference you will be clearly guided to instructions on how you can make your hotel reservations. The cost per room is $385/night + taxes and fees. You will have the option to book a single or double room.

  • What’s the best airport?

  • We recommend flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

  • Can I arrange for transportation from the airport to the hotel?

  • Speak with your local women’s professional to see if they are arranging transfers to/from the airport.

  • How can I find out about the program?

  • As the program develops we will share updates via email and on

  • May I participate remotely?

  • As of now, we will not have a remote option.

  • What are the COVID precautions being taken and what are the protocols?

  • All conference attendees must be fully vaccinated- that includes two doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines or one Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Boosters are strongly recommended, but not mandatory to attend the conference. As we get closer to the conference we may determine that masking and/or testing will be required. As part of the registration process, you will need to upload your vaccination information and agree to abide by all safety protocols implemented on-site or in advance as directed by JFNA.

  • What if I want to purchase or upgrade my Lion pin in advance of the conference?

  • Please contact your local Women’s Philanthropy professional for questions about purchasing or upgrading your Lion pin. We recommend starting this process as soon as possible.

  • Who should I contact for questions?

  • Please contact your local Women’s Philanthropy professional with any questions.

  • What is the cancellation policy for the conference?

  • Individuals canceling after September 16, 2022, will not receive any refund for registration fees paid. Cancelations before September 16, 2022 will receive a full refund from JFNA minus a $50 administrative fee. Please note that there will be NO exceptions or cancellation fees waived.
    We strongly suggest purchasing “cancel for any reason” travel insurance. While we cannot recommend a specific policy we highly recommend visiting www.squaremouth.comwhere you can explore various travel insurance options.

  • What is the hotel cancellation policy?

  • You must cancel your hotel room 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival. Within 72 hours, the hotel will retain one night’s deposit (room rate and applicable taxes.)

  • How do I cancel my hotel room?

  • Call the hotel reservations line directly at (602) 955-6600 and follow directions to reach room reservations.

International Lion Of Judah Conference Leadership

Deborah Schrayer Karmin

International Lion of Judah Conference Co-Chair

Heather Kline

International Lion of Judah Conference Co-Chair

Carolyn Gitlin

Chair, National Women’s Philanthropy

Shelly Kupfer

Immediate Past Chair, National Women’s Philanthropy

Julie Platt

Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America

Toby Friedland z”l

Lion of Judah Founders

Norma Kipnis-Wilson z”l

Lion of Judah Founders

Carole Solomon

International Lion of Judah Conference Founder

Susan K. Stern

International Lion of Judah Conference Founder

Lois Zoller

International Lion of Judah Conference Founder

Join us December 11-13 at the elegant Arizona Biltmore Hotel. Together, we will examine the changing face of our world. Hear from leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Be inspired. Give back. And empower one another to do more.

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