NOVEMBER 1, 2018 – Community Leader Sharon Rich has been selected by the Greater Boston Jewish community to receive the Jewish Federations of North America’s 2019 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award, which recognizes extraordinary women for their inspirational leadership, philanthropy, and commitment to the Jewish world. The award will be presented at CJP’s Lion of Judah Luncheon on Nov. 7 at the Belmont Country Club.
“This honor is the ultimate validation for a lifetime of volunteer commitment to the Jewish community in the Diaspora and Israel,” said Rich. She is proud to support Women’s Philanthropy as an endowed Sapphire Lion.
Rich has served the North Shore Jewish community in various capacities for more than 35 years. She was on the Federation Board and was co-chair of Women’s Division. During this time, she has engaged with her peers as a catalyst for meaningful philanthropy with her mantra of “tzedakah as justice rather than charity.”
Rich has also served on many boards, including the Epstein Hillel School, the Robert I. Lappin Foundation, North Shore AIPAC, the Boston Ballet, the Celebrity Series of Boston, and the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania.
She resides in Marblehead and Boston with her husband Howard, her partner in philanthropy. They are proud parents of Matt Robinson and his wife Emily, and grandparents of six-year-old twins, Shira and Ava.
The Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award was created in 2004 as a tribute to Norma Kipnis-Wilson and Toby Friedland z”l, co-founders of The Jewish Federation of North America’s Lion of Judah program for women who have contributed $5,000 or more annually in their own name to Jewish Federation’s annual campaign. Lions of Judah are selected by each community to receive the award every two years. Rich will also be recognized at the International Lion of Judah Conference in January 2019.