Better Makers: New York Times Journalist Bari Weiss Headlines JUF Lion Luncheon

Women — across generations — are a leading force. Taking an active, empathetic approach to charitable giving, women are more likely to not only give, but also be engaged in the causes they support.

Honoring the community of philanthropic women, the Jewish United Fund Women’s Division hosted its annual Lion Luncheon Sept. 12 at The Standard Club.

Over 320 women gathered for an intimate conversation with Bari Weiss, New York Times journalist and author of “How to Fight Anti-Semitism.”

The annual luncheon raised $2 million in support of the 2020 JUF Annual Campaign. Women’s giving currently accounts for over 16 percent of the Annual Campaign.

JUF Lion Luncheon, Bari Weiss
Keynote speaker Bari Weiss discusses her new book, “How to Fight Anti-Semitism.”
JUF Lion Luncheon with Bari Weiss — Zoë Leeds, Stephani Perlmutter
L to R: JUF Professional Zoë Leeds with Stephani Perlmutter.
JUF Lion Luncheon with Bari Weiss — Gail Rudo, Susie Spier Chapman
L to R: Gail Rudo, Lion Luncheon Chair, with Susie Spier Chapman, Women’s Board Vice President, 2020 Campaign.
JUF Lion Luncheon with Bari Weiss — Susie Spier Chapman
Susie Spier Chapman addresses the room of supporters at the 2020 Lion Luncheon.
JUF Lion Luncheon with Bari Weiss
A moment of silence took place to honor the memory of women who established an endowment to sustain their annual Lion-level gift in perpetuity.

Emily Stone earned a degree in journalism from Elon University in North Carolina. Along with writing, Stone has a passion for digital storytelling and photography. Her work has been published in Chicago Athlete Magazine. Stone is a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Stone is a fluent Spanish speaker who in her free time loves a good dance class.