Sandy Rife of Scottsdale was honored by The Jewish Federations of North America’s National Women’s Philanthropy with its prestigious Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award.
The award was announced at the 2016 International Lion of Judah Conference held Sept. 11-13 in Washington, D.C.
The prestigious, internationally-recognized Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award is given to Lions of Judah who have demonstrated the highest ideals of leadership and involvement. Winners are chosen by their communities as “women of valor” with a lifetime of commitment to the Jewish world.
“I have learned by example from my philanthropic parents the importance of being part of a vibrant local and global Jewish community; the benefit of giving your time, energy and dollars to the Federation to make a better life for Jews in your own community and around the world; the unmistakable significance of the State of Israel as a Jewish homeland,” Ms. Rife said.
“I believe that we, as Jews, have a responsibility to carry on this mission and to teach it to our children, and the Jewish Federation provides each of us with that opportunity.”
Ms. Rife moved with her family to the Valley in 1978 and quickly became active in the local Jewish community. She has held numerous leadership positions within the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and its Women’s Philanthropy program.
In 2016, Ms. Rife received the Golda Meir Award in recognition of her leadership in the Federation’s Women’s Campaign. Her commitment as a Lion is embodied in her Lion of Judah endowment.
“It was so inspiring to be with Sandy as she was recognized at the Lion of Judah conference for her outstanding service to the Jewish community. She has always been a role model for me of a Jewish Woman of Valor,” said Julee Landau-Shahon, Women’s Philanthropy chair and member of the national Women’s Philanthropy board.
“I look up to her for her dedication as well as her kind and caring demeanor. We are lucky to have her as part of our women’s philanthropy family.”
More than 1,300 Jewish women from the United States, Canada, Israel, Mexico and the United Kingdom attended the conference to discuss the influence of the individual and the collective. The Lions of Judah are philanthropic Jewish women of all ages, uniting as an international sisterhood of global advocates who care deeply about the Jewish future.
The award was established in honor of Norma Kipnis-Wilson and Toby Friedland, cofounders of JFNA Lion of Judah program. Since 2004, the award has recognized extraordinary women who have set a high standard for philanthropy and volunteerism.
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