The Ann Bear Memorial Women of Valor Virtual Celebration

December 01, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Virtual Event
Minimum Gift Required


Join us as we celebrate our Lions of Judah, Lions of Judah Endowment, and Pomegranate communities.

Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Emory University Nominated as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism by President Biden
Speaking on Understanding and Combating Contemporary Antisemitism 

Joyce Linker, recipient of the 2021 Judith Chapman Memorial Women's Leadership Award

Ellice Papp and Adrienne Papp 


Betty Adler

Mimi Gauss

Nanette Rowe

Judy Aptekar

Judith Goldkrand

Eileen Ruby

Myrna Aronoff

Bernis Kretchmar

Dorothy Saxe

Judy Bloom

Jan Newman

Carol Weitz

Julie Fingersh

Betsy Pottruck


Lion of Judah: A woman who embodies the spirit of tzedakah by contributing a minimum of $5,000 to the Federation’s Campaign in her own name.

Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE): A woman who has endowed her annual Lion gift to the Federation’s Campaign. A Lion of Judah endowment perpetuates her gift, ensuring that the needs of the Jewish community will continue to be met for generations to come.

Pomegranate: A woman who generously contributes $1,800 or more to the Federation’s Campaign in her own name.

*There is a minimum gift at the Lion of Judah or Pomegranate level required to attend. Guests will be asked to make their gift to the 2022 Annual Campaign. Your generosity is especially crucial this year. Please join us in achieving our goal of 100% commitment to bettering our community.

Judith Chapman Memorial Women’s Leadership Award Selection Committee:

Lynn Bunim*, Phyllis Cook, Adele Corvin*, Dana Corvin*, Sue Diamond*, Nancy Grand*, Gale Mondry*, Karen Kaufman Perlman, Varda Rabin*, Lynn Sedway*, Rita Semel*, Joelle Steefel*, Roselyne Swig*, Gina Waldman*, Marilyn Waldman*, Kathy Roberts Williams*

*Past Judith Chapman Memorial Women’s Leadership Award Recipient


Women’s Philanthropy continues the tradition of L'dor v'dor–making connections across generations– both within a family and in solidarity with other women. Our collective presence has the power to open hearts and minds across lines of difference and steward relationships of mutual trust. Doing so is essential to building communities that are resilient and responsive – from supporting individuals' mental well-being, to our organizations reemerging stronger after a deadly pandemic, to fighting hatred and antisemitism.

Organized By: 
Women's Philanthropy
Event Contact Person: 
Robyn Carmel
Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt
Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot
Professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, has published and taught about the Holocaust and antisemitism for 40 years. Professor Lipstadt’s book, Antisemitism: Here and Now has been published to stellar reviews and awarded the National Jewish Book Award. She is most widely known for the libel lawsuit brought against her in1996 by David Irving for having called him a Holocaust denier. Irving was arguably the world’s leading denier. Professor Lipstadt claimed an overwhelming victory after a ten-week trial.

In 2019 she won the Emory Mentorship award and in 2020, the Exemplary Teaching award. She was selected for the latter by alumni as the teacher who had most influenced them. She is currently writing a biography of Golda Meir for the Yale University Press Jewish Lives series and is also co-writing a book with Erica Brown on forgiving entitled Sorry Not Sorry.
Joyce Linker
Joyce was raised in Detroit in the 50’s when it was ghettoized with quite a bit of anti-Semitism. She found comfort and satisfaction helping others in the Jewish community and has been a Lion of Judah since 1997.

Joyce has a long history with Federation, starting as a solicitor in the 60’s and creating YAD (Young Adults Division) with Irving Rabin. In those days contributions were $21. Joyce has continued in her efforts since then, serving on the Investment Committee since 1998. Joyce also serves on the Federation’s Donor Advised Funds Committee.

Joyce is one of those one-of-a-kind community leaders whose impact is far more than anyone understands. At the CJM (Contemporary Jewish Museum,) no one can compare or compete with the impact Joyce has had. She leads with incredible grace, humor, intelligence, and thoughtfulness. At every step along the way, she provides invaluable guidance, vision, passion, and hard work. She not only provides essential guidance and leadership, but she is also never afraid to roll up her sleeves and do whatever it takes to get the work done. Her commitment to the community, and Tikkun Olam (Repair the World,) is truly inspiring. Her passion for the arts and community has impacted individuals and families around the Bay Area, allowing them to engage with the arts in meaningful and enduring ways.

Through the years Joyce’s volunteer commitments have been endless. She was the first female president of the SFJCC, has been a long-time board member of the CJM as well as Menorah Park, and has been an active member of Congregation Rodef Sholom in Marin County.

In addition to her work in the Jewish Community, Joyce has been a major supporter of North Beach Citizens (homeless nonprofit) and a campaign committee member for Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, and recently Kamala Harris. Joyce created and chaired the first Annual Women’s Congressional fundraising luncheon in 1982, “Women Making History,” for Barbara Boxer. She has also served on the boards of the California College of the Arts, the SFMOMA Photo Accessions Committee, Mt. Zion Hospital, and the Friends of the Fromm Institute.