Marin Women's Speaker Series

Conversations on Jewish Philanthropy

This 3-part series brings together Jewish women in Marin for high-level, intimate discussions to share experiences, learn from each other, and inspire one another to great heights as we discuss the role of philanthropy in addressing complex challenges facing our communities.


Session 1: Religious Roots of Philanthropy

What do the Torah and other Jewish teachings say about Philanthropy? What are we commanded to do and how can this wisdom spark more and better philanthropy?

Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Featuring Rabbi Stacy Friedman of Congregation Rodef Shalom

Session 2: What's up? Tzedakah 2.0

In this session, we will explore philanthropy in modern Jewish secular terms. How do individuals and families connect with the issues they care about? What role do federations and other traditional organizations play in the modern landscape?

Thursday, October 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Featuring Vicki Agron, founder and principal of Vicki Agron Consulting

Session 3: Leveraging Impact Through Giving Circles

The Jewish community has a proud tradition of living out our values through our communal obligation to give by coming together and pooling resources for the greater good. Our series finale will examine how giving circles are creating impact today in the Bay Area.

Thursday, November 7, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Featuring Joy Sisisky, Chief Philanthropy Officer, and Danielle Meshorer, Manager of Venture Philanthropy and Giving Circles at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

Interests: Classes, Meetings
September 11, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Private homes in Marin
Minimum gift of $365 to the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund


Organized By: 
Women's Philanthropy of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Event Contact Person: 
Robyn Carmel
Rabbi Stacy Friedman
Rabbi Stacy Friedman is Senior Rabbi of Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael. Since arriving to Congregation Rodef Sholom in 1993, Rabbi Friedman has served on numerous Jewish interfaith and social justice boards. Rabbi Friedman is passionate about social justice, prayer, Israel, mindfulness, and strives to bring healing and wholeness into a broken world.
Vicki Agron
Vicki Agron Consulting, LLC is a fundraising management firm, offering a wide range of services to help expand and maximize fundraising achievement and leadership development. Having worked with hundreds of non-profits over the past 35 years gives Vicki Agron incredible depth of experience and an expansive view from the bridge of global philanthropy.
Danielle Meshorer
Danielle Meshorer is Manager of Venture Philanthropy and Giving Circles at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Before joining the Federation, Danielle served as the International Outreach Director of Be’chol Lashon, focusing on racial and ethnic inclusivity in the Jewish community in the Bay Area, nationally and internationally. Danielle directed the Abayudaya Jewish Community program in Uganda, managing a series of health and economic development projects, including a water development project that created access for 8,000 people, transforming the lives of thousands of women and girls no longer required to walk miles for dirty water. Danielle has lived and worked as part of her Master’s in International Non-Profit Management in Israel and Cameroon, focusing on conflict transformation and sustainable development. In Danielle’s current position as Manager of Venture Philanthropy and Giving Circles for the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, she advises donors on issues relevant to women and girls and the LGBTQ community, as well as guiding all donors to find their philanthropic voice. Over the last two years under Danielle’s direction, the Jewish Women’s Fund, has made some of their most innovative grants to date, including a grant in Israel to a women’s legal rights organization and another for women’s social entrepreneurship. Danielle has training as a conflict facilitator, LAVAN Fellow in Impact Investing, Giving Circle facilitator from the Amplifier Institute, and an Executive Certificate in Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership. Danielle currently volunteers on an Advisory Committee and on the Social Justice Steering Committee at Congregation Rodef Sholom.
Joy Sisisky
Before joining the Federation, Joy served as executive director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York. Previously, she was selected as the 2007-2008 Ralph I. Goldman Fellow in International Jewish Communal Service at JDC, for which she lived and worked in Ukraine and Ethiopia. Joy is co-founder of Do Good Ukraine!, an organization dedicated to building civil society through volunteerism in Ukraine. Earlier, she served as the associate director for national women’s philanthropy at United Jewish Communities, where she worked with Jewish federations in the development of gender-based fundraising. Joy graduated from Brandeis University and earned a double M.A. in Jewish Communal Service and Public Administration at the joint program of Hebrew Union College and the University of Southern California.