Lion of Judah: 50 Years of Women Making History

Feb 1, 2022 | Article

Lion of Judah: 50 Years of Women Making History

Feb 1, 2022

On January 9, powerful women from across generations, state lines, and oceans came together to celebrate their accomplishments, inspire and learn from one another, and strengthen their collective ability to give back to the communities they cherish. They heard from some of the most influential and thought-provoking leaders in the global Jewish community about what it means to be a woman with the power to make a difference.

Each month, we’ll feature Lions of Judah making history right here in Colorado.

For more information about Women’s Philanthropy, please contact Director of Women’s Philanthropy Roberta Witkow,, or visit Women’s Philanthropy.

About Ginna Rinkov
In 2017, I went on my first JNFA Women’s Heart to Heart Mission to Israel, and I met dozens of Lions from around the world. That’s when I truly understood the tremendous impact women were making in aiding the vulnerable and building Jewish identity locally, nationally, and around the world. And that’s when I knew that I wanted to be a part of this collective of caring, philanthropic women.

What does Women’s Philanthropy mean to you?
Women’s Philanthropy is more than the Annual Campaign. It brings together women who know and understand the breadth of issues facing our communities and utilizes our collective power to make a lasting impact. Women’s Philanthropy educates, inspires, and empowers women of all ages.

About Julie Morse
I’ve been a Lion for 27 years! I was a newlywed when we moved to Denver in 1979, and I was invited to a woman’s event sponsored by JEWISHcolorado, which was then Allied Jewish Federation. Nearly three decades later, the friendships I’ve made and the Jewish education I’ve acquired through this Federation continue to enhance my life. I learned the importance of being a good person through my practice of Judaism, and it’s a value that guides my life.

What is your most memorable Jewish experience?
One of my fondest memories is from my childhood in Tulsa. There was a program that ran after religious school called Sunday Funday for kids from the only temple and the only synagogue in town. It was a way to connect with other Jewish kids who I otherwise probably wouldn’t have met, and many of my lifelong friendships date from then. That relationship with the Jewish community was a direct precursor to all of my work since. One of my proudest moments was being honored in 1995 at Allied Jewish Federation’s General Assembly with the Young Leadership Award. It all started with Sunday Funday!