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Susan Kline to receive Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award

 Sue Kline, left, this year’s Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award recipient, and Betsey Freedman, right, of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, presented its 13 Extraordinary Women event at a best practices workshop at the Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) National Women’s Philanthropy annual leadership retreat held last month in New York City. They are shown here with National Women’s Philanthropy Chair, Ann Pava.


Sue Kline, left, this year’s Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award recipient, and Betsey Freedman, right, of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, presented its 13 Extraordinary Women event at a best practices workshop at the Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) National Women’s Philanthropy annual leadership retreat held last month in New York City. They are shown here with National Women’s Philanthropy Chair, Ann Pava.

SPRINGFIELD – Susan Kline, volunteer extraordinaire and Jewish community professional, has been selected as this year’s Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award recipient by the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. This special honor, named for the founders of the Lion of Judah, Norma Kipnis-Wilson and Toby Friedland (z”/) recognizes one woman from each of the 155 Federation and network communities throughout North America who have “set the highest standards for philanthropy and volunteerism.”
Kline was selected because she embodies the spirit and vision of the Lion of Judah (a woman who makes an annual campaign commitment of $5,000 or more) through their commitment to tzedekah (justice and charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world).
A National Women’s Philanthropy Board member since 2010, Kline has long been active in the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, including serving as a past president. Most recently, she served as chair of the board of Jewish Geriatric Services (now known as Jewish Life Care), where she helped guide the organization through a capital campaign to build, renovate, and adopt a cutting-edge model of eldercare. The consummate professional volunteer, Sue was locally honored as one of 13 Extraordinary Women.
She has been involved with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) since 1993, as a long-time trustee and later as a director of various programs, including Create a Jewish Legacy. Professionally, she is a consultant in business communication, delivering writing and speaking skills training to companies throughout western New England. An educator by training, Sue retired in 2002 after a 32-year career as a high school English teacher. She holds a BA and a Master’s degree in teaching from Harvard University. Sue and her husband Ed have two daughters, Judith and Ellie; a son-in-law, Mitchell Polack; and two grandchildren.

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