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Women’s Philanthropy hosts “An Evening with Jane Weitzman”


LONGMEADOW – Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Western Mass. spent “An Evening with Jane Weitzman” on March 17 at the Longmeadow home of Debbie Polep.


From left, Rachel Berezin, director of NextGen of the Jewish Federation; Jamie Webber (Co-Chair of the event); and Gabrielle Goldman, with the evening’s guest, Jane Weitzman.

More than 60 women attended the event, where Weitzman spoke about philanthropy and the importance of giving to support Jewish causes.


From left, Wendy Webber, campaign chair and the chair of Women’s Philanthropy; Suze Goldman, president of the Jewish Federation; Meredith Dragon, outgoing director of the Federation; and Susan Weiss Firestone, past president.

Weitzman was the executive vice president of Stuart Weitzman and the founding vice president of Stuart Weitzman Retail. She spearheaded philanthropy for the company by generating funds to support breast and ovarian cancer research and awareness. Her efforts were brought to life through innovative charity events in the brand’s stores and on its website such as the Stuart Weitzman Celebrity Breast Cancer Auction.


Host Debbie Polep, left, with Jane Weitzman.


Weitzman spoke to the attendees about the importance of supporting Jewish causes.

She serves on the executive committees and boards of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, UJA of Greenwich and 70 Faces Media. She is on the Trust Board of Boston Children’s Hospital and the board of the Greenwich JCC. She is also the vice president of programming at the Jewish Book Council.


Chez Josef made the high-heel-shaped cupcakes.

During the evening, Weitzman signed copies of her book, Art & Sole, and attendees brought pairs of gently worn work-appropriate shoes to donate to the organization, Dress for Success.


From left, Jen Matthews, Pam Kalman, Adena Falk (Co-Chair of the event), and Amy Ratner.

Chez Josef catered the event, and the fare included colorfully decorated high-heel-shaped cupcakes.




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