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Susan Weiss Firestone named 2018 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland winner

Susan Weiss Firestone of Longmeadow will be honored as a 2018 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award Winner of National Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federations of North America.

This honor, named for Lion of Judah founders Norma Kipnis-Wilson and Toby Friedland z”l, honors the most inspiring women in North America’s Jewish communities and will be awarded at the International Lion of Judah Conference in Miami next January.

Susan Firestone and her husband William were honored as “Israel 70” award recipients at Israel Bonds International Prime Minister’s Club Dinner last February.

Since 2004, the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award has honored extraordinary women who have set a high standard for philanthropy and volunteerism. The prestigious, internationally recognized award is given to Lions of Judah who have demonstrated the highest ideals of leadership and involvement. Winners are chosen by their communities as “women of valor” with a lifetime of commitment to the Jewish world.

Firestone serves on various local and national boards including the Jewish Federations of North America, United Israel Appeal (UIA), and the International Board of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.

She is a member of the JFNA Israel and Overseas Committee, and of Mechon Hadar.

Locally, Firestone is chair of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Mass. and is past president of the Jewish Federation of Western Mass. She serves as vice president of Temple Beth El in Springfield and is a board member of Heritage Academy Jewish Community Day School, of which her children are graduates.

She is a past member of the UJA Young Leadership Cabinet and is a recipient of the Philip E. Saks Young Leadership Award.

She is the former president of Plastic Packaging Corp. and holds a B.S. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

She is married to William Firestone and they have adult twin daughters.

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