Judy Levin: 2018 Janet Berg Award Recipient


Judy Levin will be honored with the prestigious Janet Berg Award at the Power of Women Event, May 2, 2018, at the Levy Family Campus in Los Gatos. 


Levin’s unparalleled commitment to the Jewish community of Silicon Valley is notable not just for the depth and breadth of her active volunteerism but for her many years of service spanning over three decades.


Levin is a two-time past president of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, she has served as assistant campaign chair and president of Women’s Division (now Women’s Philanthropy), campaign chair for the SFSV, and as a leader for countless Jewish community campaigns, galas, dinners and phone-a-thons.



From 2001 to 2007, Levin served as the chair of the $24 million campaign for the Levy Family Campus, demonstrating her strong commitment for annual giving campaigns. In addition to her work for the Federation, Judy has served as president of the Addison-Penzak JCC (APJCC) Board, and chair of the APJCC’s Planned Giving Committee.


In recognition of her extraordinary skills as a fundraiser, Levin was named to the Board of Trustees for United Jewish Communities, involving her in that organization’s $250 million annual fundraising campaigns throughout the country.


According to Jyl Jurman, CEO of the JFSV, “We are truly fortunate to count Judy Levin as an on-going supporter of the Jewish community.  Her warmth, the creativity of her initiatives and her 

natural leadership abilities have made her one of our most successful fundraisers for the Jewish community.”


Nate Stein, CEO of the APJCC concurs. “Not only is Judy effective at everything she undertakes, she is a true collaborator, and is able to engage and motivate others to achieve high levels of success.”


In recognition of her distinguished career as a volunteer for the Jewish community of Silicon Valley, Levin has been the recipient of many awards, beginning with the Larry Berman Young Leader Award and including the Distinguished Volunteer Fundraiser, the Harold Witkin Humanitarian Award, A Woman of Distinction Award, and now, the Janet Berg Award.

We invite the entire community to celebrate with Judy and her family at the Power of Women event.

The Janet Berg Award


The Janet Berg Award was created by Women’s Philanthropy at the time of Janet Berg’s retirement to honor her 31 years of service to the local Jewish community. Janet was the first recipient of the award, which was presented to her at the Connections dinner in 2007.  Connections has evolved into the annual Power of Women event, where each year a woman of distinction is awarded the coveted Janet Berg Award.


To be considered for nomination, a woman must have a positive effect on more than one Jewish agency in our community.  She must embody the values of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, which include a commitment to Klal Y’Israel (the responsibility of each Jew for another), to tikkun olam (repairing the world) and to the centrality of Israel to the Jewish people. She must consistently make a gift to the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley.  Recipients are chosen the Community Agency of Executives and Rabbis (CAER) as they represent a large cross-section of the local Jewish community.

Women's Philanthropy is a division of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. We hold social, educational and cultural events, and offer a place for all women interested in Jewish community and Jewish philanthropy. Women's Philanthropy works to strengthen, repair and promote the vibrancy of the Jewish community in Silicon Valley, Israel and around the world. For more information on our events or ways to get involved, contact Roni Wolfe:  408.357.7508 or roni@jvalley.org

Executive Board

Susan Sweedler, President

Jodi Gerston, VP Outreach

Andrea Rubnitz, VP Outreach
Joelle Pluemer, VP Education 
Marcia Klein, Lion of Judah Chair

Alyssia Berkowitz, Past President


General Board

Rachael Berman Huck

Susie Brenner

Laurel Cyrluk

Erin Goncharoff

Sylvia Metz

Marina Salzman

Bonnie Slavitt

​Shoshana Wolf

Highlights from our 2017 Power of Women event. Sylvia Metz received the Janet Berg Award. Filmmaker TIffany Shlain was our keynote speaker.