Pepper Pike resident Adrienne Goldberg received the 2019 Ruby Bass Challenge Award during the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Women’s Philanthropy Signature Event Oct. 30 at Corporate College East in Warrensville Heights.
Named after the late philanthropist for Israel Bonds and the women’s division of the Federation, Ruby Bass, the award annually recognizes women who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment and passion for women’s philanthropy, the Federation and fundraising for the Campaign for Jewish Needs – the Federation’s annual fundraising campaign that aids the local and international Jewish community, according to a news release.
The award stands as the Federation’s most prestigious award for women philanthropists.
Goldberg volunteers with organizations such as the Federation and its allocations committee, development committee and Campaign for Jewish Needs; Menorah Park; Park Synagogue and Israel Bonds. She is a past Women’s Philanthropy campaign chair.
“I am committed to doing things that make a difference in the world,” Goldberg said in a news release. “Volunteering for Federation and helping Jews locally and globally makes me happy. It’s been so powerful for me to see firsthand the lives we are changing, whether it’s in Cuba, Poland, Israel or Beachwood, Ohio.”
The event also featured speakers Sima Goel, author of “Fleeing the Hijab: A Jewish Woman’s Escape from Iran,” and Doug Breitenbach, board president of Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Association. About 200 Federation Lion of Judah Society and Pomegranate Society donors attended.
The Ruby Bass Challenge Endowment Fund will make a donation to the Women’s Campaign for the 2020 Campaign for Jewish Needs in Goldberg’s honor.
“Adrienne brings a tremendous amount of energy and passion to the work we do here at Federation,” said Danielle Wild, Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy chair, in the release. “She is always able to look at things through a different lens and push the envelope, if need be.”