The Jewish Federations of North America’s National Women’s Philanthropy recently honored Merle Fish, a member of the board of trustees at the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, with its prestigious Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland award. The award was announced at this year’s International Lion of Judah Conference, held in Washington, D.C., last month.
In addition to her role on the federation’s board, Ms. Fish sits on JFNNJ’s Women’s Philanthropy board. She has held many posts at the federation; she has been president of its Women’s Philanthropy, chair of its Women’s Philanthropy Campaign, and chair of the its Young Leadership Division. She also has been on the National Young Leadership Cabinet and the National Women’s Philanthropy board. Most recently, she chaired the federation’s Major Gifts Dinner, which was held at the Museum of the City of New York.
Ms. Fish also is a board member at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, where she co-chaired the opening ceremonies of the Maccabi Games. She sits on the Englewood Hospital & Medical Center’s Foundation Board and on its special events committee. She and her husband, Fred, live in Englewood; they have two children and three grandchildren.
The Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland award was established in recognition of Norma Kipnis-Wilson and Toby Friedland, z”l, co-founders of the Jewish Federation of North America’s Lion of Judah program. Each winner is recognized at the biennial ILOJC. Merle Fish is one of 75 women to receive this year’s award. Since 2004, the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award has honored extraordinary women who have set a high standard for philanthropy and volunteerism.