Meet Shawna Merkur – Co-Chair, Women’s Philanthropy (2020-2022)

  1. Tell us about the importance of taking on the role of co-chair of Women’s Philanthropy.

I feel a sense of wanting to give back to a community that has provided so much for my family and myself. Our community has gone through so much in the last 18 months. By taking on this leadership role, I feel I am able to contribute and hopefully make the community stronger.

  1. You have co-chaired a number of Jewish Federation’s Choices events – Is there a particular memory that stands out for you?

The sense of women coming together is what I love most. Memories from all the meetings, connecting with different women in our community and sharing ideas, is what stands out most. I am particularly excited about is this year's Choices celebration which is going to feature stories of women in our community who strived to keep our community strong during the pandemic. We are so lucky our community not only survived but in many ways thrived and that really needs to be celebrated!

  1. What advice do you have for someone who is just starting to get involved in community?

My advice is jump right in. You truly get so much more than you give. In my current role, I feel so lucky to work with my co-chair Sue Hector. It has been amazing navigating the role together. Each volunteer role involves meeting new people, learning more about our community, and seeing your work in action.