30 2023

Women's Philanthropy Community-wide Event & Pearl Society Dinner

6:00PM - 8:45PM  

Congregation Ohav Shalom 113 New Krumkill Road
Albany, NY 12208

Contact Linda Pollack Kessler
(518) 783-7800

$ Cost $ 18.00

In honor of Women's History Month, Women's Philanthropy welcomes the community for a special program and dessert reception with authors Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman.

Inspired by both authors’ own family histories, Edwards and Richman will discuss The Thread Collectors, a rich historical novel set during the Civil War. The novel follows two women: one a Jewish abolitionist in New York, the other a Black slave yearning for freedom in New Orleans, whose resourceful sewing to support their communities leads them both on dangerous journeys. As they undertake extraordinary risks to bring their partners home from the front lines, their pathways collide in unexpected and, ultimately, uplifting ways.

Shaunna Edwards has a BA in literature from Harvard College, and we are excited to welcome Alyson Richman back to the Capital Region. She is a best-selling author of several historical novels, one of which, The Lost Wife, is currently in development for a major motion picture


6:00 PM | Pearl Society Dinner Reception* | $36 per person; $18 per child, 12-22 years old

*Includes program and dessert. Minimum individual or family gift of $180 to the 2023 Federation Annual Campaign.


7:00 PM | $18 per person | Community-wide Program & Dessert Reception 


To register:

Book sales and signing—$10 per book. Order and receive your book before the event!

RSVP by Friday, March 24, and be entered to win two tickets to Fiddler on the Roof at Proctors (Performances on April 26-27, 2023).

You will have the opportunity to privately make a gift to support your Jewish community.




"Two of our most engaging authors! Alyson and Shaunna made the story of THE THREAD COLLECTORS come alive. They beautifully integrated their book talk segments to give a complex look at an important subject. I highly recommend having these authors at a book talk!" -Riva Gambert, Program Director, Contra Costa JCC

A special thanks to our Women's Philanthropy corporate sponsors: The Audiology Center of Community Care Physicians  and Karen Glaser, Associate Broker, Coldwell Banker.


Women philanthropists are the change-makers and community-shapers of the world. We are sisters and daughters, mothers and friends, compassionate and committed women at every stage of life and career. Federation's Women’s Philanthropy engages Jewish women in the fulfilling work of making the world a better place. In every community, we are building and supporting Jewish life for today and generations to come.

Sponsor: Women's Philanthropy & Jewish Federation of NENY