Named for renowned British philanthropists Maurice and Vivienne Wohl, JDC’s premier recognition society recognizes individuals, families, foundations, and Jewish Federations in North America who have placed their faith in the JDC’s stewardship of their philanthropy and its capacity to effect enduring change.
Maurice and Vivienne Wohl were devoted to the welfare of humanity and the wellbeing of the Jewish people. In the words of those who knew them best, they were “visionaries with a deep-rooted concern for the future of the Jewish people.” The Wohls recognized their own aspirations in JDC’s ceaseless and strategic efforts around the globe, taking a keen interest in initiatives that strengthened the State of Israel and supported Jews and Jewish communities after the fall of the Soviet Union. Maurice and Vivienne’s confidence in JDC led them to make the largest gift in the organization’s history.
JDC honors members of The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Society in The Wohl Society Garden and Wall at JDC’s Jerusalem campus and presents them with JDC’s Global Jewish Leader Tzedakah Box, representing the transformative power of tzedakah (charity), and the timeless value of arevut Jewish mutual responsibility.