Women in Leadership

This collection documents the history of the Women’s Philanthropy department of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit through the personal recollection and reflection of women who served as a president, campaign chair and staff members. The stories explore the role of women in leadership positions and the events that shaped Women’s Philanthropy since its inception in 1946.


Edie Slotkin

In this oral history interview, Edie Slotkin talks about her roles in leadership in Women’s Philanthropy.  She speaks about remembering her mother being very involved in the Jewish community where she grew up in Cincinnati.

Leah Trosch

Leah discusses growing up in a conservative household in Southfield and spending time with her Orthodox grandparents in Oak Park. Her first involvement with Federation occurred at a house shower where items were being collected for Russian immigrants. She talks about the first campaign event she attended, a Choices luncheon.


This project was made possible through the generous support of Susie Pappas, Dulcie Rosenfeld, and the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit.

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