• Bringing the Pomegranate to Your Community

    More than 125 Federations participate in the Pomegranate Pin Program through the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. We offer a full range of services to implement this program in your community including customizable marketing materials.

The Origin of the Pomegranate


An ancient symbol found carved into the lintels of the earliest synagogues, the pomegranate has carried with it the concepts of Judaism for generations.


In the Torah, the pomegranate is one of the seven species that the spies saw in the land when they were sent forth by Moses. The Midrash tells us that the pomegranate has 613 seeds, which corresponds with the number of mitzvot or commandments found in the Torah. The pomegranate has been woven into ancient fabrics and hammered into ceremonial silver and gold objects. The intricate covers for the handles of the Torah scrolls are called "rimonim" or pomegranates. 

  • Endowing Your Lehigh Valley Pomegranate

    Women who give at Pomegranate level are encouraged to endow their gift in perpetuity. An endowed Pomegranate will be draped with gold-toned leaves, signifying a woman’s commitment to the continuation of Jewish life.

The Making of a Pin 


In 1981, the women of Allentown, Pennsylvania, introduced the Pomegranate Pin as a way to inspire giving from women of all stations. Modeled after the Lion of Judah program, then-President of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley Sybil Baiman and Campaign Chairperson Jeanette Eichenwald felt that a pin at the mid level would increase gifts in the upper levels.


Three decades after its inception, more than 7,000 pins have been distributed across North America.

  • Becoming a Lehigh Valley Pomegranate

    To qualify for the Pomegranate Pin, women must donate $1,800 or more to the Federation’s Annual Campaign. The pin is designed to be used for 10 years. Recipients qualify for an additional "seed" or ruby each year by adding to their pledge.

Pomegranate Pin Today


"Wearing the Pomegranate pin is a reminder to me that there are many needs locally and around the world and it inspires me to try and meet those needs." - Iris Epstein, Proud Pomegranate


More than a beautiful piece of jewelry, the Pomegranate pin is a symbol of a woman’s commitment to and compassion for the Jewish people.


It represents the best of what Federation does -- bringing together like-minded donors to do a world of good.


A proven aspirational tool, a woman’s pin shines a little brighter each time she increases her pledge. Each step up brings her closer to becoming a Lion of Judah and motivates her to stay with Federation and complete that journey.


Pomegranate women will remain connected to Jewish life for years to come.