Diane Katzman

  • Diane Katzman
  • Former chair of the Caring for Jews in Need-Overseas Subcommittee
  • President of Diane Katzman Design
  • Known for giving back

“We must encircle those most vulnerable as we work to repair the world through Tikkun Olam.”

Diane Katzman knows that one volunteer can make the world a better place, especially when it comes to the most vulnerable. “After my most recent trip to Israel, I knew my involvement was making a difference,” she says.  One program in Israel that Katzman was moved to help is Orr Shalom. Orr Shalom is Israel’s largest non-profit organization providing residential and therapeutic services to children and youth at risk who have been removed from their homes by the social welfare services due to severe abuse and/or neglect. Since 1980, Orr Shalom has been giving loving homes to Israel’s most vulnerable children, enabling them to overcome their pasts, break the cycle of violence and grow into productive, independent adults.

To help the girls in the program, Katzman donated beads for a bracelet she designed for the girls of Orr Shalom. The bracelet was made by participants of Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Women’s Philanthropy at the fifth annual Shower Our Community with Love event.  “I call it the Golden Ore bracelet,” says Katzman. “The bracelet features gold ore encapsulated in a glass heart to remind us that we must encircle those most vulnerable as we work to repair the world through Tikkun Olam.”