Lions Roar with Inside Edition Anchor Deborah Norville

More than 450 of the community’s most compassionate, generous women came together on January 10 for the most awaited local event in women’s philanthropy: The Lion of Judah Luncheon. Their roar from their annual ingathering at The Polo Club resounded throughout the community and across the globe, where every day their efforts are saving lives and advancing Jewish life.

Inspiring and elegant, the beautiful gathering was led by Honorary Chair, Judy Levis Markhoff, and Event Chair Elyssa Kupferberg, and headlined by two-time Emmy© Award winner, Inside Edition anchor and best-selling author, Deborah Norville.

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The women also honored their 67 new Lions, as well as 21 increased-level Lions, as they celebrated being home to one of the country’s largest prides. Further recognized were the Lions forever who endowed their annual gifts in the past year. Now with 292 Lion of Judah Endowments, South Palm Beach County continues to lead the nation with the largest number of LOJEs. The endowed Lions lost over the past year were remembered with a moving candle lighting ceremony.

Through tears and with great pride, the Lions were reminded of the impact of their philanthropy through powerful videos of recipients including a local widow and her family, and for children in Israel with special needs.

In her keynote, Deborah Norville shared her experiences in overcoming obstacles, from her early life through her rise to a successful television career and beyond. Drawing from research cited in her New York Times best seller, Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You, she stressed the importance of a positive focus. She also pointed out the significant physiological and physical benefits of philanthropy for those who give and know they’ve helped. And she expressed her positive view of our Lions, saying, “I am staggered by all you do. Look around the room… you are surrounded by people who make the world a better place.”

For a sixth year, Wells Fargo Private Bank is the generous sponsor of the Dorothy P. Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy. The Lion of Judah Luncheon was generously sponsored by Berger Singerman, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and Ivan & Co. Fine Jewelers. The Boca Raton Observer was Exclusive Magazine Sponsor, and Atlas Event Rental provided generous underwriting.

For more information about the Federation’s Lion of Judah program and other women’s activities and opportunities, visit jewishboca.org/womens or contact Susan Levine at 561.852.6034 or SusanL@bocafed.org.

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