Women's Division News Archive

 Filmmaker and Philanthropist Nancy Spielberg Awaits at Lion of Judah Luncheon

Nov 29, 2016

Filmmaker and Philanthropist Nancy Spielberg Awaits at Lion of Judah Luncheon

Hundreds of generous, committed members of our Federation’s “pride” will once again gather to rededicate and celebrate, at the Lion of Judah Luncheon on January 11. Inspiring and informative, the elegant event will feature Nancy Spielberg, documentary film artist and philanthropist, and Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levy, as it celebrates the generous women who contribute $5,000 or more to the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County 2017 annual campaign.

It takes a little crazy to make a difference Author to Illuminate Federation Women’s Season Kickoff

Oct 10, 2016

It takes a little crazy to make a difference Author to Illuminate Federation Women’s Season Kickoff

Women of all ages from throughout the Jewish community are invited to two opportunities to hear the remarkable Dafna Michaelson Jenet and to open the women’s season for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County over breakfast at the Polo Club or at an evening with dessert at the Weisman Center on November 16. Jenet’s book, It takes a little crazy to make a difference, chronicles this young, then newly single mother’s jumping off the path and hitting the road for the 52 weeks of one year to visit all 50 US states and conduct more than 500 interviews. Through this extraordinary experience, she forged a new life built on inspiring others with the stories of ordinary people solving problems in their communities, neighborhoods, businesses and lives and changing the world one by one. The couvert is $45, with no minimum gift required to attend.

Local Lions Roar Loud in DC among 1,300 at ILOJC

Sep 20, 2016

Local Lions Roar Loud in DC among 1,300 at ILOJC

Some of South Palm Beach County’s most resoundingly philanthropic women roared their way to Washington, DC for a few action-packed September days at the biennial International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC). Fifty strong, they proudly comprised one of the event’s largest community delegations. To start, easily recognized by their fuchsia-pink, Lion-embroidered pashmina shawls, our Lions enjoyed two days of special activities together. They also learned, bonded and got inspired at conference plenaries and breakout sessions with some of today’s most respected, high-level speakers in religion, culture and art, business, politics and philanthropy, on issues affecting the Jewish community at home and abroad. And they feted our own Emily Grabelsky, who received the prestigious Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award at the conference.

Women’s Philanthropy Steps into the Future as April Leavy Takes the Gavel

Apr 15, 2016

Women’s Philanthropy Steps into the Future as April Leavy Takes the Gavel

In support, celebration and sisterhood, 101 caring, dedicated women came together on April 7, 2016 for the annual installation of the Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Led by Women’s Philanthropy Board Member Elyssa Kupferberg, the “Stepping into the Future” brunch program in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus drew a continual chorus of laughter, tears and cheers. An inspiring D’var Torah by Rabbi David Steinhardt charted an inspiring course for the morning. Together the women celebrated the past two-year term of Women’s Philanthropy Chair, Judi Schuman and rededicated themselves to the future as new officers were installed and Judi passed the gavel to new Chair, April Leavy.

Women Invited to Hear Sima Goel, Author of Fleeing the Hijab: A Jewish Woman’s Escape from Iran, at Spring Education Day

Apr 12, 2016

Women Invited to Hear Sima Goel, Author of Fleeing the Hijab: A Jewish Woman’s Escape from Iran, at Spring Education Day

All women in the Jewish community are invited to attend a spring education event, hosted by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County on Tuesday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m. The breakfast program will feature author Sima Goel, whose book, Fleeing the Hijab: A Jewish Woman’s Escape from Iran, chronicles her journey to achieve personal freedom.

Human Rights Activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Address Lions of Judah at Annual Luncheon

Jan 4, 2016

Human Rights Activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Address Lions of Judah at Annual Luncheon

The “pride” of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will once again celebrate at the most awaited annual event in local women’s philanthropy. More than 500 generous and committed women are expected to gather at the Polo Club on February 3 for the Lion of Judah Luncheon. This year’s event will be keynoted by human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Women’s Season to Open with Former CNN Middle East Correspondent Now a Builder of Teen Defenders of Israel

Sep 8, 2015

Women’s Season to Open with Former CNN Middle East Correspondent Now a Builder of Teen Defenders of Israel

Federation’s women’s season opens on November 2, 2015 at The Polo Club with a topic of high concern to women of all ages. From throughout the community, women are invited to hear former CNN Middle East correspondent Linda Scherzer discuss pro-Israel activities and dispense practical advice on how to combat the prevalent BDS movement on college campuses.

Women’s Philanthropy Installation Celebrates and Rededicates

May 4, 2015

Women’s Philanthropy Installation Celebrates and Rededicates

Against the vibrant backdrop of amazing works of art, nearly 100 Jewish women came together on April 27, 2015 for the annual installation of the Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. The women enjoyed a gourmet brunch buffet at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Together, with joy, laughter and some tears, they remembered and celebrated 2014-15, then recommitted as they looked to the year ahead.

Israeli Attorney, Anti-Rape Activist and Former Miss World to Roar with Lions at Annual Luncheon

Dec 9, 2014

Israeli Attorney, Anti-Rape Activist and Former Miss World to Roar with Lions at Annual Luncheon

The “pride” of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will once again gather to rededicate and celebrate at the most awaited annual event in local women’s philanthropy. The roar from The Polo Club will resound across the globe at 10:30 am on January 14, 2015, when about 500 generous, committed women come together for the Lion of Judah Luncheon. They’ll roar even louder with a powerful keynote from Israeli national heroine Linor Abargil, an attorney, anti-rape activist and former Miss World.

The Power of One Woman: Women’s Season to Open with Holocaust Story of Polish Rescuer– Told by Her Daughter

Oct 14, 2014

The Power of One Woman: Women’s Season to Open with Holocaust Story of Polish Rescuer– Told by Her Daughter

A moving morning of inspiration and empowerment is in store for women from throughout the Jewish community as our Federation opens a new women’s season. They’ll gather on Monday morning, November 3, 2014 to hear about one woman’s courageous efforts to save Jews in Poland during the Holocaust, as Jeannie Smith shares the riveting story of her remarkable mother, Irene Gut Opdyke. The program will be held at Woodfield Country Clubin Boca Raton. Registration will start at 8:45 a.m, with the program beginning promptly at 9:30 a.m. The $45 couvert includes breakfast, with dietary laws observed.

Women’s Philanthropy Celebrates Leaders as Judi Schuman Takes the Gavel

Mar 31, 2014

Women’s Philanthropy Celebrates Leaders as Judi Schuman Takes the Gavel

In full support, celebration and sisterhood, 85 caring, dedicated women came together for Federation’s 2014-15 Women’s Philanthropy Board Installation. They gathered for the brunch program on March at the Levis JCC Sandler Center. Margaret Kottler, Installation Chair, led the moving ceremony that honored Women’s Philanthropy leaders both current and past. Special recognition was given to Judi Schuman, incoming Chair of Women’s Philanthropy; Emily Grabelsky, outgoing Chair of Women’s Philanthropy; and Rebecca Appelbaum, recipient of the 2014 Dorothy Seaman Leadership Award. The morning also included an inspiring D’var Torah delivered by Debra Halperin.

Federation to Fete Top Women Donors with Renee Taylor

Jan 21, 2014

Federation to Fete Top Women Donors with Renee Taylor

An afternoon of laughter, warm companionship and private time with renowned actress/comedian Renee Taylor is in store for some of our community’s most caring, generous women. The new “Just for You” series debuts on February 17 at 3:00 pm with Taylor’s hilarious one-woman show, My Life on a Diet, presented by Adolph & Rose Levis JCC on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus - followed by a very special “Conversation and Cocktails”.

Inspiring Women's Outreaches Help Fulfill Mitzvah of Tzedakah

Jan 21, 2014

Inspiring Women's Outreaches Help Fulfill Mitzvah of Tzedakah

The Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy and our country clubs and communities hosted eight meaningful and enjoyable Women’s Outreaches in December. Women of all ages were invited to morning and afternoon sessions of light refreshments in beautiful homes and clubs across South Palm Beach County to learn more about what our Jewish Federation is doing for those in need in our community, in Israel and around the world.

Moments, Milestones and Miracles: Lions to Roar with Patti Stanger

Nov 8, 2013

Moments, Milestones and Miracles: Lions to Roar with Patti Stanger

Highlighting the local season’s treasure trove of women’s events and programs is the most awaited annual event in Jewish women’s philanthropy: the Lion of Judah Luncheon. The roar from the Polo Club will resound across the globe at 10:30 am on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, when about 500 members of the “pride” of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County celebrate their “Moments, Milestones and Miracles.”

All Hands on Decks, Dots & Desserts to Kick off Women's Season with Timeless Games

Oct 8, 2013

All Hands on Decks, Dots & Desserts to Kick off Women's Season with Timeless Games

A terrific evening of Canasta, Mah Jongg, Social Bridge and treats awaits women of all ages from throughout the community. They’re invited to bring their “game” cards and sets to the beautiful Woodfield Country Club, 3650 Club Place in Boca Raton on October 29. The fun and friendship begin at 7:00 p.m.; the energy is sure to stay high and the welcome warm for hours.

65 Local Lions Part of Record-Setting Attendance for Conference in New York City

Oct 8, 2013

65 Local Lions Part of Record-Setting Attendance for Conference in New York City

A record number of 1,700 Lions is now convening in New York City to kick off the 2012 International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC) at the Marriott Marquis. The three-day JFNA conference, which is co-chaired by Betsy Hoos of New Haven and Leslie Sidell of Colorado, coincides with the Lion of Judah’s 40th anniversary and is the first-ever ILOJC in New York City.

Live Like a Hero, Love Like a Sister, Lead Like a Lion at LOJ Luncheon

Jan 8, 2013

Live Like a Hero, Love Like a Sister, Lead Like a Lion at LOJ Luncheon

The “pride” of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will once again rededicate and celebrate at their annual ingathering. The 2013 Lion of Judah Luncheon will take place at Boca West Country Club on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10:30 am.

Women's Philanthropy Welcomes New Leaders & Honors Their Outstanding

May 31, 2012

Women's Philanthropy Welcomes New Leaders & Honors Their Outstanding

Fifty caring, generous women gathered in Zinman Hall on Federation campus recently for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Women's Philanthropy Installation Celebration. At the spring celebration chaired by Margie Marlowe and Shirley Solomon, the women welcomed their new leadership including Emily Grabelsky as Women's Philanthropy Chair.