Nov 29, 2016

Filmmaker and Philanthropist Nancy Spielberg Awaits at Lion of Judah Luncheon

Hundreds of generous, committed members of the “pride” of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will once again gather to rededicate and celebrate, at the Lion of Judah Luncheon on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Part of an international sisterhood 17,500 strong, the local Lion contingent of nearly 700 is among the largest in the country.

Lion of Judah Luncheon Co-Chairs: Wendy Koolik, Carol Sue Lebbin-Spector

“Our luncheon has become every season’s premier event in local women’s philanthropy,” said Carole Sue Lebbin-Spector, who is co-chairing this year’s event with Wendy Koolik. “As always, we look forward to hearing our powerful roar resound from The Polo Club in Boca Raton through our neighborhoods to around the globe, wherever we are needed. Together, with compassion, creativity, generosity and perseverance, our Lions accomplish extraordinary things that make a vital difference in countless lives.”

“And this year we’ll be roaring with our keynote speaker, accomplished businesswoman, film producer, documentary filmmaker and philanthropist Nancy Spielberg,” said Wendy Koolik. With our Federation’s Lion of Judah Co-Chairs Elaine Roberts and Rebecca Applebaum, we are thrilled to be planning a warm and welcoming, deeply inspiring and enjoyable time together.”

Nancy Spielberg grew up immersed in filmmaking, working on her brother’s early films as cast and crew. Making her mark in business, fundraising and philanthropy, in recent years she has turned her energy and talents to producing documentary films, many with powerful Jewish themes.

Keynote speaker: Nancy Spielberg

Registration at the event will begin at 10:15 a.m., with the program and luncheon beginning at 11:00 a.m. The luncheon couvert is $100, with a Lion-level individual woman’s gift of $5,000 or higher to the 2017 UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign required to attend. Dietary laws will be observed.

Online RSVP is available at For more information, call 561.852.6058 or email

Wells Fargo Private Bank is the generous sponsor of the Dorothy P. Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy. The Lion of Judah Luncheon is generously sponsored by Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Ivan & Co. Jewelers. The Boca Raton Observer is Exclusive Magazine Sponsor, and Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits is the In-Kind Sponsor.