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 Wednesday, January 14, 2015, when about 500 generous, committed women come together for the Lion of Judah Luncheon.

“It’s always amazing to feel the power of hundreds of women who care and do so much for our local and global Jewish community, when they come together each year,” said Eydie Holz, Vice Chair, Lion of Judah. “Our nearly 800 Lions are extremely proud to be counted among 17,000 worldwide.”

“And this year, we’ll roar even louder with a powerful keynote from Israeli national heroine and internationally renowned speaker, Linor Abargil,” said Jill Rose, who is co-chairing the luncheon with Elaine Roberts.

Crowned Miss World in 1998 shortly after a brutal rape, Abargil courageously went public after her attack, becoming an attorney, impassioned anti-rape activist, and subject of the new documentary, Brave Miss World.

“Abargil carries a compelling message of enlightenment, empowerment and inspiration that women from young adults to grandmothers and beyond will not want to miss,” continued Rose.

Luncheon Co-Chair Elaine Roberts has been a Lion of Judah for 24 years, and is one of 271 women who have endowed their Lion gifts in South Palm Beach County to “help our community forever.” Roberts urges local Lions to attend and share their enthusiasm to bring others with them. “With the one of the largest contingents of Lions in the world and the highest number of Lion of Judah Endowments, our community of women is extraordinary in its generosity and vision,” she said. “Yet there are tremendous needs right here around us among those with special needs; frail seniors and Holocaust survivors; neighbors who are hungry and struggling with urgent financial, family and psychological issues. And if they knew all the Federation does for our community and our Jewish family, there are more women here who would join us in our vital work.”

The luncheon couvert is $95, with a Lion level individual woman’s gift of $5,000 or above to the 2015 UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign required to attend. Dietary laws will be observed.

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 Baer’s Furniture, Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Ivan & Co. Jewelers, with The Boca Raton Observer as Exclusive Magazine Sponsor.

Photo captions:
(Top) Linor Abargil
(Bottom) Elaine Roberts and Jill Rose