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Department of Women's Philanthropy

Crown of Judah Luncheon: Middle East Update from Elliott Abrams and Award for Mildred Levine

Published:  Monday, November 28, 2011 6:00 am | Category: Womens Division
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With Power, Passion and Purpose, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s most philanthropic women will celebrate a ruby year with ruby distinction on January 18, 2012. This year’s Crown of Judah Luncheon, at the beautiful Hamlet Country Club in Delray Beach, will commemorate the 40th “Ruby” Anniversary of the Lions of Judah, as it recognizes Lions at the “Ruby Level” and above, who contribute a minimum $10,000 to the Federation’s annual campaign. The luncheon will feature renowned foreign policy expert Elliott Abrams, and honor founding Jewish community leader Mildred Levine.

“We’re excited and privileged to be bringing together such caring, dynamic women for this exceptional, elegant event with a top-caliber program,” said Selma Sitrick, who is co-chairing the luncheon with Susan Saril and Marilyn Simon Weinberg. “With pride and gratitude, we’re ready to celebrate all we’ve accomplished together, as we continue to raise funds to meet rising essential needs.” 

Elliott Abrams, top Middle East White House adviser, will provide a real-time insider’s update. A noted author and media presence, Abrams held major foreign policy positions for Presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan prior to his current service with President Obama.

Mildred Levine will receive the Clarice Pressner Crown of Judah Award, which recognizes seasoned leaders whose enduring efforts have helped build Women’s Philanthropy into a powerful force that raises half the dollars received through the Federation’s annual campaigns. A resident of the area for 36 years, Mildred co-chaired bringing the Lion of Judah program to South Palm Beach County, and hosted the first local Lion of Judah luncheon.

“Through leadership as well as support, Mildred and her husband Abner have been at the very core of our Federation since its founding more than 30 years ago; and continue in innumerable ways to be absolutely instrumental to the growth and well-being of our Jewish community,” said Judi Schuman, Women’s Philanthropy Vice Chair of Major Gifts. “The Levines are members of our Federation’s prestigious Ketubah Society and Mildred’s compassion, foresight, guidance and generosity have ensured that she will always be a significant part of our Jewish community.”

For more information, visit or contact Dina Burg at 561-852-5015 or  

The Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy 2012 campaign is generously sponsored by Wells Fargo. Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Ivan & Co. Jewelers are the generous Crown of Judah luncheon sponsors; The Boca Raton Observer is Exclusive Media Sponsor.

Photo captions:
TOP L-R: Crown of Judah Luncheon Chairs Selma Sitrick, Susan Saril, Marilyn Simon Weinberg
MIDDLE: Elliott Abrams
BOTTOM: Mildred Levine, 2012 Clarice Pressner Crown of Judah Awardee

Members of the 2012 Crown of Judah Committee Luncheon met on November 29, 2011, at the home of Judi Schuman, Women’s Philanthropy Vice Chair of Major Gifts

Emily Grabelsky,
Women's Philanthropy Chair
Robin Agronin,
Director of Women's Philanthropy
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