LIONS TO ROAR WITH
CAMPBELL BROWN AT ANNUAL LUNCHEON
The “pride” of the Jewish Federation of South
Palm Beach County is about to turn up their power, recommit
to their purpose and fuel their passion at their annual
ingathering, the Lion of Judah Luncheon. The roar from Boca
West Country Club on Thursday, February 16 at 10:30 a.m.
will resound louder than ever throughout the community and
across the globe, as local Lions celebrate the 40th
Anniversary of the Lion of Judah program. They’ll also hear
from Campbell Brown, one of the most respected and
recognizable faces in American news.
“It’s always remarkably powerful when hundreds of women who
care and do so much come together each year,” said Carol
Rifkin, who is co-chairing the luncheon with Eydie Holz.
“Our 800 Lions stand strong among 17,000 worldwide.”
“We’re thrilled to be featuring Campbell Brown, a speaker of
great substance and renown,” added Holz. “We know we’ll
leave inspired and energized to meet the challenge of
raising funds that make such a difference in our local
Jewish community as well as around
The Lion of Judah Luncheon speaker has been generously
underwritten by the Marleen Forkas Chair of Contemporary
Jewish Issues. Marleen’s great generosity has ensured that
the Federation will always provide its loyal and committed
women donors with the highest caliber keynote presenters.
Award-winning journalist and veteran broadcaster Campbell
Brown has won an Emmy for reporting during Hurricane
Katrina, followed presidential campaign trails and reported
from Iraq. Prior to hosting her popular evening news show on
CNN, she was co-anchor and primary correspondent for the
Today show on NBC.
“Committed to Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), our Lions
make a connection to care for those in need, build Jewish
community, and develop continuity for the next generation,”
said Barbara Feingold, Vice Chair, Lion of Judah. “Join us
for this season’s new programs to recognize the Lions’ 40th
anniversary and bring women together. Be part of the Lion’s
The luncheon couvert is $100, with a Lion level gift of
$5,000 or above to the 2012 UJA/Jewish Federation of South
Palm Beach County Annual Campaign required to attend.
Dietary laws will be observed. For more information, 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. are the Luncheon’s generous
sponsors; Boca Raton Observer is Exclusive Magazine Sponsor.
Veteran broadcaster Campbell Brown is one of the most
respected and recognizable faces in American news. She won
an Emmy for her reporting during Hurricane Katrina; was on
the trail during the last two presidential elections; and
has made numerous trips to Iraq to report on the Iraqi
elections, abuses at Abu Graib prison and the trial of
Prior to joining CNN, where Brown became the only
non-partisan cable news anchor at 8 pm, she was with NBC
News for eleven years. There, Brown served as co-anchor of
NBC’s TODAY Weekend Edition, the nation’s top rated weekend
news program. She also served as the main substitute anchor
for Brian Williams and a primary correspondent for NBC
Nightly News with Brian Williams and the weekday TODAY show.
For the network, she reported from Rome on the death of Pope
John Paul II; and has traveled to Gaza and the West Bank to
report on violence in the Middle East.
Brown served as NBC News White House correspondent during
George W. Bush’s first term. She also covered then-Governor
Bush’s presidential campaign, and spent over a month
reporting from Austin, Texas, on the post-Election day
Florida recount story.
Prior to covering the Bush campaign, Brown had been a
Washington, D.C. based NBC News correspondent. Joining the
network in 1998, Brown was first assigned to cover President
Clinton’s impeachment trial. After that, she was assigned to
the Pentagon, reporting on the war in Kosovo. During her
time in the Washington bureau, Brown also traveled
extensively with President Clinton.
Brown was raised Roman Catholic and converted to Judaism.
While on assignment in Iraq, she met her husband Dan Senor.
co-author of the book Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's
Economic Miracle, who was chief spokesperson for the
Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.