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September 25, 2015  RSS feed

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Lion of Judah luncheon to feature speech, art tour

The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg will host the annual Lion of Judah luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 13 and will provide guests with a private tour of the “50 Artworks for 50 Years” exhibition, a special collection celebrating the museum’s 50th anniversary.

A significant focus of the “50 Artworks for 50 Years” exhibit is the sculptor and artist Alexander Archipenko. He was a major figure in the early avant-garde movement and exhibited some of his sculptures at the infamous Armory show of 1913 in New York City. His paintings were stolen during World War II and were saved by the Jewish collector Erich Goritz.

Emilie Socash, a Lion of Judah since 2007 and executive director of the Federation, will be the featured speaker as she addresses “Jewish enough, or enough to be Jewish? One Woman’s Journey to Judaism.”

“Emilie’s unique and personal story-telling style and engaging vision for what a Jewish community can be will inspire and delight attendees,” said Federation Board President Margot Benstock, who is also a Lion.

The Lion of Judah honors women who contribute $5,000 or more to the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign. Deena Silver, Lion of Judah chair, defines the Lion of Judah as “a symbol of a Jewish Woman’s strength, a symbol of her caring about the organized Jewish world and a symbol of her financial commitment to the worldwide Jewish community.”

“The Lions are a prestigious group of women who have earned significant respect and adoration within the local community because of their commitment toward making the world a better place. Pillars of our community like Marilyn Benjamin, Sonya Miller, Toni Rinde and Joan Benstock have spent decades supporting and guiding the local Jewish community through the Jewish Federation” Silver said.

The Lions will again invite those women who also are a part of the Pomegranate giving society (women who contribute $1800 or more to the Federation’s Annual Campaign) and Lion daughters and granddaughters to the luncheon. This year, Lions are inviting similarly minded guests to enjoy lunch and learn more about the work of the Federation, regardless of giving level.

Couvert for the luncheon is $54, which includes lunch and tour, and daughters and friends of Lions are invited to join at $36. For more information and to RSVP, call Diana Morin at (727) 530-3223.

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