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Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis will host an evening of celebration, community and giving featuring Linor Abargil. The event, L’Chaim! Women Changing the World, will take place on Thursday, November 1, at The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis beginning with a reception at 6:15 pm. Dinner and a formal program will follow at 7 pm. Guests may also purchase a special ticket for “Starting Strong with Linor,” the VIP Pre-Event from 5:15-6:30 pm to meet Linor Abargil.

The only Israeli to be crowned Miss World, Linor Abargil is an actress, model, attorney, and global advocate in the fight against sexual violence. Just seven weeks before being crowned Miss World in 1998, the then 18-year-old Abargil was sexually assaulted in Milan, Italy. For Linor, the crown had a purpose and she used this platform to advocate against sexual violence. In 2008, she launched and started speaking out about sexual violence.

In 2013, “Brave Miss World,” a documentary film about Linor, the assault and subsequent activism was released, earning an Emmy nomination. In the film, Linor documents her journey and tells her story, without shame, as she reaches out to other women around the world, encouraging them to tell theirs. Linor shares an inspiring message of how women are strong, can speak up and change the world!

Visit’Chaim2018 to register by October 26. L’Chaim! Women Changing the World tickets are $65 each; “Starting Strong with Linor” VIP Pre-Event tickets are $180 each and include one ticket to L’Chaim! Women Changing the World. Attendees will have the opportunity at the event to make a gift to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ 2018 Annual Campaign.

Thank you to generous sponsors: Diane Katzman Design, The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis, Pam Lester, US Bank, Patty Croughan and Sheila Greenbaum, Delmar Gardens, Madeleine Elkins and Harvey Wallace, The Gatesworth, Nancy Green and Sherry Wolff, Marmi Shoes, On the Run, Betsy Rubenstein and Janie Roodman Weiss, RubinBrown, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Berger Memorial Chapel, Center for Hearing and Balance Disorders-Dr. Jacques Herzog, Debbie and Mike Lefton, St. Louis Jewish Light, and Town & Country Veterinary Hospital.

This event is co-chaired by Betsy Rubenstein, MaryAnne Smyly Sabin, Lori Sheinbein and Janie Roodman Weiss. The VIP Pre-Event is co-chaired by Abby Goldstein and Karen Smoller. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Sheldon at or 314-442-3751.

Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis provides opportunities for women to connect with each other while learning about and supporting the needs of the Jewish community in St. Louis, Israel and around the world. Engaging women of all ages and backgrounds, Women’s Philanthropy enhances Jewish life through special events, community service projects, education, leadership opportunities, and philanthropy.