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Only two weeks remain before L’Chaim! returns and tickets are going quickly. The Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis evening of celebration, community and giving will feature former Miss World Linor Abargil on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Less than 94 tickets remain for the largest Jewish women’s event in St. Louis. Organizers expect the event to sell out as women come out to hear from the only Israeli to be crowned Miss World.

Abargil is an actress, model, attorney and global advocate in the fight against sexual violence. At L’Chaim! Abargil will share her own story of sexual assault and recovery. Just seven weeks before being crowned Miss World in 1998, the then 18-year-old Abargil was sexually assaulted in Milan, Italy. For Abargil, 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 Abargil, the assault and subsequent activism was released, earning an Emmy nomination.

L’Chaim! takes place, at The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis beginning with a reception at 6:15 p.m. Dinner and a formal program will follow at 7 p.m. Guests may also purchase a special ticket for “Starting Strong with Linor, the VIP Pre-Event from 5:15-6:30 p.m. to meet Linor Abargil.

Attendees can help women shine by bringing new or gently used jewelry to benefit NCJW STL’s Resale Shop. Proceeds benefit NCJW’s community service and advocacy projects that improve the lives of women, children and families in our community, including Project Renewal. The program empowers women, including victims of sexual and domestic violence, by helping them gain new skills and build confidence to take control of their lives and achieve their goals.

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 Family, Marmi Shoes, Madeleine Elkins and Harvey Wallace, Nancy Green and Sherry Wolff, On the Run, Betsy Rubenstein and Janie Roodman Weiss, RubinBrown, Sheri Schechter Memorial Fund, The Gatesworth, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Berger Memorial Chapel, Center for Hearing and Balance Disorders- Dr. Jacques Herzog, Consultants in Women’s Healthcare, Debbie and Mike Lefton, St. Louis Jewish Light, Town & Country Veterinary Hospital.

This event is co-chaired by Betsy Rubenstein, MaryAnne Smyly Sabin, Lori Sheinbein and Janie Roodman Weiss. The 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.