The sun was shining and the view was stunning as the women of L’Dor V’Dor, from generation to generation, arrived at the Beverly Hills home of Jeanne and Tony Pritzker on October 1st for our 2013 D2: L’Dor V’Dor Brunch.
This year’s reimagined event featured a setting that had everyone talking and included a delicious brunch buffet with a sweeping panorama of Los Angeles. Women of all generations were in attendance, from those new to L’Dor V’Dor, to longstanding leaders of our community, celebrating the power of Jewish women and the impactful work they’ve helped our Federation achieve caring for Jews in need, engaging with the community and ensuring the Jewish future.
“It’s a spectacular location and a very special event to be a part of,” said Rachel Fischler, a first-time participant.
“I felt the true meaning of L’Dor V’Dor being able to celebrate this magnificent and heartfelt day with my three wonderful daughters, Nancy, Linda and Carin,” said Gloria Lushing, a former Chair of the Sylvia Weisz Women’s Campaign, who has been involved with our Federation for over 40 years. “It was all a gift.”
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After the ladies mingled, caught up, and had their fill of the breathtaking view, Jeanne Pritzker graciously welcomed the guests to her home, shared her deep commitment to the community and proudly declared, “I am a Federation lifer!”
Then, our Federation’s President & CEO Jay Sanderson took the stage to talk about our Community Security Initiative, and how the generosity of donors like the women of L’Dor V’Dor is helping us protect our community and Jewish institutions from security threats.
Sylvia Weisz Women’s Campaign Chair Lynn Bider then made a heartfelt speech about the importance of giving back to the community to support not only the new security initiative, but to help fund Jewish summer camp scholarships, ensure that our seniors age with dignity, and much, much more. Her words were followed by generosity as the women in attendance filled out their pledge cards.
Janis Black Warner, recipient of this year’s Doris Factor Young Women’s Leadership Award, proudly wore her Lion of Judah pin as she accepted the honor, thanking her parents, Joyce and Stanley Black, who she says “set a high standard of tzedakah.” Janis dedicated the award to her mother, who is her inspiration for thinking outside the box when chairing Federation events. Congratulations again to Janis!
Our fabulous guest speaker, Vanessa Hidary, otherwise known as “The Hebrew Mamita,” an incredible writer and spoken word artist, was so riveting you could have heard a pin drop in the audience during her performance. And in a group of lively Jewish women, that’s saying something! Vanessa performed five original pieces, including one that was an imagined response to a man who complimented her for not “looking” Jewish, and a humorous piece titled “The Top 10 Telltale Signs You Work A Lot in the Jewish Community.” Her words were relevant; her performance, powerful, and it was the perfect way to conclude an event so brimming with Jewish pride.
We are so grateful to Jeanne and Tony Pritzker for welcoming us into their lovely home, and thank you to all of the women of L’Dor V’Dor for helping to make the event a resounding success!
For more information about L’Dor V’Dor, e-mail LdorVdor@JewishLA.org or call (323) 761-8275.