Feel the power of Women’s Philanthropy at our Federation’s Annual Lion of Judah Luncheon on Wednesday, February 27th, as we proudly honor Lisa Hess and Ronnie Stabler with the Lea Rabin Award. This year’s exclusive event will feature inspirational keynote speaker Hadassah Lieberman, Israel advocate, champion of a variety of Jewish causes, and wife of esteemed former Senator Joe Lieberman.

Join our incredible community of women and get the latest updates on our Federation’s life-changing work in Los Angeles and around the world. Don’t miss it!

RSVP by February 19th.

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For more information, please contact Sylvia Crump at (323) 761-8225 or SCrump@JewishLA.org.



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Lea Rabin Award Honoree
Lisa Hess

Lisa Hess | Lion of Judah Luncheon | The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Sylvia Weisz Women's Philanthropy

Lisa Hess has served in multiple leadership roles throughout the Federation. Lisa, along with her husband George, took their first of many Federation Missions to Israel and beyond in October 2008. Although she had been to Israel several times before as the typical tourist, travelling with the Federation was her opportunity to see the impact that Federation has on the day to day concerns of Israeli life and security of their futures. Lisa and George came home with an energy to make an impact not only in Israel, but also in our local Los Angeles Community.

While serving on the Valley Alliance Board, Lisa and George co-chaired the Valley’s Major Gifts dinner and Campaign. Lisa was on the Federation’s Budget committee for several years before becoming the current Chair. Lisa is also currently serving on the Wildfire Relief Task Force. Lisa will be chairing Federation’s new 2019 Valley event series.

Lisa is a past President of the Valley Beth Shalom Day School Board, while serving simultaneously on the Valley Beth Shalom Board of Directors ultimately becoming the Board Chair. Lisa was active at Pitzer College serving on the Parents’ Board during her son’s tenure at the school.

Lisa received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA and has her own CPA practice in Encino.

Lisa and George have been married for almost 20 years, residing in Encino. They have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and one spectacular grandson.



Lea Rabin Award Honoree
Ronnie Stabler

Ronnie Stabler | Lion of Judah Luncheon | The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Sylvia Weisz Women's Philanthropy

Ronnie Stabler was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and moved to Reno, Nevada at the age of 5 with her parents and her brother Stanley, of blessed memory. After graduating from Reno High School, she came to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. She met Joe and married him at the age of 19, and they have now been married for 66 years. Together they have three children, two favorite sons-in-law and eight grandchildren. Ronnie’s entire family gives her great joy and pride.

Ronnie has always been active in Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy and is a past chair of Lion of Judah. An avid collector of contemporary art, she served on the boards of the Modern and Contemporary Art Council at LACMA and the MOCA Projects Council. Ronnie also serves on the Board of Beit T’Shuvah and is a founder of their Circle of Majesty society.



Keynote Speaker
Hadassah Lieberman

Hadassah Lieberman | Lion of Judah Luncheon | The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Sylvia Weisz Women's Philanthropy

Hadassah Freilich Lieberman has dedicated much of her life’s work to health issues, assisting nonprofit organizations, improving educational standards, and promoting international understanding. Global Ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Global Initiative for Breast Cancer, Mrs. Lieberman also has developed an advisory network for women's health based in Jerusalem at Shaare Zedek Hospital.

Among her many professional pursuits, she has dedicated time to expanding awareness of nonprofits, created a series of national conferences, and worked to link American business and industry to world-class standards in mathematics and science at the National Research Council. Mrs. Lieberman has devoted herself to community service, including the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation and the American Friends of the Open University of Israel.

The child of Holocaust survivors, Mrs. Lieberman was born in Prague, Czech Republic. She is married to Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, who was the Democratic vice-presidential candidate in the 2000 presidential election. They have four children and 11 grandchildren.



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