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Award-Winning Seinfeld Comedy Writer and Best-Selling Author Featured at Annual Jewish Community Gathering

Women Philanthropists to Celebrate the Collective Power of Community

San Diego CA— Each year, The Jewish Federation of San Diego County hosts a gathering of women in support of their work to provide humanitarian relief and sustain Jewish community for generations to come. This year’s OPTIONS: THE WOMEN’S EVENT will be held on February 2, 2020 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, at 10:00 AM.  The event annually draws over 600 attendees and features a dynamic and entertaining speaker. This year is no different.

Carol Leifer (courtesy photo)

Federation has been at the forefront of caring for Jews in need everywhere, building Jewish community and strengthening Jewish identity, and connecting San Diego to Israel for more than 80 years. This annual event is an opportunity for the community to come together to provide valued support to programs that provide lifesaving humanitarian relief and sustain Jewish life for future generations through programs like the San Diego Holocaust Survivor Coalition, Celebrate Israelfest, Camp Scholarships, and PJ Library.

The featured entertainer for 2020 is award-winning comedy writer, best-selling author and Jewish philanthropist Carol Leifer. Carol’s dazzling, observational style humor won her four Emmy nominations for writing on such acclaimed television shows as Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, and Saturday Night Live.

A comedy icon, Carol was dubbed “the real Elaine” because the series’ character, Elaine Benes, was partially based on her. Carol has written for the Oscars telecast eight times, more than any other female writer to date.  Her warm and humor-filled speaking programs share her views on women’s issues, her Jewish roots, LGBT perspectives, animal advocacy, and trailblazing career as a woman in the male-dominated world of comedy.

Carol has written two best-sellers based on her extraordinary life. When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win recounts falling in love with a woman at 40, a breast cancer scare and adopting a newborn son at age 50. Her latest, How to Succeed In Business Without Really Crying charts her three decade-long journey through show business. It was lauded by the New York Times as “an unusual and endearing mix of show biz memoir and self-help book.”

OPTIONS is an opportunity for Federation to demonstrate to the public how its mission is changing lives in San Diego, in Israel, and around the world. Whether sending children to Jewish summer camps or providing services and support to Jews in need, Federation, its partners, and its amazing team of volunteers, are working every day to mobilize our Jewish community.

This year’s event chairs are Lisa Pearl and Marie Raftery. All are welcome to join for an unforgettable morning of sisterhood, philanthropy, and strengthening our Jewish community.

Tickets to OPTIONS are $50. Purchase tickets online at https://jewishinsandiego.org/options


About The Jewish Federation of San Diego County

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County is dedicated to building a vibrant and inclusive local Jewish community, and to enhancing the well-being of people in San Diego, Israel, and throughout the world.

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