6/23/2012: JAC Welcomes Carol Leifer to the 2nd Annual Power of Women Brunch on June 21

Comedy, politics, current events and a celebration of the accomplishments of women marked the second annual Joint Action Committee Power of Women brunch in Chicago June 23rd.  Standup comic and comedy writer Carol Leifer provided much-needed comic relief from serious issues as well as motivation to get involved in addressing those issues.  Her observations on modern life were funny and poignant, and the audience identified with her as she shared anecdotes about being Jewish, being a comedian, and being a mother. Leifer has worked on Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, and the Larry Sanders Show, won a 2012 Writers Guild Award for her work on the Emmy award-winning show Modern Family, was one of the writers for the 2012 Academy Award show featuring Billy Crystal and recently penned the book, When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win.

The brunch was a benefit for Joint Action Committee (JAC), a national nonpartisan advocacy group committed to the US-Israel relationship and a social agenda that includes reproductive rights and separation of religion and state, JAC promotes these priorities through advocacy with US Senators and Representatives. JAC enlists Jewish community participation in the political process and serves as a resource for issues, legislation and strategies for effective advocacy.

The 2012 JAC Power of Women honoree was Joan Canel, of Highland Park, a founding member of JAC and its longest-serving officer.  Joan has been a tireless advocate and generous contributor - a role model and inspiration for generations of women in the community and throughout the country.

This year's event chairs, Lisa Rubinstein of Northbrook, and Susan Berk of Highland Park, outdid themselves with a highly successful event.  Their leadership and dedication resulted in turnout of over 350 attendees (over 100 more than last year) which far exceeded expectations.

“This event was a celebration of the power of Jewish women to accomplish great things when they join together in support of an important cause, in this case the US-Israel relationship, reproductive rights for women and separation of religion and state,” said Lisa and Susan in expressing thanks to those who supported the event.  JAC advocates for these issues with members of the US Congress and solicits the involvement of the Jewish community in politics and issues of Jewish concern.

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Marcia Balonick, Executive Director or Dana Gordon, Membership and Outreach
Joint Action Committee (JAC), 847-433-5999