More than 120 people attended the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's annual Ambassador's Dinner, held Oct. 17, at the Rittenhouse Hotel, where Federation honored individual, family and corporate donors who made gifts of $100,000 or more this year to Federation.
Tovah Feldshuh, a renowned actress who has received Tony nominations for best actress, was the guest performer. She recently played Prime Minister Golda Meir in William Gibson's off-Broadway hit, Golda's Balcony, for which Feldshuh was awarded the Drama Desk for the best solo performance and the Lucille Lortel Award for best actress off-Broadway. Her presentation, "A Journey to Golda's Balcony," provided a view of how the actress prepared for playing Golda's character, as well as many insights into Golda's life, from the pogroms of Russia to becoming prime minister of Israel.
Beryl D. Simonson, Federation's board chair, and event chairs Lyn and Roy Neff emphasized during the dinner the Jewish community's appreciation for the compassion and generosity of the Ambassador donors, and recognized them as Federation's largest stakeholders and the community's most significant contributors. To date, more than $7.5 million or 36 percent of Federation's 2006 campaign and more than $8 million to the Israel Emergency Fund is from Ambassadors.
The Ambassador's Dinner, which dates back some 50 years, is named for its first host, the late publisher and philanthropist, Walter H. Annenberg, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Great Britain from 1968 to 1974.