Dr. Yarden Fanta-Vagenshtein, the first Ethiopian woman to earn a doctorate in Israel, will be the featured speaker at the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix Women’s Philanthropy’s Ignition! luncheon, 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Fanta-Vagenshtein left her Ethiopian village at age 11 and walked into her first classroom at age 14 without knowing how to read or write. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. She will share her story of survival and accomplishment. Judy Altenberg, National Women’s Philanthropy chair-designate of the Jewish Federations of North America, will also speak.

The cost is $50, which includes a kosher lunch, plus a $180 minimum commitment to the 2015 annual giving campaign. Guests are asked to bring nonperishable food items. Event co-chairs are Elizabeth Feldman and Benée Hilton-Spiegel.

Register by Feb. 27 at jewishphoenix.org or call 480-634-4900, ext. 1129.

Source: Phoenix Jewish News

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