May 18 “Living with Intention” Focuses on Optimism in Difficult Times

WEST HARTFORD, CONN. (April 14, 2017) – Lisa Friedman Clark likes to call herself the "luckiest unlucky" person she knows. Everything in her life has been big – both physically and experientially. At 6’1” with bright red hair, she clearly stands out in a crowd. Yet it is her life story of “dancing between the raindrops” that is Lisa’s most memorable attribute. Lisa will share her story of embracing optimism in difficult times on Thursday, May 18, at Living with Intention, presented by the Women’s Philanthropy Division of Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. The program will take place at Beth El Temple at 2626 Albany Avenue in West Hartford, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

This is the third year that Federation has offered Living with Intention, which seeks to inspire women to live a more meaningful life. “Living with Intention is a fun, relaxing opportunity for women to gather and learn from an inspiring speaker,” said Carolyn Gitlin, 2017 Women’s Philanthropy Chair. “Several members of our Federation’s leadership heard Lisa speak in Florida this past January and we were deeply touched by her message,” Gitlin added. “We’re thrilled that she is coming to Greater Hartford – it will be an unforgettable evening.”

The program begins at 7:00 p.m. with dessert and coffee; Lisa Friedman Clark’s remarks follow at 7:30 p.m. The couvert is $15; kindly RSVP to Jill Nulsen at or 860.727.6119 if you wish to attend.  Preceding the main event, there will be an invitation-only dinner for the Federation’s Lions of Judah and Pomegranate Society members, each of whom contribute $1,800 or more to the Federation’s Annual Campaign.

More than 20 local women have been involved in planning Living with Intention. Elise Rosenstock is the 2017 Living with Intention Chair, and Leigh Farber and Charna Kaufman are the Dinner Co-Chairs. They are assisted by an event committee that includes Nancy Baron, Hope Bash, Lisa Berman, Meryl Braunstein, Veronica Dicke, Lauren Fine, Jessica Fish, Kathy Fishman, Carolyn Gitlin, Laurie Goldsmith, Anna Huttner, Dana Keller, Robin Landau, Merrill Mandell, Beth Papermaster, Elise Rosenstock, Gayle Temkin and Melissa Weinstock.

To learn more about Women’s Philanthropy at Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, please contact Beth Appelman at 860.727.6123 or


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