JUF Women’s Division Spring Event to feature singing superstar Idina Menzel

Renowned singer and actress Idina Menzel will be the featured speaker at the JUF Women's Division Spring Event 2019.

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From an ice queen sharing her spirit's liberation to a green girl taking control of her destiny, Idina Menzel's voice has brought many beloved characters to life on stage, film, television, and beyond.

She will join a group of passionate and dedicated Chicago-area women for the JUF Women's Division Spring Event 2019, featuring a conversation with moderator Liz Schrayer as well as a special song.

"It will be a wonderful afternoon with a wonderful community," said event co-chair Shari Reiches.

"I hope Spring Event awakens your inner soul and inspires you to help those in need, both locally and nationwide," added fellow event co-chair Brooke Kauf.

Last year, the generous donors of the Women's Division of JUF gave over $15 million to the JUF Annual Campaign, which helps Jews and others in Chicago, Israel, and beyond.

Menzel's singing career began with weddings and bar mitzvah parties. She later became known for voicing Elsa, the ice queen in Disney's animated musical Frozen , in which she sings the movie's Oscar-winning song "Let It Go," forever etched into little children's and parents' minds. She reprises the role of Elsa in the follow-up short Frozen Fever , and will star in Frozen 2 , which comes out later this year.

In addition to cast albums, she has also released solo albums including Still I Can't Be Still , Here, I Stand, and idina . Her first Christmas album, Holiday Wishes , debuted at #1 on Billboard's Holiday Albums chart and reached the top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart.

A multitalented artist, Menzel is the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. She first rose to fame 20 years ago as the outrageous Maureen in the iconic Broadway hit Rent , for which she received her first Tony nomination. She later won a Tony for her performance as Elphaba in Wicked , portraying the enigmatic girl who would grow up to become the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz . Her most recent Broadway role, Elizabeth in If/Then , earned her yet another nomination.

Menzel, who is the mother of one son, has also acted on television, including as a recurring guest star in the hit series Glee . She will soon star on Happy Time , a sitcom produced by Ellen DeGeneres. Her major film roles include reprising Maureen in the film adaptation of Rent and Nancy Tremaine in Disney's Enchanted .

As a groundbreaking female star, Menzel will inspire the women at Spring Event 2019 with both her takes of professional success and her philanthropic involvement. She co-founded A BroaderWay Foundation, which is dedicated to offering arts-centered programs to girls from underserved communities to help them develop self-esteem and leadership qualities. She is also involved with several LGBTQ rights organizations like The Trevor Project, the Give A Damn Campaign, and the NOH8 campaign.

"To me, Spring Event is so special because we bring together the larger community in one room, to celebrate the important work of JUF, and the generous women who make it happen," said Deborah Schrayer Karmin, Women's Board Vice President, 2019 Campaign.

The Women's Division Spring Event featuring Idina Menzel will take place on Tuesday, May 21 from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The event has a couvert of $85 and women who make an individual gift of $365 or more to the 2019 JUF Annual Campaign are invited to attend. Register at juf.org/SpringEvent2019 .



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