by Melissa Yekell
The Beatles unleash a music revolution. Betty Friedan publishes The Feminine Mystique. The US Supreme Court rules against state-mandated Bible reading in public schools. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech. The year is 1963, and a young woman named Geraldine “Jerrie” Soba accepts an invitation to an NCJW meeting, starting her on a path to improving the world with NCJW.
by Erica Brody
Meet Marlene Hammerman, NCJW advocate extraordinaire whose easy laugh and petite stature belie the powerful punch she packs when speaking out on key NCJW issues. That’s why, this March, she was tapped to head up NCJW’s State Public Affairs (SPA) network as a volunteer national coordinator, Marlene Hammerman along with Judy Rosenberg.
by Shari Fleschner Albert
For three decades, NCJW has been woven into the fabric of the lives of veteran volunteers Marge Weiser and Nancy Eskow.
They, in turn, have been a fundamental part of NCJW, inspiring others as leaders — today as national NCJW board members and earlier as local section presidents, Weiser at the NCJW Greater Minneapolis (MN) Section and Eskow at the Essex County (NJ) Section.
By Erica Brody
Look behind the scenes of any successful national volunteer organization dedicated to social change, and you’ll find a cadre of passionate change-makers. Look deeper, and you’ll also find a circle of dedicated major donors who know that philanthropic leadership is crucial for any organization’s success.
Lenore Feldman Fischler was a past president of NCJW and, by all accounts, a leader and friend, a mentor and role model, a pragmatist and idealist, and a powerful voice for the organization she loved.
by Erica Brody
Lenore Feldman Fischler’s presidential address at NCJW’s Washington Institute 1987 captured her voice and her vision perfectly: “If I sound determined, I am. If I sound tough-minded, I am that, too. And I want you to be…. We know we must wear our power like a comfortable second skin…. Let us remember one more thing — that exercising power requires courage.”
Ever since she helped start Jerusalem’s first shelter for battered women, Naomi Houminer has supported women’s empowerment through strategic giving.Today, her vision and commitment continue to sustain her own spirit while benefiting countless women in Israel.
by Nancy Goldstein
For a woman who spent her Israeli Army service performing for the troops as the lead singer in a band, Naomi Houminer is awfully shy about the spotlight.
by Erica Brody and Judi Handwerker
Philanthropist Stella Sayles believes that empowering others creates a positive ripple effect — waves of change — that can impact communities and countries at large.
“I’m very excited about being part of NCJW and look forward to working with women who want to make a mark for a better world,” says new NCJW board member Stella Sayles.