|Letty Cottin Pogrebin Courtesy NCJWBCS|
National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section welcomes Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author, social justice activist, and lecturer, to its meeting at Temple Emeth in Teaneck on Tuesday, May 21, at 12:30 p.m. Pogrebin will talk about “Getting Over Getting Older.”
Pogrebin, a founding editor and writer for Ms. Magazine, is the author of 10 books, and was the consulting editor on “Free to Be, You and Me and Free to Be…A Family,” Marlo Thomas’ groundbreaking series of children’s books, records, and television specials. She has published articles and op-eds in major newspapers and magazines, is a regular columnist for Moment magazine, and for 10 years wrote “The Working Woman” column in the Ladies Home Journal.
A leader in many social justice causes, she is co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the UJA Federation Task Force on Women, and the International Center for Peace in the Middle East.
For information, call (201) 385-4847 or go to www.ncjwbcs.orgwww.ncjwbcs.org.
The Chabad Women’s Circle of Lubavitch on the Palisades hosts its 15th annual women’s dinner, “She Looks Smilingly Toward the Future,” at the Beth Aharon Forem Chabad House in Tenafly on Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. Iris Avni, Pegah Behin, and Fruma Rosenberg will be honored for their devotion, dedication, and hard work.
For more information, call Lubavitch on the Palisades at (201) 871-1152.
Beth Kramer will be Temple Beth El of Northern Valley in Closter’s director of education beginning in July. Most recently, she was the director of lifelong learning at Temple Beth El in Spring Valley, N.Y., where she was responsible for the religious school and family education. She is a graduate of the Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators, a joint program between Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is studying to be a rabbi in a program at the Academy for Jewish Religion.
Rella Feldman and her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Nira Feldman, hosted a barbecue reception on April 21 in the younger Feldmans’ Teaneck home to benefit the special children of Camp HASC.
The Hebrew Academy for Special Children offers the summer program, which provides more than 300 mentally and physically handicapped children and adults with the opportunity to enjoy a seven-week sleepaway camp experience like those of their siblings and friends. The camp depends on contributions for its programs.
For information, call (718) 535-1989 or visit www.hasc.net/bbq.
Jewish Women International offers its 15th annual Mother’s Day flower project to brighten the day for women in domestic violence shelters.
Locally, benefit agencies include Shelter Our Sisters in Teaneck and the Safe House in Belleville.
Each $25 contribution allows JWI to send a Mother’s Day card to the woman of the sender’s choosing, and for JWI to send bouquets of flowers and baskets of OPI beauty products to domestic violence shelters.
Since the flower project was established in 1999, each year, on average, 6,500 women and children living in domestic violence shelters across the country have been touched by the project’s Mother’s Day delivery of bouquets and beauty products.
Donors can choose to mail paper cards or to email electronic versions. Both senders and honorees also are given the opportunity to write messages of hope to women and children living in shelters, to be printed on a poster and delivered to each partner shelter shortly after Mother’s Day. The 2012 poster is on JWI’s website, http://www.jwi.org.
Flower Project cards can be ordered at jwi.org/fp or by calling (800) 343-2823.
Congregation Gesher Shalom/Jewish Community Center of Fort Lee will hold its annual dinner dance on Sunday, May 19, at 5 p.m., at DoubleTree by Hilton, Fort Lee.
The Friendship Circle of Passaic County holds an evening of recognition to honor its dedicated volunteers who brighten the lives of children with special needs. Wayne Township Mayor Christopher P. Vergano will present awards and certificates at the event, set for Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m., at the Chabad Center in Wayne.
The guest speaker, Daniel Tratt, suffered a traumatic brain injury and was left paralyzed from the waist down when he was a junior in college. He works full time as a special education teacher in the Bronx, competes in triathlons and marathons, and is an active volunteer with nonprofit organizations. He will discuss the dangers of peer pressure and the joy of overcoming adversity.
The Jewish Business Network of Passaic County, hosted by the Chabad Center of Passaic County, offers a light dinner and beverages as it inaugurates the new Passaic County Jewish Business & Professional Network hosted by the Chabad Center of Passaic County.
The Passaic County JBN is an organization of Jewish entrepreneurs, business leaders, and professionals who wish to enhance and develop business skills, facilitate growth in their endeavors, share ideas, solve problems, and meet other like-minded women and men in a relaxing Jewish social environment.
The event will be on Wednesday May 22, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Chabad Center of Passaic County, 194 Ratzer Road, in Wayne.