Active Discussion at Latest Wine & Conversation
NCJW Nebraska and the ADL-CRC held their latest Wine & Conversation at Vincenzo’s Italian Ristorante on March 19th with guest speaker Oren Segal, Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism. Recognized as the foremost authority on extremism, the Center on Extremism provides resources, expertise and training which enables law enforcement, public officials, and internet and technology companies to identify and counter emerging threats.
The active discussion covered the current state of extremism and terrorism in our country and across the globe and what the ADL is doing to counter hate in the real world and online.
Membership Social and Annual Meeting
A great time was had by attendees at our annual meeting.
Thank you to outgoing board, and welcome to new board.
Thank you Patty for use of your lovely home.
THANK YOU to all our members and friends who donated winter clothing to our Keep Them Warm Drive. We had an amazing amount of gear. We sorted and packed gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, and over 20 new coats that will keep students warm this winter. On January 17, we took the clothing to three Omaha schools. Castelar Elementary, Jackson Elementary, and Liberty Elementary were all very excited to receive 3-4 large bags each. Special thanks to Patty Nogg and family. Instead of exchanging gifts, her holiday guests were encouraged to bring winter clothes for the schools. And they came through! Keep Them Warm was a great success!
This winter drive is on-going! If you would like to donate new and gently used winter gear for grades K-6th, please contact Jen Koom at 402-699-4602.
NCJW OMAHA SECTION
The Board of National Council of Jewish Women Omaha Section would like to announce our new name. Reflecting on our diverse and growing outreach to our communities, NCJW has now become NCJW Nebraska. As noted by Becki Brenner, Section President, “this opportunity allows the Section to focus on a state wide agenda and broaden our membership to include other Nebraska communities.” Brenner noted that this change allows the Section to engage in advocacy work more broadly and be better able to dialogue with elected representatives at a state wide level. Moving forward, NCJW Nebraska will begin a process of strategic realignment and through thoughtful listening and communication, be better prepared for the future of the organization.
NCJW Nebraska was honored to host the documentary The Weight of Honor. It was very thought provoking about family members who care for wounded veterans. We have plans to support a caregiver in the Omaha area. More info will be following.
Less than 1% of Americans are actively serving in the United States Armed Forces. As a result, the lives and stories of our post 9/11 catastrophically wounded veterans and their family caregivers are almost entirely unseen and unheard of in civilian America. See the trailer below:
We believe everyone should know about these families after the war! Our goal is to spread the word and celebrate these unsung, extraordinary caregivers and their families by bringing The Weight of Honor to as many people as possible. Our approach is to engage local communities, reach out to universities and organizations, attend film festivals, join related events, and host special screenings.
NCJW’s Mini-Grant project provides money to Omaha Public School teachers for creative and innovative classroom projects that are not funded by school budgets. If you would like to apply for a mini-grant for the coming year, please contact Kate Kirshenbaum at email@example.com or 402-334-8541.
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
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