Note:For Fox8 Defenders questions and concerns,
 please contact us at 877-670-6397 only. Do not call our local office.


Opening Event

at the home of

Mimi Schlesinger

1112 Falcon Drive, Metairie, Louisiana


 Terry Flettrich

 Writer, photographer, and New Orleans’

favorite hostess of “Midday” on WDSU


Shelley Brown

WVUE Fox 8 “Morning Edition” anchor

and moderator of Fox 8 Defenders.

Monday, September 15, 2014

6:30-8:00 pm 

Wine & light hors d’oeuvres

 $20 per person 

RSVP by September 9 to

NCJW, 6221 S. Claiborne Ave., Ste. #208,

New Orleans, LA 70125 (by check)

or through paypal below 

or contact us at (504) 861-7788


September 2014 Opening Meeting




National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section is pleased to announce that the 2015 Hannah G. Solomon Award will be presented on Monday February 2, 2015 at the Westin Canal Place Hotel.

This award is given annually to a volunteer community leader who exemplifies the qualities of Hannah G. Solomon, founder of the National Council of Jewish Women.
Recipients are individuals who have:
a) brought about important programs and services through their leadership in a volunteer capacity
b) been a catalyst for social change
c) been known for their interest, activity and stands on issues with which NCJW is in sympathy
Please send nominations to Madalyn Schenk,
 600 Port of New Orleans Place #8G, New Orleans, LA 70130
or email to
Deadline for nominations is Friday, October 10, 2014.
Previous Hannah G. Solomon Award recipients include:
Rena Wilson, Margery Stich, Myra Soboloff, Thomas Godchaux, Olga Jackson, Edith Rosenwald Stern, Helen Mervis, Sarah Davis, Edith Schulhofer, Jane K. Buchsbaum, Millie McClendon Charles, Sara Stone, Flo Schornstein, Rosalie Cohen, Roy Schwarz, Barbara Lemann, Rosa F. Keller, Mike Brenner, Norma Freiberg, Sunny Norman, The Honorable Joan B. Armstrong, Elizabeth Rack, The Honorable Miriam Waltzer, Diana Lewis, Grace Hudson, Donald Mintz, Sybil Morial, Julanne Isaacson, Pres Kabacoff, Shirley and Dr. Robert Haspel, Harry Blumenthal, Jr., Eddy Rosen, Hugo Kahn, Marjorie and Roger Bissinger, Barbara Herman, Madalyn Schenk, Babs Isaacson, Melba and Moise Steeg, Jr., Betty Wisdom, Inge Elsas, Carol Good, Phyllis M. Taylor, Carol B.Wise, Nancy Marsiglia, Joan Berenson, Mary Keller Zervigon, Ruth Kullman, Marjorie and Scott Cowen.


NOPL (New Orleans Public Library) thanks our volunteers for their help

with the Back to School give-a-way program at the main library  last weekend.

Benay Bernstein ~ Ina Davis ~  Sefira Fialkoff ~ Keren Gesend ~ Anna Leightman ~

 Jan Miller ~ Susan Scharff ~ Dana Shepard ~  Cole Bernstein Trosclair ~ Dana Wallen ~ Eileen Wallen


FOX 8 Defenders Program Offers Consumer Suggestions
Our volunteers with the  Fox 8 Defenders program assist  individuals with
consumer problems by  answering questions and finding solutions. 

On July 12, 2014, the Louisiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association

presented a First Place Award to WVUE Fox 8 Defenders and Shelley Brown (on air reporter)

for coverage of "Hounded". Congratulation to all NCJW Fox 8 Defenders and Channel 8.

Contact us at 877-670-6397

A brochure of  recommendations for
common consumer issues  has been developed and is available.
To download a printable brochure, click here  


Our Advocacy Newsletter!
To view the most recent edition,
Click here

For previous issues, please see our advocacy page

Thank you to Education VP Michelle Erenberg for her work developing this newsletter.
To receive the newsletter by email, please contact Michelle at
(504) 451-8489


Jewish : Female : Activist: What’s Gender Got to do with It?

NCJW Greater New Orleans Presents a

Three-Session Mini-Course in Gender & Judaism

What: A mini-course in three sessionsexamining the contributions of gender to the past, present and future of Jewish women’s activism.

Dates: Wednesdays, October 1st, 15th, 29th, 2014

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Where: Anna Many Lounge at the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women (NCCROW), Tulane University Uptown Campus

Cost: NCJW members: a suggested donation of $10 per session, or $25 for all three sessions. Non-NCJW members: a suggested donation of $15 per session, or $40.00 for all three sessions. [All proceeds will go toward future NCJW study activities.]

Those who complete all three sessions will be awarded a Certificate in Judaism and Gender Studies from NCJW.

Session One: Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Gender & Judaism

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 (6:30 – 8:00 pm, Tulane University, Anna Many Lounge, Newcomb College Center for Research on Women)

Convener: Gail Chalew

Instructor: Dr. Brenda Brasher

The mini-course will provide a lively introduction to the key terms and theories of gender studies. Participants will explore the claims in various religious texts about women’s nature, how early physicians understood women’s bodies, controversies over women’s education, women’s suffrage, plus learn about the notable insights specialists in Judaism and gender have drawn from such research.

Session Two: Women’s Rights, Civil Rights, and American Jewish Women

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (6:30 – 8:00 pm, Tulane University, Anna Many Lounge, Newcomb College Center for Research on Women)

Convener: Ina Davis

Instructor: Dr. Nikki Brown

In this session, participants will learn about the women’s movement and the civil rights movement, and the contributions Jewish women have made to their development. Case studies will draw upon local as well as national people, and also highlight some of Jewish women’s influential writings such as The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan.

Session Three: Jewish Women Through a Gendered Lens: Representation and Perception, Authority and Power

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (6:30 – 8:00 pm, Tulane University, Anna Many Lounge, Newcomb College Center for Research on Women)

Convener: Robin Goldblum

Instructor: Prof. Betsy Weiss

In the third, concluding session, participants will explore representations of Jewish women in film, television and other media, and consider the implications of this for Jewish women’s activism.

Advanced registration is encouraged. To register, please email the National Council of Jewish Women Greater New Orleans Section, Donation checks should be made payable to NCJW, GNO. Any questions? Contact Dr. Brenda Brasher,


NCJW Closing Meeting and Installation

Thank you to  our NCJW Way participants - who are now just beginning leadership roles in NCJW, Greater New Orleans Section - and are already known in our community for their many talents for their presentation.. NCJW Way Leadership Participants - Jennette Ginsburg, Dana Kaplan, Rollie Rabin, Emilie Tenenbaum, and Cole Bernstein Trosclair, Advisor- Madalyn Schenk
Thank you to Ina Davis, Past President of NCJW, Greater New Orleans Section, and currently serving on the National Board of NCJW for her lovely installation program.

NCJW Slate of Officers and Directors 2014-2015


President                                  June Leopold               14-15

 Vice Presidents                        Michelle Erenberg        14-16

                                                Barbara Greenberg       14-16

                                                Sue Jernigan                14-16

                                                Jenny Nathan               13-15

Corresponding Secretary          Rachelle Stein              14-16

Co- Recording Secretaries        Katie Single                 14-16

                                                Missy Taranto              14-16

Treasurer                                 Kathy Shepard             13-15

Assistant Treasurer                  Patricia Kirschman       13-15

Financial Secretary                  Anna Leightman           13-15

Elected Board Members

Lisa Abel                13-15           Robin Goldblum         13-15

Patty Barnett           14-16            Rollie Rabin               13-15

Brenda Brasher       13-15            Nicole Trosclair         14-16

Sarah Covert           14-16            Eileen Wallen            13-15

Jennette Ginsburgh   14-16           Lisa Pulitzer Zoller    13-15 

Nominating Committee  14-15

Chair                           Phyllis Nitzkin

Ex Officio Chair          Beth Hershberg

Ex Officio Past Pres     Ina Weber Davis

From the Board           Tricia Kirschman         Loel Samuel    

                                    Jenny Nathan               Katie Single

From the Membership  Susan Kierr                  Susan Scharff

                                    Debbie Pesses              Sue Singer


Raise a glass to Social Justice
Thank you for participating.
Thanks to all of our hostesses and presenters at this exciting event.
We were so inspired by the information we received.

Early Childhood Education
Special guest Melanie Bronfin, President of the Kingsley House Board of Directors
 Hostesses Nancy Timm and Rollie Rabin

Juvenile & Criminal Justice
Councilmember Susan Guidry, Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee of New Orleans City Council
Hostesses Carol Asher and Dana Kaplan

Reproductive Rights
Special guest Raegan A. Carter, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
 Hostesses Jenny Zurik, Caroline Good and Jennette Ginsburg

Women’s Rights / Income Inequality
Special guest Judge Madeleine Landrieu
 Hostesses Renee Zack and Emilie Tenenbaum

Voting Rights
Special guest Karen Carter Peterson, State Senator and Chairwoman of the Louisiana Democratic Party
 Hostesses Michelle Erenberg and Cole Bernstein Trosclair


Thank you for supporting

An Evening in the English Countryside

to benefit  our programs and services

and many thanks to

 Fleur de Lis Singers for their lovely performance

 Michael Maples Photography for pictures

Diane and Alan Franco

The evening featured a buffet, silent auction, and the Fleur de Lis Singers. This quartet is a part of the Crescent City Sound Chorus of the Sweet Adelines International,
and have appeared at many events in the community.
 Their members are Jeanine Thibodaux, Sheryl York, Susan Domanque, and Beverly Traub

I could  not attend but would like to make a donation
 to this event online through PayPal, please click below

NCJW Greater New Orleans is proud to have participated  in the
New Orleans Community Wide Online Giving Day
in conjunction with Greater New Orleans Foundation

 to all who made this day so successful and
helped raise almost $1600 for NCJW and our local projects and services.

To see our page,
enter here
A percentage of your donation will be matched by Greater New Orleans Foundation.


NCJW  Office Hours 

The new schedule for the NCJW office is Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The hours will remain the same - 8am to 3:30pm. ***Please jot yourself a note about the change!***
If you need to drop off something small that will slip under the door, you may do that at any time that the building is open, 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.


If you  would like to make a donation to NCJW online 

through paypal please click donate below, 


NCJW volunteered in the Off the Field program for " Safe Teens " at the

New Orleans Family Justice Center 

before the Superbowl. Off the Field is the association of NFL Football Wives. 

New Orleans Family Justice Center is a community service partner of our NCJW Section

Representing NCJW is  Sue Jernigan, June Leopold and Myra Krassenstein,


NCJW Joins with  Louisiana Women's Round-table

NCJW is thrilled to be working with a diverse network of non-profit organizations named Louisiana Women's Round-table. This group is coordinating to present discussion forum's to the public on policy issues that impact the lives of women and families. On February 19th we hosted our first in our round-table series, What Matters to Women, Matters to America. Moderated by Sally J. Kenney, Executive Director of Newcomb College Institute, the panel engaged the audience in a critical discussion about how public policies intersect in a way that could have a long-lasting impact women's futures. We would like to thank Sally Kenney, Tania Tetlow, Marjorie Esman, Karissa Haugeberg, and Beth Willinger for participating in this discussion and our co-sponsors for making this a wonderful event.

We will host another panel in the Fall, so keep an eye on your newsletters for more information.

Louisiana Women's Round-table is a strong coalition of organizations including: American Association of University Women-New Orleans Branch, American Civil Liberties Union - Louisiana, Independent Women's Organization, Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, League of Women Voters New Orleans, Louisiana Progress, National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section, National Organization for Women of New Orleans, and Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

Do you know someone who needs to register to vote? Someone who has recently moved or just turned 18? It's so EASY to register to VOTE. Everything can be done online in a matter of a minute, literally, check it out and pass this on:

Thank you for your commitment to women, children, and families,

The new 2011-14 NCJW Resolutions, approved at the NCJW Inc. Convention in March, are now available.

Please click here to see them


 Click here to find your voting poll location and sample ballot for your address.


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Now is the time to step up to volunteer! Bring a friend, ask someone new, bring your mother, daughter, neighbor or newcomer.

Let's rally the troops and spread the good feelings and good times!