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2017 Spring Gala


Our Spring Gala on April 25th was an incredibly successful event! The feeling in the room was joyful and electric as more than 300 supporters came together to celebrate the vital work of NCJW NY and to toast the accomplishments of our honorees, raising more than $570,000. Each of our “Woman Who Dared” honorees — Victoria Cook, Wesley Mittman LePatner, and Stacey Reiss — made insightful and heartfelt remarks about what it means to dare in one’s life. And our Hannah G. Solomon Award honoree, Immediate Past President Karol Todrys, inspired the crowd, describing her work with children and urging us all to take action in service to others.

2016 Spring Gala


NCJW NY’s Spring Gala took place on April 12, 2016. Over 300 people gathered at the Metropolitan Club to celebrate NCJW NY’s vital work and to honor three extraordinary women, stars of the legal, corporate and fashion worlds, who were this year’s recipients of the Woman Who Dared Award. Thanks to our generous contributors, we raised over $450,000 in support of our critical community services and programs.

Back 2 School Store

Our Back 2 School Store debuted in August, 2015. That year we provided 75 children with everything they needed to go back to school with pride, confidence, and enthusiasm. NCJW NY’s Council House is transformed into a very special department store, to provide each child with a brand new outfit (shirt, pants, parka, sneakers, underwear and socks) as well as a backpack filled with school supplies. Best of all, the children choose each of these items themselves, based on their own tastes and styles. While children shop with their volunteer personal shoppers, parents can explore the Family Resource Center, where representatives from public and private agencies are on hand to inform them about resources available in the community to support their family’s health, learning, and growth.

Our second Back 2 School Store took place on August 7, 2016, and we outfitted 175 kids. We were joined by 4 community partners, including the New York Fire Department and Department of Emergency Services, who provided crucial resources on staying healthy and safe. A huge thank you to our 80 volunteers, who helped the kids shop and tirelessly moved merchandise throughout the store!

Intergenerational Program

On March 23rd, 2016, Council Lifetime Learning (CLL) hosted 13 students from Heschel High School for a morning of storytelling, writing, and art. The students joined together in groups of 3 to interview a senior adult and learn about their early years, family traditions, memories, and careers. Students listened intently as the seniors shared stories from growing up and their lives in New York. The day culminated in the creation of book covers and each senior adult took home the memoir they had created with their young partners. It was a wonderful day and we look forward to hosting more students in the future.

Council Lifetime Learning Classes

Council Lifetime Learning (CLL) programming offers arts and culture to older adults, to build on their interests and strengths to maintain connection and vitality as the aging process continues. An average of 200 older adults participate in more than 35 classes each week, including everything from watercolor to weaving and ceramics; performing arts classes like tap and voice; and exercise classes such as zumba. Our students’ efforts culminate in art sales and performances at the end of each semester. See current classes here.