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Joan Lumelsky Weinbaum Stay-At-Home Ball 2007
National Council of Jewish Women
Pittsburgh Section Be a positive force for change
Dear NCJW Member,
The little boy on the cover is Darnell. You probably never met him, unless you’ve worked in the Children’s Playrooms
at the Courts this past year.
Before the playrooms, children like Darnell would be found scattered throughout the hallways and the courtrooms,
waiting for hours at a time, and listening to things no child should ever have to hear. NCJW opened our first
playroom in Family Court in 1980; and now operates Children’s Playrooms in Family, Criminal and Municipal Courts,
with another to be opened in the Family Justice Center to be constructed in McKeesport. More than 5,000 children
visit the Playrooms each year.
This photo was taken the third time Darnell and his mom were back at the court. This time, Darnell’s mom was
seeking a protection from abuse (PFA) order against his father.
I used to volunteer in the Children’s Playroom. Each week, after finishing my morning in the Playroom, I was
reminded of how lucky I was — that I had my home, my husband and my life circumstances waiting for me.
And I was so grateful that I was in a position to take even a small burden off the shoulders of these mothers, who
knew that we would keep their children engaged and safe while they attended to court matters. And to be able to
make these children’s worlds better, for even a short time, through our care and support.
For more than a century, NCJW has been championing the needs of women, children and families through projects
like the Children’s Playrooms. Through projects like Pic-A-Bag, we provide duffle bags filled with necessities and
comfort items for children removed suddenly from their homes by the courts; and through the Silent Witness
Initiative, we strive to eliminate domestic violence through education, outreach and advocacy.
Each of you is a valued member of NCJW Pittsburgh Section, and many of you are active in our education, advocacy
and community projects. For that, I thank you.
But we also need your financial support.
I’m not asking you to buy a ticket to a gala, or bid on any number of terrific auction items. In the tradition of the
annual Stay-at-Home Ball, I’m asking you to consider taking the money you’d spend on such an event and make a
generous gift to the annual campaign.
You and I — we are lucky that we are in a position to make the world a better place for women, children and
families who are less fortunate. With your help, we can continue to be a positive force for change.
Laurie S. Gottlieb
Chair, 2007 Stay-At-Home Ball
P.S. We’ve included a bookmark of NCJW programs. May it serve as a reminder of the active part you’ve taken in
determining what kind of world ours will be.
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NCJW 2007-2008 Board of Directors NCJW Past Presidents NCJW Life Board Members
Lynne Garfinkel, President Judy Greenwald Cohen Sandra Chernew
Susan Nitzberg, Executive Vice President Gene Dickman Estelle Kruman
Cathy Cohen, VP Fund Development Elyse B. Eichner Eileen Lane
Robin Elson, VP Finance Barbara Felman Martha Rosen
Lynn Farber, VP Membership Elizabeth Finegold Janet Spear
Jamie Feldstein, Co-VP Community Service Marcia Frumerman
Jennifer Finkelstein, Co-VP Community Service Patty Hourvitz Stay at Home Ball Committee
Paula Garret, VP Org Dev & Planning Lynne S. Jacobson
Laurie Gottlieb, VP Communications Judi Kasdan Laurie Gottlieb, Chair
Susan Jordan, VP Administration Mina Kavaler Cathy Cohen
Laurel Rosenberg, Co-VP Social Action Carolyn Lebovitz Susan Nitzberg
Christine Stone, Co-VP Social Action Lynette Lederman Barbara Siegel
Roxanne Wolk, VP Retail Operations Margaret Libson Merrille Weisman
Joan Ettinger, Recording Secretary
Randi Shaw, Assistant Recording Secretary
Dorothy Grinberg, Corresponding Secretary
Dana Himmel, Treasurer
Sharon Weisberg, Assistant Treasurer
NCJW Special Appointments
to the Board
Dr. Barbara Shore
Cynthia Busis, Executive Director Judy Vernick Cover photo courtesy of www.carfweb.net