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St. Louis Jewish Light

NCJW St. Louis volunteers were out in force Sunday, July 31 for the 22nd year of the Back To School! Store. The annual event provides school supplies and other essentials to underserved elementary school children throughout the St. Louis area. Photo: Bill Motchan

Photos and video: NCJW St. Louis helps 2,000 children with Back to School! Store

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish LightPublished August 3, 2022

NCJW St. Louis volunteers were out in force Sunday, July 31 for the 22nd year of the Back to School! Store. The annual event provides school supplies and other essentials to underserved elementary school children throughout the St. Louis area. The 2022...

Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.

The good, the bad and the ‘most egregious’ of Missouri’s legislative session

AMY HAMMERMAN and HILLARY HINZPublished February 18, 2022

The 2022 Missouri Legislative session kicked off Jan. 5th and the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis has already been a consistent presence in the capitol advocating on behalf of our priority issues. Although we anticipate several difficult fights...

National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis held its 53rd year of  its Couturier Sale at The Resale Shop from Oct. 26-31. Above are NCJW St. Louis staff, lay leaders and volunteers who helped make the sale a success.

NCJWSTL announces plans for 57th Annual Couturier Sale

Published September 14, 2021

One year after COVID forced the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis to change how it hosted its 56th annual Couturier Sale, the organization has just announced its plan for 2021, and the 57th annual sale. Many look forward to this annual fundraiser...

Joann Iskiwitch

Newsmakers April 2021: Awards, honors and career moves

Compiled by Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-ChiefPublished April 9, 2021

Joanne Iskiwitch has received the 2020 Coldwell Banker President’s Elite Award, given to top Coldwell Banker real estate agents locally and internationally. Iskiwitch also recently was awarded the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CHLMS) designation...

Amy Hammerman

Honor Justice Ginsburg: Keep her seat open

BY AMY HAMMERMANPublished October 1, 2020

As the sun set Friday, Sept. 18, the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away after a long struggle with cancer. Many of us learned about this sad news while we were celebrating the New Year with enlightening and hopeful services...

Sen. Claire McCaskill 

NCJW to honor former Sen. Claire McCaskill

Published September 25, 2020

National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis will recognize Sen. Claire McCaskill with the organization’s top honor, the Hannah G. Solomon Founder’s Award, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at NCJWSTL’s virtual Celebrating Women Event. First given in...

Protecting victims of domestic violence

Protecting victims of domestic violence

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished August 14, 2020

Although we are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible during this pandemic, that course of action isn’t safe for domestic violence victims—the vast majority of whom are women, children, and LGBTQ+ individuals. Data over the past six months...

The Resale Shop

Pandemic prompts NCJW to reimagine Couturier fundraiser this year

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished August 6, 2020

The folks at National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis know that many of us look forward to their annual fundraiser Couturier Sale at the Resale Shop, when designer and high-end garments are featured at semi-bargain prices. Rather than disappoint us...

NCJWSTL Board President Gail Eisenkramer (left) and Immediate Past President Susan Katzman accept a 2020 Moonshot Award from LaunchCode for NCJW’s Healing Hearts Bank during an award ceremony July 10.

NCJWSTL program receives LaunchCode Moonshot Award

Published July 31, 2020

LaunchCode announced that National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis was a recipient of a 2020 Moonshot Award during a socially distanced morning celebration July 10 at Drive-In St. Louis. Launched in 2019 in honor of LaunchCode founder and St. Louis...

National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis helped provide school essentials; clothes and other items to 2,000 St. Louis-area children during the organizations annual Back to School! Store on July 19, 2020. College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving provided a distribution hub where volunteers picked up boxes of filled backpacks to deliver to partner agencies in the St. Louis area, which distributed the bags to clients and members.

Pack it up: Back to School! Store is on a different roll this year

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished July 23, 2020

Every summer, hundreds of underserved St. Louis children get much needed school supplies, personal care items and clothing  thanks to the National Council of Jewish Women’s Back to School! Store. This year, in the midst of a pandemic, the event looked...

St. Louis Closet Co. donating portion of sales to NCJWSTL

St. Louis Closet Co. donating portion of sales to NCJWSTL

Published June 18, 2020

Closets for a Cause is continuing at Saint Louis Closet Co. as a percentage of its gross sales from June will be allocated for a donation to the Back to School! Store by National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis (NCJWSTL). For over 20 years, the Back...

National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis held its 53rd year of  its Couturier Sale at The Resale Shop from Oct. 26-31. Above are NCJW St. Louis staff, lay leaders and volunteers who helped make the sale a success.

NCJWSTL recognized as a top place for women to work

Published March 22, 2020

The National Council for Jewish Women-St. Louis was recognized by the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis as a top place for women to work in the third annual “Women in the Workplace: Employment Scorecard.” The scorecard is the area’s only...

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