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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Joann Iskiwitch

Newsmakers April 2021: Awards, honors and career moves

Compiled by Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief 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 HAMMERMAN 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

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, Editor 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, Editor 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

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 organization's annual Back to School! Store on July 19. This year was the 20th anniversary of the event. 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 LIGHT 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

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

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...

From left, Gateway Transportation Center manager Sonia Day; and NCJWSTL volunteer Mary Murphy, board member Marilen Pitler and program director Heather Silverman.

NCJW partners with Gateway Transportation Center to install human trafficking posters

December 6, 2019

Gateway Transportation Center and the National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis (NCJWSTL) have partnered to install human trafficking posters in an effort to create awareness and stop human trafficking. Located in downtown St. Louis, the Gateway Transportation...

The Heartland for Human Justice coalition sings, chants and waves signs at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. 

Report: Army monitored interfaith St. Louis coalition that organized protest trip to Fort Sill

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor November 14, 2019

The U.S. Army was monitoring a largely Jewish group of protesters who traveled in August from St. Louis to Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla., to protest the planned detention of migrant children at the facility, according to a report in The Intercept.The digital...

From left, Susan Block, Ellen Alper of NCJW and Alyssa Banford of JCRC take part in the Heartland for Human Justice Coalition protest at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.

St. Louis activists protest migrant detentions

By Kayla Steinberg, Staff Writer August 8, 2019

“My name is Jaakelin Caal Maquin. At the age of 7, I died on Dec. 8, 2018, after being detained by the El Paso border patrol.”LAWTON, Okla. — The 100-degree southwestern Oklahoma heat beat down on Heartland for Human Justice trip participants as,...

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