Pittsburgh Section celebrated its 121st Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening, May 20, 2014 at Rodef Shalom Congregation.
Members of the 2013–14 Leadership Development Program were presented with graduation certificates, having completed seven months of sessions including a review of the history of NCJW, receiving information on advocacy at Pittsburgh City Council, learning about project management with a look at the Children’s Rooms in the Courts, and hearing about other NCJW projects such as our resale stores, The Center for Women, and Standing Firm. The LDP class includes Judy Bernstein, Sarah Blask, Bear Brandegee, Rachel Colker, Lori Goldstein, Lisa Hackam, Teddi Horvitz, Carolyn Jensen, Cheryl Kleiman, Melissa Pearlman, Samantha Rothaus, Sheila Solomon, Katie Whitlatch, and Lynda Wrenn.
Keynote speaker Liz Murray mesmerized the audience with the inspirational story of her ascent from a childhood of despair with drug addicted parents to acceptance to one of the nation’s most prestigious universities. She spoke passionately about the importance of understanding how to help others who need help and invoked the life and work of Judi Kasdan to encourage the audience to live life with resilience and hope.
A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the naming of the Children’s Room in the Criminal Division of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for Judi Kasdan. Judi served as Section’s President from 1995–1998 and was instrumental in opening the Children’s Room in the Juvenile Division of the Court. Following a video tribute, a plaque was presented to the Kasdan Family.
Chairs for the evening were Lynette Lederman, Elyse Eichner, Susan Foreman Jordan, and Laurie Gottlieb. The Annual Meeting Event Team consisted of Phyllis Cohen, Bonnie Rubin, Jennifer Honig, and Henry Krakovsky. The Tribute Committee members were Lynne Siegel, Mona Strassburger, Phyllis Harris, Linda Wozman, and Roz Neiman. Also in attendance were the NCJW Inc. National Executive Director Nancy Kaufman, National President Debbie Hoffman from Cleveland and National Officer (and Pittsburgh Section member), Christine Stone.
Thanks to everyone who made this memorable event possible!