April 2022

As you all know, since May 2020, we have been very fortunate to have Sara Segel serving as Interim Executive Director. Sara has remained in this role much longer than she or we anticipated, for which we are so grateful. When the NCJW Pittsburgh Realignment Project wrapped up earlier this year, in partnership with Sara, we agreed that it was time to find a permanent director to implement the recommendations that have come from the Project. Guiding us through a most difficult era, not the least of which has been the pandemic, Sara has accomplished so much for NCJW and we have been extremely fortunate to have her wise leadership, tenacity and creativity.   

NCJW Pittsburgh has opened a search for candidates for an Executive Director. If you are receiving this newsletter, you are familiar with our organization’s culture and mission.  If you know of potential candidates who would be a great fit for NCJW at this time, please direct them to the job description on our website. On behalf of NCJW Pittsburgh, thank you for taking a moment to support this important effort.  If you have any questions, please email me directly at president@ncjwpgh.org.  

Inside this month’s newsletter, you will find information on our upcoming programs, including a webinar with guest speakers Lisa Perry and Megan Schroeder from Pittsburgh Action Against Rape speaking about the increased awareness of sexual assault in our Post-#MeToo world. We’re also hosting a workshop with a key strategic partner, Trying Together, discussing child care advocacy focusing on accessible, affordable, high-quality child care in our community. Keep reading for more details.


With a faith in the future and a belief in action,

Teddi Horvitz

Board President


Co-hosted with Jewish Family and Community Services, these three workshops will get you up and running on LinkedIn. Starting with the basics of creating a profile and moving into networking, learning to navigate this powerful job search and networking tool can assist you in your career. Sign up for any number of the learning sessions. Register HERE.

Building Your Profile 
Wednesday, April 13, 12-2PM

Learn how to build your profile on LinkedIn. This presentation will discuss and demonstrate how to create a professional online presence.

Searching for Jobs 
Wednesday, April 20, 12-1:30PM

This presentation will demonstrate how to search for jobs, apply for positions, and save searches/postings using Linkedin.

Networking Strategies 
Wednesday, April 27, 12-2PM

Take your experience and interests into the realm of networking. This presentation will show you how to search for job titles, positions, and for people, as well as strategies for how to connect to them.

Working Moms Support Group

Brown Mamas, the Moms Work, powered by the National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section, and When She Thrives are proud to partner with Ms. Dionna Rojas-Orta to offer free monthly working mom groups April, May, and June of 2022. We hope these groups will offer you a place to get support personally and network professionally. You may read more about our organizations and Ms. Rojas-Orta through the links below. This is a pilot program. Please plan to join us for our monthly drop-in options by registering HERE. The first drop-in session will include a session with author Sharise Nance. Don’t miss it!

NCJW is a sponsoring organization for the Just Films series with Chatham University’s Women’s Institute. This series of films and discussions on gender and intersectional social justice issues promises to be riveting, with wide-ranging topics like criminal justice, technology, and more. Just Films are free and open to the public. For more information and/or to reserve your tickets click HERE.



The next film is:  Belly of the Beast 
April 13, Virtual Viewing beginning at 6:30PM

When an unlikely duo discovers a pattern of illegal sterilizations in women’s prisons, they wage a near impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. Filmed over seven years with extraordinary access and intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people, Belly of the Beast exposes modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons.


Back by Popular Demand: Lunch & Learn with Allderdice Black Student Union 
Friday, May 6, 12-1PM

NCJW is proud to again host teen leaders from Allderdice High School’s Black Student Union as they present The History of Policies and Practices Affecting Black Americans. These presentations, originally made to the Allderdice faculty as part of a professional development program in 2021, will focus on Redlining and Housing Inequity. All are welcome for this important lunch & learn session.

We are excited to announce that the Center for Women is now MomsWork, powered by NCJW Pittsburgh! MomsWork continues to empower women who seek financial wellbeing through a strengthened focus on moms. Visit our newly updated webpage to learn more about our focus and join the movement.

With this shift, we’re shining a brighter light on child care advocacy - we want to empower and educate YOU to make a difference in your own life, and in strengthening and stabilizing child care. If you are a mom, if you have a mom, or if you know a mom, join us by clicking HERE

Advocacy Action Points:

1. PA Primaries are May 17, and the stakes are high. Evaluate the candidates based on how they’ll support working families and ease childcare struggles. The state legislature, one of Pennsylvania’s US Senate seats, and the governor’s seat are all up for grabs. Make sure you’re registered to vote by May 2!

2. Pittsburgh’s new mayor, Ed Gainey, is forming his agenda. Tell him that child care infrastructure matters.

3. Knowledge and confidence matters. Let’s empower each other to share our stories with employers, legislators, media, anybody who will listen! Join me for a Podcast Club to round out your knowledge gaps of child care, commiserate, and meet other moms like you! that speaks to the supporter in a personal, emotional, and actionable way. Make it clear that their support is mission-critical.


Thriftique: Meeting our Mission
Part One: Creating Space to Learn

Thriftique currently provides onsite job training to adult students with special needs from Clelian Heights School and Pittsburgh Conroy School through partnerships that are ten years strong. The students and  their dedicated counselors come weekly to help hang clothing and keep the store neat and clean, with  Clelian students traveling from Greensburg!  We are so grateful for their help!

City Charter High School students started an inaugural program for Seniors this year. These student interns earn High School credits and begin to learn skills such as customer service, social media posting and merchandising. You may have seen some of their creative work on our Instagram and Facebook pages. 

Through an ongoing partnership with job training candidates from Sally and Howard Levin Clubhouse, trainees commit to a for a six month term and hone their work, life, and social skills while working at the store. This partnership is a win-win!

  Clelian Heights students & counselors


  Pittsburgh Conroy students

  Levin Clubhouse job training candidate

How Can You Help?

As a partner, it is our responsibility to host the students, trainees and volunteers and provide them with a snack and a drink for EVERY shift they work. We can ALWAYS use the following items (or money to purchase them):

  • Soda pop
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Frozen food
  • Popcorn

Please drop your items off at Thriftique, M-Sat between 10am-5pm. If you have further questions, please contact Patricia Tsagaris, Director of Retail, at 412-742-4933.




NCJW - Executive Director



Thriftique - PT Furniture Hauler / Key Holder


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