December 2021

Hanukkah is an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the work of tikkun olam, repair of the world.  As we close out 2021 and gear up for 2022, we thank you for your unwavering support in our work of tikkun olam. This year, in the face of extraordinary change, we are evaluating how we can meet our mission for a new era. We are focused on how we can continue stepping forward, speaking out, and standing up for women, children, and families.  We are excited thinking about our plans for the coming year to address the social justice crises that are challenging our world, and ensure that our programs make a positive impact on our community. As our annual campaign kicks off this month, we are hopeful that we can count on your financial support, to keep our momentum moving forward. By clicking here, it’s easy to make a tax deductible donation of any amount.

In addition, below you will find an update on our work on the Realignment Task Force which will be guiding much of our plans for the year ahead. Plus, don’t miss the celebration we have planned for our Center for Women, coming up on December 9th! All the details are outlined below. 

As always, we are grateful for your continued engagement with NCJW Pittsburgh.

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

Sara Segel

Interim Executive Director

NCJW Pittsburgh Section


Repro Shabbat  - Weekend of January 28-30, 2022

As we start 2022, we also launch the Pittsburgh Section's participation in 73Forward, a national advocacy and educational initiative organized by NCJW, Inc. on reproductive freedom and access.

The Changing Landscape of Abortion Rights
Friday, January 28, 2022, 4pm on Zoom 
Join us for an open discussion with Greer Donley, JD from University of Pittsburgh School of Law, who will prepare us for the changing landscape on abortion rights. This term, the Supreme Court is reconsidering the fundamental holding of Roe v. Wade, and many legal scholars suspect that the right to abortion as we know it will not exist for long. In that scenario, our purple state will become a battleground for abortion access. Professor Donley will explore what a post-Roe world will look like, especially in our home state. She is a reproductive justice scholar, whose work has covered abortion access in the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA’s overregulation of medication abortion, and new constitutional theories to support later abortion on the basis of severe fetal anomaly. Sign up here.

Jews, the First Amendment, and Abortion Rights
Sunday, January 30, 2022, 2pm on Zoom 
Please join us on Zoom, as we co-sponsor a talk by Dr. Rachel Kranson with Congregation Dor Hadash and Congregation Beth Shalom, Derekh: Jews, the First Amendment, and Abortion Rights. Based on her research, Dr. Kranson will lead a discussion on the history of reproductive politics and on the political investments of American Jews, specifically how legal teams representing American Jewish organizations, including NCJW, developed arguments that defended abortion access as a religious right. Dr. Krason is an associate professor at University of Pittsburgh who focuses on Modern Jewish history, Judaism in America, religion in America, gender and sexuality studies, and Holocaust studies. Sign up here.


Center for Women currently has a proposal under review for a working mothers guide to employers. If funded, we will create a tool for individual job seekers, as well as a benchmarking resource for employers. Please take 3 minutes and complete this short survey. Thank you!

Celebrate the Past, Present, and Future of the Center for Women at NCJW Pittsburgh
Thursday, December 9, 6-7pm, on Zoom 

Please join us for this virtual celebration of our strong CFW foundation, where we'll highlight the amazing work of CFW to date and give a glimpse into where we're going. Register here.

Her Investing $ense for Beginners
Friday, December 10, 12-1pm, on Zoom
A recent study found that 49% of women let their husbands take the lead when it comes to investing. Let's change the status quo, jump-start your investing knowledge, and start steering your path toward a financially secure future! If you’ve always wanted to invest but had no idea where to start, join Jessica Perrone, a successful investor and Pittsburgh native, who can tell you how! This free beginner investing workshop will answer the top 3 questions women have when beginning their investing journey. Jessica Perrone is on a mission to educate women and feels it is essential for ladies to retain their power and join in on the household's investment decisions. Jessica offers a non-judgmental and safe learning environment where questions are welcome and learning is fun!. Sign up here.


Welcome Danie Oberman!
Danie is the intern at the Center for Women through University of Pittsburgh’s Masters of Social Work Program. She is originally from Chicago, and did her undergrad at the University of Iowa, with double majors in Social Work and Creative Writing. Most importantly, she’s a lifetime member of NCJW. As you can see from her photo, she has already jumped in to help plan and participate in our programming. Welcome Danie! We are so pleased to have you on the team


Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh (BCAP)

Established in 2012, BCAP’s mission is to ensure a high quality of life for all members of the Bhutanese community in Pittsburgh and to support their integration into American society through culturally-informed services and activities. The South Hills-based organization runs an afterschool program (currently virtual), numerous voter drives, and citizenship preparation classes, in addition to civic engagement opportunities, mostly in the area of voting information and education.

From their most recent newsletter, you can see their take on our 6-year partnership: 

“In partnership with NCJW Pittsburgh, our local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, we were able to distribute backpacks full of school supplies to families with children in the Green Tree neighborhood. Thank you to the families for coming out and picking up a backpack for your child, NCJW for the supplies, and our volunteers Deu Tiwari and others in Green Tree. This year, BCAP provided 150 backpacks with stationery items and personal safety kits through its Back to School Program brought to the community in partnership with NCJW. This was our 6th year in the partnership”

We are proud to partner with BCAP and look forward to continued success.

Realignment Project Update

Realignment Project Goal: To evaluate and make recommendations for NCJW’s approach to community service and impact in context of both the historic and current strengths & capacity of the organization and within a racial & gender justice framework.

The Realignment Project Task Force is nearing the end of its 6 months of work together, although the recommendations made to the Board in early 2022 are just the beginning of a new era for NCJW Pittsburgh’s work in the community. Over the next 2 months, a subcommittee will add polish to the  draft of our decision-making criteria matrix, which will become one tool used for determining which projects to pursue. Staff will then propose a roadmap for the organization’s immediate activities and future opportunities.  Please stay connected with us to learn more about how you can get involved.

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to Sara Segel.


Past Events

During the week leading up to Thanksgiving, NCJW Pittsburgh, in partnership with JF&CS, helped welcome several arriving Afghan immigrant families into our community by providing them with warm winter wear. We are filled with gratitude for our Kids Community Closets’ donors, funders, and volunteers who have ensured that we have winter coats available and ready to distribute to our partner agencies and schools when needed. We are thrilled that JF&CS  distributed these items to help make the difficult transition to a new community more comfortable. We hope our future US citizens will stay toasty this winter and feel welcome in their new homes

On Wednesday, November 10th, National Council of Jewish Women co-sponsored a viewing of the movie $avvy through Just Films Pittsburgh, one of a series of films happening at Chatham University.  Megan Rose, Director of NCJW’s Center For Women, moderated a discussion with Ikuma Ojok from Pittsburgh Financial Empowerment Center, Jessica Perrone from Her Financial IQ, and Michele Abbott from OnePGH Fund. The movie investigates the historical, cultural and societal norms around women and money. With incisive humor and captivating honesty, $avvy questions why women often take a backseat to their finances and why it’s so important now, more than ever, for women to take control of their financial futures. NCJW Pittsburgh will be co-sponsoring another film in March called No Small Matter.  For more information, visit


Thriftique Participating in Lawrenceville Cookie Tour - Saturday, December 11, 2021 11am-4pm

Lawrenceville small businesses continue to need our support now more than ever. For twenty-three years, Lawrenceville has invited visitors from all over into local businesses to collect treats at their favorite retail and restaurant locations during The Joy of Cookies, Cookie Tour.  Stop by Thriftique as part of your Cookie Tour! More information here.

Aviva Jewelry Pop-up December 11th & 12

Join us for a 2-day special event with a local artist of  Aviva Jewelry, who specializes in unique hand-crafted pieces for every occasion. Her stone pieces are especially bold and beautiful. With 10% of all proceeds benefiting Thriftique and NCJW Pittsburgh, this is a great opportunity to get all your end-of-year gifts for teachers and service providers. Hope you’re able to pop-in to the pop-up!

We want your stuff!

At Thriftique, we accept new and gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and home décor items. All items must be clean and free of excessive wear or damage in order to be considered for resale. If you would lend it to a friend, we can use it. We have tax receipts for your donations on site. We greatly appreciate your donations. They allow us to continue our mission of serving women, children and families in our community through community service, advocacy, education and philanthropy. For more information on what we accept, see our website.


The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century. Inspired by the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (“healing the world”), NCJW courageously takes a progressive stance on issues such as child welfare, women’s rights, and reproductive freedom. And we encourage everyone—people of all faiths—to join us.

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