February 2022


After many months of hard work put forth by the NCJW Realignment Project Taskforce, we are pleased to announce that the recommendations made by the Task Force were accepted by the Board of Directors at a special January meeting.  At the core of these recommendations is a Roadmap - a set of guiding principles for advocacy and service programs that not only prioritizes gender and racial equity approaches and outcomes, it also takes into account the historic and current strengths and capacity of the organization.

Task Force co-chairs Judy Cohen and Dr. Elizabeth Miller, as well as Teddi and I, are grateful for the honest conversations that took place over the past six months, and we look forward to the next steps required to implement the Roadmap.  In future communications, you will see updated and new programming, plus opportunities to sign up to engage, volunteer, and support our work. 

Within this newsletter you will also find information on February’s virtual programs, including a presentation by Allderdice High School’s Black Student Union, workshops on saving money for your child’s educational future, and much needed in-person volunteer opportunities at Thriftique where you are sure to have fun while also supporting everything we do at NCJW.

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

Teddi Horvitz                                  Sara Segel

Board President                             Interim Executive Director


Working Moms CWE
Feb 12, 9am - 12pm, on Zoom 
This Valentine’s weekend, explore loving your life through being a small business owner. Offered in partnership with Pittsburgh SCORE and The Center for Women, the CWE will host a half-day Build Your Business webinar for individuals interested in starting or expanding their business. The information shared in this session will assist gig workers, small business owners, and those who dream of being their own boss. Entrepreneurs and business experts will present the following topics: Marketing & Communications, Legal, Financing, Accounting, and Business Lessons learned. Register HERE.

Childcare Information Session
Feb 25, 12-1pm, on Zoom
Tired of reading about (or experiencing first-hand) the disruption to child care? Ready to support the work of early childhood and caregivers of young children? Together with strategic partner Trying Together, NCJW is engaging in multiple campaigns to combat modern challenges that families and professionals face in supporting the success of their young children. Join us to understand the reality and advocate instantly for conditions that help Pennsylvania’s children and families thrive. Register HERE.

Lunch & Learn with Allderdice Students
Feb 18, 12-1pm, on Zoom 
NCJW is proud to host teen leaders from Allderdice High School’s Black Student Union as they present The History of Policies and Practices Affecting Black Americans. This presentation, 1 of 4, originally made to the Allderdice faculty as part of a professional development program in 2021, will focus on Black Health and its History. All are welcome for this important lunch & learn session. Register HERE.

Co-hosted with Fund my Future and the Financial Empowerment Center, these three workshops will give you the tools you need to start saving for your children’s educational future and to reach your own savings goals. Sign up for any number of the learning sessions. Register HERE.

Find the FUN in Fund
Feb 3, 12-1pm, on Zoom 
Learn everything there is about how fun it can be to save for your child’s future. Whether you are new to saving for your child or already doing it, this is for you.

Educational Funding Options
Feb 10, 12-1pm, on Zoom 
Learn what a PA529 College and Career Savings Plan is and how to claim your child’s $100 starter deposit from PA Treasury’s Keystone Scholars. Representatives from financial institutions will showcase their children’s savings products.

Make Your Plan
Feb 17, 12-1pm, on Zoom 
Do you have personal saving goals or want to build your credit? Fund My Future will work closely to connect you with the right resources so you can pick what best fits your situation. Meet a financial counselor from the Financial Empowerment Center and learn about their free, 1:1 services.

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: Unapologetic

February 9th, Virtual Viewing
After two police killings, Black millennial organizers challenge a Chicago administration complicit in state violence against its Black residents.

Told through the lens of Janaé and Bella, two fierce abolitionist leaders, Unapologetic is a deep look into the Movement for Black Lives, from the police murder of Rekia Boyd to the election of mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Don't forget to register for the Mary 9 screening of No Small Matter. NCJW is co-hosting along with the Women and Girls Foundation.

Furniture Donation Hauler/Key Holder

Donation Pick-Up Assistant


Have you volunteered at Thriftique? Thriftique needs your help at closing, 3-5, daily. It’s a lot of fun, and you earn a $10 Thriftique voucher for every 2 hours shift you work. Not only that, but you get to see what’s new on the floor that day! Bring a friend or family member and consider an ongoing, regular commitment - volunteering 1 day a week or 1 day a month. Register HERE.

This sale is too, two-tutu fun! Come on down to get unique savings on unique finds.


Now is the time to do your deep dive closet clean out! For one month, we have a convenient East End drop off available in Bakery Square, in conjunction with Walnut Capital. Your donations will get new homes and help provide funding for NCJW programs.



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