May 2022

NCJW Pittsburgh friends and supporters will come together for a special in-person event on June 1, 7pm, at Rodef Shalom and we’d love to see you there!  The evening’s keynote speaker will be Tammy Thompson, owner of T3 Consulting, a social justice media company and the founder and Executive Director of Catapult Greater Pittsburgh, an organization dedicated to economic justice opportunities for individuals seeking generational stability. A highly sought-after speaker, Tammy shares stories of her life to illuminate her journey through poverty toward prosperity. We will honor our outgoing President Teddi Jacobson Horvitz, who guided us through the past three years and who will be presented with the prestigious Hannah G. Solomon Award. Rounding out the event will be the installation of the incoming Board of Directors and President Andrea Glickman. We are fortunate to go from strength to strength.

Also in this newsletter you’ll find information for many upcoming events including a return of the Allderdice High School’s Black Student Union with a presentation on redlining and housing inequity, a feature story in NextPittsburgh about MomsWork, updates on the newly renovated space at the Children’s Rooms in the Courts, and a new loyalty program you can enroll in at Thriftique. Keep scrolling for all the details.


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

Sara Segel

Interim Executive Director


Brown Mamas, MomsWork, 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 in this paragraph. This is a pilot program. Please plan to join us for our monthly drop-in options by registering HERE

Lunch & Learn with Allderdice Students
Friday, May 6, 12-1PM

Back by popular demand! 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. These presentations, originally made to the Allderdice faculty as part of a professional development program in 2021, will focus on Redlining and Housing Inequity.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. Register HERE.

The Crisis of Crisis Pregnancy Centers
Wednesday, May 11, 12-2PM

Come learn about the crisis of Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Did you know that right here in Pittsburgh, we have a Crisis Pregnancy Center, a business that purports to provide healthcare but actively discourages abortion as an option? Not only that, but they use taxpayer funds and track personal information at a time when access and restrictions across the country are tightening. Join us to learn more. Register HERE.

Bringing Reggio Emilia Home
Monday, May 18, 12-1PM

Many Pittsburgh area schools are proud to offer a constructivist, or Reggio Emilia-based program, but what does that mean, and how can this philosophy inform and elevate your home life and parenting? Join Liza Baron, JCC ECDC Director to discuss ways to bring the innovative Reggio Emilia preschool practices home to help enrich your child’s at-home environment. Register HERE.

Agewell Senior Academy:  Working Mothers of Yesteryear and Today
Wednesday, May 25, 1:30-2:30PM

Join a collaborative conversation with Agewell and NCJW MomsWork about the challenges working mothers face today, what they’ve faced in the past, and how to make a difference for those in the thick of it. Register HERE.

Resume Gap: Challenge or Opportunity?
Tuesday, May 26, 12-1PM

Join the JF&CS Career Development Center experts to learn innovative ways to think about your resume gap and how to promote it to your benefit. Register HERE.

Mazel Tov to our very own Megan Rose, Senior Director of Community Engagement on her participation in this great piece on MomsWork!

Pledge to be a Child Care Voter! Join the movement here:

MomsWork staff will be on location at the NCJW Children's Rooms in the Courts the first weeks of May. We'll invite caregivers to learn about the Child Care Voter campaign and encourage them to sign up to receive more information. Thank you to the courts for granting us this opportunity!

Our partners at Start Strong PA ask for your signature . Businesses are struggling to find employees, and working parents are struggling to find child care. The child care sector is facing a workforce crisis, and a state investment to increase child care professional wages by $2 per hour will help begin to fix this issue

After a recent social media request on behalf of NCJW, Board Member Suzanne Kingsley received 20 new umbrella strollers for donation to the Children’s Rooms to be given to caregivers. Suzanne’s husband, Thomas Kingsley, helped with the delivery to the Courts. We thank everyone involved so very much! The families who received a needed new stroller after visiting the Children’s Rooms are always appreciative. Also pictured are Children's Room employees Marilyn Sullivan, LaShay Regan, and Rochetta Green.

The Children’s Playroom construction is nearing completion. The anticipated completion date is May 5, in time for the Court’s scheduled date to reopen to more in-person hearings and procedures. The room has been painted and finishing touches will be complete soon. Playroom staff are anxious to get back to the space and to be able to host the children who need our services.


Thriftique will be featuring $2.00 sale racks on their sidewalk AND 50% OFF purses, shoes and accessories for Mother’s Day. Saturday ONLY May 7th from 10am - 5pm


Join our loyalty program! Check-in with the free Loyalzoo app and earn 1 point for every dollar spent. For every 100 points earned you’ll receive $5 off your purchase! Just scan the QR code below with your camera, open the free App. and start earning REWARDS POINTS!


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