October 2021


Hello Friends! We have some good news to share with you this month. First, we are excited to welcome Kate Rothstein, our new Programming and Communications Manager. Kate brings many years of deep volunteer and professional experience both in the Jewish and general Pittsburgh community, including leadership roles at the Congregation Beth Shalom and Bend the Arc Pittsburgh. Kate’s first big project has been to organize NCJW’s participation in the Women’s March to Defend Our Reproductive Rights on October 2 (read more below).  

We are also thrilled to announce that Thriftique has been voted #1 Thrift Shop by the readers of Pittsburgh City Paper in their “Best Of Pittsburgh” contest! This high honor is a testament to the hard work that Patricia Tsagaris, Director of Retail Operations, and her team have been doing over the last year. All of Thriftique’s sales, community outreach, and partnerships support NCJW’s work to step forward, speak out, and stand up for women, children and families.

Coming soon, you’ll be invited to attend Designer Days 2021, Thriftique’s annual fundraiser happening November 3rd - 7th. Watch for your invitation coming in the mail soon. We look forward to seeing you there!


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

Sara Segel

Interim Executive Director

NCJW Pittsburgh Section

Congratulations to Thriftique on being voted #1 Thrift Shop in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh City Paper! A well-deserved recognition!


With the Texas radical abortion ban, SB8, now law, and a 15-week ban case before the US Supreme Court this term, we must speak up and take action to protect and advance our rights!  As the leading Jewish organization fighting for reproductive freedom, NCJW is a national co-sponsor of the Women’s March on October 2, 2021, a day of action to mobilize in support of reproductive freedom.  

Details for the Pittsburgh March to Defend Reproductive Rights can be found on Facebook.  Would you like to meet up with NCJW Pittsburgh friends at the march?  Contact Sara Segel for meeting location information.


Earlier this week, NCJW Pittsburgh partnered with Women’s March Pittsburgh to host a sign-making party in preparation for Pittsburgh’s march, happening on Oct 2nd at noon at the City County Building, 414 Grant Street. The signs made will be distributed to people who attend the march to create important visuals for the crowd and media in attendance.


More Engagement Opportunities
Everyone is welcome!

Join us virtually on Friday, October 29th at 4:30pm to welcome Shabbat and discuss the latest COVID-19 vaccine updates with Pittsburgh healthcare professionals and engage in a Q&A session. More details about this event are coming soon.  To reserve your spot and/or to submit questions for our experts, click HERE.


Know Your Worth Before it Counts
Tuesday, October 19, 12-1:30pm, on Zoom, 
Whether you are searching for new employment, or preparing for your annual review, go into the discussions prepared with your bottom line and your top goals. Join CFW and partners JFCS Career Development Center and Pittsburgh’s Financial Empowerment Center for this important panel discussion to encourage you to crunch the numbers. Sign up here.

Intro to the Women in Tech Initiative with UPMC
Friday, October 22, 12-1:00pm, on Zoom
Are you curious about a transition to tech? Wondering whether remote or flexible work better fits your lifestyle? Join us to learn where you may fit into a career in healthcare technology! Sign up here.


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. 

For more information and/or to reserve your tickets click HERE.

Upcoming films include:

Unlearning Sex

October 13th at 6:30pm, Chatham’s Shadyside Campus

Unlearning Sex, a feature documentary film that follows a six month journey through sexual trauma therapy and healing. Women & Girls Foundation is convening panelists for this screening.


November 10th at 6:30pm, Chatham’s Shadyside Campus

$avvy, which 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 will be convening the panelists for this screening.



Realignment Project Update

The goals of the Realignment Project are 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.

In its first three months of work, the Realignment Project Task Force has held seven listening sessions with leaders from other NCJW sections, local white-led nonprofits, and local advocacy leaders who have all taken steps to make deeper community relationships and apply an anti-racist approach. Later this month, task force members and Section leaders will participate in a racial wealth gap learning simulation. 

We will continue to share our progress in future newsletters. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to Sara Segel.

Volunteer Opportunities

Please join us to make the 2021 Fall Designer Days amazing!

All volunteers will receive a $15 voucher as a thank you. Sign up here.

To purchase tickets for the VIP Preview Event, click HERE.

To find out about sponsorship opportunities, click HERE.


Donation Drive at Anathan House, Squirrel Hill
Sunday, October 3rd, 9:00am - Noon

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.


We are UNABLE to accept the following items:

Stained or damaged items
Used socks and undergarments
Items covered in pet hair or permeated with odors such as smoke
Cribs, car seats and other baby equipment
Medical equipment
Bed pillows and mattress covers

VCR’s, computers, printers and other electronics
Used kitchen appliances
Any food or perishable items
Yard sale or garage cleanout remnants
Chemicals or paint
Stuffed animals
Magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias or reference books


Planning To Throw Out Your Old Newspapers? Give Them To Us Instead.

Thriftique is in need of your old newspapers to wrap delicate housewares for happy customers!  Please drop off your old newspapers at 125 51st Street, Lawrenceville, PA 15201.


NCJW In the News

Megan Rose, Director of NCJW's Center for Women, wrote two extraordinary articles recently. Take a look:

Working parents need help, and they are running out of time | The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle (timesofisrael.com)

Megan Rose: We must solve child care to rebuild, recover | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Kol Hakavod

NCJW Pittsburgh Section was honored to be chosen as a recipient of proceeds from this year’s Shpiel-Burgh Purim production.  The HAMILTON-themed Community Purim Shpiel, filmed in Pittsburgh (pre-COVID) in March 2019, was live-streamed in February 2021.  Kol hakavod to ShpielBurgh Productions for a very successful fundraiser and THANK YOU for the donation of $1,005.


Community News and Opportunities


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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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