The Bergen County section of the National Council of Jewish Women on will kick off its general meeting speaker series — on Zoom this year — with its annual advocacy forum: “Your Vote, Your Voice, Your Power.” Victoria Bassetti, a fellow of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, the featured speaker, will give insights into the issues, paradoxes, and conflicts that inform our democracy and our voting. The September 15 Zoom presentation begins at 12:30 p.m., when Bari-Lynne Schwartz, the section’s co-president, will receive the first Jane Abraham Advocacy award. The award is named in honor and memory of the section’s beloved past president.
Ms. Abraham, who died in 2019, made advocacy come alive for NCJW members through her passion and commitment to social justice. The award honors an NCJW BCS member who has been a leader and instrumental in advancing social change in the community. To win the award, the recipient must further the mission of NCJW; exemplify innovation, creativity and courage; serve as a role model in the section and community; and raise awareness of NCJW through pioneering efforts, mentoring, and motivation of others. Ms. Schwartz has spearheaded five of the organization’s impressive advocacy forums, including those on LGBTQ equality in 2016 and reproductive freedom at risk in 2019. As co-president in charge of advocacy and education, she oversees NCJW’s human traffic initiative and its general meeting educational programs, and she supervises the organization’s 18 community service programs.
For information on the NCJW BCS programs and to get the Zoom link, go to ncjwbcs.org or call (201) 385-4847.