The JCC MetroWest in West Orange will honor community members Terri Friedman and Joyce Goldstein as Women of Valor during a Zoom celebration on November 20, at 12:30 p.m. A tribute to loyal longtime JCC MetroWest members Lois Lautenberg, z”l, and Maxine Myers, z”l will be included. Bess Kalb, an Emmy Award-nominated writer for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and the author of “Nobody Will Tell You This But Me,” is the keynote speaker. She also has written for the Academy and Emmy awards, and is a contributor to The New Yorker’s “Daily Shouts,” the New Republic, Wired, the Nation, among other outlets.
Terri Friedman serves on JCC MetroWest’s New Jersey Jewish Film Festival committee and is active in the local Jewish community. She has held leadership positions at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ; the Rachel Coalition, a division of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest; Israel Bonds New Jersey Women’s Division, and Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston. She helps with outreach and fundraising for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and the Women Fighting Hunger initiative of the Community Foodbank of NJ, and she helps lead New Jersey fundraising for Israel Tennis & Education Centers. Terri and her husband, Mark, live in Livingston and have three children, who attended pre-school at the JCC MetroWest. Her connection to the JCC began 50 years ago, when she traveled to West Orange from her hometown, Wayne, to be part of the swim team.
Joyce Goldstein has held major roles locally with JCC MetroWest, including two stints as chair of its board of trustees. Other agencies she’s involved in include Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, NJY Camps, the Golda Och Academy, and the Jewish Education Association of MetroWest. She was the founding chair of a variety of local initiatives, sits on the national board of the JCC Association of North America, and served on the Jewish Education Service of North America. She and her husband, Neil, split their time between Essex Fells and Phoenix. They have two children and one grandchild.
Katy Strulson, JCC MetroWest’s director of community engagement and development, said, “It is such an honor to celebrate and pay tribute to four incredible women. Maxine and Lois led our community with strength and grace, and were true pillars. Joyce and Terri continue to work hard for our MetroWest community and beyond in all the work that they do daily. We are fortunate for their leadership. Lois, Maxine, Joyce, and Terri — each one is a true Woman of Valor.”
For information, go to jccmetrowest.org/event/4th-annual-women-valor.