The Bergen County section of the National Council of Jewish Women kicks off its centennial celebration in style with a 1950s-themed membership event on Tuesday, October 25, at 6 p.m. at the Brownstone Pancake Factory in Englewood Cliffs. Members, clad in poodle skirts and saddle shoes, will enjoy a night of entertainment, dancing, games, food, and comradery.
The story began when a small group of Jewish women in Hackensack got together 100 years ago, with the goal of making life better for people in their community. They formed the group now known as the Bergen County Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. Throughout 2022 and 2023, the organization will be commemorating its 100th anniversary, celebrating a century of philanthropy, fundraising, advocacy, and sisterhood in Bergen County and beyond.
Loretta Weinberg, the retired New Jersey Senate majority leader, is the section’s centennial celebration’s honorary chair. “As a life member of NCJW, I am pleased to be the honorary chair of this 100th observance,” she said. “As a member of the New Jersey Senate, it was my NCJW sisters who were always available to give testimony on bills to protect a woman’s right to access healthcare. They have been a force for good in our state.”
“For a century, our members have been dedicated to making life better for people in our community,” said the section’s co-president, Ina Miller-Silverstein. She joined the organization in 1960. “Our centennial celebration gives us the opportunity to look back at 100 years of achievements and memories and celebrate the impact we’ve had locally and beyond.”
Throughout their centennial year, the section will offer educational programs, including six general meetings, speakers, book groups, trips, and advocacy activities centered on women’s reproductive freedom, voting rights, gun violence prevention, domestic violence prevention, and more. The organization also will commemorate its impact on the Bergen County community, New Jersey, and beyond through a number of celebrations and fundraising events. For more information about the NCJW BCS, go to www.ncjwbcs.org.