The Bergen County section of the National Council of Jewish Women held its 93rd annual installation and luncheon on June 7 at the Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale.
Fran Einiger of Hackensack, Marcia Levy of Englewood, Bea Podorefsky of Teaneck, and Elaine Pollack of Bergenfield were installed for their second term as a presidium. Jane Abraham of Teaneck and Marilynn Friedman of Tenafly, who will be vice-presidents of advocacy/education, and Elizabeth Halverstam of Tenafly, who will be vice-president of administration, are the new officers. Board trustees included three new members: Bari Lynn Schwartz, Phyllis Grossman-Kaplan, and Joan Ornstein.
Members of NCJW also honored Richard Mingoia, who is the CEO of Youth Consultation Services, and chapter members Evalyn Brownstein and Elizabeth Halverstam. Mr. Mingoia received the prestigious Hannah G. Solomon award in recognition of his work to provide care to children with special needs. He accepted a check for $4,000 for medical equipment for the Holley Center Infirmary from the NCJW/Renee Guller bequest fund.
Ms. Brownstein, who lives in Teaneck and co-chairs NCJW BCS’s HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-School Youngsters) program as well as the section scholarship committee, received the Woman of the Section award for her years of service to the chapter. Ms. Halverstam was honored with the Emerging Leader award. State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, both NCJW life members, presented the awardees with resolutions on behalf of the State Senate and Assembly.
In addition, Estelle Greene, 96, received a surprise Thrift Shop Volunteer Extraordinaire award for her 55 years of service to the NCJW Thrift Shop.