NCJW plans virtual installation of officers

NCJW plans virtual installation of officers

Members and friends of the Bergen County section of the National Council of Jewish Women are invited to its virtual installation of officers. It will be on Zoom on June 23 at 11:30 a.m. Life member Henrietta Wolfeiler will receive the organization’s Woman of the Section award.

NJ Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-37), an NCJW life member, and NCJW’s outgoing co-president, Ruth Seitelman, will speak. Outgoing honorary vice-president Marcia Levy will install the officers.

Henrietta Wolfeiler joined NCJW 60 years ago; she’s chaired many committees during that time. Her most recent and favorite position is as coordinator of the Domestic Violence Waiting Room volunteer program. The NCJW BCS program, which opened in 2012, provides support in a supervised room in the courthouse that is a safe place for plaintiffs in domestic violence cases. Ms. Wolfeiler and her husband, Bernie, have generously supported NCJW BCS’s commitment to high school scholarships, domestic violence issues, and hunger programs by establishing the Wolfeiler-Simon Fund.

Henrietta Wolfeiler

NCJW BCS will install 17 officers this year. Bea Podorefsky is continuing as honorary president and outgoing co-president Ruth Seitelman will become honorary vice-president. New co-president Elaine K. Meyerson will join continuing co-presidents Elizabeth Halverstam, who is starting her fourth year of service, and Bari-Lynne Schwartz, who will begin her second year. Carole Benson, Fran Einiger, Lois Katz Brown, Doris Sarokin, and Linda Walden are the new vice-presidents. Joan Cooper, Marilynn Friedman, Joan Ornstein, Joan Schnuer, and Virginia Wasserman will continue as vice presidents; Norma Goldsmith as recording secretary, and Elizabeth Roditi as treasurer.

Ruth Seitelman has worked in community service for women’s issues for 20 years. She has been board president of the Center for Hope and Safety, an agency assisting victims of domestic violence. She is also active with Temple Sinai of Bergen County in Tenafly’s sisterhood and writes as Ruth A. Casie, a USA Today bestselling author of romantic fiction.

Elaine K. Meyerson, an experienced non-profit leader and administrator, worked in the domestic violence field for 30 years. She is the president of the Hillsdale Board of Health and a board member of the Bergen County Board of Social Services.

To register for the virtual installation and celebration, go to, email, or call (201) 385-4847. A voluntary donation of $18 is requested.

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