The Lake Park Elementary School is the fifth public school in Palm Beach County to have a KIDS COMMUNITY CLOSET. Our other KCC's are in Benoist, Grove Park, Highland and South Grade Elementary Schools.
Shortly after opening the CLOSET at Lake Park we received a letter from the Parent Liaison at the school, Lisamarie Wear:
This letter is to thank you for selecting our school to participate in your wonderful program! The KIDS COMMUNITY CLOSET will help fill a great need at our school. We are a Title One school with 96% of our children receiving free or reduced lunch. Many of our families are in survival mode and welcome the support. Your organizations is allowing us to assist our neediest students on a very basic level with huge ramifications.
When students that don't have the basic essentials/uniforms are given what they need it is instrumental in their well-being and success in the school setting. Instantly, you can see their self-esteem and self confidence increase! I wish you could see the smiling faces and receive the enthusiastic hugs, from both the students and parents, when the receive the items you provide. You have helped us set these students up for success. We are all extremely grateful. "
NCJW PALM BEACH SECTION UNDERWRITES RIVIERA BEACH ACADEMY TRIP TO US HOLOCAUST MUSEUM
"Every stranger is an enemy." So said Primo Levi in "Survival in Auschwitz."
This quote was read at the Riviera Beach Prep Academy during a discussion on the roots of youth violence by Ms. Toshimi Abe-Janiga, the Holocaust Studies educator from the Riviera Beach Preparatory and Achievement Academy. As the only public alternative high school offering a Holocaust Studies elective, and as a school comprised of predominantly at-risk African American students, Ms. Abe-Janiga was determined to convince her students that this was not necessarily true.
In September of last year, Ms. Abe-Janiga wrote to our Executive Board, asking our assistance in order to help fund the expenses of several students and chaperones for travel to the U.S. Holocaust Museum, as a culminating event to their Holocaust studies program. Ms. Abe-Janiga strongly believes that "students should understand their own cultural identity and their personal responsibility for ending discrimination."
Although requests such as this are out of the purview of our mission, when brought to the Board, the comments were, "If we can change one child's view of anti-semitism, or make one child more aware of the consequences of hate, we must do just that." And so, we underwrote the costs of sending one of the students to Washington, DC.
When informed of our decision, Ms. Abe-Janiga stated that the children couldn't believe that total strangers were willing to do this for them.
We, the women of the Palm Beach Section, believe that "if we save one life, it's as though we've saved the world."
We have received a beautiful thank you letter from the school, which you can read on our website: www.ncjwpalmbeach.org.
WOMEN IN POWER LUNCHEON AND BOUTIQUE A HUGE SUCCESS
The annual Women In Power Luncheon and Boutique at Mirasol Country Club was a very special event. Kudos to Rona Goldstein and her committee for the luncheon arrangements and to Ruth Zalaznick and Amy Lieberman for the boutique at which our members and guests shopped and shopped.
Michelle Suskauer was a worthy recipient of our Women In Power Award, and she spoke movingly of the reading program she set up for girls in prison.
Cathy Einhorn accepting Emerging Leader Award
Cathy Einhorn, our Emerging Leader, and Rona Goldstein, recipient of the Presidents' Award, were gracious in their remarks about what NCJW has meant in their lives.
Sing along and dance the night away
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
The Ultimate Beatles Tribute Band
Saturday, April 27 at 7pm
Villaggio Social Hall
Coffee and Dessert
Call: Carol 641-0594
INTERESTED IN WAIST WATCHERS THE MUSICAL THEATER PARTY MAY 8 MATINEE?
Anyone interested in seeing Waist Watchers, The Musical in Manalapan at the Plaza Theater on May 8 at 2:00.please contact Carol Lubin, 561-630-0173 or
. Group discount tickets are available. Lunch will be on your own at Dune Deck, Johnny G’s, Cardelli’s, or Thaikyo Fusion. The play is a humorous one about the human pursuit of the perfect weight. It should be a fun day for anyone attending.
Save the Dates
Our Readers' Group meets the first Monday of the month at Tradition, 4920 Loring Place, West Palm Beach, 10 AM. Book lists below.
READERS GROUP BOOKS
Apr 1 The Believers, Zoe Heller
May 6 The Golden Willow, Bernstein
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS PACKS AND SHIPS 107 BOXES OF NON PERISHABLE FOODS AND HYGIENE ITEMS TO US SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN
The Florida Legislature is in session. The US Congress is in session. And NCJW is watching both. We need YOU to speak up and make your voice - and ours - heard as key legislation is considered.
Last year 11 anti-abortion bills were introduced in the FL Legislature, and several have been introduced this year. We are also concerned abut voting rights legislation, school funding, and more.
At the federal level NCJW is watching to see how the cuts imposed by sequestration are affecting families and programs that support the most vulnerable in the country.
BE SURE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.ncjwpalmbeach.org for more information on our coming events, for pictures of our recent events, for links to our National organization, for advocacy updates and to keep up with Section activities.