The National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section celebrated 120 years of dedicated service, social justice and advocacy in the New Orleans area. NCJW’s achievements and the women who have led the organization over the decades were honored at the celebration at Metairie Country Club.
Barbara Kaplinsky, new President of NCJW 2017-2019, and Eileen Wallen served as Gala Co-Chairs, assisted by a committee of 35 members. Susan Kierr served as the organization’s President, and Angela Hill served as Mistress of Ceremonies.
Past Presidents of NCJW were honored at the gala, which included a video presentation about the 120 years of the local organization. The video highlighted the local chapter’s history, featured interviews with some of the Presidents and shared many of NCJW’s accomplishments over the years.
Major sponsors included The Angel Wings Foundation, Sara Stone, Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust and Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel LLC.
The Patron Party preceding the event took place on the patio with a view of the grounds, and featured Rhodes Spedale & Live Jazz Group. Later at the gala, guests enjoyed dancing to the sounds of the Yat Pack Band and bid on an assortment of 90 items at the silent auction. President Susan Kierr and Vice-President of Development Barbara Greenberg led a historical tribute display and cake lighting ceremony, surrounded by the Past Presidents in attendance: Julanne Isaacson, Celia Katz, Beth Bloch Rosenthal, Flo Schornstein, Joan Berenson, Barbara Bresler, Beth Hershberg, Dana Shepard, Mimi Schlesinger, Loel Weil Samuel, Pamela Lyles, Shellye Farber, Ina Weber Davis, June Leopold and Susan Kierr.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “A Dozen Decades of Dedication,” benefiting National Council of Jewish Women GNO
When: Saturday, April 22
Where: Metairie Country Club