Guest Column by Rachel Rosner

National Council of Jewish Women, Atlanta Section, is proud to present “Frankly Speaking With Sherry Frank,” a new discussion group for our members and friends.

Moderated by Frank, an NCJW past president and noted Atlanta Jewish advocate extraordinaire, this monthly luncheon meeting will focus on current events through a Jewish lens. Bring your lunch, and we’ll treat to dessert and beverages.

Rachel Rosner

Rachel Rosner

The luncheon discussion series will be held at noon Thursday, Sept. 29, Oct. 27 and Nov. 17. The meetings will be at the NCJW Atlanta office, 6303 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. Please RSVP for each meeting by calling Christine at 404-843-9600 or emailing christineh@ncjwatlanta.org.

NCJW is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

Locally, the Atlanta Jewish Coalition for Literacy is our signature program. Over 120 volunteer tutors donate their time in eight metro Atlanta Title 1 schools. Most of our tutors work with multiple students, so in total we help over 300 children. I have heard it said that “tutoring is the best thing I do.”

Please consider volunteering; new tutors are always needed.

For the second year in a row we supplied over 100 backpacks filled with all required school supplies to the neediest children at Hightower Elementary, one of our Title 1 schools. In addition, we collected items for a school supply closet that Hightower teachers can access for students during the year. We plan to continue this program for years to come.

For our annual Mother’s Day Jewelry Store project, we collected over 6,000 pieces of jewelry, which enabled us to provide Mother’s Day gifts for the mothers or caregivers of nearly 5,000 kindergartners through fifth-graders in four metro Atlanta Title 1 schools. This was a massive and rewarding volunteer effort.

Some of the most important work that NCJW does is out of our Washington, D.C., office. Advocacy programs include BenchMark, a judicial nominations campaign; the Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote initiative; and Voices for Reproductive Choices.

NCJW is a volunteer-run organization. Please consider joining us in the new year.

Shana tova u’metuka — may you enjoy a sweet, happy and healthy new year.

Rachel Rosner is the president of NCJW Atlanta.