Shining Examples of Philanthropy & Leadership Honored at Gala

The National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) held a Spotlight Gala to honor two couples who have shown unflagging support of the organization and to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women.

The Spotlight Gala, held at Crestmont Country Club in West Orange, NJ, on Sunday, September 25, 2016, honored Sharon and Stuart Falkin of West Orange, NJ, and Jill and Alan Johnson of Montclair, NJ. Both couples have embodied the spirit of NCJW/Essex with their continuous contributions of support, involvement and leadership, making a difference in the lives of women, children and families throughout Essex County and New Jersey.

NCJW/Essex has been an advocate for social change in Essex County for more than 100 years.  Over 200 benefactors, volunteers, friends, family and staff were proud to pay tribute to the Falkins, the Johnsons and the Center for Women at the Spotlight Gala.

“We are very fortunate that the Falkins and the Johnsons care so deeply about our communities,” said Shari Harrison, NCJW/Essex President. “They have proven that giving both time and money to an organization is rewarding when you believe in the mission and know that what you give has an impact.”

The evening also featured recognition of the 35th anniversary of the Center for Women and included comments from a client of the Center who has utilized many of the services available including the Career Closet, self-empowerment workshops, computer classes, job clubs and more. In addressing Gala attendees, she stated, “I have found my voice by using every single service that the Center for Women offers.  And I thank every single one of you here tonight for supporting the Center… You have all made it possible for my three children to be proud and inspired to watch their mom grow and never ever give up!”

The evening festivities wrapped up with a special performance by the Unexpected Boys, an a cappella singing group which brought the best of Broadway to the Spotlight Gala.