OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

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 Building Community Through Wellness

Acquire diverse approaches to wellness skills and techniques to improve your life.

We are excited to announce the launch of our monthly Community-Centered Wellness Series, kicking off on Monday, October 18, 2022, from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm with special guest, International Meditation Teacher, John Vossler.

By joining us, you will gain insight into different wellness approaches and have the opportunity to connect with fellow Angelenos. These workshops are free to current or past NCJW|LA program participants and only $5 to the general public. All sessions will be held in English.

 

Donate This #Cartober!

Your donation will go towards supporting women and families through our programs and services.

The Giving Season is almost here! What better way to kick things off than by participating in #Cartober by donating your unwanted car, truck, motorcycle, R.V., or boat to your favorite non-profit – NCJW|LA!  Donating your vehicle is easy and can be done safely online. Just visit CarEasy.com to start your process.

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October Advocacy Events

Thank you to everyone who joined in one of the many Women's Marches held nationwide this past Saturday, October 2nd.

The fight for abortion access FOR ALL is far from over. We encourage you to help keep the dialogue alive by joining an upcoming discussion on Judaism Teaches Us About Abortion, with Beth Gendler of NCJW- Minnesota and hosted by Temple Isaiah on Sunday, October 17, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm on Zoom.

Register Today to discover ways that we can speak about our tradition’s approach from a place of deep knowledge and understanding.

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Employee Spotlight

Selene Lopez -- a mother dedicated to enriching the lives of her family and others.

What drew you to NCJW|LA originally? My story deeply connects with non-profit organizations. As a student from South Los Angeles, I was fortunate enough to participate in a teen mentoring program through a south L.A. non-profit that would lead me to receive a scholarship to attend Mount Saint Mary's college.

In 2019, I decided to dive back into the workforce following my maternity leave (an intimidating experience, having recently been laid-off). I saw a job posting for an Enrichment Coordinator position through NCJW|LA and decided to apply. After learning about the reach and extensive history NCJW has locally and nationally, this was something that resonated with me and wanted to be part of the solution. I knew this was an opportunity to explore a nonprofit organization that is equally as involved with the community as they were loud about it.

Tell me about the work you do for NCJW|LA: Since working with NCJW|LA, I've been able to cultivate my passion for social justice and apply my expertise in coordinating and administering enrichment programs like the NCJW|LA Scholarship Program, maintain community engagement, and designing solutions for stakeholders.

As the coordinator overseeing the program, my top priority is to increase opportunities for students in our community that need financial assistance. Scholarship programs are imperative for many who are working to achieve a higher education at any stage in their lives. Programs like this have helped to elevate my academic career and helped put me where I am today. Through and through, I've seen hard-working and deserving people in my community persevere because of programs like NCJW|LA's Scholarship Program. Hearing past scholarship recipients return to tell their success stories time after time is extremely rewarding to me.

What do you do when you aren't working? Instilling family values in our family pack is important to me. My household includes my supporting husband and our beautiful children, 4-year-old Santiago and 3-year-old Lucia. I pride myself in the growth we've cultivated in our children when teaching values of kindness and humanity through communication and social-emotional learning. When I am able to find time for myself, meditation during tea-time is my own sanctuary.

I am dedicated to the work I do with NCJW|LA and look forward to its growth. With the help of my colleagues and dedicated sponsors, we can shape the future of the world around us.

If you would like to contribute to a student's success, consider donating to the Scholarship Program. You can donate to any one of our featured scholarships which focus on nursing, mothers, non-traditional students, LGBTQ+ students, and more; or you may choose to create your own scholarship. Your contribution will support someone's future and uplift marginalized communities.