Maria Osorio, President
Wow! It feels like we just celebrated Rosh Hashanah 5782 yesterday. Yet, we all know an entire year has passed. In these 12 months many of us have experienced incredible and fantastic memories—births, birthdays,weddings, anniversaries, graduations, “first days” of school, college, family gatherings, travel adventures, and so much more. And, many of us have encountered life challenges.
As an organization and society, we have experienced both. From July 2021 through June 2022, our NCJW section accomplished so much! For more details, please click here.
Sadly, we also experienced loss. Barbara Shipnuck, our President, passed away in January 2022. This was a HUGE loss for the community, for NCJW as a whole and for us as individuals. However, together we persevered, reorganized, recalibrated, and were ableto move forward. More recently we have been hit with several damaging Supreme Court decisions that directly impact women, children, and families that range from abortion justice, to climate change with health policy implications, to separation of church and state in our public schools. Still, with challenges and obstacles come opportunities.
As we prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur I ask that all of us stop, breathe, andslow down. Let’s celebrate the creation of this great world with all its beauty and blemishes. Yes, we need to acknowledge our past errors and mistakes, but more importantly we need to focus on how we can change our future.
As an organization, we have great plans for 5783, but let us not forget that sometimes things happen. A vacation gets canceled, a website goes down,surprise visitors arrive at your door, etc. These unexpected occurrences may throw us off; yet, to the extent possible, I urge you to focus on what really matters—time with loved ones. L’Shanah Tovah! May G-d grant all of you a year of peace, prosperity, and blessing.
For all our members, our fondest wishes are for hope, freedom, and peace.