Announcing our newest Section – Simcoe County Section
Such excitement for NCJWC! We have established a new section, the first new section to be established in Canada since the 1970s!
A member of Toronto Section, Helen Silverstein, moved to the Innisfil area in Ontario a few years ago. Getting to know her new community she realized that there was no organization like ours for the Jewish women calling Simcoe County their home.
On Monday, November 12, 2018, 22 women from the Simcoe County region (an area only about one hour north of Toronto) met at Helen’s home for an evening to meet one another and be introduced to the concept of creating a Section of NCJWC in this region. That night the NCJWC spark was lit. Debbie Wasserman, the National President and Linda Steinberg, the National Vice President of Service and Education attended the meeting to bring the NCJWC concept to the group. The enthusiastic response to our mission was amazing. 10 people immediately joined NCJWC with the others showing much interest. A group was formed. A steering committee was quickly organized and five days later this group met to plan strategy and create a vision for this new Section.
The women loved our raison d’etre as a catalyst for change fighting to ensure the rights of women, children and families, the disabled and new Canadians through service, education and social action.
It has not yet been two weeks since the inception of this group. This small group is very diverse. There are women who have lived in this community their whole lives, others who have recently moved in. There are people who have retired here, others who have young families and want a simpler life than living in a big city. Coming from all walks of life and all ages, these women have one thing in common. They are all looking for a Jewish connection which will give them a purpose to do good within their community. Already young members have planned a Chanukah party, a book group is being formed, and mitzvah knitters are busy knitting for a community project. Two more meetings of the Section are in the works. The women of this community are eager to make a difference.
NCJWC welcomes Simcoe County Section to the NCJWC family! We are all anxious to see what wonderful inroads they will make within their community. Anyone interested in finding out more about Simcoe County Section can visit their FB page NCJWC Simcoe County or contact Helen Silverstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.