History & Mission

Mission

NCJW St. Louis is inspired by Jewish values to advance social and economic justice for all women, children and families.


History

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has a long and rich history, dating back to 1893 when it was founded by Hannah G. Solomon. Two years later, NCJW St. Louis was established. NCJW St. Louis is a volunteer-driven organization at the forefront of social change who pioneered programs such as the Free Milk Program in 1919 in the St. Louis public schools.

NCJW also founded the St. Louis Scholarship Committee in 1920 to provide interest-free loans for post high school education that in 1960 became known as the The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis.

Numerous other programs and projects have been established by NCJW; Council Shop in 1940, a resale store, now called The Resale Shop, that provides funding for NCJW’s programs and projects and Delcrest Apartments, a 144-unit housing facility and activities program for low-income elders, now referred to as the Gladys and Henry Crown Center for Senior Living. This in addition to the many advocacy and leadership roles NCJW has taken on behalf of the community.
120 Year Retrospective

NJCW STL Past Presidents

*Pauline Lowenstein – 1917-1920
*Corrine Bauman – 1920-1924
*Gussie Barth – 1924-1926
*Blanche Marx – 1926-1928
*Blanche Forcheimer – 1928-1930
*Babette Jacobs – 1930-1932
*Ione Sandperl – 1932-1934
*Freda Cronheim – 1934-1936
*Frances Bry – 1936-1938
*Frances Schwab – 1938-1941
*Alice Greensfelder – 1941-1943
*Dorothy Schweich – 1943-1945
*Julia Einstein – 1945-1947
*Jeanne Fineberg – 1947-1949
*Frances Kopp – 1949-1951
*Zelda Epstein – 1951-1953
*Barbara Hirsch York – 1953-1955
*Florence Gram – 1955-1957
*Marie Chused – 1957-1959
*Ann Koenigsberg – 1959-1961
* Anna Lee Brown – 1961-1963
*Wilma Messing – 1963-1965
*Edith Lipsitz – 1965-1967
*Jane Scheff – 1967-1969
*Jean Laventhal – 1969-1971

Carol Jacobson – 1971-1973
Geraldine Schiller – 1973-1975
Lynn Lyss – 1975-1977
Marjorie Susman – 1977-1979
*Betty Baron – 1979-1981
Judy Milton – 1981-1983
Judy Putzel – 1983-1985
Barbara Newmark – 1985-1987
Evelyn Cohen – 1987-1989
Ilene Ordower – 1989-1991
Nanci Bobrow, Ph.D – 1991-1993
Terri Shores – 1993-1995
Lucy Shelden Levy – 1995-1997
Suzanne E. Breslauer – 1997-1999
Joyce Margulis – 1999-2001
Lise Bernstein – 2001-2003
Renée Michelson – 2003-2004
Nancy Siteman – 2004-2006
Nancy Berg – 2006-2008
Sally Katzif – 2008-2010
Farilyn Hale – 2010-2012
Marlene Hammerman – 2012-2014
Darien Arnstein – 2014-2016
Susan Witte – 2016-2018

*In Loving Memory

NCJW is committed to creating meaningful action at the local and state levels to help those who are in most need, or provide “tikkun olam” (repairing the world) and justice for all.