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West Orange Resident to be Named New President of NCJW/Essex

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WEST ORANGE, NJ With over 20 years of involvement, Deborah Legow Schatz is poised to assume the Presidency of the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex). Ms. Legow Schatz has overseen Advocacy, Fund Development and Marketing as a member of the NCJW/Essex Executive Committee and has also spearheaded section activities such as theBack 2 School Store, the A-List for Advocacy and Focus on Art. Without a doubt she has made an imprint on NCJW/Essex as a progressive force for the future. She will be installed as President at the upcoming NCJW/Essex Annual Installation and Awards Evening,Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at The Club at Orange Lawn.

The recipient of NCJW’s Emerging Leader Award in 1998, Ms. Legow Schatz brings a wealth of knowledge to her position including an MBA in finance, public relations skills, talent as a public speaker and a rich background of administrative experience. She will be one of the few NCJW/Essex Presidents to maintain a professional job while holding this office, and she hopes to set an example for younger professional women who might be hesitant to join or move up the NCJW/Essex leadership ladder. “There must be room in our organization for women who work, full-time or part-time, at home or at an office,” she believes. “These women can bring their diverse talents and perspectives to our activities which directly improve the lives of women, children and families.”

Ms. Legow Schatz is a go-getter with seemingly boundless energy and fresh ideas. “I get excited by new opportunities to partner with other organizations and reach new audiences,” she says, citing the Coalition for Human TraffickingRoe at Risk, and One Billion Rising as a few recent examples where NCJW/Essex joined forces for important causes. “These activities raise awareness while tapping into the strengths of all organizations involved.”

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At the national level, she has served NCJW as a State Policy Advocate, coordinating statewide advocacy activities for the nine New Jersey Sections, and has led delegations to advocate for gun violence prevention, reproductive healthcare funding and immigration reform. She has also served as a Commissioner on the national level, mentoring and providing support to leaders from smaller NCJW sections.

A resident of West Orange, she enjoys theatre, sporting events, paddle, tennis and reading. She also values time with her children, Sydney and Zach, both of whom graduated from Syracuse University this year in graduate and undergraduate programs respectively.

“NCJW/Essex has grown into a highly successful professional organization while maintaining the warm and welcoming style so valued by our volunteers,” reflects Ms. Legow Schatz. “As incoming president, I hope to encourage our vibrant membership to continue identifying unmet needs for women, children and families where NCJW/Essex can make a difference. 

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