Patti Nathan of West Orange was the recipient of The Hannah G. Solomon Award, presented by NCJW/Essex to an individual who has changed the lives of others through leadership efforts and service on a community level. The award was presented at the NCJW/Essex Annual Installation and Awards Evening on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston.

With her trademark spirit and boundless energy, Nathan conveys a passion and a commitment to community activism. Blending advocacy and volunteer activities in her life, she has dedicated herself to improving the lives of others by being involved in NCJW/Essex and her local community. She is an active volunteer at the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges as well as at her synagogue, B’nai Jeshurun. She has been a reading mentor, worked with at-risk teens and was involved in the SOMA Adult School Board. A member of NCJW since 1955, Nathan helped spearhead the Kids Emergency Closet and has participated in the Back 2 School Store, Nominations, the Period Project, and Impact Finance committees.

“I consider Patti my bonus gift from NCJW/Essex,” said NCJW/Essex Board Member Leslie Lavinthal who met Nathan through the organization and had the honor of introducing her friend. “Patti is heart, soul, warmth and love.”

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“I spend each day grateful that I am in good health and have found meaningful ways to be engaged and help others,” Nathan said, reflecting on her 63 years of involvement in NCJW. “I live by the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: ‘Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’”

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About National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.  With more than 3,200 members, Essex County Section is the largest of the more than 100 NCJW Sections around the country. The Section was founded in 1912 and maintains offices in Livingston, N.J. For more information, log on to www.ncjwessex.org.