Rockville Centre resident Merle Altman Wechsler was one of five women recognized for her leadership in serving the community during the 24th annual “Women Who Make A Difference” luncheon, held by the Long Island sections of the National Council of Jewish Women.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran delivered the keynote address at the event, at Oceanside’s Temple Avodah on May 1, discussing her priority initiatives, the role of women in politics and the value of volunteers in building communities.
Wechsler became an active section member and leader even before retiring from her career as a clothing designer, and has served as the section’s co-chair of Community Services, which supports the “Back-2-School Store” for needy school-age children. She previously served as chairwoman of the NCJW Junior Council Committee, which enables middle-school girls to build social awareness and contribute to their community. As part of the Programming Committee, she organizes other educational and service programs.
The NCJW luncheon’s theme was “Celebrating 125 Years of Service and Moving Forward.” Jackie Fetner, chairwoman of NCJW’s Long Island Section, explained, “As a grassroots organization, we believe that the education and participation of women is critical to the kind of society we wish for our children and grandchildren. Today we are thrilled to honor the most deserving women that share the vision of NCJW.”
Other Women Who Make A Difference Award recipients were Elaine Farber and Ruth Kaplan, of the Lakeville Section, Judy Bernstein, of the Peninsula Section, and Bea Block, of the Westbury Section. Each was recognized for fulfilling the community service goals and overall mission of NCJW to make a difference in the lives of women, children and families through service, advocacy, education and philanthropy.