The Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women will present its Hannah G. Solomon Award to Julie Schwam Harris during a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in the grand ballroom on the 12th floor of the Westin Canal Place, 100 Iberville St., New Orleans.
The council is a grass-roots 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.
The Solomon Award has been presented annually since 1966 to a community leader who exemplifies the qualities of Hannah G. Solomon, founder of NCJW. Past honorees, including Marjorie and Scott Cowen, Ruth Kullman, Mary Keller Zervigon, Joan Berenson, Nancy Marsiglia, Carol Wise, Phyllis Taylor, Millie Charles, Diana Lewis and Sybil Morial, have brought about important community programs and services through their leadership in a volunteer capacity. Each has been a catalyst for social change.
For the past five years, Schwam Harris has been engaged in a variety of women’s issues as a volunteer. She helped to raise the necessary funding to expand Planned Parenthood’s health services. She helped to organize the Legislative Agenda for Women coalition, which advocates at the state Legislature for equal pay for women, Medicaid expansion to enhance implementation of the Affordable Care Act and improved sex education. Schwam Harris also works with many organizations to ensure equal rights for all.
The selection committee and luncheon hosts are President June Leopold, Chairman Madalyn Schenk, Ina Davis, Michelle Erenberg, Marjorie Bissinger, Shellye Farber, Barbara Kaplinsky, Tamara Kreinin, Ruth Kullman, Nancy Marsiglia, Dana Shepard, Sue Singer, Pamela Steeg and Nancy Timm.
Tickets for the luncheon are $60 per person. Checks payable to NCJW can be mailed to 5485 Bellaire Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124 or tickets can be purchased online at www.ncjwneworleans.org.