Three local women were presented with awards for their leadership, service, and contributions at the NCJW/Essex Annual Installation and Awards Evening on June 11 at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston.
Leslie Lavinthal of Florham Park, a 45-year member of NCJW/Essex, was the recipient of the Service to Section Award, recognized as a member whose work as a volunteer has changed the lives of women, children, and families. Lavinthal, trained as a special education teacher, has held multiple leadership positions, including co-chair of the Back 2 School Store, vice president of the Center for Women, and currently assistant treasurer.
Elisa Madorsky of Livingston, the section’s vice president of advocacy, received the Henrietta Weiser Emerging Leader Award. She first became involved at the Back 2 School Store in 2014. She spearheaded a Lunch and Learn on gun violence prevention with Sandy Hook Promise and later joined the Anti-Human Trafficking Committee, working to bring art supplies to trafficking victims housed at Covenant House in Newark. She also chaired Mitzvah-in-a-Minute (MIM), which offers community service projects.
Marion Medow of Livingston, a past section president, received The Hannah G. Solomon Award, presented to an individual who has changed the lives of others through leadership efforts and service on a community level. She has been involved in her synagogue, Hadassah, the Livingston PTA, and Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, where she recently completed a two-year term as president. She has chaired fundraisers as well as community service initiatives.