“From Holocaust to Community Activism; Surviving as a Hidden Child in Slovakia” by Dr. Susan Lederman with IWF – New Jersey


  • “From Holocaust to Community Activism; Surviving as a Hidden Child in Slovakia” by Dr. Susan Lederman with IWF – New Jersey
    February 25, 2021
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hidden Children is a term for Jewish children who, during the Holocaust, were hidden in various ways, in order to save them from the Nazis in Poland, Slovakia, and also in Western Europe.  Sometimes the children were physically visible, but disguised as Christians in convents or with Christian families.  Sometimes they were physically hidden behind made up walls or in underground cellars with only periodic or no access to the real world.  Often some combination of both.

It was one thing to not die, another to live fully and thrive.  From a hidden child in Slovakia to a College Professor, an IWF Chapter President, and a political activist in the USA, Sue Lederman will share her personal journey of survival, and lessons in courage, resilience and perseverance.

Susan Lederman is Professor Emerita of Public Administration at Kean University.  She had served as Director of Kean’s Master of Public Administration Program and has been on the faculty at the University since 1977.

Dr. Lederman is also a past president of the League of Women Voters of the United States, and was president of the New Jersey League of Women Voters from 1985 - 1989.  She has served on a number of New Jersey and national public policy commissions on issues such as taxes, judicial appointments, health care reform and as a commissioner of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. She is coauthor of the book, Elections in America: Control and Influence in Democratic Politics.

Dr. Lederman holds leadership positions in various civic organizations, notably, on the executive committee of New Jersey Future, had served on the Board of Directors of the Regional Plan Association and as a director on the Common Cause National Governing Association.  She is the past president of IWF NJ.

Susan Lederman holds an A.B. degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University.   She was born in Bratislava, Slovakia, and immigrated with her parents to the United States in 1948. She and her late husband, Dr. Peter Lederman moved to New Providence, NJ, in 1964.

 

Please RSVP by February 23rd to attend this fantastic virtual meeting!

IWF AZ February Virtual Wine Around

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  • IWF AZ February Virtual Wine Around
    February 24, 2021
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Let's share the love of wine, friends and wonderful conversation this month!  During our first 30 minutes, we will enjoy a wine presentation from Kris Pothier, President of the Arizona Wine Growers Association and a co-Founder of Arizona winery, Chateau Tumbleweed.  After her presentation, we'll connect via break-out rooms meeting members, seeing friends and making new ones.

Dumplings and Truffles — Celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year, Love and Black History Month with IWFCT

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  • Dumplings and Truffles — Celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year, Love and Black History Month with IWFCT
    February 17, 2021
    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

You will not want to miss the opportunity to meet 2 world renowned chefs! Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 16th to attend this fantastic virtual event!

IWFCT's own Virginia P'an, Founder and CEO Yumi EcoSolutions, Inc., will kick off our program by sharing the history and traditions of the Chinese Lunar New Year. This is the year of the OX, 4718, and Virginia will share insights surrounding the meaning of the cycle of new year animals.

Kian Lam Kho is a food writer, teacher and food consultant specializing in Chinese cuisine. He is the creator of the James Beard Foundation Awards for his Chinese home cooking blog Red Cook (http://www.redcook.net). He will be showing us how we can make dumplings along with him, a staple of the Lunar New Year celebration (see ingredients below).

His cookbook, Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees: Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking is the winner of the Julia Child first book award from IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) and featured in this month's Bon Apetite Magazine.

This cookbook can be purchased on Amazon.com by our members if they are interested.

 

A Sweet Treat for Valentines Day/ Valentines Day and a Month of Love-

Celebrity Chef Francois Kwaku Dongo and Chocolate Confectioner will join us for a sweet treat to top off our evening. Chef Francois will demonstrate the making of simple chocolate truffles with Omanhene 80% pure dark chocolate and about the health benefits of that dark great chocolate.

A protege of Wolfgang Puck, he was selected to launch Spago in Chicago and was the Executive Chef at l'escale in Greenwich, CT among other well-known Connecticut restaurants. Frequently quoted in the press, his media experience includes Iron Chef America. ForbesMagazine named him one of ten up-and-coming celebrity chefs.

François has generated media buzz by attracting celebrities to multiple restaurants, including Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, King of Morocco, Madonna, Robert De Niro, John Travolta, and Leonardo Di Caprio. He has cooked private meals for notable newsmakers including Hillary Rodham Clinton, and in the homes of John A. Morgan of J.P. Morgan and Betsy Bloomingdale.

To order some of his chocolate from West Africa go to: https://www.omanhene.com/re-thinking/

In preparation for our special cooking demos see attached menu items to purchase in advance.

Dumpling Demo Instructions and Menu

Omanhene Champaign Truffles Instructions and Menu

Discover the Arizona Science Center: A Virtual Conversation with Two of the Former CEOs

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  • Discover the Arizona Science Center: A Virtual Conversation with Two of the Former CEOs
    January 26, 2021
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

 

Join us for a conversation with the two former CEOs of the Arizona Science Center, Sheila Grinell and Chevy Humphrey.  The Arizona Science Center is one of the nation's premier science and education destinations.  Nestled in the picturesque setting of Heritage and Science Park in Downtown Phoenix, the Arizona Science Center is a unique landmark designed by renowned architect Antoine Predock.  It's where thousands of annual visitors discover a world of science, history & imagination as they explore 300+ hands on exhibits & live demonstrations which sparks curiosity.  The Arizona Science Center contains four levels of exciting hands-on exhibits, a multi-media planetarium, and a 5-story IMAX theater.  The mission of the Arizona Science Center is to inspire, educate and engage curious minds through science.

This is a Members Only Virtual Program - Details of the virtual platform will be emailed the day prior to the event

2021 IWF-AZ Membership Dues Renewal


  • 2021 IWF-AZ Membership Dues Renewal
    January 1, 2021 - June 1, 2021
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Welcome to 2021! It is that time of the year to renew your membership with the Arizona Chapter of the International Women's Forum!

Please renew your membership on our website by January 31st. You will have the option to renew and pay directly online, or to renew and generate an invoice if you prefer to pay by check.

There are two membership options available:

Regular Membership - $450.00 (Includes membership in both IWF AZ and IWF)
Emeritus Membership - $225.00 (Includes membership in only IWF AZ for members who are 70+)
Dual Chapter Membership - $225.00 (Includes membership in only IWF AZ if your primary membership is with another chapter)

Please take a minute to update your membership profile to ensure that we have the most updated information for you. We also encourage you to visit our "Events" page and add all the upcoming events to your calendar.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the year at one of our upcoming meetings!