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October 11, 1991 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-10-11

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1991

oan Bronk says she
earned her graduate
degree from National
Council of Jewish Women,
and she didn't do it by
teaching courses, attending
classes or writing a topical
thesis.
Mrs. Bronk, national pres-
ident of NCJW, earned her
graduate degree by fighting
legal battles on behalf of
women's issues: women's re-
productive rights, child care,
pay equity, prevention of
domestic violence and
teen-age pregnancy, and
support of parental leave for
working parents.
"NCJW was the best
graduate school I could've
attended," said Mrs. Bronk,
the guest speaker Sept. 24 at
the 100th birthday celebra-
tion of NCJW — Greater
Detroit Section. "I'd just
graduated college and it
gave me the opportunity to
research and speak publicly
on women's issues. It was
through NCJW that I learn-
ed how to become an ad-
vocate."
Since Mrs. Bronk joined
NCJW in 1963, she's been a
national spokeswoman and
role model to thousands of
NCJW women. Approx-
imately 100,000 women
belong to NCJW in 200 sec-
tions around the United
States. About 3,000 women
are members of NCJW in
Detroit.
"Joan has done an
outstanding job of represent-
ing NCJW interests in
Washington, D.C.," said
Carol Sue Coden, president
of NCJW - Greater Detroit
Section. "She's a prime ex-
ample of the kind of leader-
ship NCJW produces. She's
sensitive as well as extreme-
ly knowledgeable in the po-
litical and social issues we as
Jewish women fight for."
Mrs. Bronk, a manage-
ment consultant in New
York City, first tasted poli-
tics as a public affairs ad-
vocate in New Orleans,
where she lived after
graduating from Tulane
University.
"I'd attend study groups,
and we'd research issues like
Medicare and plan strate-
gies," said Mrs. Bronk dur-
ing the NCJW luncheon at
the Detroit Institute of
Arts. "Then we'd go and
lobby our legislators. I nat-
urally gravitated to NCJW

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further the issues I was most
interested in. That's where I
first learned to speak on my
feet in front of a group of
people."
As NCJW president, Mrs.
Bronk travels the country
and to Israel spreading NC-
JW's message. Israel is the
site of the NCJW Research
Institute for Innovation in
Education at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem.
"But my heart swells with
pride when I meet with the
Greater Detroit Section,"
Mrs. Bronk said. "I don't say
this to everyone, so I mean it

"NCJW has been
the best graduate
school for me."

Joan Bronk

when I say Detroit has some
of the brightest stars in the
NCJW galaxy."
Mrs. Coden said the
Detroit section started
before NCJW founder
Hannah G. Solomon offi-
cially launched the organ-
ization. As a national organ-
ization, NCJW doesn't
celebrate its 100th birthday
until 1993.
"Detroit women organized
around Temple Beth El in
1891," Mrs. Coden said.
"The women in Detroit have
always been sensitive to
family issues in the city.
We've always been involved
in helping others."
As an example, Mrs.
Coden points to CASA, the
Court Appointed Special
Advocate, a guardianship
program for children based
in Oakland County.
"This was a national pro-
gram we adopted in

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