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#18 Lois ZaasIn honor of the memory of Lois Zaas and her love of NCJW, especially the advocacy efforts, her husband Don has graciously funded the Annual Lois Zaas Memorial Lecture for the past 11 years.

While achieving an endless list of awards and honors, Lois remained a humble, quiet and steadfast champion of children and seniors in Cleveland and in Israel.

For almost 50 years, Lois was an unstintingly generous and loyal Cleveland Section Life Member. Her loyalty was most evident in 1979 when, without hesitation, Lois assumed the responsibility of President, upon the sudden death of President-Elect Phyllis Brook.

In 1983, Lois began a 13 year period as a NCJW National Board Member where she served as the National Recording Secretary, on the National Israel Affairs Committee, and as the national trainer for Hello Israel. Nan Rich, Past National President and Florida State Legislator remembers Lois as “the progressive woman Hannah G. Solomon had in mind when she founded NCJW in 1893.”

No matter how busy or complicated her schedule (Lois traveled to Israel, Washington and New York numerous times for NCJW) she always had time and attention for Cleveland Section. Lois was a devoted mentor, a great NCJW friend and a woman of vision.

Those who were lucky to know Lois will always miss her. We honor her memory through continuing the work of NCJW.

LOIS ZAAS MEMORIAL ADVOCACY LECTURE OVER THE YEARS:

2004 HEALING HATE IN THE POST 9/11 WORLD

2005 DEFEND THE SEPARATION OF RELIGION AND STATE: CORNERSTONE OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN AMERICA

2006 AMERICA: A DEMOCRACY FOR ALL FAITHS

2007 BUILDING BRIDGES TO PEACE – ISHMAEL & ISAAC

2008 WHERE DID THE GUN COME FROM?

2009 THE MANY FACES OF HOMELESSNESS, CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

2010 JUDICIAL VACANCIES, JUSTICE DENIED

2011 IMMIGRATION DILEMMA

2012 TAKING BULLYING BY THE HORN: NAME IT, CLAIM IT, STOP IT

2013 OHIO REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS…AND WRONGS!

2014 HUMAN TRAFFICKING: 21st CENTURY SLAVERY