National Council of Jewish Women, Utah Section

Esther

Esther Landa’s 100th Birthday Celebration

Tribute Esther Rosenblatt Landa

With her no-nonsense way of speaking–and despite her absence now–Esther will always be our mentor.

Known nationally and internationally as president of National Council of Jewish Women in 1975. She traveled internationally. But even earlier, Esther was active. She co-founded NCJW’s Utah Section in the 1940s … and was our chief from that day … and for years on end.

Esther helped many of us find our voice — and speak up. We learned invaluable lessons from her: how to ask questions without being combative, how to remain focused when confronted; how not to swear or think about burning one’s bra–which I don’t think any of us ever did—and how listen for the common link between opposing views so “real” discussion can take place.

Esther brought “reason” to nearly every conversation. We needed it because politics in Utah was–- and is –- politics in Utah. Somehow Esther made it possible for us to understand the issues. I remember going up to the legislature to see not only how things worked but also to impart crucial NCJW-inked messages concerning social change, the health and welfare of children, mothers, fathers, and families. Esther wasted no one’s time in getting things done: we went, we critiqued—artfully– offered advice, and left.

Esther always said, “The time for equity and justice is now.” And now still, because of her insights, her drive–and a little bit of her humor, whether we take on politics, social reform and advocacy; whether we become engaged in the arts and journalism; or whether we work in the home or in the community, we are always ready to step forward to “do something” — “help others,”– and “ensure equity” when the need arises. We have to be : No one ever said “no” to Esther…. and got away with it.

I believe Esther was a “Fair-Play” gal who had respect for the equal treatment of everyone. We all knew equity to be one’s right–– but at NCJW Utah, focusing on fair play, teamwork, and care, Esther patiently paved the way for us to have an effect, to bring about change. Today, she has that effect on us. Our legacy to Esther is Esther’s Circle, which ensures her work will continue.

I will miss her. We had impactful talks – she and I — and worked from a platform of common ground.  Of course, she influenced me. She challenged me to think more, and to do more.  I will never forget her.

-Eileen Hallet Stone, NCJW Utah Section President,
Esther’s Memorial was held on April 12, 2015 at the Salt Lake Country Club

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The Utah Section of the National Council of Jewish Women provides opportunities for members of our Utah Jewish community to connect socially and to connect responsibly. We welcome you to explore, join and share our values of Tikkun Olam.

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Inc. is a grassroots 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. See http://www.ncjw.org/NCJW

Utah Section Annual Membership Brunch

Sunday October 4th

at the JCC 9:30 am – 11:30 am  

No Charge for paid-up members $10 for guests

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We’re looking forward to seeing you there!   

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