‘Education in Danger’ NCJW event topic Lois Zaas | Local News

The 20th Annual NCJW/Cleveland Lois Zaas Advocacy Event will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Temple-Tifereth Israel at 26000 Shaker Blvd. at Beachwood.

The evening’s panel will focus on “Education in Danger” and will feature Cynthia Peeples, founding director of Honesty for Ohio Education; Josh Davis, a teacher at Beachwood High School; and Shaker Heights School Board member Lora Cover. They will discuss the modern education crisis, issues, priorities and why parents should care about what their children are and aren’t being taught.

“With issues such as book bans and controversy over how to teach or deal with historical race relations and sexual identities, for example, it is vitally important that we teach the same truth to our children,” NCJW/CLE co-chair Dana Trau said in a press release.

Laura Kuntz, co-chair of NCJW/CLE, said in the statement, “We are presenting this panel to address these issues in the public conversation as a step toward agreement on a fact-based agenda.

NCJW/CLE President and Board Member Jodi Jackson de Solon will receive the Advocacy in Action award at the event. Beginning his career as a high school social science teacher, Jackson has spent the past 23 years in corporate training and professional development at Progressive Insurance, the statement said. She joined NCJW/CLE in 2018 and co-chairs the Vote Protection and Promotion Committee and assists the State Defense and Legislation Committee.

Kuntz said Jackson is honored because she is “key to keeping NCJW/CLE members informed weekly about legislative actions being considered in Columbus and Washington, D.C., and mobilizing us to take active action against gerrymandering, get the vote and fight for women’s reproductive rights”.

The annual Lois Zaas Memorial Advocacy Conference is sponsored by the family of the late Lois Zaas, a local and national NCJW activist. Adrienne Siegel and Rena Wertheim are the chairs of the free event.

To register, visit ncjwcleveland.org. For more information, call 216-378-2204.

Jessica C. Bell