Inspiring Women of Rodeph Sholom 2021

CRS Sisterhood’s

Inspiring Women of Rodeph Sholom

Annual Program
Sunday, January 24, 4:00–5:30 PM

Online

Journeys of Resilience

Three accomplished women describe their families’ journeys and the impact on their lives

Meet the Panel

Gia Machlin
Moderator

President & CEO, Eco Plum | President, The Blue Card Gia is deeply committed to combatting environmental challenges as founder of EcoPlum, Inc., which offers branded marketing solutions to help universities, businesses, and organizations integrate sustainable values into their programs and practices. Gia is also the founder of Sustainable Sisters™, a nonprofit educational organization that helps women businesses fight against climate change, which disproportionately affects women and girls globally. Gia serves as Board President of The Blue Card, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides cash assistance to needy Holocaust survivors living in the United States. She is on the advisory board of Enterprising Women magazine and is a 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Award winner. Gia received a BS in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research with honors from Columbia University and an MBA with honors from Columbia. Prior to founding EcoPlum, Gia had an extensive career in software, data services, sales, marketing, and consulting. Gia and her husband Corey are CRS members since 2003. Her son Noah, a graduate of University of Colorado, Boulder, became Bar Mitzvah in 2011 and lives in Denver; daughter Talia became Bat Mitzvah in 2016. Gia’s parents, Eugene Machlin, 99, and Edda Servi Machlin (recently deceased at 93), continue to be her inspiration.

Hannah Spier Hess

Author, Educator Born in Germany, Hannah came to the United States via Ecuador. She was educated in New York City public schools and worked as a high school English teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She is the author of The Third Side of the Desk: How Parents Can Change the Schools (1973), and three novels: Honest Deceptions (2013), We Perish Each Alone (2017),and The Corpse Everyone Loved (2020). She and her husband Walter, a published poet and filmmaker, are long-time CRS members. Their three children attended Religious School; Sam was Bar Mitzvah in 1979; and both Kathy and Maggie were president of Youth Group. Expanding the generations, one granddaughter attended Rodeph Sholom School before her family moved to Chicago and daughter Maggie and her family are now members.

Natalie Silverstein

Author, Speaker, Consultant | NY Coordinator, Doing Good Together Natalie is an author, speaker, consultant, and advocate for family and youth service. Her first book, Simple Acts: The Busy Family’s Guide to Giving Back (2019), was named by the HuffPost as one of the Top Books for parents who want to raise kind kids. Her second book, Simple Acts: The Busy Teen’s Guide to Giving Back, will be published in early 2022. As the New York coordinator of Doing Good Together, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit, Natalie curates a free monthly email listing of family-friendly service opportunities distributed to thousands of subscribers. Her personal essays have appeared on parenting blogs Grown and Flown, Red Tricycle, and Mommypoppins. Along with her husband Jonathan, she is the co-founder of The Silverstein Foundation for Parkinson’s With GBA, a nonprofit focused on finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease in GBA mutation carriers. Natalie holds an MPH from Yale. Members of Congregation Rodeph Sholom since 2003, they are parents of Emilia and Archie, graduates of the Rodeph Sholom School as well as B’nai Mitzvah and Confirmands of CRS. Their youngest child, Alaina, is in the 7th grade at RSS and preparing for her Bat Mitzvah next year. Natalie was a member of the RSS Board of Trustees for seven years and served as President of the Parents’ Association, Chair of the Development Committee, and Chair of the Annual Fund. The Silverstein family received the Gemilut Chasadim award for their service to the CRS Men’s Shelter.

Moderator

Gia Machlin

Panelist

Hannah Spier Hess

Panelist

Natalie Silverstein

INSPIRING WOMEN OF THE CONGREGATION

is an annual event that features women in our congregational family with diverse talents, unique stories to tell, and insights to share. Formerly called Prominent Women of the Congregation, our previous programs have showcased women in a particular field describing their professional journeys and the role of Judaism in their lives. We have heard from women in law, in the arts, in medicine, in education, women who are Jews by choice, women from far-off lands, our original female clergy, women entrepreneurs, and women in nontraditional occupations. In recent years, our panelists have addressed issues of current concern from their professional vantage point. Recent programs have included women working for social justice, women in the political process, working in support of Israel, empowering other women, and in all phases of publishing.

Sisterhood @CRS

encourages community and friendship among the women of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in support of women’s issues and Reform Jewish values. Through a variety of spiritual, educational, social, cultural, and philanthropic activities, women of different ages, backgrounds, and interests strengthen their ties to each other, deepen their connection to the Rodeph Sholom community and extend their influence on the world beyond.