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By: Alissa Shams And Randi Eisenstein

If you were in Deal or Brooklyn this summer, you could not have missed hearing about PROPEL.

PROPEL Graduation

Last spring kicked off with an inspiring PROPEL graduation. PROPEL graduates marched into the auditorium at the Sephardic Community Center in Brooklyn to “Pomp and Circumstance” to begin the celebration of their individual and collective accomplishments. Each of the graduates completed the certificate course of her choice after being coached by PROPEL staff members.

Each graduate can now be counted as an income producer in her family and in our community. Moreover, each graduate is a role model for her own children and grandchildren, as well as for other women aspiring to pursue a career. 

Bonnie Shams OTR/L (Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed), the guest speaker and honoree at the PROPEL graduation, was presented the Support Inspires Success award. As a beloved community occupational therapist, Bonnie helps countless children to be the best they can be. Similarly, PROPEL invests in coaching and guiding women to be the best they can be, by finding suitable careers that generate income. PROPEL focuses on careers that make sense and honor the traditional values of the community. Women are heroines - they are balancing both professional and family life successfully. 

PROPEL Rocks in Deal

PROPEL sponsored many events in Deal over the summer. At the start of the summer, PROPEL showcased RBG, a documentary about the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a true role model for women. PROPEL also hosted a Vision Mapping event with Alice Chera in Deal.  

PROPEL’s When Opportunity Knocks event was arranged by Dr. Gayle Krost, Carol Chera, and Marcy Feldman. This motivating panel discussion was hosted at the home of Gayle Krost and showcased six incredible women: Joyce Ash of Jerome Avenue Bakeshop, yoga instructor Vicki Grazi, fashion designer Grace Natkin, photographer Shelly Shmool (By Jackie and Shelly), Jaimee Shams, a registered nurse at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Susie Sutton, a teacher at Yeshivah of Flatbush.  Each panelist passionately described her career and how she balances her personal and professional lives. 

Inspiring Others

In addition, in collaboration with PROPEL board member Robin Braka and her daughter Rachel Khafif of RBK Art Advisory, PROPEL hosted Optimize Your Art Career, an event with Lauren Altman, for women in the art business. Also, “Team PROPEL” was formed to take part in the SBH 5K race in memory of Diane Azrak, a”h.  PROPEL team members proudly displayed their “Run like a girl” t-shirts.

The PROPEL phone line has been ringing off the hook. Many women who attended summer events have contacted PROPEL and have enrolled in courses that began this fall. Women have been inspired to enter the workforce, and this organization is here to support those women. 

Please follow PROPEL on Instagram @PropelNetwork to find out information about upcoming PROPEL programs and events.


If you are interested in a career, please reach out to PROPELand we can help you fulfill your professional goal.

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