NCJW/Cleveland E-Bulletin

June 2013, Volume 1 Issue 7   
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26055 Emery Road
Warrensville Hts.,OH 44128
Office: 216.378.2204
Fax: 216.378.2205


The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) 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. 

Office Information
Faye Bass
ext. 102 


Mindi Axner
Executive Director
ext. 103  
Becky Brouman
Director of Volunteers
Julie Hayes
Operations Administrator
ext. 100
Heather Froimson

Administrative Coordinator
ext. 101
Meryl Simon
ext. 107
Annette Paley
Administrative Assistant
ext. 106

5055 Richmond Road
Bedford Heights, 44146
Hours: Thur, Fri, Sat
 10:00 am to 5:00 pm  


Congratulations to Rebecca Chesler, newly installed Board Chair of Council Gardens!



Remember to check out the new NCJW/Cleveland website to stay up to date on all the latest and greatest activities and events. 



  Help us spread the word about  Contact Mindi at 216-378-2204 ext. 100 to find out more about outreach and volunteer opportunities.    

Message from

Faye Bass, President



If  there are any constants in this world, it is most certainly the idea that nothing stays the same.  As a people and a society, we are always evolving.  The stock market fluctuates, gas prices adjust, politicians leave office, teachers retire, technology advances, children grow, and parents age, but somehow, Cleveland always has snow in April.  The point is that as hard as it can be to keep up with and continue to adapt to new situations and circumstances, it may be time to accept that change is our new normal. 

Those of you who pay attention to the news know that this past year was no different from any other.  It was fraught with new information, twists and challenges, and forced us to question what have historically been considered fundamental tenets of our society.  While our country was experiencing what could only be considered major growing pains, we at NCJW/Cleveland were also growing and changing, but in ways that I believe to be much less dramatic and far more exciting. 


Here are a few highlights from this past year:  

NCJW/Cleveland continued to stay on top of the issues with our Play It Safe campaign with volunteers working at venues all across the city, educating parents about constructive play and encouraging them to ask if there are guns in the homes where their children play.  We also held a press conference in August highlighting "I Will Ask", where we presented Cleveland's Chief of Police with a quilt adorned with the hand prints of children who have pledged not to touch guns.  We celebrated our 5th year of Share What You Wear at the Tudor Arms, where we provided over 200 children with back-to-school clothes and supplies.


Last fall we celebrated our best-ever attended Opening Meeting, which featured Ali Wentworth and welcomed 525 guests.  Our Advocacy Department encouraged voter registration with our initiative Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote, and we tackled the issue of bullying at the Lois Zaas lecture in November.  


Our newly formed Traditions in the Kitchen project sent High Holiday packages to Jewish soldiers overseas, who thanked us via email for making the holidays so special.  However, nothing screams FALL quite like Designer Dress Days, which had another groundbreaking year, raising enough money to make sure that we are in the black at June 30th.


NCJW/Cleveland welcomed the winter season with a new monthly electronic bulletin, and partnered with Federation and Hands-On Northeast Ohio to collect coats, hats, gloves and other personal items for the Cleveland Homeless Stand Down. Our Winter Meeting and Boutique in February that featured Cantor Kathryn Wolf Sebo, boasted another record-breaking attendance.  Evening Branch hosted a Purim Party at Menorah Park, and Entertainmobile and High Notes charmed audiences when they performed at a Cavs game singing both O Canada and the National Anthem.


Spring saw our Community Service Department excel as Purim packages were sent to Jewish soldiers overseas, pillows were made for breast cancer patients through our Done in a Day project, and Digknitty knitters continued to meet weekly to knit beautiful items to donate around the city.  Evening Branch hosted the 22nd Annual Women's Seder in March with a theme of Unity, and encouraged attendees to donate to their tzedakah boxes for the Israel Granting Program. 


Also in March 18 of our members traveled to Washington Institute to meet with elected officials and inform them of the NCJW National agenda. 


In April, we hosted our annual Stanley and Hope Adelstein Volunteer Recognition Brunch, celebrating our most precious volunteers plus the "official" launch of, our new online resource guide for individuals with special needs at our One Special Night...Everyone Shines significantly elevated our profile within the community.


Thriftique turned a handsome profit this fiscal year. In our bright 9,000 square foot showroom, it could be the one of the best years in our 76-year history.


And, of course, the programs and projects that happen all year long including the Artist Bio series, Hello Israel, the Committee to Stop Gun Violence, Judaic Outreach, Partners in Reading, Readers' Theatre and Reading Buddies prove just how versatile NCJW/Cleveland really is.


None of these spectacular programs and events could ever have happened, of course, without the incredible membership and volunteers of NCJW/Cleveland.  Our volunteers are the best in the city.  Whether you are an active volunteer, interact once-in-a-while, or support our section financially, I thank you for your engagement! 


There is no other group of women that I would rather grow and change with than the more than 1,800 members of NCJW Cleveland.  These are women who know what it is like to evolve both personally and professionally and who meet change head-on.  It has been an honor to be your president this past year, and I look forward to another year of continued progress and success. 



Wednesday, October 2nd 

Featuring Campbell Brown, former Today Show (weekend) and CNN anchor. Please check the NCJW website for information.
Invitations will be mailed in mid August. 


Date:  Thursday, October 3, 2013 

Time:  7:00 -9:00 p.m. 

Location:  The Temple-Tifereth Israel


Honoring founding members and past leadership

Dessert Reception

Performance by Cantor Kathy Wolfe Sebo

All welcome

In the 1950s, Ruth Einstein, a former NCJW/Cleveland President, envisioned a facility with affordable apartments where seniors could live independently with dignity. After years of work with public entities, funders and her NCJW colleagues, Ruth saw the groundbreaking in 1962. NCJW is proud of its continued relationship with Council Gardens, a residence that continues to be a vital home to many.


Co-Chairs: Susan C. Levine (Cleveland Section) and Sharon Lipton (Greater Detroit Section)

Date: October 10-16, 2013


Don't delay - you need to register by June 1 to guarantee your spot for this unique travel experience! Mission Participants in Bedouin Tent 

"The Road To Tomorrow: Women Leading Change," will feature scholar-in-residence Dahlia Lithwick, an award-winning American journalist and judicial scholar. Together, you'll explore the core issues NCJW women care about and advocate for in the United States and Israel!
Go behind the scenes to see Israel from the perspective of Israeli women. From grassroots activists to politicians and policy makers, you won't want to miss this opportunity to have conversations with women like yourselves, who want to create social change. 
Plus - experience firsthand, through visits to past and current Israel Granting Program sites, how our grantees are changing the lives of women, children, and families in Israel.  
Learn more and register today at!

Bring your compassion, commitment, and the pioneering NCJW spirit to what promises to be our most exciting mission ever!  
Register Today:
We look forward to traveling with you soon. Please feel free to contact us at for more information.




Ilene Nolish, Vice President



Knowledgeable and illustrious facilitator Felicia Zavarella Stadelman will present the life and works of 

Claude Monet and we invite you to join us.


Date:   June 20

Time:  10:30

Place:  Cleveland Clinic Health Center - Conference Room A

Cost:   $10           

Chairs: Terrie Kleinman and Enid Yurman 



Heather at the NCJW Office: 216.378.2204 ext. 101  






Stanley Blum

Sharon Agopian

Janice Biederman

Lynn Edelman

Ann Eland

Lisa Kohn

Ellen Leavitt

Helene Schneider 

Shirley Bernon

Irene Goldhamer  




 Shelly Friedman, Vice President


On Friday, May 17, volunteers from Partners in Reading met with pregnant and parenting Cleveland Heights High School students and their children for a literacy celebration.  PIR volunteers have gone into the GRADS (Graduation, Reality, and Dual Role Skills) class at Heights for years, discussing the importance of early literacy and pathways to it.  This was the first time we have invited the students and their children to an event outside of class, and it was a tremendous success.  We were heartened to find that the literacy values we discuss over and over again in class clearly have "stuck." The babies and toddlers were quite comfortable with our mantra of "Talk Read Sing Rhyme Play!"  You can see the results!



WANT TO GET INVOLVED?  Here is a sampling of some of the activities you may be interested in...  


KINDERU is a new program for middle school aged children aimed at promoting kindness, compassion, and leadership skills. The 6 session program was piloted at Gross Schechter this spring, with very positive results and feedback. We are looking to expand KinderU into more schools this fall. If you have an interest in learning or helping out with the program, please attend an information session on Thursday, June 13th at 10 am at the NCJW office. To RSVP, or if you have any questions, contact Wendie Forman at forman4wendie@gmail.comor (216) 292-9770 or Marilyn Oif at (216) 464-8183.

CLEVELANDGIVES is NCJW/Cleveland's newest group that provides fun and unique volunteering events around the city for young professionals. At every event, participants will learn a practical skill: gardening, shelf-making, painting - and will then use these new-found skills to help a Cleveland-area non profit. Each event will feature music, food, and good times.


Our first event of the summer will take place Sunday, June 23rd at:

Community Greenhouse Partners  

6527 Superior Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44103

From 2 pm - 5 pm 


Reservations required as space is limited.


We will be learning about urban farming, rotating gardening volunteer stations, and then feasting on some of the greens we harvested.  


To register, go to 

Like us on Facebook: 

Questions? Contact Rebecca Brouman at or 216.378.2204 ext. 105




Our team of Done In A Day volunteers have been ferociously making heart pillows for breast cancer patients.  They use the pillow for comfort during their treatments at the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.  If you have fabric that you don't plan on using or want to make a financial donation for this specific purpose so we can purchase more fabric, please contact Becky Brouman at the NCJW/Cleveland office at


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We would love to connect you with our wonderful volunteer opportunities! To learn more and to get involved, give me a call any time at 216-378-2204 ext.105, email me at: or simply stop by the office.   

My door is always open! 



Susan Reis, Vice President  


Welcome to Advocacy!  We have many exciting programs in the works. If you are interested in Gun Violence Prevention, Women's Reproductive Health, the Lois Zaas Memorial Advocacy Lecture, Immigration Reform, or any other advocacy subject, please contact Susan Reis, 216.464.8836 or  Looking forward to keeping everyone in the loop on all our great work! 


May Tribute Donation List


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5055 Richmond Road
Bedford Heights, 44146

Click here to visit Thriftique Showroom on the web!

Get rid of the winter doldrums and have some fun!! Join us at Thriftique Showroom as a volunteer. Visit the showroom to see how amazing it is and how much fun it is to volunteer with us.


NCJW needs your help to make Thriftque successful. Volunteers are welcomed to price and stock on Mondays and Tuesdays. and are welcomed during store hours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. Email Marnie Niver at to volunteer.



Bring us your lightly worn clothing, bric a brac, collectibles, dishes, furniture, and artwork. Help Thriftique and Designer Dress Days raise funds to support our many projects. Your donations are tax-deductible.


Drop off your items at the NCJW Main Office/Warehouse

located at 26055 Emery Road, Warrensville Hts, 44128

Monday thru Friday - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm



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