NCJW/Cleveland E-Bulletin

March 2013, Volume 1 Issue 4  
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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
Cheryl Ross

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  

Judaic Outreach Purim & Chanukah Celebration
February 15, 2013
Hostess: Shelly Friedman
Myrna Arlen Bloch with Homentashen
Myrna Arlen Bloch
Purim Event 2013
Latkes at Shelly's
Judaic Outreach Channukah & Purim Event
Shelly Friedman kindling the lights
Cleveland Clinic hand-off of
heart pillows for breast cancer patients created by NCJW Done In A Day Project Volunteers

In observance of Passover  

Office & Warehouse Hours Are:


Monday, March 25, 2013

(closes at 2:00 pm)


Tuesday, March 26, 2013 


Tuesday, April 2, 2013  






Found in the Jewish Review and Observer, National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland in March of 1900, hosted the Second Triennial Convention.  Members met at the Willson Avenue Temple to discuss philanthropy, religion and other topics.  Hannah G. Solomon, President opened the convention.  


This tradition continues as this month NCJW, Inc. has its Washington Institute  

in Washington, DC. 



Message from  Faye Bass, President


Spring is around the corner! This is what I keep telling myself anyway as I awake every morning to the gray days of Cleveland. However, as soon as I walk into the office of NCJW/Cleveland I see the sunshine of happy volunteers.


This is just a snippet of what I get to see every day: DigKnitty knitters meeting, socializing and planning their next donation projects; Designer Dress Days volunteers sorting and tagging items for the upcoming sale-- which is only 7 months away!; The Committee to Stop Gun Violence planning their house meetings; Literacy volunteers discussing their latest read for Book Club; and Traditions in the Kitchen volunteers packing boxes of baked goodies for Jewish soldiers.


Volunteers are what make NCJW/Cleveland such a well-run organization. Even though we are busy working and have family obligations, we all still seek meaning to our lives and a connection to something greater than ourselves. This is the true essence of NCJW and our volunteers.


I wish you all a happy and healthy Passover!

One Special Night...Everyone Shines! Honorees: Elaine Eisner & Scott Gohn and Dr. Steven Wexberg
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Time:  6:00 pm
Place: Executive Caterers at Landerhaven

This fun-filled evening will raise funds to support, an online resource guide for the special needs community in Northeast Ohio.  The website is a user-friendly online gateway to special needs information and service providers. It allows individuals and families to find the services they need for their loved ones with special needs.
Please join us for cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and both a live and silent auction. 
Pay tribute to our honorees or celebrate the launch of with an ad in our Tribute Book.  Call the NCJW Office at 216.378.2204 for information and to place your ad.

Please consider donating an item or service for our auctions.  Your name will be noted in our Tribute Book.  Call Reggie Harris at 216.921.5632 or Barbara Daly at 440.248.3307.  
Date:     Wednesday, May 8th
Time:     11:30 am
Place:     Beechmont Country Club
              Hannah G. Solomon Award to be presented.
              Invitation to follow. 

NCJW 2013 ISRAEL MISSION:  The Road to Tomorrow: Women Leading the Change
This spring, Israel will commemorate its 65 anniversary while NCJW, Inc. will be celebrating its 120th anniversary.  In celebration of these important milestones, NCJW is planning the exciting and educational 2013 Israel Mission: The Road to Tomorrow: Women Leading Change. 
Dahlia Lithwick, editor, will be the Mission's Scholar-in-Residence.  
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 to October 17, 2013.
Cost:  $2,900 per person/double room occupancy plus a $500 gift either to NCJW, Inc. or towards Cleveland Section's program support for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2014.
4 Nights in the 5 Star David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem
2 Nights in the 5 Star David Intercontinental in Tel Aviv
Shabbat in Jerusalem.
Co-Chairs: Susan C. Levine (Cleveland Section) and Sharon Lipton (Greater Detroit Section)

Watch this space as more Mission details develop!   


Thank you to the over 300 NCJW/Cleveland supporters of the Winter Meeting & Boutique




Co-Vice Presidents

Wendy Elconin & Ilene Nolish  



Passover Tasting

Hopefully, you have made your reservation for the Annual Passover Seder Plaate Tasting event.  This is a reminder to bring your appetite along with your dish and copies of the recipe!

Date:          Wednesday, March 6

Time:         11:30am

Place:         34050 Ada Drive, Solon

Donation:    A Passover dish and accompanying recipe -   reservations required

Chairs:       Betty Naft and Annette Paley


Orchid Mania - at the Botanical Gardens

There are a few spaces left for the tour of Orchid Mania at the Botanical Gardens.   The one hour tour includes the "glass house" with the largest variety and the most displays...inspired by Chinese symbolism.


The parking garage is $5 and recommended, so be sure to car pool. Lunch in the cafe is on your own.


Date:          Friday, March 8

Time:         11:15am (tour begins at 11:30)

Place:         Cleveland Botanical Gardens

                  11030 East Boulevard

Donation:    $9.50 OR $3.50 for members of Botanical Gardens

                                                        Chair:         Sue Stanton
Call Cheryl at 378-2204 to reserve your space!


Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Cleveland Playhouse

A fabulous day has been planned for us on March 20 beginning with lunch at Zack Bruell's Cowell and Hubbard at 11:30 followed by a tour (planned just for us) at Cleveland Playhouse. This special tour will include a rehearsal, a viewing of  sensational costumes from previous shows, and discussion - all led by CPH's one and only artistic director, Michael Bloom. Join us for this rare and educational program. When you call Cheryl to make your reservation, be sure to let her know, also, if you will be joining us for lunch.

Date:          Wednesday, March 20

Lunch:        11:30am - optional lunch at Cowell and Hubbard

                  Euclid Avenue

Tour:          1:00pm 

Place:         Cleveland Playhouse

                  1305 Euclid Avenue (in the Allen Theatre)


Donation:    $5.00 for tour. Lunch on your own

Chair:         Terrie Kleinman


Spots of Light - To Be a Woman in the Holocaust -

Friday, April 8 atThe Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

"Spots of Light: To Be a Woman in the Holocaust", the first international exhibition to focus exclusively on women in the Holocaust, is more than a catalogue and also much more than an exhibition. This is a demonstration of human and feminine strengths...


Women in the Holocaust applied their minds to a place that deprived them of their minds; brought strength to a place where they had no strength. In a place where they and their families had no right to live, destined to die, they invested every second with meaning.

The exhibition is designed as a large-scale video-art-like installation, which encompasses the entire exhibition space, moves and changes before the viewer's eyes, and gives the historical materials a new and contemporary feel and perspective. Stories of 45 women are told through 10 thematic sections; Love, Motherhood, Caring for Others, Womanhood, Partisans and Underground, Everyday Life, Friendship.


Join us as we, together, view and experience this riveting exhibit  .

Date:           Friday, April 5

Time:          11:00

Place:          Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Donation:     NCJW members $8.00; non members $10.00

                   Maltz members - no charge: bring your membership card

Chair:          Penny Levine


Another Fabulous Collaboration between NCJW and TMTP: The Making of "The Music Man"

NCJW is thrilled to partner again with The Musical Theatre Project to bring another Sunday afternoon program of music and fun - this time The Making of "The Music Man" and we hope you will join us.


It almost didn't happen: Meredith Willson wrote 30 drafts over eight years before The Music Man finally saw the light of day in 1957 - and even then insiders were convinced the show was too hokey for Broadway. But Willson's charming con man, Harold Hill, not only dazzled the small town of River City, Iowa; for nearly 60 years his 76 trombones have led the parade of a great American musical. In TMTP's multi-media concert, you'll hear all of the songs introduced by Robert Preston, Barbara Cook and the Buffalo Bills - including "Goodnight, My Someone," "Ya Got Trouble," "Till There Was You" and "Lida Rose" - and the fascinating story of the musical's creation. Hosted by Bill Rudman and Nanc  y Maier with vocalists George Roth and Laura Lindauer.


TICKETS: $26 preferred, $20 general, $5 student. NCJW Members, however, will receive a $4 discount on the price of any preferred or general section ticket through April 19th, and will receive special reserved seating in each section.

Date:          Sunday, April 28

Time:         3:00pm

Place:         Chagrin Falls High School Performing Arts Center

                  400 E Washington St. Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

                  (produced in association with Chagrin Arts)    

Cost:          $16 general (NCJW member discounted price through 4/19)

                                    (non-member price $20)

                  $22 preferred (NCJW member discounted price through 4/19)                                      (non-member price $26)




Artist Bio Series -Life of Picasso

Date:Thursday, April 18 


Place:Beachwood Family Health Center


Chairs: Enid Yurman and Terrie Kleinman


NCJW Tour of Northeast Ohio's Covered Bridges and Wineries

Sunday, June 16

Details to follow


Cheryl at the NCJW Office: 216.378.2204 ext. 101 





 Sandra Arnovitz & Arielle Cohen 







Hazel Brown

Cynthia Fellenbaum

Lauren Raff

Marcy Robbins

Ruth Tucker

Joan Werber




 Shelly Friedman, Vice President


DONE IN A DAY   We would like to continue making pillows for

breast cancer patients.  We need volunteers that can sew and cut out templates.  Please call  Susan Ringel at (216) 591-9593.  


TRADITIONS IN THE KITCHEN  Volunteers sent Jewish soldiers Hamentachen for Purim and many other baked items on Wednesday, February 20th.  We will be making a traditional Jewish meal for the Bedford Heights Fire Department in the spring.  Interested?  Call Annette Paley at the NCJW office - 216-378-2204 ext. 106    

Date:  Friday, March 15, 2013
Time:  11:00AM -1:00 PM
Place:  Jewish Family Service Association 
Anyone interested in volunteering call:Shelly Friedman - 440-247-7900


Marie Smith, Vice President  


COMMITTEE TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE has been active in responding to the Newtown tragedy. There is much work to be done so that we can live in a peaceful society. We are hosting house meetings with various community leaders, and have begun to build our own Coalition. Please call if you would like to work on this most important issue. Call Marie Smith 440-974-9749 or email   

Date:  Thursday, March 14, 2013
Time:  2:00 pm
Place:  Bob Evans (Orange Place, Beachwood)

Date:  Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Time:  10:00 am - departure from Cleveland 7:30 am
Place:  Columbus, OH

OHIO COALITION FOR CONSTITUTIONAL VALUES COMMITTEE (OCCV) will be starting up its activities during the upcoming new year. OCCV strives to educate the public about the significance of our federal judiciary. NCJW supports nominees who uphold core Constitution Values, such as reproductive choice, free speech, and separation of church and state. From the time that President Obama took office the Senate has filibustered (blocked) his nominees. Please feel free to contact Marie Smith at 440-974-9749 or email at



February Tribute Donation List


Thank you to everyone who made tribute donations in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one.  Your continued support helps to provide funding for all of our programs.  


Click here for the list




In observance of the Passover Holiday the

Office & Warehouse Closures Are:

Monday, March 25, 2013 - closes at 2:00 pm

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 




Co-Chairs: Fran Doris & Terrie Kleinman   


Many thanks to our members and friends who have contributed to the NCJW/Cleveland Annual Fund.  Your contributions go toward all of the projects we support throughout the community.  If you have not already done so, it's not too late to make a difference in our programming and services as our fiscal year ends June 30, 2013. 


 CLICK HERE to make your on-line Annual Fund donation   


Feel free to call the Cheryl at 216.378.2204  

ext. 101 to make a donation.  

5055 Richmond Road
Bedford Heights, 44146



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

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.


VOLUNTEER 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.




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