NCJW/Cleveland E-Bulletin

August 2013, Volume 1 Issue 9
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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
ext. 105

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 


 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. 103 to find out more about outreach and volunteer opportunities. 


   Thank you to some of our youngest volunteers!    


    Share What You Wear
Set-Up Underway! 


Office and Warehouse Closures:


Monday, September 2 - Labor Day 

Wednesday, September 4 (closes at 2 pm) - Erev Rosh Hashanah

Thursday, September 5 - Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 13 (closes at 2 pm) - Erev Yom Kippour 

Thursday, September 19 - Sukkot 

Wednesday, September 25 - Sukkot 


Message from Mindi Axner,

Executive Director


This summer we were so fortunate to have two valuable interns working in the office, Heather Froimson and

Alyssa Rothstein.  Heather, Administrative Assistant, who will be attending nursing school this fall at CWRU said "I learned so many skills that I can take with me to graduate school it has been a real honor to be at NCJW/Cleveland. I have loved meeting the volunteers who are committed to serving our community.  I can only hope that one day I am able to give back in the same way."


Alyssa, a junior at OSU, studying psychology, spent time marketing  Alyssa has developed a strong interest in the nonprofit world having spent the summer at NCJW/Cleveland. Alyssa worked with numerous

volunteers, collaborated with other nonprofit organizations and distributed materials to service providers listed on the site. She has built a foundation to continue educating the community about  "I had an amazing summer working at NCJW/Cleveland and hope to get more involved in the organization after I graduate," says Alyssa.  See the story below titled "Calling All College Students" to learn about a program Alyssa developed

with her colleague, Amanda Goldie, interning at JCF/Cleveland.


I personally wish to thank Heather and Alyssa for all their contributions to the organizations.  I wish them the best of luck back at school and look forward to seeing them as volunteers in the future!


From the desk of the Parliamentarian, Gert Resnick...


Article III, Section 1.

Amend by striking "Administration"...and inserting "Treasury." To read: "Finance & Treasury".  "The elected officers shall be a President; a President-elect; and Vice Presidents in charge of the following departments: (a) Finance & Treasury, (b) Community Service (c)... 


Article III, Section 2.

Amend by striking "one (1)" and inserting "two (2)."  To read: "The officers shall be elected by majority vote...and shall hold office from this date for a term of two (2) years..." 


Article III, Section 3.

Amend by striking "two" and inserting "one."  To read: "Other elected or appointed officers may be re-elected ...for one additional consecutive term".Proviso:  When applicable the term of the newly elected officers shall be consistent with amendments to Article III, Sections 2 and 3.


Article IV, Section 3:

Amend by inserting after the second sentence:  "The Vice President of the Finance and Treasury Department shall maintain the dual positions of Vice President and Treasurer". 


Article V, Section 4:

Amend by striking "Commission Member" and "Public Affairs" and inserting "Field Action Network Advisor" and "Policy Advocacy".  To read:  "Any member of the Cleveland Section who is..., or National Field Action Network Advisor, or State Policy Advocacy Chair shall be ex-officio a member of the Board of Directors."(Co-incidental amendments for position name changes in Article VI, Section 1B.)


Article VI, Section 3. 

Amend by striking "staff members as need is determined" and insert "an Executive Director". To read: "The Executive Committee shall establish the structures to engage, monitor and retain an Executive Director." 


Article VII, Section 1a.

Amend by striking "the immediate", "two (2)" and inserting "three(3)", and "one(1)". To read: "A Leadership Development Committee (LDC) shall be composed of three (3) past presidents with a past president designated as chair, three (3) Board of Directors members, one (1) Evening Branch member and two (2) alternates." 

Article VII, Section 1b.

Amend by striking the last sentence of the paragraph and inserting "From time to time it may be prudent for the Select Committee to change appointments to the LDC." 

Article VII, Section 2.

Amend by inserting "or co-nominees" in the first sentence. To read: "At the Annual Meeting the Leadership Development Committee shall submit a slate of one nominee or co-nominees for each office and Board position to be filled."


These amendments will be voted upon at the NCJW/Cleveland Opening Meeting on October 2, 2013.  





Invitations will be mailed out soon! 

Date: October 2nd

Location: Fairmount Temple


NCJW's Opening Program and Meeting on October 2 at Fairmount Temple will feature Campbell Brown, veteran broadcaster and award winning journalist. Married to Dan Senor, author, news commentator and former political adviser to George Bush, Brown will speak about her personal life, her conversion to Judaism, her welcoming circle of Jewish friends and her struggle to "have it all" professionally while raising two children in a traditional Jewish family.


Be sure to respond quickly as we expect another very large crowd. We invite you also, to join us at the patron luncheon which precedes the 1:00 program.


Date: October 25, 27, 28, 29
Location: Mandel JCC, 26001 South Woodland Rd., Beachwood  


IT'S time to get ready for fall, please check your closets for DDD donations! 

Donations can be dropped off at our

Warehouse located at 26055 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128 from 9-4, Monday-Friday


Calling all college students... 

NCJW/Cleveland is proud to partner with The Jewish

 Federation of Cleveland.  Both organizations hosted Hillel interns this summer. Amanda Goldie is working at The Jewish Federation encouraging undergraduate college students to return to Cleveland for their careers by hosting events at trendy locations all over Cleveland.  Alyssa Rothstein spent the summer promoting The two interns decided to come together to promote Cleveland and 


The collaboration will take place on August 5, 2013 from 8 to 9:30 pm at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Chagrin Falls. Undergraduates of Cleveland will receive a coupon for one free scoop of ice cream and giveaways! 




Vice President, Ilene Nolish  



Join us for a fascinating lecture and slide presentation by Felicia Zavarella Stadelman. The story behind the man, not the icon, who refused to think of himself as an impressionist artist. 

Date: Tuesday, August 27th

Time: 10:30 am 

Location: Beachwood Community Center, 25325 Fairmount Blvd. 

Cost: $10.00

Co-Chairs: Ethel Schultz and Ellen Young 



We are pleased to offer a series of seven art appreciation lectures at The Cleveland Museum of Modern Art. 


Wednesday morning sessions will meet at 11:00 am, the second Wednesday of every month. (NOTE: NEW STARTING TIME)

Wednesday evening sessions will begin at 6:00 pm, the second Wednesday of every month. 

Friday morning sessions will meet at 11:00 am, the second Friday of every month. 


The fee for the 8 week series is $40 per person. Enrollment is limited by the museum, this program is for members only.  


The content will be the same for all sessions: 

October 9 or 11  - Gallery One 

November 13 or 15 - The 17th Century Netherlandish Art Market 

December 11 or 13 - Highlights of the new Japanese Gallery 

January 8 or 10 - Form, Function, Beauty: Discovering CMA's Greek Vase Collection 

February NO CLASS 

March 12 or 14 - Van Gogh Repetitions 

April 9 or 11 - Remaking Traditions: Modern Art of Japan 

May 14 or 16 - Abstract Expressionism 


Co-chairs: Carole Faiman and Joan Lustig 



For lively discussions of recent fiction, join the NCJW book group. Discussion leader Amy Rosenfield is once again available to lead our talks and we will be meeting in a NEW location - The Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library. Our usual meeting time is the first Thursday of the month, however, in September we will meet one week later (Sept. 12) because of Rosh Hashanah. Members are welcome to bring their lunches and socialize in the library meeting room at noon prior to the 1 pm book discussion. 


Book titles 

September 12 - Someone Knows MY Name by Lawrence Hill 

October 3 - The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng 

November 7 - The Chaperone by Laurie Moriarty

December 5 - The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom 


Date: First Thursday (exception: first meeting is September 12) 

Time: 1-2 pm (noon for lunch) 

Place: Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood 

Cost: $5 per session (cash donation for leader) 

Chair: Susan Kahn



Back by popular demand, Jerry Graham will be speaking twice this fall. 

Join us as we consider and discuss "Some Good News and Some Bad News: What the Supreme Court Decided in 2013 and What's on the Docket for 2014" 

Dates: September 24 and October 8 

Time: 3:00 pm 

Place: Shaker Heights Bertram Woods Library, 20600 Fayette Road

Cost: $10 for each lecture 

Co-Chairs: Janice Bilchik and Toni Scherzer 

Space is limited, reservations are required 



Join us for another Musical Theatre Project Collaboration presenting Stephen Sondheim's richly entertaining musicals presented in a special in-concert reading. 

Date and Time: September 7 at 8:00 pm or September 8 at 2:00 pm

Location: Beck Center for the Arts, Mackey Main Stage 

Cost: $22 for NCJW Members, $26 for non-members 

Chair: Ilene Nolish 



The NCJW Office: 216.378.2204 



Susan Reis, Vice President  


This is a new opportunity for members to become knowledgeable ambassadors of our NCJW mission by understanding our advocacy efforts.


Join us for an exciting first program in a series of issues you care about: a panel presentation and open discussion - plus a continental breakfast! We will engage in important conversation as we explore how NCJW/Cleveland has taken on Gun Violence Prevention. We will hear from our own leaders as well as Rabbi Nosenchuck of Fairmount Temple, local experts and those involved in community safety. Learn what you can do.


Date: Wednesday, September 18 

Time: 9:30 - 11:30, doors open at 9 

Location: Point East Community Room, 27500 Cedar Road 

Cost: $10 member, $15 prospective member or guest 

Co-Chairs: Judy Eigenfeld and Cindy Glazer  


Would you like to help affect policy change in the Greater Cleveland area? Are you concerned about the state of our educational system, health care or criminal justice issues? Please add your strength as NCJW joins with the Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) grass root efforts.


Interested to learn more? Please contact Lynn Kleinman at Lekchoral @ 



 Shelly Friedman, Vice President  

Share What You Wear is a teen program created to collect new or gently used clothing and new school supplies for school aged children in need of new clothes for the upcoming school year. 
Donations of new school supplies would be greatly appreciated. Please drop donations off at the office.
  • colored pencils
  • markers
  • crayons
  • pens
  • pencils
  • highlighters
  • glue sticks
  • lined paper
  • rulers
  • scissors
  • folders 

More pillows - with a different shape! We thank NCJW board member Sondra Boyd for a generous donation of beautiful fabric bags. They will have a new purpose. We will trim the bags into rectangles, and then stuff and finish them to create rectangle pillows. The Cleveland Clinic is thrilled to receive these pillows, which will be given to women post breast cancer surgery. Please join us to sew, stuff, and make cards. Contact Becky Brouman at 216.378.2204 ext. 105 or

Date:  Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

Time: 10 a.m.-Noon

Place:  NCJW/Cleveland Office

Co-chairs:  Joanne Grossberg & Susan Ringel



Upcoming dates and locations this fall! 

September 5 - Rosh Hashanah 

September 11 and 19, NCJW Office 

September 25 - Sandy Levine's house 

October 3 - Judi Wolf's House 

October 9 - Anita Pupa's House 

October 17 - Cindi Aizen's House 

October 23 - Fran Steinbock's House 

October 31 - NCJW Office  

November 6,14, 20, 28 - NCJW Office 

December 4, 12, 18, 26 - NCJW Office 

For more information contact the office at 216-378-2204.

Moving?  Finally getting a teenager/young adult to clean out his room he no longer uses?  We can use your books!  Please bring them to the office and specify they go to Partners in Reading.  Have too many?  We will pick up large donations!



Gently used late elementary school/early middle school books to giveaway as part of our Book Club program.


Infant and toddler board books to give away to pregnant and parenting teens as part of our GRADs program.


Many thanks!  Questions?  Email Debbie Joseph at

Elaine Eisner, Chair 



Now that NCJW/Cleveland's signature project, is up and running, we are ready to begin promoting the website by providing informative brochures and awesome giveaways to our providers and other sites in our community such as doctors' offices, public libraries, synagogues, churches, community centers and school districts. is a free and comprehensive online resource providing information to access support services for families with a loved one of any age with special needs. We have committed a lot of time and considerable funds to our signature project, now we need to get the word out! is only effective if it is utilized!


NCJW/Cleveland is searching for volunteers to help us in this endeavor. We need your help whether you can volunteer for one afternoon or are able to offer weekly participation. Your commitment is determined by your availability. Your job would be to help distribute information to the public and to providers on our website who have already been contacted. You will be provided with a "script" and the materials.


We will be having an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 11 at 10 a.m. at the NCJW office.  We will further explain the duties of each volunteer and how you can get involved. We will be happy to answer any questions and provide everything you will need!  Please contact Becky Brouman, our Director of Volunteers, at 216.378.2204 ext.105 to RSVP.






Wendi Shapera and Amy Zlotnik


Evening Branch is getting ready for a new year of fun and exciting events with our newly installed cabinet. Our fearless leaders this year include Sandy Arnovitz and Arielle Cohen, past presidents, Darcy Edelman, Susie Friedman, Denise Gold, Laura Halpert, Michele Kaminsky,  Leslie Moss, Lori Riga, Marcy Robbins, Joy Stoler, and  Lauren Werber.  We are all young, working women, many with children, who want to participate in all NCJW has to offer but with limited time available.  Therefore, most of our events are in the evening or on the weekends, and some are family-friendly.


We are already planning a Sukkot event in September. Stay tuned for details. Also, we are planning to attend a movie together during the Cleveland Jewish Film Festival on October 10th.  


If you want any further information about these events, our book club, membership, etc, please do not hesitate to email us at or




 Vice President, Fran Steinbock 

To continue receiving taking part in our engaging volunteer and programing opportunities, please renew your membership by calling 216-378-2204 or renew online at




July Tribute List 



Jeannie Citerman-Kraege
Jo Condon
Suzi Evans
Barbara Firstenberg
Jamie Hardis 
Deborah Kamat 
Lori Kowit
Erika Leiken
Jill Miller 
Beth Milstein 
Debra Orlansky
Loree Resnik

Marjorie Sachs
Melissa Sachs
Patricia Schinabeck
Jane Steinman
Gail Stroud
Butchie Udelson 
Judi Vilensky
Bonnie Weiss-Sockol




Ethel Coppolino

Frances Kohn






Find Furniture, Fashions, Collectibles and More at Thriftique Showroom

We offer FREE furniture pick ups..... call 216-378-2264


We accept artwork, collectibles, household items, clothing, purses, and shoes at out warehouse located at 26055 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128.  

Open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM. 


Each donor will be provided with a signed letter acknowledging the donation with an IRS approved pricing guide to be used for tax purposes. 

HELP! Please bring shopping 
bags to Thriftique or the warehouse ASAP!!



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