NCJW/Cleveland E-Bulletin

September 2013, Volume 1 Issue 10 
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Warrensville Hts.,OH 44128
Office: 216.378.2204
Fax: 216.378.2205
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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 

 Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger

LiveSpecial Coordinator

ext. 104

Julie Hayes
Operations Administrator

ext. 100

Miriam Koval 

Administrative Assistant
ext. 101

Annette Paley
Administrative Assistant
ext. 106

Meryl Simon
ext. 107

We would like to welcome our newest staff members

Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger
 Miriam Koval


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

Please note the upcoming holiday office/warehouse and store hours:

Sept. 2 - Closed 

 Sept. 4 - 2:00pm Closing

Sept. 5 - Closed

Sept. 13 - 2:00pm Closing

Sept. 14 - Closed

Sept. 20 - Office/Warehouse Closed

Sept. 27 - Office/Warehouse Closed




Member Spotlight:

Jordan Davis, Teen Chair Share What You Wear


Q: What made you decide to take on the role of chairing Share What you Wear?

I knew I wanted to do some volunteering. Specifically I wanted to get involved in something in the community that I would find easy to help with, and would also have a great impact around Cleveland. The SWYW opportunity came up when I was talking to last year's chair, Ally Zabell, about it. I was really excited about running the program.


Q: How large was your collection of cloths and school supplies this year?

We gave away probably a thousand pieces of clothes, as well as 250 book bags, stuffed with school supplies.


Q: What was the actual event like for you?

It was just such a great feeling. It was a lot of work collecting and sorting the clothing. But seeing it all spread out and seeing all deserving kids picking out their own clothes - there's nothing that can beat that feeling.


 Children Shopping at Share

What You Wear 2013



  Council Gardens would like to invite NCJW members to our family friendly open houses in September.  Guests at the open houses can enjoy the gardens, see our green improvements, eat ice cream, play in the tot playground and leave with a balloon animal.
September 8 and 22
 1:30- 3:30pm

From the President...


As we approach the High Holidays, we take time to pause and reflect on our lives over the past year. What were we able to accomplish, both personally and professionally? What are we most proud of? What could we have done better? In short, we look back hoping to make the New Year better than the previous one.


As our 119 year history can attest to, our mission stays the same, but that does not mean that we have not taken stock of ourselves over the years and made changes when necessary. Change is an inevitable part of any organization, and NCJW/Cleveland is no exception. When change is embraced and intentional, it means progress.


As last year proved, we changed from a quarterly mailed bulletin to a monthly E-bulletin, making our news timelier. Without the hard copy bulletin, we changed to mailed invitations for our major meetings, which have significantly increased the number of attendees.


The change and expansion of our Program and Education department, Community Service projects and Advocacy Initiatives means that women in the Greater Cleveland area have the opportunity to make our mission a reality by learning, volunteering and growing in awareness about the many issues that affect women, children and families in our community, and taking action to make a change.


What has not changed is the commitment and passion of our members to make a difference.


As we enter 5774, may this New 

Year be one of health, happiness 

and continued progress.


L'Shana Tova!  




Date: October 2nd

Location: Fairmount Temple 

NCJW/Cleveland's Opening Meeting on October 2 at Fairmount Temple will feature Campbell Brown, veteran broadcaster and award winning journalist.


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 for this event. We also invite you to join us at the patron luncheon, which precedes the 1:00pm 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 9am - 4pm Monday-Friday


Click here to print the volunteer form   



Ohio's Reproductive Rights....And Wrongs

Date: Wednesday, November 13 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Temple Emanu El, 4545 Brainard Road, Orange Village

FREE and OPEN to the public

Advocacy in Action Award will be presented

Look for your invitation in the mail soon.



Vice President, Ilene Nolish  



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 p.m.  

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 collaboration with The Musical Theatre Project as they present Stephen Sondheim's richly entertaining musicals presented in a special in-concert reading. 


Date and Time: September 7 at 8:00 p.m. or September 8

at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Beck Center for the Arts, Mackey Main Stage 

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

Chair: Ilene Nolish  



"Palestine Under British Rule" ~ By Dr. Brian Amkraut

The period of the British Mandate is arguably the most critical subject of study for anyone interested in understanding the relationship between the State of Israel and its Palestinian citizens, residents, and neighbors. Embracing the Balfour Declaration's promise to facilitate the creation of a "national home" for the Jewish people "in Palestine" British leaders also obligated themselves to respecting the rights of the local non-Jewish population, without stipulating what either of these commitments meant.  


This short course unpacks this complicated period, examining the specific political, economic, social, and religious environments that characterized this historical era. 


Dates: October 22, 29 and November 5, 12  

Times: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Siegal College

Cost: $54  

Chair: Carole Faiman  



Please join us as we go behind the scenes and back in time to learn how the theaters came to be, were later abandoned, and then brought back to life.  


A venue for touring Broadway plays, concerts, comedy, opera, children's programs, and arts for education, Playhouse Square Center is the largest performing arts center outside New York.

Don't miss this opportunity to explore its majestic beauty and hidden secrets.


Continental breakfast and speaker - tour following.  

Car pooling recommended. Playhouse Square parking garage at

E. 15th & Chester. $8.00


Date and Time: October 15 at 10 am

Location: 1515 Euclid Avenue RJF Presidents' Club

Cost: $10 for Breakfast

Chair: Joyce Wald



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: September 18 

Time: 9:30am - 11:30am, doors open at 9:00am

Location: Point East Community Room, 27500 Cedar Road 

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

Co-Chairs: Judy Eigenfeld and Cindy Glazer  



Date and Time: September 12 at 1:00pm  

Location: The Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library (at the corner of Shaker Blvd. and Richmond Rd.)  


The book for September is Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill. Those who wish may bring a brown bag lunch and eat at the library prior to the book group discussion. 


Our next meeting will be on October 3rd and the book we will be discussing is The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng.



Miriam at the NCJW Office: 216.378.2204 ext.101  



 Vice President, Susan Reis  



Chair: Lynn Kleinman  

NCJW/Cleveland has recently joined as a member organization. Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) is a multi-faith coalition of congregations and organizations across Cuyahoga County doing grass roots organizing. GCC is a member of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the nation's first and largest network of multi-faith coalitions. GCC draws on IAF's seven decades of experience, winning tough battles across the nation.


Interested in learning more and getting involved, the next meeting is at the NCJW/Cleveland Office on Wednesday, October 23,

10:00 a.m. 



Chair: Rita Rome

Want to have your voice heard?  Contact Rita to learn more about how you can Address the Issues. 




 Vice President, Shelly Friedman


Welcome to a new and exciting year of Community Service opportunities. Each month I will be featuring one or two of our projects. I hope we can inspire all of you to reach out to the community in the spirit of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world by participating in one or more of these activities.


READERS' THEATER                     

Literacy in action - working with 4th grade students at schools in South Euclid and Warrensville Heights. Each class has several small groups mentored by NCJW volunteers.We watch the children transform into the characters they portray in the short 5 page scripts they read out loud.The students do not realize they are improving their skills - they are just having fun!

Reader's Theater is 1 hour for three consecutive weeks.  

Please contact:

Ellen Schwartz 

Ruth Dombcik 



A wonderful group of ladies meet at NCJW/Cleveland office to knit and socialize on a weekly basis. They knit various items such as Hats,Scarves, Blankets Teddy Bears, which are all to be donated to numerous places in the Cleveland community. Some of the places have been Children's Pediatric Wards, Ronald McDonald House and our own Judaic Out Reach and many more.  

Open to all who knit or would like to learn.  

Please contact:

Sandy Cole 440-442-8777   

Anita Pupa 440-498-2166  

Sandy Levine 216-464-4299  


NEW NAME, SAME GREAT TALENT                     

NCJW/Cleveland Musical Groups, Entertainmobile and High Notes, will now be known as THE PERFORMING GROUPS OF NCJW. This is to simplify the name for any new groups that may be formed in the future.  


For any information or questions about our many Community Service projects please contact: Shelly Friedman at . 


Chair, Elaine Eisner


LIVESPECIAL.COM 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!


We will be having an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 11 at 10:00am 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


Come celebrate Sukkot with Evening Branch!


We will enjoy WINE TASTING care of Grand River Cellars and share healthy snacks in the sukkah


Monday September 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

$10 cost for the evening



Is included in the cost for this event 


Event at the home of Lori Riga

27873 S. Woodland Road (just east of Brainard Road)

Hosted by Darcy Edelman, Michele Kaminsky, and Lori Riga


 RSVP to ext. 101 @ the NCJW Office by

September 19th at 216-378-2204



 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





August Tribute List 




Laurie Aronoff                                 Estee Levin

Sherri Blauschild                              Joan Rivitz

Leah Caplan                                    Myra Rosen

Stephanie Danzinger                         Lynn Rosenberg

Ellen Deutsch                                   Bobbi Sedley

Lisa Garson                                     Bob Shapiro

Deborah Gideon                              Carrie Simmerson

Heather Greene                               Shawn Simon

Naomi Grunzweig                            Nancy Slate

Cheryl Gutmacher                            Sheila Weinstock

Roz Lader                                        Ellen Wohl 

Dee Lefkowitz                                 



Ernestine Greenberger

Libby Kauver






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 our warehouse located at 26055 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128.  

Open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm 


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

Vice President, Adrienne Siegel 

TOGETHER WE CAN improve the lives of women, families and children. Please help us make this happen through your generous donation to our Annual Fund. NCJW, Cleveland Section wishes our membership L'shana Tova - a year of health, happiness and peace.  

Newly designed tribute cards and blank note cards are available for sale in the office. Using either is a wonderful way to contribute to NCJW as well as acknowledge a life cycle event. The cost is $25 for 5 tribute cards and $20 for a pack of 10 note cards. 
100% of the proceeds from sales benefits our section. 

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