NCJW/Cleveland E-Bulletin
October 2013
Volume 2 Issue 1

NCJW Logo 2 - color 

26055 Emery Road
Warrensville Heights,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
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


In The News

Debbie Hoffmann, Past President, Cleveland Section and NCJW National Treasurer with Vice-President Joe Biden at the Vice President's Sukkot Party held in the Vice-president's garden, Washington, DC, Tuesday, September 24, 2013. 

Read why the NCJW/Cleveland Play It Safe is so important

New York Times


If you are interested in getting involved after reading the article, please contact

Judi Wolf at


Quick Links
A Message from Our Director of Volunteers... 

Happy October!


And what a record-breaking month and year it is shaping up to be. As of today, we have more than 500 people signed up for our Campbell Brown lunch and reception on October 2nd. Our Partners in Reading volunteer group has expanded by over 70% and we are in the process of adding additional school districts to our lunch book club group. Our Understanding the Issues event on reducing gun violence attracted a record number of attendees. We are also proud to announce that we have welcomed 60 new members to NCJW/Cleveland since July 1st.


NCJW/Cleveland is growing, and we couldn't be happier about our expansion. This means that we are able to continue doing what we've always done: helping women, children, and families in the Greater Cleveland area - we are just able to accomplish this on a larger scale.


But we need your help to keep this going. Our community service projects are always looking for more volunteers. Our advocacy committee needs more voices. We'd love to meet more of you at our program and education events. What we've learned, through the years, is that as these programs grow, it is not just our impact that is growing: it is our own world views and connections to each other and the community that continues to expand.


So this month, we invite you to try something new: Come to a meeting you've never been to. Introduce yourself to a member you've never met. Learn about an issue you've always wanted to understand more.


We'd love to continue growing with you.




Rebecca Meiser Brouman

Director of Volunteers

Vice President, Linda Barnett

Join us for this most exciting event and our

number one fundraiser!

Bring your friends, tell everyone you know.

Please call Elise Goldner @ 440-461-5952 or Rita Langer @ 216-381-2877 to sign up to work at DDD.



HOW will a defunded planned parenthood affect women's health? HOW are women who rely on rape crisis centers impacted? WHAT is forcing closures of abortion providers? WHY are politicians putting medically inaccurate words in doctors' mouths? WHERE do we go from here?
Date: Wednesday, November 13
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Temple Emanu El, 4545 Brainard Road
Orange Village, OH 44022
Vice President, Ilene Nolish 



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

                  November 7 - The Chaperone by Laurie Moriarty

Time: 1 - 2 pm (noon, bring your own lunch)

Location: Beachwood Library  

                                    25501 Beachwood Boulevard 

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

Chair: Susan Kahn



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 - followed by a tour.

Carpooling recommended. Playhouse Square parking garage at E. 15th & Chester. $8.00 /car. Name of the driver should be given to NCJW office for discount parking.

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at Playhouse Square Center

Time: 10:00 am Continental breakfast and speaker - followed by a tour  

Location: 1515 Euclid Avenue, RJF Presidents' Club

Cost: $10 Breakfast  

Chair: Joyce Wald  


The reluctant artist who had difficulty parting with his work, who wanted to be "famous but unknown".

Join us for a fascinating lecture and slide presentation by Felicia Zavarella Stadelman.

Date: Thursday, November 14

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Cleveland Clinic Medical Bldg - 26900 Cedar Rd.

(Complimentary Valet Parking is available at the Cedar Rd. entrance - please tip generously)  

Cost: $10 

Co-Chairs: Ethel Schultz & Ellen Young



The concert is a fascinating "survey in song" of the last 19 years of Richard Rodgers career, which included five Broadway shows, two films and a television musical.

Co-hosted by Ted Chapin and Bill Rudman

Co-produced with Cleveland Institute of Music

Date and Time: Sunday, October 27 at 7:00 pm  

Location: Mixon Hall , Cleveland Institute of Music

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

Chair: Claire Biel 



Please join us for a continental breakfast and program featuring Dr. Richard Fratianne, Director Emeritus of the Comprehensive Burn Unit at MetroHealth Medical Center

Dr. Fratianne, founder of Metro's Burn Unit, Level 1 Trauma Center, the T.E.A.M. approach to healing, and the first director of Metro's Life Flight, will share poignant stories of Metro's rich past, present innovations, and future goals, weaving these tales with Cleveland's development as a major medical center.  


Metro was established in 1837 when Cleveland City Council designated a neighborhood infirmary as City Hospital to meet the needs of the chronically ill, the aged, the mentally ill, and the poor. It exceeded their goals and has grown into one of the nation's largest public health institutes serving Clevelanders from its main campus and 17 community health centers from Strongsville to Pepper Pike.  


Recipient of the 2009 Roslyn Z. Wolf award for their Community Advocacy Program and a partner in Digknitty, NCJW/Cleveland shares Metro's mission of "...a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork."

Date and Time: November 6 at 10 a.m.  

Location: Moxie the Restaurant, 3355 Richmond Road 

Cost: $10 for breakfast 

Co-Chairs: Susan Sunkle and Joyce Wald

Vice President, Susan Reis

Advocacy, Program/Education and Membership had a very successful inaugural event of our series "Understanding the Issues: How NCJW is Taking Aim at Gun Violence." There were 77 people in attendance, including many new faces. The information on The Play It Safe Campaign was given by Judi Wolf, and the Ohio State legislation given by Marian Harris as well as the moral imperative of our work passionately delivered by Rabbi Nosanchuk was very important for everyone to hear. People enjoyed sharing their thoughts during the facilitated conversation at each table. Judy Eigenfeld gave follow up action and Susan Reis explained how advocacy is involved in almost every aspect of NCJW's work. If you would like any information from the program please contact program chair Cindy Glazer, by leaving a message for her at the office. 


Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 13 at 7 pm when the Lois Zaas Memorial Advocacy Lecture will present: Reproductive Rights...and Wrongs. This is a "must hear" event for all of Ohio's women. Look for the invitation which will be arriving soon.  


As representative to The Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC), I am pleased to report that several of our new team members have attended meetings of the criminal justice team, the health care team and the education team. We are sending 6 members to be trained on Oct. 13 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. This training will allow our members to bring information to NCJW and help us to better understand the process of defining issues, actions and power sources.


Our next meeting will be Wednesday , Oct. 23 at 10:30 at the office. If you attended Understanding the Issues last week and are eager to continue work on the gun violence issue, please consider joining us to make GCC/NCJW a perfect match.


Please contact Lynn Kleinman at if you have any questions.

Vice President, Shelly Friedman 



Date and Time to be Announced 

Preparing and serving lunch for Warrensville Heights Fire Department

Chair: Annette Paley



October 14

Cleanup at Camp Ho Mita Koda

Time: 10:00 - 1:00

Chair: Susan Sunkle 

Carpool from Lander Circle 



November 8 

Location: Menorah Park Adult Day Care

We are taking our Heart Pillow project on the road! With the clients of Menorah Park's Adult Day Care, we will stuff and finish our pillows that are given to women post breast cancer surgery. The pillows will already be sewn. We will stuff them and hand-sew a 4-inch seam. If you can't sew, that's fine; come to stuff and make cards!  Call Rebecca Brouman for more information and to RSVP at 216.378.2204 ext. 105. Space is limited.

Co-Chairs: Joanne Grossberg & Susan Ringel 

Chair, Elaine Eisner 
Since the website went live on February 1st, over 8,000 visits have been made to viewing over 63,000 pages.  In addition, Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger, LiveSpecial Coordinator, is working closely with Cindy Glazer, Rochelle Solomon, Susy Kahn, Penny Levine, Gaby Hayes and Nancy Cohen getting the word about the site.  If you are interested in learning more about or getting involved, please contact Jeannie at 216-378-2204 ext. 104.
Wendi Shapera and Amy Zlotnick 


Evening Branch had a great fall kick-off event with "Wine-tasting in the Sukkah" at the home of Lori Riga. Over 20 women enjoyed a beautiful fall night complete with wine and snacks and great conversation with both old and new friends. And best of all, over $150 was raised as a donation to!

Our first movie night is coming up! There will be a screening of the Israeli movie "By Summer's End," which is part of the JCC Jewish Film Festival.
We are hoping to get a group together to go for dinner before the movie, either to Lemongrass or Melt.  
Date and Time: Thursday, October 10th
Cost: If we have at least 10 people, we can get the group rate of $8.
Please respond to Wendi at if you are interested so she can arrange for group tickets and make dinner reservations.   
 Chair, Rachel Grodin

ClevelandGives is NCJW/Cleveland's new group for young professionals.  We organize cool events to give people a taste of different volunteer opportunities, teach them a thing or two, and have some fun.


ClevelandGives' next event is at the Ohio City Bike Co-op on October 12th from 1:30-4:30 pm. The Ohio City Bike Co-op refurbishes old bikes and helps supply them to underprivileged children in the community. Volunteers will learn how to change a flat tire, volunteer in small groups, take a bike tour of the flats, and snack on appetizers and beverages provided by Whole Foods. The event is catered to both novices and advanced bike riders.


The event costs $10, if volunteers register by October 6th, and $15 after that. Volunteers can register at:

Questions? Contact Rebecca Meiser Brouman at 

Vice President, Fran Steinbock
Did you forget to renew your NCJW membership? 
July 1, 2013 begins NCJW's membership year. Renewal reminders were sent out in June. Now that fall has arrived, it's time to catch up on all those piles of mail that accumulated during the summer!

Thank you to everyone who has renewed your membership.

NCJW/Cleveland values your membership and your important involvement in our very active organization. To continue taking part in NCJW's exciting volunteer activities and programming opportunities, please RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP by calling 216-378-2204 ext. 101 or renew on-line at





September Tribute List 



Lynne Berliner

Amy Cantor

Barbara Boroff

Ellen DuBois

Helena Farkas

Bev Feingold

Rosalind Grossner

Ann Levin

Diane Mintz

Lori Sonkin

Lisa Weissberg



Ada Eigen

Dorothy Friedman

Evelyn Newman

Vice President, Adrienne Segal

Please consider investing in NCJW/CS by donating generously with a gift to our 2013-2014 Annual Fund.

The success of our positive impact on women, children, and families depend on our membership's commitment to Cleveland Section.

Vice President, Linda Barnett

Join us at our 77th Anniversary Sale

October 30, November 1,2


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