NCJW/Cleveland E-Bulletin
November 2013
Volume 2 Issue 2

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


Vice President of Retail, Linda Barnett cuts the congratulatory cake at the closing of the 45th Annual Designer Dress Days while Betty Naft watches with pride.


Member Spotlight: Rachel Grodin, Chair ClevelandGives

Q: How did you get involved in ClevelandGives, NCJW/Cleveland's young professional division?


A: I had just moved to Cleveland from Dallas, and I was looking for ways to meet people in the Cleveland area, as well as to get involved in the community. Giving back is something that's always been important to me. I particularly loved the idea of helping to start a young adult program for NCJW/Cleveland. I had been very involved in the young professional Jewish community in Dallas, so I was excited to hear about this new opportunity.


Q: What do you like about ClevelandGives?


A: What I love about ClevelandGives is that every event is different.  At every event, you learn a new skill that can you can take home and use in your day to day life.  And I love meeting other young professionals who also like to give back.


Q: What have you learned about NCJW/Cleveland?


A: I just spent 3 days volunteering at Designer Dress Days - and I loved every minute of it. NCJW is such a wonderful, welcoming organization. Everyone is so warm and willing to spend the time to get to know you. Some of my best friends in Cleveland have come from NCJW and ClevelandGives.  

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A Message from Our Executive Director...  

I am constantly in awe of the amazing volunteers who are an incredibly unique and passionate group. Thank you for dedication and commitment to putting on the spectacular 45th Annual Designer Dress Days! The four day event was a smashing success. The shoppers had a fantastic time trying to find treasures and deals like no other. The merchandise was magnificently displayed and well organized. I would like to take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who participated - the donors, volunteers, shoppers and staff of NCJW/Cleveland. Your steadfast support and dedication made DDD the fabulous event that it was.


As we begin to prepare for next year's sale, please remember we accept drop-offs at the warehouse located at 26055 Emery Road in Warrensville Heights Monday thru Friday between 9am and 4pm. In the meantime, this weekend we are celebrating the 77th Anniversary of Thriftique. If you haven't visited our showroom at 5055 Richmond Road in Bedford Heights, we are open every Thursday - Saturday from 10am to 5pm. We have almost 10,000 square feet of hidden treasures.


On behalf of NCJW/Cleveland, I wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving and an enjoyable Chanukah!



Mindi Axner

Vice President, Linda Barnett


Designer Dress Days was an amazing success! A big, heartfelt thank you to everyone who volunteered and shopped.

Click here to see the list of over 280 volunteers.


A big thanks to all our generous 

donors.  It is never too soon to donate for next year's DDD so clean your closets!!

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.
Location:Temple Emanu El,
4545 Brainard Road
Orange Village, OH 44022
Reservations are required
by November 8.
There is no charge for this event.
  Vice President, Ilene Nolish 




Book Title: November 7 - The Chaperone by Laurie Moriarty

                December 5 - The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Date: First Thursday

Time: 1 -2 pm (Those who wish, may bring a bag lunch to eat before the discussion.)

Place: Beachwood Library

          25501 Richmond Road

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

Chair: Susan Kahn



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

RSVP: NCJW office

Co-Chairs: Ethel Schultz & Ellen Young 



Jewish Educator, Kyla Epstein Schneider, will facilitate and lead a lively discussion.  She is a fascinating and knowledgeable speaker who will inspire and educate you. This is a great opportunity to learn about an interesting topic on Judaism.  

Date (1st Session): Thursday, December 5

Time (1st Session): 10:00am - 11:30am


Date (2nd Session): Thursday, December 12

Time (2nd Session): 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Location: Cleveland Heights Public Library

                       2345 Lee Road

Cost:$10 per session or $15 for 2 sessions  

Chairs: Helene Schneider & Susan Shapiro 

RSVP: NCJW office. Space is limited.

A religious taboo is a custom adhered to by a particular religion that restricts or prohibits a certain action. Jewish religious taboos dates back to biblical times and continue to evolve with rabbinical teachings. What are some of our common and not - so - common Jewish taboos-and how is the 21st century's modern world impacting our behaviors and understandings of those taboos? We'll be exploring some sources and engage in a dialogue about these ideas, the world today and our own lives.

  Vice President, Susan Reis



The annual Lois Zaas Memorial Advocacy lecture is Wednesday, November 13, from 7-9 p.m. at Temple Emanu El. We hope you received your invitation and have RSVP'd. We are anticipating a large crowd for this very timely, important topic, "Reproductive Rights...and Wrongs". There is limited seating and this program is free and open to the public, so make sure to RSVP to Julie Hayes at 216-378-2204 X 100 or have amazing experts coming to inform you about what is happening in Ohio, and hope you bring your daughters, granddaughters and friends. As always, we will be providing actions that you can take to make your voices heard. Ohio passed some of the most draconian laws through the budget. Our Ohio legislators need to hear that the women of this state are aware of what they have done and will respond!




GCC has been quite active in our community since many of you attended "UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES, How NCJW is Taking Aim at Gun Violence", so beautifully presented last September. We are pleased to note that members of NCJW have volunteered to join our membership as part of the continuing mission of NCJW 's grassroots effort to help affect change in our community. You should have received a follow up email of actions you can take if you attended this event. At the moment, GCC is conducting interviews with police chiefs and mayors throughout the Greater Cleveland area as part of a larger national effort entitled "Do Not Stand Idly By". Here is a perfect opportunity for those of you frustrated with the lack of action by our elected officials on gun violence reduction issues. Contact Susan Reis at or call 216.570.1192 to get involved. GCC is challenging for-profit charter schools to be transparent with their funding and their intent to properly educate our children. If education is your passion, contact Monique Williams at or attend a GCC Education meeting to learn more and become involved. GCC is challenging our state government to approve funding for Medicaid expansion, which will help over 200,000 uninsured Ohioans get medical insurance and bring millions of dollars to our economy. We are gathering signatures for a ballot initiative. If you want to help, let Lynn Kleinman know at And if excitement is what you crave,
HOLD THE DATE: December 12th
. We will bring as many NCJW members as we can to an ALL GCC Action Night in Cleveland. We will come together with other passionate members of our city to raise our voices, understand our goals and stand together to increase our power in affecting change.
Attend this meeting!
PLACE: To be Determined
Contact Lynn Kleinman to learn more at 216.291.0276 or


We will continue to make our voices heard, but shall now incorporate our writing and calling sessions to follow our educational events. In this way we will make it easy for a greater number of citizens to speak out on the specific advocacy issue they feel passionate about. Contact Rita Rome at if you have any questions.


Vice President, Shelly Friedman 



November 7 
Location: Warrensville Heights Fire Department 
Time: 11:30 AM 
Chair: Annette Paley
We will be serving a delicious, traditional Jewish lunch at the Warrensville Heights Fire Department.

November 8  
Location: Jewish Family Service Association
Time: 11:00 AM
Chair: Shelly Friedman
We will be bringing Thanksgiving lunch and cheer to clients with chronic mental illness.
November 8  Pillows for Breast Cancer   

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  



November 16  

Location: St. Colman Church 

2027 W 65th St 

Cleveland, OH 44102 

Time: 11:30 AM 

Chair: Annette Paley

Join us to help serve a traditional Thanksgiving lunch and bring dessert to foster children in Cuyahoga County's Youth and Family Services. We are looking for people to bake desserts and to help serve lunch. We will carpool to the West Side from the NCJW office. Contact Annette Paley with questions at 216.378.2204 or email her at  



November 16

Location: The Weils

Time: 1:30 PM 

Chair: Shelly Friedman

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cleveland CAVS vs Washington Wizards

NCJW's Entertainmobile and The High Notes to Perform!

Please join our fellow NCJW members at Quicken Loans Arena and cheer our Entertainmobile and High Notes as they represent our community singing The Star Spangled Banner. Bring the kids and grandkids! There is room for 25 children to participate in the "Halftime High Five Squad." Flyers and participation forms may be obtained at the NCJW office. Tickets prices are just $16 each or the new "all you can eat seats" for $34. You can use the ticket form attached to this bulletin to get seats in the NCJW block (and simply return it to the office).  

Chair, Elaine Eisner 
Know anyone with a loved one with special needs? is there to help with resources and a new community to connect people together.  Click here to see the site

Wendi Shapera and Amy Zlotnick 



Benefiting Bellefaire JCB 

This is a family-friendly event and children are encouraged to attend. We will be doing a mitzvah project, collecting and wrapping gifts, have a craft project or two and refreshments. The event is being hosted and planned by Arielle Cohen and Marcy Robbins. More details will follow through email and on our Facebook page.



We are reading The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky.

Date and Time: Sunday, November 3rd at 10 AM

Place: Panera on Harvard
Chair: Denise Gold 

Please contact Wendi Shapera ( or Amy Zlotnik ( for more information about Evening Branch, any of our programming or to be added to our email list.

NCJW Mission Embraces the Women of Israel:  The Road to Tomorrow: Women Leading Change 

Susan C. Levine


After a private tour of the Israel Museum's blockbuster exhibit, "Herod The Great: The King's Final Journey", mission participants ventured south to the Judean Hills, for an extensive visit of the newly excavated Herodian Tomb. (Photo: left to right: Debbie Hoffmann, NCJW National Treasurer & Cleveland Section Past President, Rosean Schmidt, NCJW, Cleveland Section (PUT IN ONE OF ROSEAN'S PAST VICE PREZ TITLE), and Susan C. Levine, NCJW National Board Member,  Cleveland Section Past President  and Co-chair: "The Road to Tomorrow: Women Leading Change".

Susan C. Levine (L) and Dahlia Lithwick (R), NCJW 2013 Israel Mission scholar-in-residence, Senior Editor of Slate Magazine and winner of the 2013 National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary, facilitated and guided numerous study sessions exploring the legal ramifications and implications for women in Israel's civil and religious courts. Of particular interest was our visit with Michal Yudin, visionary founder of an Israel Granting Program Partner, WePower: a grassroots organization (similar to Emily's List) which
promotes women's leadership and gender mainstreaming in all levels of society, especially in the political and public arenas, to create social change and a more equal civic society.

Susan C. Levine (L) and Anat Hoffman (R), CEO, Israel Religious Action Committee and Board Chair, Women of the Wall (WOW), (a past recipient of NCJW's Israel Granting Program) passionately articulated how WOW recently arrived at the difficult compromise decision to accept a "separate but equal" western wall location.  


 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.


If you are interested to learn more, contact Rebecca Brouman at 216-378-2204 X105 or 

Vice President, Fran Steinbock
Invite a friend to
"Wrap Yourself in NCJW"

Join us to meet other new members, volunteers and staff. Learn about NCJW/Cleveland...what makes us special! Perfect the art of scarf-tying. Discover Juma Gallery - a wonderful place to relax and shop for a scarf or a fabulous Chanukah gift for a loved one, while enjoying delicious coffee, tea and treats.

Wednesday, November 6
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Juma Gallery,
20100 Chagrin Blvd.


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 volunte
er activities and programming opportunities, please RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP by calling 216-378-2204 ext. 101 or renew on-line at





October Tribute List 



Hallie Abrams

Fran Cohen

Janice Cohen

Maxine Jacqmin

Sharyn Neides

Anna Rossi

Debbie Santagata Hoberman

Betty Schwarcz

Jen Schwarz

Norma Seigelson

Alisa Warshay  



Gina Beim  



Beatrice Immerman

Eudese Paull

Vice President, Adrienne Segal


Contributions to our Annual Fund continue to climb toward our goal of $75,000!  Please help us reach it.  These are the funds which enable us to continue to support our projects throughout our greater Cleveland community.  If you have not contributed to our Annual Fund, please click on this link to make your contribution online now.   


Vice President, Linda Barnett

Join us at our 77th Anniversary Sale

November 1, 2



Find Furniture, Fashions, Collectibles and More at

Thriftique Showroom

5055 Richmond Rd,

Bedford Heights, 44143 

We offer FREE furniture pick ups..... call 216.378.2264

Visit our website at 



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 @Thriftique Showroom




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 9AM to 4PM


Each donor will be provided with a signed

letter acknowledging the

donation with an IRS approved pricing guide to be used for tax purposes