NCJW/Cleveland E-Bulletin
January 2014
Volume 2 Issue 4  
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26055 Emery Road
Warrensville Heights,OH 44128
Office: 216.378.2204
Fax: 216.378.2205

MISSION 

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
President 
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Mindi Axner 
Executive Director 
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Becky Brouman
Director of Volunteers
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 Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger

LiveSpecial Coordinator

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Julie Hayes
Operations Administrator

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Miriam Koval 
Administrative Assistant

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Annette Paley 
Administrative Assistant
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Meryl Simon
Bookkeeper
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In observance of Martin Luther King Day, the office and warehouse will be closed on Monday, January 20th.
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
Ruth Dombcik
Chair, Hello Israel


Q: How did you get involved with Hello Israel?  

I went to a meeting about the program when I was retiring 12 years ago. I really liked the idea of exposing non Jewish students to our culture, and showing them that Israelis are not that different. We all want the same things for each other. 

 

Q: Are there any moments that stand out from your 12 years as a facilitator?

At every session, we write out the student's name phonetically in Hebrew. We went back to one school and I met a kid we'd taught a while back - and he still had is Hebrew name sticker on his back pack! That was very cool. Another time, we were at a school, and after the program ended, several of the kids clapped at us and said thank you for bringing this program to us.

 

Q: After  years lugging around suitcases and maps, Hello Israel went digital this year. What made you decide to update the program? 

We had some very generous donors who offered to help digitize the program. It was important to do because the students are more technologically savvy these days. We wanted the presentation to remain as relevant as it had always been. We still use the same outline, just updated it with better videos, photos, and graphics. It's more exciting to watch now.

 

Q: What's your favorite part of the redesign?

Watching the kids' faces as they see pictures and videos of real life in Israel. I like watching them connect with the photos and see Israel come alive. 

 

Q: Does Hello Israel need more volunteers?

Yes!!! We always need new volunteers. You don't have to be an expert on Israel or even have ever visited the country. We'll teach you the script. We just want people with enthusiasm who like getting up in front of a classroom.

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about NCJW?

NCJW is always looking for new outreach programs, based on the community's changing needs. They are always open to member's ideas, and always finding new ways of giving back.


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FUNDRAISER


A Message from Our Executive Director...

 

It's hard to believe that we find ourselves, once again, at the beginning of a new year. For many of us, this is an opportunity for a fresh start, a chance to turn over a new leaf, to tackle a project that you've been putting off, to reach new goals. A new year is also a great time to renew commitments in our lives. There is nothing quite like the feeling of knowing that the time and support given to a great project or event is so appreciated. The wonderful dedication we have come to rely upon from our engaged volunteers is not something we take for granted. I hope you will take a few minutes to view the video that highlights the many great accomplishments by our members during this past year (make sure you have the sound on to hear the music).

 
 
I have no doubt that this staunch support will continue with this year, helping NCJW/Cleveland grow and flourish. Wishing you a successful year filled with good health and happiness.

 

Mindi Axner

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Beat those winter blues and join us at our Winter Meeting and Boutique on 
Wednesday, February 12th featuring The Musical Theatre Project, and listen to songs that explain why the Battle of the Sexes so lovingly rages on. A special sneak preview of  'Fiddler on the Roof: Behind the Musical' will be performed by Sheri Gross.

Co-chaired by Irene Bloom and Lynn Kleinman
 PROGRAM AND EDUCATION 
  Ilene Nolish, Vice President

               

TRAITOR! SPIES, LIES AND JUSTICE DENIED: 

THE DREYFUS AFFAIR 

The 1894 court martial of French Army Captain Alfred Dreyfus was the world's first trial of the century.  A media spectacle fueled by state sponsored conspiracies, inaccurate press coverage, and anti-Semitism; all orchestrated in the name of national security.

The Dreyfus Affair became the most infamous event of its time.

Date:  Thursday, January 30

Time:  10:30 am

Location: The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage                        2929 Richmond Rd, Beachwood, Ohio

Cost:  Members of the museum are free

   Seniors 60+: $10      Adult admission: $12   
   All visitors receive a 10% discount at the            Museum Store.
The group will have a trained docent.

RSVPNCJW office by January 24

Chair: Penny Levine

 

ARTIST BIO SERIES: MARY CASSATT 

Mary Cassatt was single-handedly responsible for introducing Impressionists to America.  Join us for a fascinating lecture and slide presentation by Felicia Zavarella Stadelman.

Date: Thursday, January 9  

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 - Reservations Required

Co-Chairs: Ethel Schultz & Ellen Young 


DINNER & MOVIE  

"August: Osage County" 

Bring a friend and join us as we view the newly released film at the Cedar-Lee Theatre followed by dinner at Lemongrass with discussion lead by Donna Chernin Kurit, former PD film and drama critic. 

Date: Monday, January 13

Time:  4:00 pm CHECK THEATER SCHEDULE FOR EXACT TIME

Cost: Purchase your own ticket. You will have an individual dinner check.

RSVP: NCJW office by January 7. Space is limited.

Chair: Lynn Barry

EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSES: THE SONGS OF JULE STYNE 

Jule Styne (1905-94) personified the brash urban energy of jazz - and like George Gershwin, his high voltage lit up the American musical. Hollywood beckoned first, and Styne's collaboration with lyricist Sammy Cahn produced a bundle of hit songs during and after World War II.

Co-hosted by Bill Rudman and Joe Hunter

Date and Time: Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 pm

Location: Tri-C Metropolitan Campus, Main Stage Theater 

Tickets: $18 Members, $20 Non-members 

To place an order for discounted tickets, call the box office at 216-245-8687

Chair: Claire Biel

 

NCJW BOOK GROUP 

Date:   First Thursday of each month

Book Title & Date:

January 2nd - The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

February 6th- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Time:   1:00 - 2:00 pm (Those who wish may bring a bag lunch to enjoy before the discussion)

Place:  Beachwood Library

           25501 Richmond Rd.

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

Chair:  Susan Kahn

 

UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES - IMMIGRATION REFORM:  "WE WERE STRANGERS, TOO"

Join us for our second exciting program in a series of issues that are extremely important for our members to understand. The format is a panel presentation and an open discussion - plus refreshments!

 

We will engage in conversation as we explore the issue of immigration reform from economic, policy, cultural, political, and personal and advocacy positions.  You will learn more about issues on the local and national level from involved community advocate leaders David Leopold and Joy Roller. Judy Eigenfeld, Ohio State Policy Advocate for NCJW, will share with us what NCJW/Cleveland and NCJW/National are doing to promote actions which reflect our Jewish values of reaching out to the "stranger" because... we were once strangers, too. Megan Sprecher of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland will share personal stories of local immigrants. We will also hear from Rabbi Stephen Weiss, Senior Rabbi of B'nai Jeshurun Congregation, who will talk about the moral imperative in this issue.

Join us to learn more and find out what you can do.

Date: Tuesday, February 25

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30pm

Location: Point East Party Room, 27500 Cedar Rd., Beachwood

Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non-Members

RSVP: NCJW Office by February 20

Chair: Cindy Glazer

ADVOCACY

Susan Reis,Vice President

 

The Play It Safe Campaign has a ONE DAY volunteer opportunity on:  January 16, 2013, at 10:00 AM at the NCJW Office.  Participants will be making "home-made" play dough. This play dough will 

be distributed by Family Connections' SPARK Program (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids)in order to encourage creative, non-violent play.  
RSVP to: Judi Wolf at techteach@roadrunner.com or Susan Sunkle at susan.4249@gmail.com

 

What keeps you up at night?  Have you worried about gun violence in our community and what you can do about it?  Have you retired from teaching but still have a passion to help kids?  Do you worry about health care in our community?  NCJW's GCC team wants to hear from you.

It's a New Year.  Make a resolution to bring about the change that you would like to see and not just complain about what isn't.  Together we have the power.  Contact Lynn Kleinman at lekchoral@aol.com

 

 

ADDRESSING THE ISSUES      

When the Lois Zaas Memorial Lecture audience adjourned from our panel discussion to meet, greet and have refreshments together, they were quite fired up, motivated and armed with information on Ohio's Reproductive Rights...and Wrongs.  We provided tables where guests could write to their state legislators with coaching and assistance by our volunteers.  Witnessing so many citizens exercise their right to be heard was heartwarming.  A perfect continuation of The Legacy of Lois Zaas.  

To see how else you can participate in making your voice heard, contact Rita Rome at ritarome@roadrunner.com. 

 
Elaine Eisner, Chair
 
UPCOMING EVENT
We are so excited to be collaborating with children's salon - Cuts N' Curls for Boys and Girls, Autism Speaks and Partners to Empowerment Wellness Center.
Click here for the invitation.
MEMBERSHIP
Fran Steinbock, Vice President
  

New volunteer opportunity

Are you looking for a new way to engage with NCJW on a more intimate level? Are you interested in helping a new member get integrated into NCJW? The membership committee is looking for willing, friendly, knowledgeable members to serve as "big sisters" to new members of NCJW, helping them navigate through NCJW's various programs and inviting them to NCJW events and programs.  Interested? Want to learn more? Contact Rebecca Brouman at rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org or 216-378-2204 ext 105.

  

Upcoming New Member EventLOX TO TELL YOU FEBRUARY 5  Click here to see the invitation.

 

New Annual Members

Naomi Fein

Sally Levine

Jodi Rogoff 

 

In Memoriam

Rosalyn M. Frank

Sue R. Friedman

Susanne E. Katz

Joan Krohn

FUND DEVELOPMENT
Adrienne Segal, Vice President
Thank you to Joyce Gordon, Sally Reider and the late Alice J. Band for establishing endowment funds during this past year.  If you are interested in establishing an endowment that will help insure that NCJW/Cleveland continue to meet the needs of women, children and families, please contact Mindi Axner at 216-378-2204 ext. 103 
 
There's still time to donate to the 2013-2014 Annual Fund.
Visit our website @ www.ncjwcleveland.org or call our office @ 216.378.2204 
EVENING BRANCH 
Wendi Shapera and Amy Zlotnick 
Co-Presidents 
 
 
RETAIL OPERATIONS
Linda Barnett, Vice President

  

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