26055 Emery Road
Warrensville Heights,OH 44128
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.
Director of Volunteers
In observance of Martin Luther King Day, the office and warehouse will be closed on Monday, January 20th.
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.
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.
DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND...
SIGN UP TODAY!
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.
RSVP: NCJW office by January 24
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)
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
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elaine Eisner, Chair
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.
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 email@example.com or 216-378-2204 ext 105.
Upcoming New Member Event: LOX TO TELL YOU FEBRUARY 5 Click here to see the invitation.
New Annual Members
Rosalyn M. Frank
Sue R. Friedman
Susanne E. Katz
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.
Linda Barnett, Vice President
START OFF THE YEAR BY DONATING TO THRIFTIQUE AND DDD...
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 9AM to 4PM
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Each donor will be provided with a signed
letter acknowledging the donation with an IRS approved pricing guide to be used for tax purposes