NCJW/Cleveland E-Bulletin
February 2014
Volume 2 Issue 4  
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
Chair, Hello Israel
Thank you for the highlight of the Hello Israel program in last month's E-Bulletin. I would like to share that

Rabbi Michael and Carolyn Oppenheimer made a donation to NCJW/ Cleveland to allow us to provide the DVD and book of Paper Clips to the schools where we present the Hello Israel program. The teachers have been so appreciative of this donation as it is a way for the students to learn about the Holocaust.    

co-sponosored a community resource day for children with special needs at Cuts N' Curls in Solon  (l to r: Linda Barnett, Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger, Rochelle Solomon & Roberta Sears).



Becky Brouman introduces an amazing panel of foster care leaders and experts, who spoke about the best ways to support youth aging out of foster care.

 Wendie Forman helps make playdough for the Play It Safe Campaign to promote non-violent play.


 Esther Moss mixes fun colors of Playdough to provide to parents learning about Safe Play.
A Message from Our Director of Volunteers...


Dear Friends -


Education and learning has always been a strong, basic tenant of Judaism. Our tradition has long taught us that to take responsibility and affect positive change in the world, a person must be educated. It's a belief that NCJW/Cleveland takes to heart. Volunteering and advocating are important components of our organization, but we also believe that, as active citizens of the community and world, we must understand the reasons behind our actions and volunteerism. This month, NCJW/Cleveland has a particularly full schedule of learning opportunities.   


On February 5th, we are hosting a new member informational event, where attendees will get an overview of NCJW/Cleveland's programs, hear stories behind how they started, and get the chance to talk with the vice presidents who oversee our different programs. Though the program is billed as a "new member" event, it is open to anyone who is looking to re-engage with NCJW and learn more about the programs and services we offer. It will be both a fun educational and social event.


For members who have been reading headlines about potential new immigration legislation coming up, and have wondered what exactly this means and how the immigration issue affects our local community, mark your calendars for February 25th. NCJW/Cleveland is hosting its second "understanding the issues" series, a forum for members to listen to and interact with local experts on timely news topics. Our February 25th event, "Immigration Reform: We Were Strangers , Too" will feature David Leopold, a local immigration attorney/immigration reform advocate, Joy Roller, president of Global Cleveland, Megan Sprecher of the Legal Aid Society, Rabbi Stephen Weiss, Senior Rabbi of B'nai Jeshurun Congregation, and our own Judy Eigenfeld, the Ohio State Policy Advocate for NCJW. We invite you all to come and learn with us.


And as always, please check out our ongoing program and education series to learn more about the art institutions, cultural gems, and history that make our city great. As Avot teaches us, "the more schooling, the more wisdom."


Happy learning everyone!


Evening Branch 23rd Annual Women's Seder 
Monday, April 7 at 6:00pm 


The annual women's seder brings together women of all generations for a fun and informative night of storytelling, song, and tradition -from a women's perspective. The theme of this year's seder is immigration reform. We look forward to seeing you there. Look for more details in next month's e-bulletin.


  Ilene Nolish, Vice President



Gustav Klimt was a controversial figure in his time. His paintings of the female body were constantly criticized for being too sensual. Today, they stand out as a "visual symphony" and are regarded as some of the most important paintings ever to come out of Vienna. Join educator Felicia Zavarella Stadelman for another fascinating lecture.

Date: Thursday, March 13

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Medical Bldg                           26900 Cedar Rd.  

                Complimentary Valet parking available at                           the Cedar Rd. entrance. Please tip                           generously.

Cost: $10

RSVP: NCJW office. Reservations are required. Seating is limited.

Chairs: Ellen Young and Ethel Schultz




Experience the beginning of Jewish life in Cleveland as we travel to the first Jewish property in Cleveland: the Willet Street Cemetery. We will also visit the former N'vai Zadek Synagogue, Anshe Chesed (The Euclid Avenue Temple), and the Jewish Center (Anshe Emeth Synagogue). The bus will travel through the former Jewish neighborhoods of Glenville, Ansel Road, the East 105th area, Kinsman and Mount Pleasant. Nate Arnold will be our guide.

Date: Thursday, March 19

Time9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
We will meet in the parking lot of B'nai Jeshurun and for lunch we will  dine at the Tudor Arms Hotel Canopy Restaurant which is included in the cost. There will be three choices for lunch. 

Members:  $40.00 includes tour, snacks, lunch and all gratuities.  Reservations confirmed with payment.  No refunds after March 5th.

Non members:  $45.00.  Reservations can be made after March 5th.

RSVP: NCJW office. Limited space.

Chair: Myrna Arlen Bloch




Celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of America's greatest musicals, Fiddler on the Roof, as performed by Bill Rudman and members of The Musical Theatre Project Company. You'll hear all of the songs, as well as the back story behind the creation of the musical. Starring eorge Roth as Tevye, Jacqi Loewy as Golda, and Sheri Gross as T'zeitel.

Date: Sunday, March 9

Location: Performing Arts Center, Tri -C Eastern Campus (corner of Harvard & Richmond Rds).

Time: Two performances: 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Discounted reserved seat tickets are available for NCJW members by calling the Box office at     

216.245.8687 or online at using the code NCJW13.

Chair: Claire Biel



Join us for our second, "Understanding the Issues" series; a forum for members to listen to and interact with local experts on timely news topics. February's discussion "Immigration Reform: We were Strangers Too" will explore the issue of immigration reform from local and national cultural, economic, political, and personal views, and talk about advocacy opportunities. The event features David Leopold, a local immigration attorney/immigration reform advocate, Joy Roller, president of Global Cleveland, Megan Sprecher of the Legal Aid Society, Rabbi Stephen Weiss, Senior Rabbi of B'nai Jeshurun Congregation, and NCJW/Cleveland's Judy Eigenfeld, the Ohio State Policy Advocate for NCJW. Refreshments are included. 

Date: Tuesday, February 25

Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm

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

Cost: $10 Members/$15 Non-Members

RSVP: NCJW Office by February 20

Chair: Cindy Glazer 

***We are looking for hostesses and setup/cleanup ladies for the event. Please contact Shelly Friedman at 440.247.7900 if interested.*** 




"Atzma'ut and "Naqba": Contentious Histories of Israel and Palestine, 1948- 1949 

Lecturer: Dr. Brian Amkraut

Whether one views the Arab-Israeli conflict of 1947-49 as a story of heroic triumph in the mold of David vs. Goliath to recreate a Jewish State after 2000 years or as a tragic disaster of epic proportions that destroyed Palestinian nationalist aspirations, there is little doubt that this historical episode cast a long shadow that still vexes diplomats and scholars.

Dates: March 11, 18, 25 and April 1

Location: Siegal College

Cost: $54

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

RSVP: Siegal College (Sheryl Hirsh 216.368.2091)

Chair: Carol Faiman 



Date: First Thursday of each month

Book Title & Date:
February 6th - Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

March 6th  Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

(On March 6 we will meet in the library AUDITORIUM)

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

Location: Beachwood Library, 25501 Richmond Road

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

Chair: Susan Kahn


Susan Reis,Vice President


Greater Cleveland Congregations Orientation

NCJW/Cleveland has recently become a member of Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC), a non-partisan coalition of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together to improve the lives of people through education, health care and criminal justice reforms. For those looking to get involved - -and hear more about GCC -- NCJW/Cleveland is hosting a training session with Rob English, GCC's lead organizer. Learn about GCC's mission, and the on-the-ground advocacy efforts NCJW/Cleveland is participating in. First timers are welcome.


Date: Wednesday, February 26

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Location: Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple library

23737 Fairmount Blvd, Beachwood 44122

Cost: FREE

RSVP: Contact Lynn Kleinman at,

Chair: Lynn Kleinman 


Shelly Friedman,Vice President



Are you a knitter - or are looking to learn? Join a community of knitters who meet every week at the NCJW/Cleveland office to socialize and knit scarves, hats, and teddy bears for those in need. 

Contact Sandy Levine at for more information. 


Traditions in the Kitchen- Purim Baskets

For the second year, NCJW/Cleveland will be sending boxes of goodies to Jewish soldiers for Purim. The boxes travel overseas and the cost of mailing is $15.00 each. The soldiers' appreciation for these small gifts is humbling and overwhelming. To sponsor a box call chair Annette Paley at 216.381.6244. 


Books and toiletries needed

NCJW/Cleveland is in need of toiletries, and preschool books and games. These supplies are given to low income neighborhood centers and to families in transitional housing. If you need them picked up, contact Shelly Friedman at 440.247.7900


NEW Community Service Project

Kosher Food Bank (KFB): Volunteers needed to help sort and pack food, deliver food packages to senior apartment complexes, coordinate volunteer corps, and provide friendly home visits when delivering food to s hut-ins.


The Kosher Food Bank, located at 2004 S. Green Road in South Euclid, serves needy Jewish residents in Cleveland's eastern suburbs including Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, University Heights, Mayfield Heights, South Euclid, Beachwood and Shaker Heights. The KFB also serves Cleveland Food Bank referrals without discrimination.  Volunteers are needed to perform the mitzvah of helping to pack and sort the over thousands of pounds of food the KFB receives from the Cleveland Food Bank, along with hundreds of loaves of bread donated by Unger's Bakery weekly.


The KFB also welcomes friendly visits to shut-ins who receive food bags each week. This is a great way to help fight hunger in our community.

Date: Monday, February 10

Location: Kosher Food Bank, 2004 Green Road, South Euclid

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

RSVP: Rebecca Brouman 216 278-2204, ext 105

Chair: Arlene Fine

Elaine Eisner, Chair was one of three participating not-for-profit organizations sharing information at an open community event on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Cuts 'N Curls Salon in Solon to benefit the special needs community. The other two organizations sharing information were: Autism Speaks and Partners to Empowerment Wellness Center.


Well-known Cleveland photographer Marc Golub took complimentary pictures of the four dozen children and families who attended the event. If you'd like to learn more about, contact Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger at 216-378-2204, Ext 104 


Fran Steinbock, Vice President

Do you have a friend, daughter, daughter-in-law, mother, granddaughter, cousin, niece or aunt, (you get the idea!) who you think is a good match with NCJW/Cleveland?


Please invite them to attend the New and Prospective Member event, "Lox to Tell You", being held on February 5, at 10 am, at Debbie Kalette's home in Shaker Heights. (click on the following link for complete information)


At "Lox to Tell You," you and your guests will nosh a little, meet other dynamic women, learn about NCJW's wonderful projects including Community Services, Advocacy, Programs and Education, and mingle with some of the active NCJW members and staff who make the work of the NCJW/Cleveland happen!


If you are unable to attend, please encourage your guest to attend anyway. Your guests will be welcomed, and well cared for! We promise! Please RSVP by Feb. 2, or as soon as possible, to Rebecca Brouman, Director of Volunteers at 216.378.2204 x 105, or


The Winter Meeting and Boutique, being held on February 12 at Landerhaven, is another great way for Prospective members to get a taste of NCJW. Consider inviting your guests for a fun and entertaining day, including.... shopping at the boutique, eating wonderful food, recognizing amazing "Emerging Leaders", and an incredible musical performance. Call the NCJW office to register. 216.378.2204.


I hope to see you and your guests at one of the upcoming programs.


If you have any questions or comments about Membership, please contact: Fran Steinbock, Membership VP, at / 216.464.9066 Rebecca Brouman, Director of Volunteers 216.378.2204 x105 

Rosalind Bernstein

Cynthia Demsey

Sheila Mahler

Carol Mirell

Ximena Sessler

Sharon Sternberger

Randy Wells


Sandra Deutsch

Evelyn Gordon

Margery Kohrman


Adrienne Siegel, Vice President

Save the Date: Sunday, June 8th

Annual Fundraising Event


Please mark your calendar for Sunday, June 8th and plan on attending our annual fundraising event. This year's event will honor present and former NCJW/Cleveland board members who have also served in leadership roles at NCJW's national level. We will be recognizing Debbie Hoffmann, NCJW's incoming National President Susan C. Levine,  NCJW's incoming national Treasurer, as well as Isabelle Brown, Barbara Mandel, Ellen Rossen, Toni Scherzer, Barbara Sobel, and Lois Zaas, who have all served on our National Board in the past. This event promises to be a very exciting morning. We hope to see you there. More information to follow. 
Wendi Shapera and Amy Zlotnick 


Community Service/ Mitzvah Day Project

Evening Branch invites members and their families to a community service/mitzvah event at Transitional Housing, Inc. Attendees will help facilitate activities for the facility's children, hear stories from residents, and tour the center. Please bring donations of buckets and/or cleaning supplies. [Click here] for the flier with additional information and details.

Date: Sunday February 16

Location: 1545 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

Time: 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

RSVP:  Lauren Werber at 

Chairs: Lauren Werber, Sandy Arnovitz


As always, if you have any questions, would like to become involved with Evening Branch or would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact Wendi Shapera ( or Amy Zlotnik (

Linda Barnett, Vice President




OCTOBER 24, 26, 27, 28

 at the MANDEL JCC 



Clean out your closets and drawers.

Designer Dress Days needs your beautiful clothing, fur coats, costume and fine jewelry, fashion 

accessories and purses.


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






Each donor will be provided with a signed

letter acknowledging the donation with an IRS approved pricing guide to be used for tax purposes.