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May 2014
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Dear Friends,


Gandhi said, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." As president of Faye NCJW/Cleveland these past two years, I have realized how much we can change our world.  Our members work hard to effect social change and enhance the lives of so many in our community through advocacy, direct service, and education. NCJW women are a powerful community force and resource in Cleveland...we do make things happen. 


As my tenure as president draws to a close, I reflect on the wonderful NCJW/Cleveland community and all that it includes: enthusiastic and hardworking volunteers and supporters; committed leadership from our Executive Committee, Board members, committee chairs, and committee members; and dedicated and conscientious staff members.  I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to everyone that I have had the pleasure of working with these past few years.  And a special thank you to the membership at large for continuing to support the important work that we do.


I am honored and humbled that I have had the opportunity to lead Cleveland's premier Jewish women's organization, following in the footsteps of some of this city's best and brightest...our past presidents.  And as I join the ranks of these fine ladies I am filled with excitement and confidence that under Linda Barnett's leadership, NCJW/Cleveland will continue to thrive.  I wish her much success!


I would not have had half as successful a presidency without your enduring support and confidence. This has truly been a turning point in my life, and I hope to continue working in the service of others wherever my path may take me.  But whatever the future holds, I know that NCJW will continue to be a major driver for social change in Cleveland, and I look forward to seeing the great things that this organization, and its many committed members, accomplishes.




Save The Dates - 
Upcoming Events


Wednesday, May 14th at 11:00 a.m. at Beechmont Country Club

Don't be left out!  It's not too late to send in your reservation for our Annual Meeting and buffet brunch.  Join us as we sing the praises of Faye Bass, who is completing her two year tenure as president, and help us welcome President-Elect, Linda Barnett, and our 2014-2015 Board of Directors.  Cost of the event is $35.  To RSVP, call Suzanne Troll at the office at 216-378-2204 ext. 101.

An Intergenerational Fashion Show and Brunch

Sunday, June 8th at 10:00 a.m.

Annual Fundraising Event

Please mark your calendar for Sunday, June 8th and plan on attending our annual fundraising event at Landerhaven. This year's event will honor present and former NCJW/Cleveland leaders 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 RossenToni ScherzerBarbara Sobel, and Lois Zaas*, who have all served on our National Board in the past. This event promises to be a very exciting morning. (*of blessed memory). To RSVP, call the office at 216-378-2204. 

Community Service

Shelly Friedman, Vice President



On Wednesday May 14th the Kosher Food Bank will receive 16,000 pounds of donated food to hand out to 150-200 local residents in need of assistance. Volunteers are needed to ensure the operation runs smoothly. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available from registration to stamping recipients' hands to helping clients select food from the bin.


This will be an ongoing NCJW/Cleveland project, occurring the second Wednesday of each month through October. Please consider giving of your time to help those in need within our own community.

Date: Wednesday, May 14

Time:  3:30 - 6 p.m.

Location: 1980 Green Rd. S. Euclid, Ohio 44121

RSVP: Shelly Friedman at 440-247-7900


NCJW/Cleveland continues to make Heart Pillows that are given to women post breast cancer surgery. In these two sessions, we would like to especially invite our NCJW members who are breast cancer survivors, and those who are undergoing treatment at this time. Please come and participate in this mitzvah so that we may honor you and share in your strength.


At both sessions, we will stuff the pillows and do the finishing sewing. If you can't sew, that's fine; come to stuff and make cards! All volunteers are welcome at both sessions, but space is limited. 

Date:  Friday, May 30, and Friday, June 20

Time:  10:00 a.m.

Location:  NCJW/Cleveland Office

RSVP: Suzanne at the NCJW/Cleveland office at 216.378.2204 ext. 101

Co-Chairs: Joanne Grossberg & Susan Ringel


Fran Steinbock, Vice President


Join us in continuing the NOW WHAT? Discussion.....

What: An informal book discussion on: The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years after 50 

by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot.

Date: Tuesday, May 20

Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, at Richmond Rd. and Shaker Blvd.

RSVP by 5/16/14 to Rebecca Brouman, NCJW/Cleveland Director of Volunteers, 216.378.2204 X105 or email her at if you plan to attend.


For more information about NOW WHAT? and its beginnings click here:


 Welcome New Annual Members

Susanne Bailys

Anne Mitro

Regina Olbinsky

Elizabeth Rumizen

Nicole Shefrin

Sandra Zieve


Our thoughts go out to the families of those recently deceased

Miriam C. Fried

Billie Kater

Marcy R. Schreibman

Susan Reis, Vice President


Greater Cleveland Congregation Assembly

A greater Cleveland means access to Health Care, quality Education for our children, a fair Criminal Justice system and lives free of Gun Violence.  To show our support for these issues, GCC is having a 1,000 person rally on Thursday, May 29th.GCC will be speaking out about gun violence in Cuyahoga County. If you haven't seen GCC in action you will not want to miss this!  Even if you are not involved in GCC, you can attend. NCJW has committed to bringing 100 people.

Date:  Thursday May 29

Time:  7:00 p.m. (Please be seated by 6:45 pm)

Place:  Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, 8712 Quincy Ave., Cleveland

Questions:  Contact Lynn Kleinman at

RSVP: We have a bus to transport people and will coordinate carpools for anyone who is interested.  The bus and carpools will be leaving from Fairmount Temple's parking lot at 6 p.m.  Please RSVP to Suzanne Troll or call her at 216.387.2204 ext. 101 so we can plan accordingly.


Issues for this year's Advocacy team include:  Human Trafficking and Women's Reproductive Health.  If you are interested in working on these, please contact Susan Reis

Program Education
Ilene Nolish, Vice President


Tamara de Lempicka was born in Warsaw, Poland and was known for being "the first woman artist to be a glamour star."  She became a well - renowned portrait painter with a distinctive Art Deco manner.  Quintessentially French, Deco was the part of an exotic and glamorous Paris that epitomized Tamara's living and painting style. Felicia Zavarella Stadelman will present a fascinating lecture on de Lempicka's life and legacy.

Date: Tuesday, May 6

Time10:30 a.m.

Location: Beachwood Community Center - 25325 Fairmount Blvd.

Cost: $10

RSVP: NCJW/Cleveland office by calling 216.378.2204 ext. 101. Reservations required.

ChairsEllen Young & Ethel Shultz



Date: First Thursday of the month

Book Title:  May 1 - Billy Lynn's Long Half Time Walk 

by Ben Fountain

                     June 5- Someone by Alice McDermott

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

Place: Beachwood Library, 25501 Richmond Road

            NOTE:  The May 1 meeting will be held at the NCJW office.

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

Chair: Susan Kahn


Fund Development

Adrienne Siegel, Vice President


NCJW/Cleveland has new beautifully designed note cards and tribute cards for sale.  The cards are a very special way to say congratulations, thank you or to offer support and condolences.  The cards are available for purchase at NCJW/Cleveland events and at the office.  $20 for 10 note cards (shown to the right) and $25 for 5 tribute cards.



Click here to see the April Tributes.

Evening Branch

Amy Zlotnik and Wendi Shapera, Co-Presidents



May 17, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Click here for details.

Retail Operations- Thriftique and DDD

Linda Barnett, Vice President


Thriftique has not only a place for your gently used and worn clothing, furniture and bric-a-brac but also a place for you! You can drop off your donations at the NCJW/Cleveland warehouse on Emery Road and then come visit, shop or help at Thriftique at 5055 Richmond Road just down the street.  For information, call Becky at the NCJW office.



Cheryl Gutmacher

Linda Kendall

Tobie Kogan

Sandi Lefkowitz

Rita Rome



Please join us for The first ever Thriftique in the Kitchen Cookbook. Our cookbook will be a compilation of recipes from customers, volunteers and staff.


Please print out/download the attached recipe form or stop into Thriftique Showroom and pick one (or two) up.  Return your completed form by email to or drop it off in the store by May 17, 2014.  If you have any questions, please call Karen at 216.378.2264.



You can drop off your items at the NCJW Main Office/Warehouse located at:

26055 Emery Road, Warrensville Hts, 44128

We supply the tax deduction form.Monday thru Friday 

9 :00 am - 4:00 pm 



CALL ABBE TODAY AT 216.378.2264

Things to take note of....
The NCJW/Cleveland office will be closed May 26 for Memorial Day and June 4 for Shavout.

Faye Bass


ext. 102

Mindi Axner 

Executive Director 

ext. 103


Suzanne Troll

Administrative Assistant

ext. 101


Becky Brouman

Director of Volunteers

ext. 105


Julie Hayes

Operations Administrator

ext. 100

Annette Paley 

Administrative Assistant

ext. 106

Meryl Simon

Finance Administrator

ext. 107



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.
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