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June 2014
A message from the President
Dear Friends,


This is my first chance to let all of you know what an honor and privilege it 

is to serve as your new president.  NCJW/Cleveland has been a major force in my life for over 34 years. I am looking forward to the next two years as your president with hope, excitement, and pride.... I know my time will be filled to the brim with important advocacy initiatives, engaging programs, informative meetings, meaningful volunteer opportunities, and warm and lasting friendships.


We are beginning our 120th year knowing that we do make a difference in improving and enhancing the lives of women, children, and families.  This will be our year of CELEBRATION.  Our first event, CELEBRATION OF GENERATIONS, will occur on June 8th, when we honor past presidents who have brought their leadership from Cleveland to the National and International Councils of Jewish Women.  I hope all of you will join us for brunch at Landerhaven, when our generations shine in a fashion show featuring NCJW/Cleveland grandmothers, mothers, and children. We have also prepared a wonderful new video showcasing our illustrious history and future that will premiere at the brunch.


During this 120th year, let's reflect on our accomplishments, our innovations, our members, our leaders, our projects. These celebrations will serve as a beacon of inspiration for our future initiatives.  NCJW/Cleveland is indeed at the forefront of women's organizations in Cleveland, our country, and in Israel.  It is my hope that each of you will want to become engaged in some facet of our programming, volunteering, and fundraising efforts during this year and into the future.  I look forward to meeting and speaking with each of you during the next two years.  Please know that my door is always open and my phone and email is always available to you.





Save The Dates - 
Upcoming Events

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 National President Susan C. Levine, NCJW's National Treasurer, as well as Isabelle Brown*, Barbara Mandel, Ellen Rossen, Toni Scherzer, Barbara Sobel, and Lois Zaas* (*of blessed memory), who have all served on our National Board in the past. This event promises to be a very exciting morning. To RSVP, call the office at 216-378-2204



Congratulations to NCJW/Cleveland's youngest volunteer, nine-year-old Twinsburg resident Abby Weissberg (on the left), on being selected a Kohl's Care scholarship winner. Abby was awarded the honor for her volunteer work with NCJW/Cleveland. 


In the past year, Abby has collected more than 600 books for NCJW's Partner in Reading program, organized a back pack and school supply drive for students in need as part of NCJW's Share What You Wear program, and helped sort and fold clothes for Operation Warm Up. We feel very lucky to have her support! Congratulations Abby on your well-deserved win!   (Click here for full bio of Abby as seen in the December ebulletin)

Community Service

Shelly Friedman, Vice President



Partners in Reading would like to thank the students, faculty, and staff of Hilltop School in Beachwood for donating books from their Book Drive to our programs.  The students donated many books, and we will make sure they get to children who will use, love and appreciate them! Hilltop is one of the schools where we have a successful fifth grade Book Club, and we love that the students and faculty appreciate what we do and wanted to help!  


Keep us in mind when you have books to donate!  We especially can use fourth through sixth grade chapter books.  Email Debbie Joseph at with questions.



On Wednesday, June 11th 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 at the outdoor market 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, June 11

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 the second of our two se

ssions, we would like to especially invite our NCJW members who are breast cancer survivors, and those who are undergoing treatment at this time to attend. Please come and participate in this mitzvah so that we may honor you and share in your strength.


At the session, 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, but space is limited. 

Date:  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



NCJW/Cleveland is an official sponsor of this year's Gay 

Games. As part of our sponsorship, we've agreed to provide volunteers to help with registration, snacks, and flow at the aquatics competition on Thursday, August 15th. If interested in helping out or to learn more, contact Mindi Axner at, 216-378-2204 ext. 103

Date: Thursday, August 15th

Time: 11:30 a.m to 3 p.m.

Location: Cleveland State's Aquatic Center, 2420 Chester Ave, 44115

RSVP: Mindi Axner at


Fran Steinbock, Vice President


New and prospective member event: Mitzvot & Margaritas

Meet and mingle with new and prospective NCJW/Cleveland members at Cleveland's newest Mexican restaurant. Light appetizers and drinks included. 

Date: Tuesday, June 24th

Time: 5:30 -7:30 p.m.

Location: Tres Potrillos, 25765 Chagrin Blvd, Beachwood, OH 44122

Cost: Please bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to the Kosher Food Pantry

RSVP: By Thursday, June 19th to Suzanne Troll at 216-378-2204 ext. 101 or email her at

*No elevator access


 Welcome New Annual Members

Sally Breen            Marilyn Lenson

Pam Goss             Frani Shagrin

Estra Grant             Suzanne Troll


Our thoughts go out to the families of those recently deceased

Doris Kaplan

Jean Kleinman 

Susan Reis, Vice President

2014 - 2015 Planning meeting

The advocacy department of NCJW/Cleveland is committed to creating social change through on-the-ground actions. Anyone interested in helping to plan and brainstorm this year's action steps, programs and issues are welcome to join the 2013-2014 meeting. Topics of discussion include (but are not limited to) the following: 

  • Human Trafficking
  • Women's Reproductive Health in Ohio
  • Gender Equality in Israel
  • Gun Safety and Kids
  • Voter Registration. 

Date: Friday, June 20

Time: 1-2:30 pm

Place: NCJW/Cleveland office

RSVP:  Susan Reis at 

Program Education
Ilene Nolish, Vice President


Date: Thursday, June 5
Book TitleSomeone 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

Cost      $5 per session (cash donation for leader)

Chair:    Susan Kahn

*NoteThis will be our last meeting before a summer hiatus.  When we resume Sept. 4, we will be discussing The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. This is a long book so it's perfect for summer reading. 

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 May Tributes.

Retail Operations- Thriftique 
and DDD

Wendy Elconin, Vice President



Don't forget to check your jewelry box!  Both DDD and Thriftique can sell the costume and fine jewelry that you are no longer wearing.


Our NCJW warehouse is already filling up with fabulous designer clothing and accessories for DDD. Our wonderful volunteers are busy sorting, tagging and pricing the merchandise that is coming in daily but THEY WANT YOURS ALSO!  


Please drop off your donations at the NCJW warehouse on Emery Road and then come visit, shop and/or volunteer at Thriftique on Richmond Road. 




Joyce Becker


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 June 15, 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 June 4 for Shavout.

Linda Barnett


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

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Meryl Simon

Finance Administrator

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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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