A message from the President


Dear Friends,


As the crisis in Israel and Gaza rages, as Secretary Kerry attempts to broker a cease fire, as Israel defends its homeland, NCJW/Cleveland joins with other NCJW sections in taking pride in our organization's constant support of this brave country. Shari Eshet, Director, NCJW Israel's office, has been updating us on the day-to-day situation. 


Rosean Schmidt's account in this newsletter of her experience in the most recent NCJW mission to Israel gives a small taste of one granting program provided by NCJW.  She is NCJW/Cleveland's Israeli liaison and the person to talk to her if you wish to support NCJW's Israeli programs.


Meantime, we are praying for Israel's safety.  At the same time, our lives continue in Cleveland.  Through our advocacy initiatives we're helping to fight gun violence, preserve women's reproductive rights and guard voter rights.   Through our community service projects, we're teaching children, feeding families and providing basic services to women.    Our education programs are increasing our knowledge...and our self-esteem.  Opportunities in each area are listed in this bulletin.   

Highlights of this month include: Volunteering at Share What You Wear in August: joining one of the Greater Cleveland Congregations teams fighting gun violence; volunteering to register voters or serve as host at the Gay Games.     


In September, we can enjoy author Jennifer Weiner at our 120th Opening Meeting. We can prepare the clothing and accessories for Designer Dress Days selling floor.  We can distribute food to the needy at the Kosher Food Bank.  


As our hearts bleed for Israel and Gaza, we remain intent on doing all we can to improve the lives of women, children and families here and throughout the world.





Volunteer at National Gay Games:     Friday, August 8

Volunteer at Share What You Wear:   Monday - Wednesday, August 11 - 13

Volunteer at the Kosher Food Bank:    August 13

Join NCJW in the Mega Challah Bake:  Click here for details



Fall meeting:                                        September 17

Designer Dress Days:                           October 24 - 28

Lois Zaas Memorial Lecture:              To be determined

Community Service

Shelly Friedman, Vice President


Volunteers needed for one-day projects

  • Be an Ambassador for NCJW and Cleveland at the National Gay Games on Friday, August 8 in one of three shifts:  8:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., or 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  As one of the sponsors of the event, NCJW volunteers will be handing out information packets at the Cleveland Convention Center. Call Shelly Friedman, 440-247-7900 to volunteer.
  • Help teens and families in need select clothing, backpacks and school supplies collected by our teens from local high schools at Share What You Wear on Monday, August 11 (set up time) from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 pm, or Wednesday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Tudor Arms Hotel, 10660 Carnegie Ave.    Valet parking provided.  If you, your children or grandchildren want to volunteer contact Kelly Markowitz at or RSVP to the office.
  • Sort/deliver food for low-income Jewish homes at the Kosher Food Bank on Wednesday August 13 from 3:00 -6:00 p.m. in South Euclid.  Call Shelly Friedman, 440-247-7900 to volunteer. 
Donations Needed for Share What You Wear

We are still accepting donations of new school supplies...notebook paper and folders are in great need.   You can drop off these items at the office.  Chairs: Kelly Markowitz and Jill Braun.  


Donation Received 

Jacqueline Gold of (name of community),  who satisfied her Bat Mitzvah project by collecting an entire car load of books for Partners In Reading, was awarded an NCJW Appreciation Certificate.  We thank her so much.

DigKnitty Dates

If you love to sew or knit for others, join the group!

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - Orange Library - 10:00 a.m. to  noon   

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - NCJW - 10:00 - noon

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - NCJW - 10:30 - 12:30

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - NCJW - 10:00 - noon

Chairs: Sandy Cole, Sandy Levine and Anita Pupa



Fran Steinbock, Vice President


Give a Gift of One-Year Membership... a friend, daughter, daughter-in-law, or cousin at no charge to either of you. The gifted party must not have been an NCJW member within the past five years. Call the office or put the contact information for your gift on the back of your renewal card.  One gift per member.

Welcome New Annual Members 

Ronna Bernstein

Katie Cahn

Ricki Carr

Muriel Carter

Kathleen L. Englehart

Sari Feldman

Rebecca Fellenbaum

Lesley Gordon

Marcia Hales

Debbie Kaufman

Diane Kirstein

Karen Markowitz

Hilary Marks

Rosalie McCarthy

Stacey Neshkin

Edy Ocker

Marilyn Resnick

Jennifer Rinehart

Margaret Rosenberg

Elana Rzepka

Jill Schwartz

Marsha Segelin

Angela Siegel

Debbie Skapin

Linda Solonitz

Pamela Turner

Carol Weiskind

Elizabeth Weiss

Anne Wolfson


 New Life Members

 Aly Jaffee                  Karen Marcus


Our thoughts go out to the families of those recently deceased

Adeline Kirschenbaum



Susan Reis, Vice President

Make a difference.  Get involved.  Advocate.

  • Work for Women's Reproductive Justice.   Contact Cyndy Fellenbaum
  • Help tackle the growing problem of Human Trafficking.  Contact Elaine Geller
  • Help Get out the Vote and register voters.  Contact Rita Rome
  • Go online and find out if your mayor is participating in the Do Not Stand Idly By Campaign for gun violence control.  If so, thank him/her.  If not, encourage him/her to sign on (can we include a link to the letters and list of participating mayors?).  Contact Susan Reis or Judy Eigenfeld for more information.
  • Human Trafficking is the topic for The Lois Zaas Memorial Advocacy Lecture in November.  The first planning meeting is Thursday, Aug. 7,  9:30 a.m. (Linda Barnett's home).  Contact Susan Reis 



With champagne flutes or iced tea glasses in our hands and chocolate on our lips, passionate NCJW members met at Roberta Herman's home to discuss Greater Cleveland Congregations accomplishments and its emphasis on building relationships within the circle of members. We shared our passions to effect change for Education, Health Care, Criminal Justice and Gun Violence.


Each woman committed to joining one of those teams and promised to bring one new NCJW member to our next meeting. Readers, you can wait to be asked, or you can become an active member simply by watching for news of our next get together.  Cleveland is changing.  If you think you can't change anything or don't know where to fit in, this group makes it easier and more doable for us all. 


Become part of the process. 

Contact Lynn Kleinman at or Susan Reis at for more information.



Last fall I went to Israel on an NCJW mission with 35 women from different parts of

the United States.  It proved to be a spiritual and educational experience

of a lifetime. I had little knowledge of what NCJW did in Israel, but I learned firsthand about NCJW's  Israel granting programs.  In seven days we visited several program sites and met with companies that were using our initiative programs.


"Turning the Tables," a program that gives Israeli women involved in sex trafficking and prostitution the opportunity to learn the fashion industry, was one of my favorites.  The program provides vocational training to develop self-worth and to promote alternative livelihood opportunities.  An Israeli woman, who made each of us a challah cover, talked about her previous life and how Turning the Tables has changed her. 


We met Shari Eshet, Director, NCJW Israel's office.  We are lucky to have her leading the way for women and children's rights in Israel.  She speaks to the same issues we champion in the U.S. -- advocacy and coalition, education and empowerment and advancing the lives of women, children and families to ensure Israel's future.


It is ironic that I am writing this while the Gaza conflict is raging.  Shari has been sending us updates.  If you are interested in more information or supporting NCJW's Israel Granting Programs, please contact  And, I hope some of you will consider going on the next Israel mission, which I plan to repeat in fall, 2015.



Rosean Schmidt, Israel Liaison

Program Education
Ilene Nolish, Vice President

The Goldfinch is the September Selection for Book Group

Books are for sharing-- join the NCJW Book Group

Book Group resumes Thursday, September 4, 1-2 p.m. at the Beachwood Library, corner of Shaker Blvd. and Richmond Rd. with a discussion of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.  The group meets on the first Thursday of every month from Sept. - June at the Beachwood library.  Lively discussions, led by moderator Amy Rosenfield, will deepen appreciation of current literature. Open to NCJW members only and free of charge with an optional $5 donation for the moderator fees.  Members may bring a lunch and socialize prior to the discussion. 


Future dates and book selections:

Oct. 2 - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Nov. 6 - Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon

Dec. 4 - Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley

Jan. 8 - The Good Lord Bird by James McBride


To join, please send your current email address to I'm looking forward to seeing new faces and welcoming back veterans in September. 

Chair:  Susan Kahn


Part of the 2014-15 Cleveland Museum of Art Series

NCJW members can gain new art insight through seven art appreciation gallery lectures at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Enrollment is limited by the museum and will be closed once the allotted maximum number of participants is reached.  


This year we will visit the museum's newest west wing,visit the reinstalled contemporary galleries, and the museum's conservation laboratories.  The program also includes two major exhibitions, Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography with works from twentieth -century surrealist photography; and Senufo: Art, History, and Style in West Africa, showcasing sculpture in the early 20th century.  We will also view the exhibition Maine Sublime: Frederic Church's "Twilight in the Wilderness," which includes some paintings on public view for the first time.


Each lecture is offered three times:  Wednesday and Friday mornings at 11 a.m. and Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.

OCT. 8/10        The Chinese Scholar Official: Painter, Poet, Calligrapher, Political Activist

NOV. 12/14      Maine Sublime: Frederic Church's Twilight in the Wilderness: American Landscape Painting

DEC.  10/12     Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography - works from 20th century photographers.

JAN.   14/16    Sooo...What's New: the Reinstalled Contemporary Galleries

FEB.                  NO SESSIONS

MAR.  11/13     Senufo:  Art History and Style in West Africa - showcasing sculpture from the early 10th century.

APR.  8/10       A Century in Architecture and Art

MAY  13/15     Behind the Scenes:  A Visit to the Conservation Labs

Cost:  $40.00 per person

Register with a credit card on line at (need specific address) or by phone at the NCJW/Cleveland office (216-378-2204). 

Chairs:  Joan Lustig and Carole Faiman
Fund Development

Adrienne Siegel, Vice President


$5000 establishes a named Endowment Fund

$500 establishes a named Tribute Fund 

Become an Annual 

 Fund Donor

Send Tribute Cards 

for all occasion

Call Adrienne Siegel or Mindi Axner at 216.378.2204 ext. 103


Click here to see the July Tributes.

Retail Operations - Thriftique and DDD

Wendy Elconin, Vice President



Preview Day:  Friday, October 24 ($20 entrance fee to shop)

Sale Dates:     Sunday, October 26 - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Location:        Mandel  JCC



Click here to download the application for volunteering at DDD this year - You will love it! Or call Elise Goldner at 440-461-5952 or Rita Langer at 216-381-2877. 



Like us at our special Designer Dress Days Face Book Page for a chance to win a free entrance fee to Preview Day - link



NCJW/Cleveland's website will feature a gallery of "sneak peek" photos of some of our most outstanding apparel, accessories, furs, and jewelry. Find this at our Designer Dress Day Page 




Donate your jewelry, clothing on hangers and furs (all furs will receive an appraisal)! Add to our growing collection of exciting items for DDD.  If you need help getting your designer donations to us please call Julie at the NCJW office, 216-378-2204, to make the arrangements.

Drop off your items at the NCJW Main Office/Warehouse located at:

26055 Emery Road, Warrensville Hts., 44128

Monday thru Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 


Come visit, shop and/or volunteer at Thriftique 5055 Richmond Road, Bedford Heights.


Need a free pick up for furniture and appliances?  Call Abbe today at 216-378-2264

Things to take note of....

Office/Warehouse and Thriftique will be closed Monday, September 1 for Labor Day.

Linda Barnett


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Mindi Axner 

Executive Director 

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Suzanne Troll

Administrative Assistant

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Becky Brouman

Director of Volunteers

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Julie Hayes

Operations Administrator

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Annette Paley 

Administrative Assistant

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Meryl Simon

Finance Administrator

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