October 2014
Letter from the Director of Volunteers

 

Dear Friends,

 

Often, as we go about our day- to-day lives, it's easy to concentrate on checking things off the list: Did I remember to pick up that prescription? What are we having for dinner? Did I respond to that last email? These are measurable tasks - and when they're completed, we often, understandably, feel a sense of accomplishment. But sometimes, when we are so single-minded in our tasks, we miss the other less tangible things in life, like the warmth we feel when we connect - or reconnect-- with a person, or the joy we feel when we are able to help lift up or support another soul.

 

That's why I cherish the High Holidays so much: It is a time to take stock of our lives, and to think about the things we are missing. And as we enter the new year 5775, I urge you to seek out those intangibles, those things that often don't fit or make it onto a check list: like helping a first grader sound out the words to a book and seeing the grin and pride on her face when she figures out the meaning. Or attending a 250 person community rally to reduce gun violence, and feeling the energy and passion that pulses through the room, when person after person stands up to tell their story-and feels, for the first time - that they're being heard. Or talking to someone you don't know at a NCJW program, and feeling the giddiness that comes when you realize how much you have in common.

 

As the Director of Volunteers at NCJW/Cleveland, I am always happy to help you seek out and connect to these opportunities and people.  Stop by! My door - and my inbox -- is always open.

 

Shana Tovah! Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, meaningful and fulfilling new year!

  
Becky
SAVE THE DATE!

JOIN US AT THE 11TH ANNUAL LOIS ZAAS MEMORIAL ADVOCACY LECTURE:

Human Trafficking: 21st Century Slavery

 

It's happening in the cities and in the suburbs. In Bogata and Beachwood, Shanghai and Shaker Heights.

 

What can we do to battle this modern version of slavery that affects men, women, and children of all races and religions? Join keynote speakers Karen Walsh, Director of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking, Renee Jones, Founder and Director of the Renee Jones Empowerment Center, Detective John Morgan and Jill Sadowsky from Bellefaire JCB for a panel discussion on the issues surrounding human trafficking, and what we can do to help protect and safeguard victims.

                                    

Date:

Time:

Location:

 

Cost:

RSVP:

Wednesday, November 12

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Temple Emanu El, 4545 Brainard Road

Orange Village, OH 44022

Free, refreshments will be served

NCJW Office, 216- 378-2204 Ext. 101

 

Retail Operations - Thriftique and DDD

Wendy Elconin, Vice President

   

CHECK LIST FOR DDD

 

------- Closets cleaned

------- Clothes, purses, jewelry and furs dropped of at the 

          NCJW Warehouse

------- Volunteer sign up form completed and turned in

 

If you checked and answered "yes" to any or all of the above, you are ready to shop and volunteer!   We're getting packed up, getting set and ready to go for the biggest sale ever.

 

It's not too late, however, to sign up to help. Click here to download a sign up form.  Be on the look-out for your assignment letter which will be mailed out in the next two weeks.

 

REMINDER

*Preview Day:

 

 

Sale Dates:

 

 

Location:

Friday, October 24 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

*($20 entrance fee to shop)

 

Sunday, October 26: 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 

Monday and Tuesday, October 27 & 28:  10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

Mandel JCC

Also, please continue to like us at our special Designer Dress Days Facebook Page for a chance to win a free entrance fee to Preview Day: www.facebook.com/dddCleve.

 

Check out NCJW/Cleveland's website, which continues to feature a gallery of "sneak peek" photos of some of our most outstanding apparel, accessories, furs, and jewelry. Click here for your Sneak Peek. 
   

DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS ACCEPTED FOR THRIFTIQUE

Please drop off your items at the NCJW Main Office/Warehouse located at 26055 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, 44128

Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m .

We supply the tax deduction form.

 

NEED A FREE PICK UP FOR FURNITURE and APPLIANCES?

CALL ABBE TODAY AT 216-378-2264

 

REMEMBER THRIFTIQUE!

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

PROGRAM AND EDUCATION                                 
Ilene Nolish, Vice President

 

GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT:

Tips for Basic Digital Photography

Hands-on class.  How to shoot better photographs and edit them on your computer.  Bring your camera.

Taught by Rita Rome, Diane Schwartz and Robbin Valentine from Dodd Camera.

DATE:

TIME:

LOCATION:

 

COST:

RSVP:

Tuesday, November 6

7:00 - 8:30 p.m

Chagrin Falls Library

100 E. Orange St., Chagrin Falls

NCJW member, $5.      Non-member, $10, after November 1

NCJW Office, Suzanne Troll   216 -378-2204, Ext. 101

Reservations are required, space is limited.

 

ART BIO LECTURE: NORMAN ROCKWELL

Few people really know very much about the man who tells stories in his paintings.  He has been so many contrasting things:  a city boy, a country gentleman, a high school dropout, devoted family man, bon vivant swinger, international playboy and a recluse.  "People like to think that Rockwell painted Middle America, the truth is, Norman Rockwell invented Middle America," said artist/illustrator Tom Sgourus. 

Join us for a fascinating lecture and slide presentation about the artist led by educator, Felicia Zavarella Stadelman.

 

LOCATION: 

Beachwood Cleveland Clinic Medical Bldg - 26900 Cedar Rd. (Complimentary Valet parking is available at the Cedar Rd. entrance - please tip generously)

DATE:

TIME:

COST:

RSVP:

 

CHAIRS:

Tuesday, October 14

10:30 a.m

$10 member    $15 non-member after October 7

NCJW Office, Suzanne Troll   216 -378-2204 Ext. 101   

Reservations are required.  Space is limited

Ethel Schultz, Ellen Young and Laurie Biales

 

NCJW BOOK GROUP

The NCJW Book Group will meet Thursday, October 2, at 1 p.m. at the Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library on Richmond Road.  The book we are discussing is The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.  The group is open to NCJW members and there is no fee, but a $5 donation fee is suggested for our discussion leader, Amy Rosenfeld.

 

Future dates and titles:

November 6 - Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon

December 4 - Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley

January 8 -The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

CHAIR: Susan Kahn 

 

SIEGAL COLLEGE

Case Western Reserve Mini Series

Topic: Building the Jewish State: Israel in the 1950's

The young state of Israel faced major challenges and successes during its first decade of statehood.

The course will focus on internal dynamics during this period, examining the political, social and cultural difficulties.

LECTURER

DATES:

 

LOCATION:

COST:

RSVP:

CHAIR:

Dr. Brian Amkraut

November 11 - December 2

4 Tuesdays: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Siegel College of Jewish Studies

$54

Siegal College of Jewish Studies: Sheryl Hirsh 216-368-2091

Carole Faiman

 

THE MUSICAL THEATER PROJECT -   TMTP

The Song Is You!

TMTP is offering discount tickets to NCJW members for upcoming performances for the 2014-15 season.

CHAIR: Claire Biel

 

Ethel Merman: Loud but Honest

DATE:

LOCATION:

COST:  

October 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College.

NCJW members: $12

   

Mary Martin: America's Sweetheart

DATE:

LOCATION:

COST:

October 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall

NCJW members; $22

Ethel Merman and Mary Martin two-concert pass for $30 if purchased by October 1st.

*Tickets may be purchased by calling TMPT box office: 216-245-8687

**Order your discount tickets by saying you are an NCJW member.

***Unless indicated, all tickets are reserved seating.

Advocacy

Susan Reis, Vice President

 

UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES: REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE     

It's Not About Pro-Choice - It's About No Choice!

Join us for an informative program including a panel presentation and open discussion, plus a continental breakfast.  We will engage in important conversations and explore the critical issue of women's reproductive justice.

 

We will hear from Dr. Laura David, OB/GYN who will share her perspective on how legislation has affected the practice of medicine.  Misha Barnes, managing director of public affairs of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, will share personal stories and information regarding access to medical care.

 

Learn what NCJW is doing and what you can do to help advocate for the rights we fought so hard for and are now slipping away.

DATE:

TIME:

LOCATION:

COST:

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CHAIRS: 

Sunday, November 2

9:30 a.m. registration

Point East Condominium (Party Room), 27500 Cedar Road, Beachwood, Ohio

$10 member   $15 non-member

NCJW Office, 216- 378-2204 Ext. 101    Space is limited.

Cyndy Fellenbaum & Cindy Glazer

 

Wondering what you can do to help reduce gun violence? GCC is hosting an informational meeting to discuss organizing principles and next steps for bringing action and awareness to the issue of gun violence.

DATE:

TIME:

LOCATION:

 

COST:

RSVP:

Thursday, October 9  

7 p.m

Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio  44115

There will be carpools from Fairmount Temple

Free

Susan Reis at sixreis@gmail.com

Community Service

Shelly Friedman, Vice President

 

OPERATION WARM UP

Operation Warm Up is a city-wide collection, sponsored by NCJW/Cleveland, to provide jackets, gloves, boots and warm clothing to the city's homeless population. Volunteers are needed to hand out collection bins, place phone calls, and sort clothing. If interested in helping, contact Rebecca Brouman, director of volunteers at 216-378-2204 ext 105 or email her at rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org.

 

IMAGINATION EXPRESS

Family Promise provides transitional housing to homeless and jobless families.  Their mission is to empower families to become self-sufficient by teaching employment and life skills.

 

On the third Tuesday of each month, NCJW/Cleveland volunteers head down to Family Promise to entertain the children at the shelter. Volunteers run craft projects, read stories,  and play games with the kids. No long-term commitment required; volunteers are welcome to  drop in as available. If interested, contact Imagination Express chair Adrienne Wasserman at  216-382-5278 or email her at ademaer@roadrunner.com.

 

 DONE IN A DAY

 Come stuff and seal pillows that that are given to women post breast cancer surgery. The heart  pillows will already be sewn. We will stuff them and hand-sew a 4-inch seam. If you can't sew,  that's fine; come to stuff and make cards!

 DATE:            Tuesday, October 14

 TIME:             1 - 3 p.m.

 LOCATION:   NCJW/Cleveland Office

 RSVP:            Rebecca Brouman, 216-378-2204 ext 105

 CO-CHAIRS: Joanne Grossberg & Susan Ringel

 

THANKSGIVING LUNCH FOR FOSTER CHILDREN

Join us to help serve a traditional Thanksgiving lunch and bring dessert to foster children in Cuyahoga County's Youth and Family Services. We are looking for people to bake dishes and to help serve lunch. We will carpool to the West Side from the NCJW office. If interested, contact Rebecca Brouman or Annette Paley at 216.378.2204.

DATE:          November 15  

TIME:           10:30 a.m. 

LOCATION: St. Ignatius; 1911 West 30th St., Cleveland, Ohio  44113

CHAIR:         Annette Paley

MEMBERSHIP

Fran Steinbock, Vice President

 

NEW AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBERSHIP EVENT: IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK

Join other new and prospective members for wine, hors d'oeuvres and an intimate look inside one of Shaker Height's most exclusive and historic residences: The Moreland Court Condominiums. 

DATE:
TIME:
LOCATION:

COST:

Monday, November 10, 2014
Moreland Court Condominiums
3415 Shaker Blvd Apt 8G4

Cleveland, OH 44120

Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RSVP:           By November 5th to Becky Brouman, Director of Volunteers at 216.378.2204 X105 

                      or email her at: rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org          

                      *Specific details on location and transportation will be provided at registration

 

NOW WHAT? CONTINUING TO COMPOSE YOUR LIFE

 For those looking to pursue the conversation about finding meaning in the next chapter, we want to tell you about "Purpose @ 50 Plus," a presentation by BVU and The Cleveland Foundation on volunteerism and networking.

DATE:

TIME:

LOCATION:

COST:

RSVP:

October 9, 2014

4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland

Free

Register Here      

For additional information,click here. 

 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Go to the NCJW website to renew your membership.  Please contact Annette Paley at 216-378-2204, ext. 106 to update your personal information for the new NCJW Member Directory.

 

We welcome new annual and life members. Click here to see the list.

It is with sadness we share the passing of 

Nancy Seidman

FUND DEVELOPMENT

Adrienne Siegel, Vice-President

 

Click here 
for September Tributes

THANK YOU TO MARGO VINNEY & JEFFREY CHAITOFF and ORLY EINHORN for establishing new endowment funds this month!

COMMUNICATIONS

Leslie Resnik, Vice President

  • NCJW/Cleveland in the News:

    • CJN gave NCJW's opening meeting great pre-event coverage with an interview of Jennifer Weiner, the featured speaker. Click here to read the article.
    • Beachwood Buzz featured three articles in the September issue - Entertainmobile's presence at the Cuyahoga County Fair, with picture
      click here-pg. 44; a preview of DDD with three pictures click here-pg. 34  and an announcement of  the Opening Meeting, with picture click here-pg. 22.
    • NEO Parent Magazine wrote about Livespecial.com. Click here to read the article. 
    • Currents previewed DDD in the September issue. Click here for article and here for the ad.
    • Jennifer Weiner did a pre-event interview on Sound of Applause, WCPN. 
      Click here to listen to the interview.
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