The season of celebrity awards is upon us. I can't help noticing that so many of the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominees have assumed roles as real life characters, and most of the recognized films are based on true stories that highlight the very issues we at NCJW face as we work to improve the lives of women, children and families.

Some of the very real issues this year's nominated films deal with include the fight for women's rights and equality ("Big Eyes"), the struggle to find joy and light, amidst a debilitating illness ("Still Alice"), the role mentors can play in a troubled child's life ("Boyhood") and the obstacles the LGBT community encountered when attempting to live their private lives ("The Imitation Game").
These films make me realize all over again the relevance - and continuing importance -- NCJW and its advocacy initiatives, community service projects and education programs provide to our community.
In keeping with this "awards season," I'd like to recognize a few of NCJW's own annual "celebrities."

This year, I nominate:
  • The Dignity Project with the "Boyhood" award for helping children aging out of foster care, providing them with guidance, and support, through our mentorship initiatives
  • Entertainmobile and High Notes, with the "Still Alice" award for their efforts to lighten the lives of seniors with song and dance.
  • Livespecial.com with the "Theory of Everything" award for offering almost 900 resources for individuals who, like Stephen Hawking, struggle to live productive lives.
  • Our advocacy committee members with the "Big Eyes" award for their work fighting for reproductive justice in one of the worst states for reproductive rights in the country.
If movies are any gauge of today's most pressing issues, NCJW's cast of characters is right on target as we bring solutions to the forefront of American family drama. And I congratulate Hollywood for focusing on real life people and how they cope.



             SAVE THE DATE



The 24th Annual NCJW/Cleveland Women's Seder

Monday, March 16th at 6:30 pm


The Annual Women's Seder, sponsored by Evening Branch, 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 "Human Trafficking." We look forward to seeing you there. Look for more details in next month's e-bulletin.

Adrienne Siegel, Vice President

Thank you to all our many generous donors to the Annual Fund.  We are still working on attaining our goal.  If you haven't made a contribution it is not too late to participate.  Remember that these funds help support all the offerings and opportunities of community service, programming, and advocacy work that are highlighted in this bulletin.  NCJW/Cleveland depends on our donors' generosity.  Let your voice be counted.


January Tributes (Click Here)

Program & Education

Ilene Nolish, Vice President



Please join us for a fascinating lecture and slide presentation by art historian, Felicia Zavarella Stadelman.


Bouguereau was one of the most important and influential artists of his time, yet his work is largely ignored in art history books.  He was a French painter and used mythological themes, making modern interpretations of classical subjects with an emphasis on the female human body.

An artist you may not know but will never forget.


Date:         Thursday, February 26

Time:        10:30 a.m.

Location:   NEW LOCATION- Beachwood Community Center, 25325 Fairmount Blvd.

Cost:         $10 NCJW members     $15 non-members after February 19

RSVP:       NCJW Office, Suzanne Troll 216-378-2204 Ext. 101  Pre-paid reservations are                              required.

                 Space is limited.     No walk- ins, please

Chairs:      Ellen Young, Ethel Schultz, Laurie Biales



The NCJW Book Group will meet Thursday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m. at the Beachwood Library.  The group is open to NCJW members. There is no fee but a donation of $5 is suggested for our discussion leader, Amy Rosenfield.


February 5: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

March 5:     Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline                               

Chair:       Susy Kahn



Please come and watch a glassblowing demonstration and learn about the process by noted artist, Earl James.  James has worked in his Cleveland studio since 1990. From furnaces producing molten glass he designs and makes both functional and nonfunctional objects.  His work is born out of an affinity for line, form and color and is built up in layers.  He creates functional vessels and decorative items and translates line and form sculpturally.

Born in Jamaica, West Indies, and raised in Rochester, New York, James earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a Masters of Fine Arts from Alfred University.  His work has been well received and can be found in numerous foundations, corporate and private collections. Items can be purchased at his studio.


Date:         Thursday, March 12

Time:        10:30 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m.

Location:  18410 Syracuse Avenue, Cleveland.   Directions will be                  given at time of registration.   Carpooling is encouraged                  due to limited parking.  There are stairs and the studio                    is not accessible to anyone with mobility issues.

Cost:         Open to NCJW members only and there is no fee.

RSVP:       NCJW Office, Suzanne Troll 216 378-2204 Ext. 101 by                  March 6.  Space is limited due to the size of the studio.

Chairs:      Ann Eland and Nancy Cohen



The Pianist of Willesden Lane

The Cleveland Play House presents the story of Lisa Jura, a 14 year old pianist, who was

rescued from Germany in 1938 by the Kindertransport.  In "The Pianist of Willesden Lane,"

Jura's daughter, renowned pianist Mona Golabek, brings her mother's true tale of survival 

and triumph to the stage.  Featuring live performances of classics by Chopin, Beethoven

and Debussy.


Date:         February 27 - March 22, 2015

Location:   Allen  Theatre, 1407 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio  44115

Cost:         NCJW members receive $10 discount for any performance

                 Purchase tickets online:  clevelandplayhouse.com 

                 coupon code   10ORG     
                Parking is not included.



Jane Eisner Lecture sponsored by the Laura and Alvin Siegal Jewish Lifelong Learning Program.  At a time when Jewish Women are making enormous professional strides in America, leadership in the organized Jewish community is still dominated by men.  Just one example: There are more

Jewish women on the U.S. Supreme Court than running the 18 largest Jewish Federations in the country.  Why this persistent imbalance?  How is it being addressed?  
What are the implications for the broader charity sector? 



Date:        Thursday, March 19, 2015 at noon - 2:00 p.m.

Location:  Siegal Facility, 26500 Shaker Blvd. in Beachwood

Cost:        $20 NCJW Members  $25 non-members  Lunch is included.  Dietary laws observed. 

RSVP:      To get the discount please call Sheryl Hirsh at 216-368-2091



PURIM IS COMING! PURIM IS COMING! - Women's Megillah Reading

Join us for a spirited reading of Megillat Esther by and for women. Costumes are encouraged and children are delightfully welcome.  Light breakfast will be served.  Please bring donations for Matanot L'Evonim of food or paper goods that will be donated to the Jewish Family Service Association.

For more information contact Nancy Zimmerman: nzimmerman@mandeljcc.org, 216-831-0700, ext. 1314.

Date:        Thursday, March 5, 2014 at 8:45 a.m.

Location:  Mandell JCC - Stonehill Auditorium, 26001 So. Woodland, Beachwood  44122

Cost:        Free and open to the public.

 Myrna Bloch, Chair 

Congratulations to Wendie Forman and Barbara Shane who have been selected as the 2015 Emerging Leaders. Wendie and Barbara have demonstrated a strong commitment to NCJW/Cleveland and we look forward to their continuing involvement as we strive to improve the lives of women, children and families.  Wendie and Barbara will be honored at the February 11th Winter Meeting. Please join us in congratulating them!
Susan Reis, Vice President

UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES:  Human Trafficking:  Making it Personal - Stories of Hope

Join us for a follow-up to our November symposium on human trafficking.

Our panel discussion will include:

  • Personal Stories from Survivors
  • Experts in the field
  • How we can help

Date:        Thursday, February 5, 2015

Time:        Sign in at 6:30, Program at 7:00-8:30 pm

Location:  Point East Community Room, 27500 Cedar Road, Beachwood

Cost:        $5.00 for members, $7.00 for non-members

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




The Department of Justice(DOJ) spent two years investigating the actions of the Cleveland Department of Police(CDP). In a recently released scathing report, the DOJ reported that Cleveland police officers repeatedly employed unnecessary and excessive use of deadly force when dealing with residents, and concluded that the CDP is "sometimes chaotic and dangerous ... (and) frequently deprives individuals of their constitutional rights.''  Join us for a 1,000 person rally, demanding change in our police policies and practices  Your attendance makes a difference!  We have committed that 25 NCJW members will be there; lets bring 50!  Please RSVP to Suzanne, NCJW Office, 216-378-2204, ext 101, whether or not you are planning to take the bus, so we know how many people will be there.


Date:         Tuesday, February 3

Time:        7 p.m.

Location:  Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, 8712 Quincy Ave., Cleveland 44106

                 (Bus will leave from Fairmount Temple Parking lot at 6 p.m.)

RSVP:       Suzanne Troll stroll@ncjwcleveland.org

Questions: Contact Lynn Kleinman: lekchoral@aol.com or Susan Reis: sixreis@gmail.com. 



It's not too late to sign up for GCC University. At this three day conference, you will learn how community organizing works and gather tips and information on how to become a more effective communicator and leader.


Dates:        Sunday, February 15th,  3-5 p.m., Monday, February 16th, 9 a.m. -  5 p.m.; Tuesday,                     February  17th,  9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location:   Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

Cost:          Free for all NCJW members. Lunch is provided.

RSVP:        Anna Risch: anna.risch@greaterclevelandcongregations.org

Questions: Contact Lynn Kleinman: lekchoral@aol.com or Susan Reis: sixreis@gmail.com


NCJW/Cleveland GCC Team Meeting

Date:        Wednesday, February 4th at 9:30 a.m.

Location:  Beachwood Library

Contact: Lynn Kleinman: lekchoral@aol.com with any questions.



In the past 8 years, more than 18,000 cases of human trafficking in the U.S. have been reported.

NCJW/Cleveland has made combatting human trafficking one of its high priority objectives. Join us for our next meeting, as we talk about steps we can take to educate our community about this modern day slavery.


Date:          Friday February 13

Time:         9:30 a.m.

Location:   NCJW office, 26055 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights

RSVP:       Elaine Geller: elaine1818@roadrunner.com



In the past four years, states have passed 231 measures regulating abortion.  The pace is expected to continue, given the results of the recent congressional elections.  And Ohio is a breeding ground for some of the nation's strictest anti-abortion laws.

A goal of the Women's Reproductive Committee is to spearhead the formation of a coalition of diverse organizations to help influence legislative decisions.  


If you would like to get involved or have suggestions for possible coalition partners, please contact: Cindy Fellenbaum at cfellenbaum@gmail.com or Roberta Herman at roberta110@roadrunner.com.

Shelly Friedman


Volunteer Recognition Brunch: NCJW volunteers lift up Cleveland

Date:      Wednesday, March 25

Time:      10:00 a.m.

Location: Temple Emanu El

               Invitation to follow



Stuffing pillows for post-surgery breast cancer patients.

In the past year NCJW members have donated more than 270 pillows to post-surgery breast cancer patients. Join us as we stuff and seal dozens more. The 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. Call Rebecca Brouman for more information and to RSVP at 216.378.2204 ext. 105. Space is limited.


Date:   Tuesday, March 10

Time:  10 a.m.-noon

Location:  NCJW/Cleveland Office 

RSVP: Rebecca Brouman, 216-378-2204 ext 105,rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org

Co-Chairs: Joanne Grossberg & Susan Ringel




Volunteers are needed to listen to first graders at the Warner Leadership Girls' Academy read to their buddy (that's you!) These reading sessions help students build confidence and foster a love of literature. Sessions take place the 4th Tuesday of the month, from 1:20 - 3:00 p.m. No experience necessary.  If interested, please contact Debbie Joseph by email at josdeb@aol.com or by phone at 216-233-1215.




Share What You Wear, a teen and NCJW/Cleveland led program that provides free back-to-school clothing and school supplies for those in need, is holding an orientation meeting for teens looking to get involved in the event.

Date:         Sunday, February 22 

Time:        3:00 p.m. 

Location:   Debbie Rosenthal's house - address will be provided                        upon registration

RSVP:  Rebecca Brouman, 216-378-2204 ext 105,                                       rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org

Chairs:  Jill Braun, Kelly Markowitz, Debbie Rosenthal 




Thursday, February 5          Beachwood Library

Wednesday, February 11    NDignitty meeting today
Thursday, February 19        NCJW Office in Large Conference Room

Wednesday, February 25    NCJW Office in large Conference Room

Chairs:  Sandy Cole (440-442-8777), Sandy Levine (216-464-4299) and Anita Pupa (440-498-2166)

Fran Steinbock, Vice President

Attention:  New and Prospective NCJW Members:

Save the Dates: Two fun opportunities to learn more about NCJW, and meet other new and prospective members, NCJW veteran volunteers and staff.

If you have gifted a membership in the past year, join us -- and bring along your giftee. As always, send us the name and contact of any prospective member you'd like to invite.


 "Lox" to Tell You - Join us at Thriftique! 

Meet and greet other new members, volunteers and staff, while you peruse NCJW's upscale resale shop, and nosh on bagels and lox. As a special bonus, attendees will receive $5 off a purchase of $30 or more.   


Date:        Wednesday, February 18

Time:       10:00 a.m.

Location:  Thriftique Showroom; 5055 Richmond Road; Bedford Heights, Ohio  44146

Cost:        Free

RSVP:      Rebecca Brouman, 216.378.2204 ext.105 or rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org



Once Upon a Vine: New and prospective member wine tasting event Tuesday, March 24

Come warm up from the winter chill, and meet other new and prospective NCJW/Cleveland members, with a sommelier-led wine tasting. Details to follow in the March bulletin.


Welcome to our new NCJW/Cleveland life member:

Ruth Jaffe

Welcome to our new NCJW/Cleveland members:

 Rochelle L. Gottlieb

Rita Green

Tina Gudin

Tracy Miller

Phyllis Elinson Royce

Julianna Senturia

Dana Trau


We are saddened to learn of the passing of:

Shirley Aaron

Carol Frankel

Elaine Friedman

Natalie J. Wasserman



Leslie Resnik, Vice President


NCJW In the News

Take a look at the ads and articles appearing in the media in December, 2014 and January, 2015: http//:ncjwcleveland.org/news/



  • Editorial in PD on Dec. 13 on NCJW's gun violence bus campaign.
  • NCJW mention in article on Toy Exchange in PD on Dec. 16.
  • Request for donations to Operation Warm Up in CJN, Dec. 19.
  • Crain's announcement of Cindy Glazer's winning advocacy award, Dec. 8-14.
  • Linda Barnett's letter re: Stanley Adelstein's death in CJN.
  • Pictures of Anita Pupa and Sandy Levine featured in Dig-Knitty article in January's Beachwood Buzz for knitting ponchos per an organization's request.
  • Focus on Abby Weissberg, one of NCJW's youngest volunteers at age 9 on Romona's Kids on Jan. 8 and 9 on TV19 and 43.
  • Call for Roslyn Z. Wolf Award nominees in CJN, Jan. 9 issue.
  • Front page story in Solon Times, Jan. 14 on livespecial.com, featuring Alana Eisner's progress and her family's impetus for founding livespecial.com.
  • Opinion piece in Jan. 15 CJN by Elaine Geller on NCJW role in Human Trafficking issue.


  • Roseann Schmidt featured in CJN Dec. 19 ad for Thriftique/Philanthropy.
  • Debbie Joseph featured in CJN Jan. 23 ad for Community Service.


Wendy Elconin, Vice President



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

Monday thru Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm   We supply the tax deduction form.



CALL ABBE or KAREN TODAY AT 216-378-2264

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