LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Friends,

 

NCJW is all about keeping up with the times.  We pride ourselves in being in the forefront and encouraging change for the betterment of women.  Part of that entails learning about, and using, the technology and tools around us to let our friends and networks know about the important issues and events going on in the world today.

 

Social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) allows us to reach out to many people in our community and beyond.  We have to learn how to effectively use Facebook to post messages about our own activities within NCJW - information about important meetings, invitations to major events, news of meaningful projects helping women and children in our area.  We have to "Like" and "Share" important issues that arise, so that all of our members and friends know about them.

 

We can support the work NCJW does in Israel by reposting the news stories of our Israel Granting Program.  When we read an article online that is pertinent to our initiatives we can pass that information on to many others by simply posting to Facebook for all to read.

 

In order to learn more about these issues yourself - and become a more effective advocate and agent for change - "friend" NCJW on Facebook  (https://www.facebook.com/NCJWCleveland). There, you can read recently posted articles about Mayor Jackson's response to our demand for police reform, learn when the next stop human trafficking meeting takes place, see stories about the support LiveSpecial.com provides for families whose members have special needs - and also check out our weekly posts about Thriftique sales.

 

Happy posting!

 

Best,

Linda


SAVE THE DATE

SAVE THE DATE

You are cordially invited to the

24th Annual NCJW/Cleveland Women's Seder

 

Monday, March 16th

Doors open at 6:00 pm for appetizers

Program begins at 6:30 pm

Point East Community Room

27500 Cedar Road, Beachwood

The NCJW 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: Modern Day Slavery."

 

RSVP required no later than Monday, March 9, 2015 to:

NCJW office 216-378-2204 or online at www.ncjwcleveland.org

$25 for adults  

$15 for children 12 or younger

AWARD Myrna Bloch, Chair

Congratulations to Shelli Zasa who has been selected as the 2015 Alice and Eugene Weiss Esteemed Service Award recipient.  This award, established by member Elaine Gilbert in memory of her parents, is given to an NCJW volunteer who has demonstrated a commitment to non-direct service.  Shelli, a long-time volunteer at Thriftique and DDD, will be honored at the March 25th Volunteer recognition brunch.  Please join us in congratulating Shelli.

Program & Education 

Ilene Nolish, Vice President

 

ART BIO LECTURE

Join us for our season's last fascinating lecture and slide presentation by art historian,Felicia Zavarella Stadelman.

Georges-Pierre Seurat  (1859 - 1891) was a French Post-Impressionist painter and dr

aftsman.  He is noted for his innovative use of drawing media and for devising the painting techniques known as chromoluminarism and pointillism. His large-scale work, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-1886), altered the direction of modern art by initiating Neo-impressionism, and is one of the icons of late 19th-century painting.

Date:         Tuesday, April 21

Time:        10:30 a.m.

Location:   Beachwood Cleveland Clinic Medical Bldg.,                                                 26900 Cedar Road

Cost:          $10 NCJW members    $15 non-member after April 14th

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

                  Pre-paid reservations are required.

                  Space is limited.   No walk-ins, please!

Chairs:       Laurie Biales, Ethel Schultz, Ellen Young

 

NCJW BOOK GROUP

The NCJW Book Group will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 at the Beachwood Library on Richmond Road.  The group is open to NCJW members. There is no fee but a donation of $5 is suggested for our discussion leader, Amy Rosenfield.

March 5      Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline

April 2        Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Chair:         Susy Kahn

 

CLEVELAND PLAYHOUSE

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.

 

SIEGAL COLLEGE LUNCH AND LEARN: 

Why Do Men Still Dominate Jewish Leadership Roles?

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? Join us for a lunch and lecture at Siegal College, sponsored by the Laura and Alvin Siegal Jewish Lifelong Learning Program.

Date:         Thursday, March 19, 2015

Time:         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:       Sheryl Hirsh at 216-368-2091

 

ISRAEL IN THE 60'S: EICHMANN TRIAL AND 6-DAY WAR IN 1967

This four week course uses two significant episodes from modern Israeli history to provide insight into Israeli society during the country's second decade.  1961 saw the apprehension and trial of Adolph  Eichmann, and in some ways the era closed with the population's fears and subsequent jubilation surrounding the 6-day war in 1967.  This short course explores the history of these events and how they continue to shape Israeli society in the 21st century. 

Dates:        April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 2015 (4 Tuesdays) 

Time:         7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location:   Siegal College, 26500 Shaker Blvd.                 

Cost:         $54

Instructor:  Brian Amkraut, PhD

RSVP:        Call Sheryl Hirsh at 216-368-0423

  

MUSICAL THEATER PROJECT

The next program for The Musical Theater Project is "Swing's the Thing" featuring Joe Hunter Trio and 5 horns from the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Ticket prices range from $25 - $50.  No NCJW discounts are available for this event.

Date:          March 21

Time:         8:00 p.m

Location:   Ohio Theater

                  Purchase tickets at the box office:  216-241-6000

Chair:        Claire Biel

 

MANDELL JCC

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.org216-831-0700, ext. 1314. (Click Here) to see flyer.

Date:         Thursday, March 5, 2014

Time:         8:45 a.m.

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

Cost:         Free and open to the public

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Shelly Friedman, Vice President

DONE IN A DAY: 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

 

DIGKNITTY for March

Thursday, March 5 at Beachwood Library

Thursday, March 11 at NCJW Large Conference Room

Thursday, March 19 at NCJW Large Conference Room

Thursday, March 25 No Digknitty 

 

KOSHER FOOD BANK

The indoor kosher food bank is in need of volunteers on Sunday mornings in March and April to pack, sort and distribute fresh produce to children and families in need. This Food Bank is the kosher department of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and serves all people in need, regardless of race or religion.

Dates:       Sundays in March and April

Time:        9:30 a.m. - 12:00  p.m.

Location:  2004 South Green Rd.

RSVP:      Shelly Friedman 440-247-7900

** THE OUTDOOR FOOD BANK  WILL RESUME WEDNESDAY APRIL 1, 2015 FROM 3 P.M. - 6 P.M. CONTACT SHELLY FRIEDMAN at 440-247-7900  IF INTERESTED **

 

PASSOVER TASTING

March 19th at 11:30 at the home of Betty Naft.  Please RSVP to Annette Paley:

mannanetty@aol.com,  You will receive Betty's address upon registration.  Space

is limited.  Also, recipes from prior year tastings can be found at: http://ncjwcleveland.org/what-we-do/programs-educations/recipes/.

 

JUDAIC OUTREACH

Volunteers are needed to help serve a homemade Passover meal and help with a seder for Jewish clients with special needs.

Date:         Friday March 20, 2015

Time:        10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Location:  JFSA, 24075 Commerce Park Road, Beachwood, Ohio  44122 

RSVP:      Shelly Friedman 440-247-7900

MEMBERSHIP

Fran Steinbock, Vice President

 

NCJW Members! Gift an NCJW Annual Membership* to a special loved one and connect with dynamic, creative and passionate women. Bring your giftee to ONCE UPON A VINE! Enjoy an evening of WINE, SOCIALIZING and LEARNING about NCJW and what makes us Tick! 

 

New and Prospective NCJW members and Giftors are encouraged to share this special evening!

 

*Contact the NCJW Cleveland office at 216-378-2204, to gift an NCJW Annual Membership to one friend, at no cost to you.  Some restrictions apply.

 

Welcome to our new NCJW/Cleveland annual members:

Lauren Blumenthal                                                    Susan Charnas
Rosey Clow                                                               Harriet Dennis
Cyndee E. Goldstein                                                  Ellen Lerner
Norma Platt                                                               Alan Rutsky
Julianna Senturia                                                      Gayle Singerman
We regret to inform you of the passing of:
Rosalyn Adler                    Lois Marcus
RETAIL OPERATIONS
Wendy Elconin, Vice President

 

Spring is just around the corner! Take the opportunity to go through your closets and pull out those clothes you are sick of or haven't worn all winter. Donations are always accepted and welcome for Thriftique Showroom and Designer Dress Days.  

 

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.

 

NEED A FREE PICK UP FOR FURNITURE and APPLIANCES?

CALL ABBE or KAREN TODAY AT 216-378-2264

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

ADVOCACY

Susan Reis, Vice President

 

REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE MEETING

Join us the first Wednesday of every month to discuss what NCJW, in coordination with the Greater Cleveland Congregations, is doing to reduce gun violence in Cuyahoga County- and how you can help.

Date:         Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Time:         9:30-10:30 a.m.

Location:   Fairmount Temple Library, 23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, Ohio 

RSVP:       Suzanne Troll at 378-2204 or Lynn Kleinman at lekchoral@aol.com

Chair:        Lynn Kleinman

 

WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE COMMITTEE MEETING

Tied into the proposed Ohio State budget this year are reductions and regulations to agencies that provide family planning and abortion services. Join us for our next meeting as we discuss action steps we can take to help limit these restriction before the final vote is taken in June and help plan NCJW's "Don't Step on Our Rights" reproductive justice rally.

Date:         Monday, March 2

Time:        9:30-10:30 a.m.

Location:  Beachwood Library

RSVP:      Cindy Fellenbaum: cfellenbaum@gmail.com or Roberta                                                    Herman: roberta110@roadrunner.com.

 

SHOE COLLECTION

NCJW/Cleveland's Reproductive Justice Committee needs your shoes. As part of NCJW's

Don't Step On Our Rights rally against Ohio's proposed family planning and abortion restrictions, NCJW is planning a visual display of shoes, meant to represent the millions of women affected by the proposed budget legislation. We are looking for any of your old shoes:  women's, men's, funky, plain, whatever. Please put them in a plastic bag and drop them at either the office (mark the bag "for WRJ action") or the back door of 2778 Belgrave in Pepper Pike or 18411 Lynton in Shaker Hts.

 

Questions? Contact Cindy Fellenbaum: cfellenbaum@gmail.com

or Roberta Herman: roberta110@roadrunner.com.

FUND DEVELOPMENT

Adrienne Siegel, Vice President

 

Many thanks to all of our members who have contributed to the NCJW/Cleveland Annual Fund. Your donations make it possible for us to provide services and programs that support our mission to improve the lives of women, children and families throughout Cuyahoga County and Israel.  It's not too late to make a difference!  We sincerely appreciate your generosity.

 

Thank you, too, to our 120th Anniversary year sponsors, who are helping to make this year's celebration happen. If you'd like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, call 216.378.2204 ext. 103.

 

February Tributes (Click here)
COMMUNICATIONS
Leslie Resnik, Vice President

NCJW In the News
Take a look at the NCJW ads and articles appearing in the media in February, 2015 at ncjw/Cleveland.org/inthenews

Articles
Announcement of Annual Winter meeting in CJN.
Request for nominees for Roz Wolf award in Feb. Beachwood Buzz
Linda Barnett's letter requesting Human Trafficking as the special focus subject for 2015 in Feb. 8 PD

Ads
Thank you to Operation Warm Up participants in Feb. 13 CJN.
Amy Zlotnik and Wendi Shapera featured in Feb. Face to Face with NCJW ad ad in Feb. 20 CJN.