LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Friends,

We are nearing the end of our year- long celebration of NCJW/Cleveland's 120th year of enhancing the lives of women, children, and families in Cleveland.  You are the extraordinary women (and men) who made this year, 2014-2105, so meaningful.

 

Here are just some of the exciting events that took place this year:

 

  • Our summer events began with a visit to Chautauqua Institution, as part of our Program/Education series.  Share What You Wear in August partnered community teens with NCJW/Cleveland to provide more than 300 children in need with free back-to-school clothing and school supplies.
  • In September, many or you laughed and learned with author Jennifer Weiner at our Opening Meeting.  October brought us our most profitable Designer Dress Days to date, made possible by a record 250 volunteers. 
  • November featured our 11th Annual Lois Zaas Memorial Advocacy Lecture, where panelists presented us with the upsetting stories of local victims sold into sex trafficking. We started our new initiative to combat Human Trafficking in Cleveland.
  • February brought us our Winter Meeting, featuring a wonderful boutique and musical entertainment from Cleveland's own, Sheri Gross. 
  • Interspersed throughout the months was our Understanding the Issues advocacy programs.
  • Greater Cleveland Congregations meetings, where we worked for criminal justice and police reform, Artist Bio lectures, Art Museum monthly lectures, new and perspective member events, Partners in Literacy programs for elementary school children in many Greater Cleveland schools, Hello Israel presentations for sixth graders, volunteering at the Kosher Food Bank, Women's Seder, and the Don't Step on Our Rights rally for reproductive rights in Columbus.

Our culminating gala, Laugh Out Loud, on April 29th, at the Ohio Theater featured a cocktail and appetizer pre-party, an informative video presentation of our history, a hysterical show featuring Judy Gold and Susie Essman, and a scrumptious champagne dessert with over 500 of us celebrating our achievements over the past century.

 

It has truly been an honor serving as your president during this exciting time - -and I look forward to all the great things NCJW/Cleveland will achieve in the next 120 years. 

PROGRAM AND EDUCATION
Ilene Nolish, Vice President

LAKEVIEW CEMETERY TOUR
Please join us for a fascinating 1 - 2 hour guided walking tour of Lakeview Cemetery.
This nationally recognized landmark is home to the James A. Garfield Memorial and the Wade Memorial Chapel, which features an interior designed by Louis Tiffany. Fittingly called, "Cleveland's Outdoor Museum," it is also the final resting place of John D. Rockefeller, Elliot Ness, Frances Bolton, John Hay and many other notables.
On our tour you will learn about the history, architecture, landscape, sculptures and monuments of this local treasure.

Date:
Time:
Location:



Cost:

RSVP: 
Chair:
Wednesday, June 17 (Rain date: Thursday, June 18)
10:00 a.m
We will meet at the Garfield Memorial which you can access by entering at the Mayfield Rd. entrance and curve to the left. There will be a Y in the road and you'll stay to the left. There will be a white line painted in the road that will lead you to the Garfield Memorial, located at Section 15. Plenty of parking is available around Section 20.
$5 Members $8 Non-members
NCJW Office - Suzanne Troll 216-378-2204 Ext. 101 by June 7
Gail Weintraub

NCJW BOOK GROUP
The NCJW/Cleveland Book Group will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 at the Beachwood Library on Richmond Road. The book we are discussing is Me and My Baby View the Eclipse by Lee Smith. At this time, we are uncertain whether Amy Rosenfield will be available to lead the discussion. If she is available, a $5 donation per participant is suggested.This is our concluding meeting until we resume in September and we are hoping to have Amy back leading us. Check your August ebulletin for an announcement of the fall titles. The group is open to NCJW/Cleveland members.

CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTE BUS TRIP
We regret to inform you that the Chautauqua bus trip was cancelled due to limited registrations by the deadline.

MALTZ MUSEUM GUIDED TOUR-CHASING DREAMS:
BASEBALL AND BECOMING AMERICAN
Join us for a great summer outing at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. This exhibition looks at the integration of baseball and focuseson the African-Americans, Jews, Native-Americans, Hispanics and others who broke cultural barriers in baseball. The exhibition is interactive and contains memorabilia from famous players such as Hank Greenberg, Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax and many others! Looking forward to seeing you (and any interested men) at the Maltz.

Date:
Time:
Location:
Cost:
RSVP:
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
7:00 p.m
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Rd. in Beachwood
$10-NCJW Members $13 Non-members Free for Maltz Museum Members
NCJW Office to Suzanne Troll, 216-378-2204 ext. 101

ADVOCACY

Susan Reis, Vice President

 

UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES

AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE...READY OR NOT!

Find out about the problems facing a young adult aging out of the foster care system .

Find out how this affects our communities.

Find out what NCJW/Cleveland is doing and how you can help.

 

Hear from local experts:

  • Danielle Green Welch - Cuyahoga County Emancipation Unit
  • Nicole Shefrin - Exec. Director Fostering Hope
  • Brandy Wilson - will share her personal success story
  • Judge Michael Ryan - Cuyahoga County Juvenile Judge 

Date:         Thursday, June 25, 2015  

Time:         Registration 7:00 p.m., program begins promptly  at 7:30 p.m.

Location:  Point East, 27500 Cedar Rd, Cleveland, OH 44122

Cost:          $10 members $15 non-members

Register online  http://ncjwcleveland.org/ or by calling Suzanne Troll at 216-378-2204 ext. 101

 

PLAY IT SAFE/I WILL A.S.K (ASKING SAVES KIDS) COMING TO PARADE THE CIRCLE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

NCJW/Cleveland is thrilled to be participating in University Circle's Premier Event, Parade the Circle. We will be providing activities for children and information to parents on keeping kids safe from guns.

Date:         Saturday, June 13

Time:         Shifts are available between 11 a.m.  -  4 p.m.

Location:  University Circle

*If you have an interest in volunteering, please contact Judi Wolf at: techteach@roadrunner.com.

 

LOIS ZAAS MEMORIAL ADVOCACY LECTURE 2015 PLANNING MEETING

Help plan the topic for the 2015 Lois Zaas Memorial Advocacy Lecture. 

Brainstorming session; all ideas welcome! 

Date:         Tuesday, June 16

Time:         9:30 a.m.

Location:  NCJW office, large conference room

RSVP:       Roberta Herman at: roberta110@roadrunner.com or  216-751-1139

 

STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Want to DO something to help those stuck in slavery know there is help to give them a way out?  The STOP Human Trafficking committee is joining Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (SOAP) Cleveland, to assist in their outreach work at local hotels/motels. 

  • Team(s) of volunteers will visit an assigned group of hotels/motels to promote awareness of human trafficking to their staff and bars of soap with the National Human Trafficking hotline on them. 
  • Mandatory training will be held at the end of June (exact date not yet confirmed).  If you are interested, contact Elaine Geller at: elaine1818@roadrunner.com.

WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE

"Don't Step on Our Rights!" in the news: 

http://msmagazine.com/blog/2015/05/07/newsflash-ohio-pro-choice-activists-protest-anti-abortion-bills/

Join our committee!  Contact Cyndy Fellenbaum: cfellenbaum@gmail.com

 

 

 

REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE MEETING

Join us to strategize what action steps and research NCJW, in coordination with the Greater Cleveland Congregations, can do to reduce gun violence in Cuyahoga County.

Date:          Wednesday, June 10

Time:          9:30 a.m - 10:30 a.m.

Location:   Fairmount Temple Library

RSVP:         Lynn Kleinman at:  lekchoral@aol.com.


COMMUNITY SERVICE

Shelly Friedman, Vice President

 

OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER WITH THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM  at Garfield Heights or Maple Heights for the

1-2-3 Read Program

What:  Work one-on-one with first and second graders who need               extra help with reading.  Receive training from the Cuyahoga             Country Library System. Read, play and learn with the                         children.  This program is proven to improve their reading scores!

Dates:  June 29 -August 6, 2015

Locations and Days/Times:  

Garfield Heights - Mondays and Tuesdays 12:45-2:00 Story Room 

Maple Heights -Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:45-2:00 Story Room

Interested?  Contact Debbie Joseph at: josdeb@aol.com by Friday, June 5.

 

SHARE WHAT YOU WEAR: HOT DOGS FOR DONATIONS

NCJW/Cleveland is giving out kosher hot dogs, chips, and drinks in exchange for you

r new or gently used clothing donations for kids aged 0-18 and/or NEW school supplies. All contributions will be given to low-income Cleveland area students and their families, at Share What You Wear

Date:         Friday, June 5, 2015, our free back to school shopping                     event on August 11, 2015.

Time:         4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location:  Solon Community Park (off Som Center Road)

Chairs:     Jill Braun, Kelly Markowitz and Debbie Rosenthal

 

 

TOILETRIES NEEDED!

NCJW/Cleveland is collecting toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes) to be given out to current and former youth in foster care. Drop off your donations at the NCJW/Cleveland office, c/o Becky Brouman.  Questions? Contact Becky  at: rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org or 216-378-2204 ext. 105.

 

DONE IN A DAY: TOILETRY PACKING

NCJW/Cleveland will be donating toiletries to be given out to current and former youth in foster care, at the Purple Project's I Believe in Me conference June 17th-19th. Volunteers are needed to assemble about 250 toiletry bags.

Date:          June 4, 2015

Time:          2:00

Location:   NCJW/Cleveland Large Conference Room

RSVP:        Becky Brouman at:  rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org or                                 call 216-378-2204 ext. 105


 

KOSHER FOOD BANK-Held the second Wednesday of the month

Date:         Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Time:         3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Location:  Green Road Synagogue, 2437 Green Road in Beachwood

Chair:        Shelly Friedman at 440-247-7900


 

DIGKNITTY - MEETS AT THE NCJW/Cleveland OFFICE IN THE LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM at 26055 Emery Road from 9:30 - 12:00 unless noted otherwise.

Wednesday, June 3

Thursday, June 11

Wednesday, June 17

Thursday, June 25 


 
CJN PRESENT......WOMEN IN FINANCE

Date:         Thursday, June 4, 2015

Time:         6:00 - 9:00

Location:  Cleveland Raquet Club-Pepper Pike

It's no secret that women trail men in financial literacy. This  event is meant to  empower, educate and engage women on financial management.  It's a night to network, educate and celebrate (wine and apps will be served). The first 10 people who use the promo code 'ncjw' will receive free tickets to the event. To RSVP visit: www.cjn.org/womeninfinance  or call Kelly Millet at 216.342.5312. The event is supported by NCJW/Cleveland, Huntington National Bank and The Kabb Law Firm.(Click here) for more details.

MEMBERSHIP

Fran Steinbock, Vice President

 

NCJW MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

Thank you so much for helping to make NCJW/Cleveland's 120th anniversary so meaningful and special.  July begins a new membership year and a new opportunity to get connected with NCJW/Cleveland. You will soon be receiving information regarding your NCJW/Cleveland annual membership renewal.  Please be sure to fill your membership renewal form out, and help maintain NCJW's strong presence as we work to improve the lives of women, children and families. 

 

NEW AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBER EVENT

Save the Date: Wednesday, July 8th, 7:30 p.m.

Learn S'More About NCJW/Cleveland

Enjoy a nice summer evening by the fire with drinks, s'mores, and other desserts while learning "s'more" about NCJW/Cleveland with other new and prospective members.

Date:         Wednesday, July 8

Time:         7:30-9:30 pm.

Location:  The home of Gayl Berger in Pepper Pike (address provided upon registration)

RSVP:        Becky Brouman at: rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org or 216-378-2204 ext 105


WELCOME TO OUR NEW LIFE MEMBER
Cheryl Cohn

WELCOME TO OUR NEW ANNUAL MEMBERS
Judith Berenholz      Patricia Chaitoff     Bonnie Chizek
Ruth Friedman      Michelle Goldberg   


WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU OF THE PASSING OF:
Shari Singer
 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Volunteers are needed to help promote LiveSpecial at the upcoming Milestones Autism Conference. This event  is one of the best ways to interact with community members who could best benefit from our service.  No former training needed. We need help at all shifts.  Contact Becky Brouman at 216-378-2204 ext 105 or Wendy Spitz at livespecial.com if you are able to help:

Dates:       Thursday, June 18th and Friday, June 19th

Time:         Shifts are available between 9 a.m. -5 p.m.

Location:  The IX Center

RSVP:        Becky Brouman at: rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org or Wendy Spitz                                                               at: wendyspitz@livespecial.com.  

FUND DEVELOPMENT

Adrienne Siegel, Vice President

 

Thank you to everyone who helped make NCJW/Cleveland's 120th anniversary year such a huge success. We are pleased to announce that we have not only reached our Annual Fund goal this year but exceeded it. A huge thank you to co-chairs Elise Goldner and Myrna Arlen Bloch for leading the efforts. Your generosity will allow us to offer support and continue serving women, children and families locally, nationally, and in Israel. Our section knows what matters!

 

Tributes from May(Click Here)

 

RETAIL OPERATIONS

Wendy Elconin, Vice President

 

Do you have gently worn designer clothes, jewelry, purses and belts that you           can 

Donate to NCJW for

Designer Dress Days, which is October 23, 25, 26, and 27 at the Mandel JCC? 

 

NCJW's volunteers are busy at work sorting, tagging, pricing and getting merchandise ready for this year's DDD sale.  Let's keep them busy!  Remember to bring your clothing (PLEASE! on hangers).


 

BAGS!

Thriftique always needs your BAGS!  Please recycle your grocery and shopping bags and drop them off, also, at the NCJW warehouse.  As we accept merchandise throughout the entire year, we also accept BAGS the entire year. 

 

Please 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

 

We supply the tax deduction form.

 

NEED A FREE PICK UP FOR FURNITURE?

CALL ABBE TODAY AT 216-378-2264

 

BYLAW CHANGE TO ARTICLE 7

Co-chairs:  Gert Resnick and  Ellen Rabb

 

The following changes to our bylaws has been recommended by our Board of Directors.  The changes will be presented at the Annual Meeting on June 3 for approval.

 

1.            Due to the elimination of Evening Branch, Section 1a needs to be amended by deleting "one (1) Evening Branch member and two (2) alternates and inserting "three (3) Section members."  Also, amend the section by adding the following sentence: "if determined, alternates may be appointed."  Once amended Section 1a will read:

 

"A Leadership Development Committee (LDC) shall be composed of three (3) past presidents with a past president designated as chair, three (3) Board of Director members, and three (3) section members.  If determined, alternates may be appointed."

 

2.            Because the current president is better equipped to assess leadership, amend Section 1b by deleting "during the first three (3) months of the newly installed president's term" and inserting "during the last quarter of the current president's term."  Once amended, Section 1b will read:

 

"They shall be appointed by the Select Committee composed of the current Section President, the immediate past President, Executive Director, Director of Volunteers, VP of Fund Development and VP of Membership in consultation with the Board of Directors during the last quarter of the current President's term."


COMMUNICATIONS

Leslie Resnik, Vice President

 

NCJW IN THE NEWS

Take a look at the 3 ads, one TV appearance and 10 articles appearing in the media in late April and May, 2015.

Articles

  • Laugh Out Loud highlighted in CJN's Boker Tov as "Today's Best Bet", April 29.
  • Leslie Resnik's letter to the editor in CJN May 1 praising April 3 Passover edition of CJN.
  • Linda Barnett's letter to editor about gun safety in Plain Dealer xxxx.
  • Don't Step on Our Rights article in May 1, CJN.
  • Coverage of Don't Step on Our Rights lobbying for women's reproductive rights in Columbus in May 7 Ms. Magazine blog.
  • Coverage of Don't Step on Our Rights lobbying in Columbus in Youngstown Vindicator, May 7 online.
  • Coverage of Don't Step on Our Right lobbying in Columbus in CJN, May 22 issue.
  • Coverage of Laugh Out Loud event by Kathryn Riddle in Currents May issue.
  • Coverage of Laugh Out Loud by Arlene Fine in CJN, May 13 issue.
  • Announcement of June 3 Annual Meeting in CJN, May 22 issue.

TV Coverage

  •   Elaine Eisner on Golden Opportunities, WKYC-TV3  discussing LiveSpecial.com

Ads

  • Congratulations to Vi Spevack in May 15 CJN special section.
  • Ellen Leavitt and Wendi Forman featured in Face-to-Face ad, CJN, May 29.
  • Congratulations to Milt and Tamar Maltz in CJN special section.