LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
 
Dear Friends,
 
This is the month when we celebrate the Jewish New Year.  We ponder the events of the past year, and we hope to have a meaningful year to come.  This past year, NCJW/Cleveland celebrated some of our accomplishments during our first 120 years.  We are excited to continue the valuable work our volunteers do to enhance the lives of women, children, and families.
 
During this month of thoughtful prayer and repentance, we celebrate what NCJW/Cleveland does for the greater community.  Our mission states that we are inspired by Jewish values to improve the lives of individuals and families.  Those values drive all the work we do - and our impact can be felt in our local Jewish community as well.
 
Fifty-three years ago, NCJW/Cleveland founded and built Council Gardens -- the first low income housing complex in the city that benefitted many Jewish seniors before HUD housing was even thought of.  Today we continue to support this wonderful apartment complex.
 
We provided the seed money and volunteers that developed the NCJW/Montefiore Hospice - the first Jewish hospice program in northeast Ohio.  We partner on a regular basis with Jewish Day Nursery, the Kosher Food Bank, and Bellefaire JCB where our young professional group, ClevelandGives, recently built mannequins for their homeless youth outreach campaign. Our Judaic Outreach project provides home-cooked meals, education, and companionship during the Jewish holidays, for clients of Jewish Family Service Association who suffer from chronic mental illness.
 
With your support, our meaningful programs and projects will continue to impact the lives of residents in Greater Cleveland and Israel.
 
With warm wishes for a happy and healthy New Year,
 
Linda

RETAIL OPERATIONS

Wendy Elconin and Michele Kaminsky,
 Vice Presidents
 
The Excitement is Building 
As the Countdown Continues for 
Designer Dress Days 2015
 
THE NCJW WAREHOUSE IS BURSTING WITH FABULOUS FASHIONS!
 
HAVE YOU MARKED YOUR CALENDAR?
Preview Day:  Friday, October 23 ($20 entrance fee)
Sale Dates:    Sunday, October 25 - Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Location:       Mandel JCC
 
HAVE YOU SIGNED UP TO VOLUNTEER AT DDD?
Click on this link 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.
 
You will receive a letter with your shift assignment in early October.
 
Also, please 'like' us at our special Designer Dress Days Facebook page for a chance to win a free entrance fee to Preview Day - Click on the link www.facebook.com/dddCleve.
 
NCJW/Cleveland's website features a gallery of "sneak peek" photos of some of our most outstanding apparel, accessories, furs, and jewelry. Find this at our Designer Dress Days page link (http://ncjwcleveland.org/what-we-do/designer-dress-days
/
).
 
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO DONATE TO DDD
There's still time to donate your jewelry and furs, too! Simply bring them to the NCJW office and add to our growing collection of exciting items for DDD.  PLEASE SEND CLOTHING ON HANGERS!!!!!
 
We need your grocery and shopping bags.
 
If you need help getting your designer donations of clothing, jewelry, accessories, or furs to us, please call Julie at the NCJW office (216-378-2204) to make the arrangements.
 
YOUR DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS ACCEPTED. We take it all!  If we can't Sell It, We'll
Recycle It!  Clothing that isn't suitable for DDD or Thriftique, please put in bags and mark
"recyclable." We Take Electronics Too!  NCJW receives money for the recyclables, which we then apply towards our many projects.
 
Please drop off your items at the NCJW Main Office/Warehouse located at 26055 Emery Road, Warrensville Hts.  We supply the tax deduction form.  Hours: Monday thru Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. 
 
Need a free pick up for furniture and appliances?
 
Call Abbe today at 216-378-2264
 
AND DON'T FORGET THRIFTIQUE!
Come visit, shop and/or volunteer at Thriftique located at 5055 Richmond Road in Bedford Heights, Ohio  44146  216-378-2264. (Click Here) to visit online.
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    NCJW/Cleveland cordially invites you to our 121st Opening Meeting  and     Afternoon with bestselling author Anita Diamant at Fairmount Temple in       Beachwood

     Editor - $75 ($45 tax deductible) Includes luncheon, priority seating for program and                            dessert reception.     
     Publisher - $125 ($95 tax deductible) Includes program listing, luncheon, priority seating                        for program and dessert reception.
     Program and Dessert Reception Only - $25
     Program and Dessert Reception Only for Seasoned Seniors(80+ years) - $15
     RSVP by September 16th online or call 216-378-2204.
     Chairs:  Laura Halpert and Susan Ringel
Save the Date:
Annual Lois Zaas Memorial Advocacy Lecture 2015
Aging Out of Foster Care:  Overcoming the Odds
Date:                Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Time:                7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location:          Temple Emanu El, 4545 Brainard Rd, Orange
 
Keynote speaker:  Paula McLain, best-selling author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun.  Paula was in foster care for most of her childhood until she aged out of the system.  Her memoir, Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses is a fascinating read!
 
Other panelists will join her to discuss the following questions: Why is increasing the aging-out date for children in foster care from 18 to 21 years old so important?  What is the Ohio Legislature's responsibility?  How can you help kids who are now in foster care and those who are about to age out?
 
Join us for this fascinating discussion!  As always, free and open to the public.
Chair:  Gail Sands

WINTERFAIR COLUMBUS BUS TRIP ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4TH. Details forthcoming.
PROGRAM AND EDUCATION
Esther Spott,  Vice President

THE MUSICAL THEATER PROJECT
Bill Rudman's regular season of The Musical Theater Project, "The Song is You" includes:
Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 - The Songs of John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago and Kiss of the Spider Woman).
Coming in 2016 on Jan. 30 - Jan. 31 - Curtain Up on the Cotton Club with
Cleveland Jazz Orchetra.  Tickets must be ordered directly from the 
Playhouse Square Box Office: (216) 241-6000.
 
ART BIO SERIES
Amadeo Modigliani - One of the many ironies of Modigliani's career is that so tortured a life 
could produce such a serene body of work. His art managed to bridge the stylistic chasm between classical Italian painting and avant-garde
Modernism.
Date:              Thursday, October 8, 2015
Time:             10:30 - 11:30a.m.
Location:        Beachwood Community Center, 25325 Fairmount Blvd., 
Beachwood
Cost:              $10 NCJW members and $15 non-members 
Registration is open to non-members after October 1st
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, Judy Weingold and Ellen Young
  
JOIN THE NCJW BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
The NCJW Book Discussion Group meets the first Thursday of each month, September - June, from 1-2 p.m. at the Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library on Richmond Road.  Led by moderator Amy Rosenfield, the discussion is open only to NCJW members.  No fee to participate, however, we collect an optional ($5 suggested) donation per session for our moderator. 
Fall dates and book selections:
September 3 - The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
 (speaker at NCJW's opening meeting)
October 1 - Every Day Is for the Thief byTeju Cole
November 5 - Father of the Rain by Lily King
December 3 - Life Drawing by Robin Black
Location: Beachwood Library
Time:       1:00 - 2:00 pm   
RSVP:      To join, please send your current email address                                        to:stroll@ncjwcleveland.org.
Chair:       Susan Kahn
 
NCJW/Cleveland SUNDAY BOOK CLUB MEETING 
Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (in anticipation of the Fall Meeting)
Date:        September 20, 2015
Time:       10:00 a.m.
Location:  Panera at Harvard Square
RSVP:      amyzlotnik@gmail.com
 
CLEVELAND MUSEUM ART APPRECIATION SERIES
We are pleased to offer a series of seven art appreciation lectures at the museum for NCJW/Cleveland members.  The content will be the same for all groups but is subject to change.
Registration is full however you may call to be put on a waiting list in the event of cancellations prior to the start dates. Refunds for cancellation are granted only if the spot is refilled.

Dates:
OCT. 14 (Wednesday) Impressionism and Responses
OCT. 16 (Friday) The Natural World in Decorative Arts
NOV. 11/13 Reflections of Nature: Landscape as Expression
DEC. 9 The Natural World in Decorative Arts
DEC. 11 (Friday)  Impressionism and Responses
JAN. 13/15 Origins: Early CMA Acquisitions
FEB. *****NO SESSIONS*******
MAR. 9/11 It's What's Outside That Counts: The Art of the                 Frame
APR. 13/15 100 Years: CMA Collection Highlights
MAY 11/13  Pharaoh: King of Egypt
Chairs: Carole Faiman and Joan Lustig
                                                                                            
VIOLINS OF HOPE
Don't miss this opportunity to experience a guided tour of the historic Violins of Hope.  Played before and during the Holocaust, these instruments have been restored and serve as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of music to lift hearts even in the most horrific of circumstances.
Date:        Thursday, October 15, 2015
Time:        10:30 a.m.
Location:  Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage,
                 2929 Richmond Road in Beachwood
Cost:         $6.00 NCJW Members and Non-members.
                 Non-members may register after October 5th.
RSVP:       NCJW/Cleveland Office at 216-378-2204
                 to Suzanne Troll at ext. 101 by October 8th
                 or online at: ncjwcleveland.org
                 Space is limited.   
Chairs:      Rochelle Solomon and Susan Wasserman
ADVOCACY
Roberta Herman, Vice-President
 
VOTER REGISTRATION
Our goal is for every voice to be heard through their votes but there are still many people out there who haven't registered.
Can you help in the next push to get people registered to vote in the November 2015 election? 
NCJW will partner with other organizations in this effort.  Training sessions are being planned now.
If you can be part of this effort, contact: roberta110@roadrunner.com.

STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Presentation/discussion oThe Girl Next Door by Teresa Flores (book discussion and video).
Date:        Friday, September 25, 2015   
Time:       10:00 a.m.
Location:  
NCJW/Cleveland Large Conference Room
Chair:       Elaine Geller
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Debbie Joseph, Vice President

Our new initiative, Building Bridges with Books, at the Warner Girls' Leadership Academy Library Reopening, was a great success!  On August 14, 2015, a "page-turning" celebration welcomed excited members of the Warner community into a library with shelves brimming with brand new books.  If you are interested in being a part of this rewarding program, there are still volunteer opportunities at the Warner School Library.  Contact Ellen Leavitt, chair, at
ellenleavitt319@yahoo.com. 
Other community service projects are gearing up as the school year begins, and our numerous tried and true projects - from Share What You Wear to Digknitty to Focus on Foster Care -- continue to improve the lives of women, children and families in our community and beyond.  To learn more about these projects, visit our website at http://ncjwcleveland.org/what-we-do/community-service-projects/.

IMAGINATION EXPRESS
Please join us for an informational and planning meeting about Imagination Express. We go one evening a month during the school year to Family Promise, a transitional housing facility, to do activities and have fun with the children.  Give Imagination Express a try!

Date:        Thursday, September 10, 2015
Time:       10:00 a.m.
Location:  Adrienne Wasserman's Home (address provided when you RSVP)
RSVP:      to ademaer@roadrunner.com or 216-382-5278 for more information
Chair:       Adrienne Wasserman
 
DIGKNITTY
NCJW/Cleveland's knitting group meets from 9:30 am to 12:00 and is chaired by Sandy Cole, Sandy Levine and Anita Pupa.
September Meetings 
Thursday, September 3  at Beachwood Library
Wednesday, September 9 at NCJW/Cleveland Large Conference Room
Thursday, September 17 at Beachwood Library
Wednesday September 23 No Knitting-Yom Kippur
FUND DEVELOPMENT
Barb Shane, Vice President

Together we can ......
Enhance the lives of women, children, and families in Greater Cleveland.
 
Our beautiful L'Shana Tova cards will be in your homes soon.  While getting ready to welcome the New Year, we ask you to take a moment to reflect on NCJW's accomplishments the past year.  Without your support, this would not have been possible. 
Please help us reach this year's goal by sending in your annual fund contribution.
 
Now that our Annual Appeal is underway, we turn to other Fund Development activities.  We will be holding an event to recognize our Life Members sponsored jointly by our Membership and Fund Development committees and chaired by Faye Bass and Fran Steinbock.

LIFE MEMBER TEA
Date:                 Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Time:                 2:00 p.m.
Location:           Mayfield Country Club
RSVP:               Rebecca Brouman at rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org  or call 216-378-2204 ext.                            105

Please remember that Tribute Cards and NCJW Note Cards are available for purchase in the office.  They are a great way to recognize a birthday, send a thoughtful thank you, or make a memorial or honorary donation for a special person while promoting your support of NCJW. 
 
Contact Barbara Shane at 440-498-1126 or BShane@roadrunner.com 

TRIBUTES FROM AUGUST(Click Here)
MEMBERSHIP
Amy Zlotnik, Vice President

Can you believe it's September already!  That means starting a New Year and renewing your Annual Dues... if you have not done so already.  You can renew online very easily at http://ncjwcleveland.org/membership/  or call the office at 216-378-2204. Don't forget you can gift a new membership to a friend too!
 
Our membership will continue to grow with your help and word of mouth. If you are a new member and want to find out how to get more involved, please call me at 216-218-5081 or email me at amyzlotnik@gmail.com I would love to talk to you! You can also call the office and speak to our Director of Volunteers, Becky Brouman.  We would like to help you find your passion or simply try something you have always wanted to try!

WELCOME TO OUR NEW LIFE MEMBERS
Cynthia Goodman     Michele Lee     Maureen Ordman-Fike     Kelly Covitt

WELCOME TO OUR NEW ANNUAL MEMBERS
Hinda  Abramoff     Marilyn Bayer     Barbara Besser     Janice Bursky
Lisa Chernikoff          Janet Cox          Ricki Dandrea      Heather Gabelman        
Florence Goldberg    Jody Haas        Sheila Hull               Eva Hurst
Marci Kulberg            Lisa Mann        Helen Salz         Elisabeth Sherman
 
WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU OF THE PASSING OF:
Hency Feuer
Joy Weinberger
Joan Weiss
COMMUNICATIONS
Leslie Resnik, Vice President

Over the summer, the following ads and articles have appeared in the media to highlight NCJW people and projects. Some are listed on the NCJW website(Click Here).
Articles
  • Debbie Joseph's winning the Arline B. Pritcher Award listed in Crain's Cleveland Business, June 1-7 issue.
  • "NCJW/Cleveland seeks to help children in foster care" article with photo of volunteers packing toiletry kits for the Foster Care Youth Conference, CJN, June 19
  • "Helping to Open World of Books to Children" article about NCJW's Partners in Literacy projects, with focus on Debbie Joseph as Arline Pritcher Award winner and Building Bridges with Books, on page 1 of the Chagrin Valley Times, July 9, 2015.
  • Shelly Friedman featured as Local Board Member in Best of the East, a Cleveland Magazine publication, Summer, 2015 issue.
  • "Fighting Human Trafficking" SOAP project featured in Ed Wittenberg's CJN column, July 31, 2015 issue.
  • Share What You Wear and Building Bridges with Books featured with photos in CJN, August 27, 2015 issue.
  • Linda Barnett's letter to the editor re: Hadassah chapter hiatus, printed in CJN, Aug. 14 issue.
 Ads
  • Julie Soble featured in Face-to-Face ad in CJN, July 17
  • Foster Care projects highlighted in June ad for the Foster Care Conference. 
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