Dear NCJW friends:
The leaves are changing, Yom Kippur is over, pumpkin spice lattes are back in season - that can only mean one thing: Designer Dress Days is right around the corner! Designer Dress Days, our four-day event featuring gently used and new designer-label dresses, jackets, purses, jewelry, accessories and furs is taking place this month!  The event begins with a special preview day Friday, October 23rd ($20 admission) and continues on Sunday, October 25th, Monday, October 26th and Tuesday, October  27th at the Mandel JCC. Designer Dress Days is one of NCJW/Cleveland's largest fundraisers. With labels like Prada, Armani, Carlisle and St. John, Designer Dress Days is one of the best opportunities to look good - while doing good at the same time!

Speaking of giving back, Designer Dress Days is also our largest annual volunteer event. Each year, more than 250 NCJW/Cleveland volunteers staff the changing room, the cash registers, fur area, jewelry room, and the floor. It is a fun, social opportunity to get to know other NCJW members, while also supporting NCJW/Cleveland. Volunteer spots are still available. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact the (amazing) co-chairs of DDD Volunteers, Rita Langer (rlanger867@sbcglobal.net, 216-381-2877) or Elise Goldner (elisegoldner@yahoo.com, 440-461-5952).

Happy shopping!

All my best,
Don't miss this opportunity to attend the
fabulous Columbus art show featuring jewelry, wearable art, pottery, glass, fiber art, paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, and much more.  And we're going on the opening day! 

Date:         Friday, Dec. 4th
Time:        Arrive at 7:30 a.m.  Bus leaves at 7:45 a.m. and returns at 
approximately 5:30                        p.m.
Location:  Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Boulevard in Beachwood 
Cost:         $35.00 - Includes a comfortable chartered bus ride, snacks  and admission to 
RSVP:      Suzanne Troll at the 
NCJW office (216) 378-2204 Ext. 101
                 by Nov. 4th  Reserve quickly as space is limited.
Chair:       Saundra Bohl
Wendy Elconin and Michele Kaminsky, Vice Presidents
___ Closets cleaned
___ Clothes, purses, jewelry and furs dropped off at the NCJW
___ Volunteer sign-up form completed and turned in
If you checked and answered "yes" to all of the above, you are ready to shop and volunteer!  We are ready too!  We're getting packed up,
getting set, and are ready to go for NCJW's biggest sale ever.
It's not too late, however, to donate, and to sign up to help.  You can stop in the office, call or simply (Click hereto download a sign-up form.  Look for your assignment letter which will be in
the mail in the next few weeks.
Preview Day:  Friday, October 23 - 10:00-4:00  ($20 entrance fee to shop)
Sale Dates:    Sunday, October 25 -10:00-4:00,
                      Monday and Tuesday, October 26 & 27 - 10:00-8:00
Location:        Mandel JCC, 26001 South Woodland Rd., Beachwood, Ohio 44122
Check out NCJW/Cleveland's website, which features a gallery of "sneak peek" photos of some of our most outstanding apparel, accessories, furs, and jewelry.
Also, please continue to like us at our special Designer Dress Days Face Book Page for a chance 
to win a free entrance fee to Preview Day - (Click Here).
We need your shopping bags too!
Items can be dropped off 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.
CALL ABBE TODAY AT 216-378-2264
Come visit, shop, and/or volunteer at Thriftique Showroom located at:
5055 Richmond Road, Bedford Heights, Ohio  44146
Esther Spott, Vice President

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).  At the Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square  Identify yourself as a NCJW member to receive a $4.00 discount per ticket from the Playhouse Square Box Office: 216-241-6000.  You may order online at (MusicalTheaterProject.org) and use the discount code as NCJW. Service fees apply unless purchased in person.

Dec. 5, 2:00 p.m., Zorba, In-Concert Musical," - Stump Theater, Kent State
Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Beck Center. Tickets available through TMTP Box Office, 216-245-8687,
General admission, $22 for NCJW, $21 senior rate.

Coming in 2016 on Jan. 30 - Jan. 31 - Curtain Up on the Cotton Club with Cleveland Jazz Orchestra at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square. Reservations same as for Songs of John Kander (above).
Liaison: Claire Biel

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 - 11:30 a.m.
Location:  Beachwood Community Center,
  25325 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood
Cost:         $10 NCJW members $15 non-members - registration open to                      non-members after October 1, 2015
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

Suzanne Valadon - Modeling for several of the most important painters of her day, she transformed herself from an artist's model into a successful artist.  Known as the "mistress of Montmartre" living by the phrase "Vive l'amour", she created powerful, and controversial figure paintings.
Date:        Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Time:       10:30 - 11:30      
Location:  Beachwood Cleveland Clinic, 26900 Cedar Road
Cost:        $10.00 NCJW members $15 non-members-registration open                     to non-members after November 18th, 2015. 
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

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. 

The next meeting of the group is Oct. 1 and we are discussing Every Day is for the Thief by
Teju Cole. NOTE: the book choice for our November meeting has changed to Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.
Dates and book selections:
November 5 - Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
December 3 - Father of the Rain by Lily King
January 7 -    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 or call 216-378-2204.
Chair:           Susan Kahn
As is our custom this time of year, our next book is related to the High Holidays. One in Thine Hand by Gerald Lund. 
Date:                Sunday, Oct. 18
Time:               10:00 a.m.
Location:          Panera at Harvard/Richmond
RSVP:              amyzlotnik@gmail.com
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
                 Space is limited. 
Chairs:      Rochelle Solomon and Susan Wasserman
Roberta Herman, Vice President

Annual Lois Zaas Memorial Advocacy Lecture 2015
Aging Out of Foster Care:  Overcoming the Odds
 Date:                Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Time:                6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Resource Fair
                        7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Program
Location:          Temple Emanu El, 4545 Brainard Rd, Orange
Keynote speakers:  
Paula McLain, best-selling author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun.  
Deserted at age 4 by both parents, Paula and her two sisters spent most of their childhood in foster care homes.  Her memoir, Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses chronicles those experiences                              

Jeffrey A. Lox, Chief Operating Officer for Bellefaire JCB 
As the Bellefaire's chief clinician and clinical liaison to the community, Jeffrey Lox will share his experiences and offer ways to help foster children aging out of the system.    
Join us for this fascinating discussion!  As always, free and open to the public.
Note:  Bellefaire JCB was founded as an orphanage in 1868 and today provides a variety of behavioral health, education, and prevention services for children, adolescents and their families.  Its programs include counseling, adoption, foster care, homeless youth & street outreach, preschool programs, residential treatment, and more.

NCJW/Cleveland-GCC Event
Blaine Griffin-Director of Cleveland Community Relations will be addressing Cleveland's response to gun violence.
Date:        November 11, 2015
Time:        7:00 p.m.
Location:  Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, Ohio

We are really excited to continue working on our 3 areas of focus for this year:
    *       Candidates' Night:  We are organizing a Candidates' Night to learn about candidates' positions on Women's Reproductive Justice and other issues.  We are not only working with Understanding the Issues and other advocacy committees, but also potentially partnering with the League of Women Voters.
    *       Infant Mortality Rates:  We are partnering with the medical community to help improve infant mortality rates in the Cleveland area.  Our state has a shamefully high infant mortality rate.  According to the Cleveland Regional Perinatal Network (CRPN), Ohio ranks near the bottom of U.S. states in overall infant mortality with Cleveland having the 2nd worst rate in African American communities in the country. We must improve!
    *       Legislative Issues affecting Abortion:  We are developing a plan to combat legislative passage of several pending bills to ban abortion in the earlier weeks, including one based on a test indicating Down Syndrome.  These bills will be taken up by the state legislature this fall. 
As always, we plan on keeping our membership educated on all of the issues concerning Women's Reproductive Justice.  Join us!  Contact Cyndy Fellenbaum at cfellenbaum@gmail.com.

Debbie Joseph, Vice President

NCJW continues to provide needed services to our community and beyond.  As school begins and children and teachers get into a rhythm, NCJW volunteer programs add value to education.  From tutoring to literacy programs to social studies to library assistance, our volunteers are there enhancing what is being taught in the classroom.
The singing groups, Entertainmobile and High Notes, please audiences across our region and bring much needed smiles.  Imagination Express entertains children and their families as they face the difficult circumstances of being in transitional housing.  Operation Warm Up works with other agencies to support the Homeless Stand Down event in January.  Focus on Foster Care continues to craft an agenda that makes sense and is helpful to a population in desperate need.
So many community service volunteers lend their hands and hearts to Designer Dress Days, which supports all our worthy programs.  Please consider taking on a two-hour shift, or more.  It is fun and a great and easy way to support all that NCJW does.
For more information and/or to volunteer, contact Elise Goldner at elisegoldner@yahoo.com or Rita Langer at rlanger867@sbcglobal.net.

Urgent Call for Volunteers!
Reader's Theatre is scheduled for the weeks of November 2, 9, and 16 at Eastwood School in
Warrensville Heights.  It will be three Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday mornings for ONE HOUR 
based on volunteers' availability.  Please contct Estelle Boncheck at estellebchek@yahoo.com ASAP if your are interested.  We will train you for this very rewarding fourth grade literacy program.

It's Heart Pillows time! Join us as we use a simple pattern to cut and pin fabric to make our Heart Pillows. It will be fun to choose the fabrics and get the pillows ready for sewing.
Heart Pillows-Part I Cut & Pin
Date:                Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
Time:               10:00 a.m.
Location:          NCJW/Cleveland Office
RSVP:              Becky Brouman at rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org or                         call 216-378-2204 ext. 105
Co-Chairs:       Joanne Grossberg & Susan Ringel
Then, we will have a stuff-and-sew session. Our goal is to create our 400th pillow!! The pillows are given to women post-breast cancer surgery. 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! 
Heart Pillows-Part II Stuff and Sew
Date:                Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Time:               10:00 am
Location:          NCJW/Cleveland Office
RSVP:              Becky Brouman at  rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org or call 216-378-2204 ext. 105
Co-chairs:        Joanne Grossberg & Susan Ringel
Julianna Senturia and Susan Ringel, Co-Chairs
This year, NCJW/Cleveland will once again lead Operation Warm Up, a community-wide collection of winter clothing items for those in need. We will begin collecting in November, but you can start helping right now!
We are happy to take your gently used items. In addition, please consider purchasing the following items for donation:
  • Sizes: Large, XL and XXL are greatly needed!
  • Adult waterproof coats, gloves, boots and hoodies
  • Winter hats for men, women and children
  • Unopened packages of socks and underwear for men, women and children


NCJW/Cleveland's knitting group meets from 9:30 am til noon.  It is chaired by Sandy Cole, Sandy Levine, and Anita Pupa.

October Meetings

Thursday, October 1 at Beachwood Library

Wednesday, October 7 at NCJW/Cleveland Office

Thursday, October 15 at Beachwood Library

Wednesday, October 21 at NCJW/Cleveland Office

Thursday, October 29 at NCJW/Cleveland Office

Barbara Shane, Vice President

Thank you to all of our generous donors for contributing to the Annual Fund.  We are off to a great start as we work on attaining our goal!  If you have not yet made a contribution, it is not too late to participate.  Please remember that raised funds help support all the benefits and opportunities of community service, programming, and advocacy work that are highlighted in this bulletin.  NCJW/Cleveland depends on our donors' generosity. Help us continue this important work. Let your voice be counted.
Date:                Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015
Time:               2:00-4:00 p.m.
Location:         The Mayfield Sand Ridge Club
RSVP:              Call the office at 216-378-2204

This fun and educational "high tea" recognizes our Life Members.  At this event, we will also learn of continued ways our Life Members can support NCJW.  We look forward to seeing many of our Life Members there.  This event is co-sponsored by our Fund Development and Membership committees.  Thank you to Fran Steinbock and Faye Bass for chairing this event. 
If you have any questions or suggestions on fund development matters, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you, Barb Shane, BShane@roadrunner.com

Amy Zlotnik, Vice President

By now you should have received your annual dues renewal forms in the mail.  Please renew your membership to make sure you don't miss out on any of our exciting programs or mailings during the upcoming year. Don't forget -- you can also renew online by (Clicking Here), logging onto our website, ncjwcleveland.org/membership or by calling the office at 216-378-2204.  We will be reaching out to those
Speaking of exciting programs, our upcoming Designer Dress Days (DDD) is a great way to introduce your friends to our organization if they are not yet members.  Many NCJW members got their first taste of volunteering at this fabulous event! And if you haven't yet experienced this amazing event, just come and shop and have fun!
Our Life Member High Tea, co-sponsored with Fund Development, is going to be a great event for reconnecting with old friends and hearing about all the new things we have going on as we embark on our 121st year! 
Feel free to contact me anytime with membership questions at amyzlotnik@gmail.com or 216-218-5081.
Marc Gordon     Marilyn Rosen

Jane Altshuler                         Alec Berezin                              Alyson Charnas
Sylvia Cooper                         Mary Feuer                                Lila Hanft
Robin Koslen                          Francine Loveman                      Cheryl H. Miller
Brad Mitchell                          Robert Nosanchuk                      Jill Savin
Judy Scheinberg                     Diane Schnall                             Linda Shuck
Jean Wagner                        
Leslie Resnik, Vice President

The media has taken notice of NCJW/Cleveland's significant August, September and October events, publishing eleven articles with images and three ads.  More to come in October for Designer Dress Days.

The Plain Dealer
            9/02/15             Editorial called "Smart Parents Inquire About Gun's Presence" highlighting                                     NCJW's bill board campaign for the "I Will Ask" program.
            9/23/15:            Announcement of Anita Diamant's coming to the Opening Meeting.
            9/4/15               NCJW Cleveland Helps Local Library, Arlene Fine's picture story in                                             SCENE.
            9/11/15             A story about the Warner Girls' Leadership Academy library re-opened by                                     NCJW and Share What You Wear.
            September        Designer Dress Days Nanette Lepore dress featured on a KSU Fashion                                       School  student along with announcement and description
            September        Announcement of Anita Diamant's coming to the Opening Meeting in two                                       different listings.
Beachwood Buzz
            September        Article announcing Designer Dress Days with images                
            September        Anita Diamant Keynotes NCJW Women's Opening Program with image                                       NCJW/Cleveland Re-Stocks and Re-Opens Warner Girls
            September        Leadership Academy's Library with images           
J Style
            Fall 2015           Designer Dress Days announcement with images
Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion and Design Blog
            9/15/15             Designer Dress Days preview with image
            9/18/15             Designer Dress Days
            9/11/15             Face To Face featuring Anita Diamant as an NCJW member
            9/11/15             L'Shana Tova from NCJW