UPCOMING EVENTS

Spring Gala - Broadway in the Burbs
You won't want to miss our amazing Spring Gala, Broadway in the 'Burbs, on Thursday, April 27, at Temple Tifereth Israel.  Broadway stars Seth Rudetsky and Christine Pedi will provide entertainment. Paula McClain, best-selling author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun, is this event's Honorary Chair. It will be a lot of fun and monies raised will go towards our foster care programs. To register Click Here or simply mail back your RSVP card.

APRIL 6th COME SEE OUR VERY OWN DEBBIE HOFFMANN  moderate the upcoming CJN'S Women In Leadership program at Eton.   Click Here  for the flyer with details. IN ADDITION: Barnes & Noble will be holding a book fair April 6 and 7 where any purchases made at the ETON store or bn.com, where the purchaser mentions Women in Leadership, a percentage of the proceeds will go to NCJW/Cleveland.

UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES
Preparing to Age in Jewish Cleveland - What's Out There & What's Needed
Join us for an informational session & resource fair to learn about existing resources.

** Find out about programs & services that can help your aging parents,  relative or friend and you.
**Learn about the challenges we face as the "Baby Boomers" approach their senior years.
Date:      Sunday, May 21
Time:     1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Place:    The Temple-Tifereth Israel, 26000 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood
Cost:      $5 Registration fee, Seniors over 80 - free.  Limited seating
RSVP:    To Register  Click Here or call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204, ext. 101
Offered by NCJW/Cleveland and the Cleveland Jewish News Foundation.

Speakers include: Jacob Cramer, Orange High School student, to speak about his project "Letters of Love"; Steve Raichilson will discuss current resources and what is being done to prepare for future needs; Heather Greene, Licensed Independent Clinical Counselor and Certified Elder Care Coordinator, will help us understand how to talk to your aging parent and how to deal with difficult emotional issues and decisions; and Rachel Kabb-Effron, Certified Elder Law Attorney, will outline the important things to know for financial planning.  A guide of resources will be available to all attendees.
SAVE THE DATE

123rd ANNUAL MEETING - BRUNCH BUFFET
Together We Shine
Wednesday, June 7th - 11:00 a.m.
Beechmont Country Club, 29600 Chagrin Blvd, Beachwood
COMMUNICATIONS
Leslie Resnik, Vice President

What's Missing?  
Notice anything missing in this e-bulletin?  By popular demand, we have eliminated our "Letter from the Staff" at the beginning.  Why?  Because we are trying to shorten the newsletter and give you only information that you can use immediately.  We will be making other changes as time goes on and welcome your suggestions to make this as readable and usable as possible.  Address your thoughts to me at lresnikhome@att.net  or to Mindi Axner at maxner@ncjwcleveland.org. Your ideas are important to us.  
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Debbie Joseph, Vice President

LIVESPECIAL
 
LiveSpecial.com was established by NCJW a few years ago to provide Northeast Ohio with a free and comprehensive, on-line, go-to resource for all things required to support individuals of any age with special needs and their families.  Check out our site and Friend us on Facebook by  Clicking Here!

In partnership with local agencies that serve families with individuals with special needs, Livespecial.com is offering Transition Boot Camp sessions.  These sessions are available for registration and open to the public at no charge:
April 20  "Post Secondary Education", To register and for more information Click Here.
May 11    "Medicaid, SSI, SSDI", To register and for more information Click Here.
For more information, contact Wendy Spitz at  livespecial.com@gmail.com.
 
SAVE-THE-DATE for an event being planned to honor individuals who are living well with a disability, planned for Sunday, Nov. 5, at 4:00 p.m.
 
DONE IN A DAY - HEART PILLOWS
Another Heart Pillows session is being planned. In the meantime, we always accept donations of cotton fabric in any pattern, in good condition. We also need bags of polyester stuffing. Please bring donations to Becky at the Office. Thank you!
 
BUILDING BRIDGES WITH BOOKS
We are looking for gently used children's books, particularly Easy Readers, the thin, I-Can-Read-type books that kind ergartners and first graders use to learn to read, and hardback early chapter books.  Really, any children's book is needed.  Please drop books at the back of the office as you would other donated goods. 
Thank you!
 
HIGH NOTES
The High Notes have begun to perform their new show: The High Notes: World Tour. We will post our show times and locations on NCJW'S calendar.  We've all learned new music, choreography, dialogue, costume and prop changes while rehearsing twice a week. 
 
SHARE WHAT YOU WEAR
SWYW is a teen-run program that collects and provides new or gently used clothing, new backpacks, and school supplies for school-aged children in need.   Our teen volunteers collect, sort, set up and volunteer on the day of the event. 
What:   Our next teen-led sort
Date:    Sunday, April 9
Time:   4:15 p.m.
Place:   Warehouse H, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Heights
If you or your teen is interested in volunteering, contact Debbie Rosenthal at debbierosenthal@yahoo.com.   These items will be distributed free at a back-to-school event on Wednesday, August 8, 2017 at The Tudor Arms Hotel.  

DIGKNITTY (Knitters)
Our busy knitters work tirelessly to provide warm clothing, blankets and comfort toys to many organizations who distribute them to families and children who are in need.  If you would like to join this fun and talented group contact Sandy Levine at  g rammasandy1@yahoo.com.

Our April meetings are at the NCJW office (unless otherwise noted) from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on the following dates:
Wednesday, April 5 at Buy Rite Office Products, 23715 Mercantile Rd., Entrance A, Beachwood ---- Thursday, April 13 ---- Wednesday, April 19 ---- Thursday, April 27

The Passover Tasting was a great success!  For all of the recipes  Click Here.
ADVOCACY
Roberta Herman, Vice President

STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING
As we celebrate Passover, our journey from slavery to redemption, let us remember that slavery is more widespread today than ever before!  Millions of people globally, including several hundred thousand in the United States, are victims of human trafficking.   Commercial sex exploitation and forced labor is the second largest crime worldwide, bringing traffickers billions of dollars annually.   When we eat maror and recount the bitterness of our enslavement, let us take a moment to remember the victims of modern day slavery and vow that we will work to eradicate this horrific crime.  As we are taught, "no one is free, until all are free."  For more information on human trafficking and how to fight for the freedom for these victims, contact Elaine Geller at elaine0906@live.com.
 
REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AND WOMEN'S HEALTH
We are supporting our coalition partner, Freedom of Choice Ohio, for their lobby day in Columbus on May 3To Register and for more information  Click Here.
 
Many of NCJW/Cleveland's Action Steps address issues that impact women.  If you haven't signed up yet, you can do so by Clicking Here.
 
Our committee is also in the process of planning future actions, with so much work still to do.  If you are interested in more information, please contact Dana Trau at danatrau@gmail.com or Laura Kuntz at  laurajkuntz@att.net.  We would love to have you join us in our fight for reproductive justice!
 
FOCUS ON FOSTER CARE  
We will be leading self-esteem classes once again with the youth from Beechbrook for four weeks in April and May.
 
A number of new volunteers have joined our committee.  If you'd like to get involved, contact Marilyn Oif at maroif1@yahoo.com or Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger at
PROGRAM AND EDUCATION
Esther Spott, Vice President

Join the NCJW Book Group - it's a page-turner!
Books are for sharing and a lively discussion with friends can deepen your appreciation of current literature. The NCJW Book Group meets the first Thursday of each month, September - June. Led by moderator Amy Rosenfield, the discussion is open only to NCJW members. There is no fee to participate; however, we collect an optional ($5 suggested) donation per session for our moderator.
Date:    Thursday, April  6
Time:   1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place:   Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood
Title:      Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton
To join:  Contact Lisa at the NCJW office at lhayzlett@ncjwcleveland.org
Chair:   Susan Kahn

Upcoming Dates / Titles:
May 4 - Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
June 1 - Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb

The Art of Wellness  
Please join Sandhia Varyani, MD, Clinical Instructor, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Pablo Ross, MD, Chairman, Department of Radiology; John Selick, Executive Chef, UH Ahuja Medical Center; and Tom Huck, Art Curator of University Hospitals as they explore the powerful impact of health innovations and art on psychological and physical well-being.   Dr. Varyani will present on gynecological health-innovations and surgery.  Following, Dr. Ross will explore new imaging innovations and wellness.  John Selick will provide a light repast as he explains Ahuja's role in wellness and nutrition.  As Tom Huck guides us through Ahuja's wonderful art collection, we will come to understand the benefits of creating or simply viewing art.    
Date:     Thursday, May 11 
Time:     6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Place:   Ahuja Medical Center, 3999 Richmond Rd., Beachwood
RSVP:   Contact Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204, ext. 101
Please Note - Non-members may reserve ONLY after April 27th (if space allows - limit 35 guests)
Chair:  Joyce Wald
Complimentary Valet Parking
DDD
Jill Braun, Michele Kaminsky and Kelly Markowitz
Co-Vice Presidents

Don't be an April fool... Conquer your messy winter closet, declutter, and spring forward!
 
Donate your fashionable clothes to Designer Dress Days. Donations can be dropped off at our Warehouse, 26055 Emery Road, Warrensville Hts, Mon-Fri, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Thank you!
MEMBERSHIP
Leslie Levine, Vice President

Welcome to our new Life Member:
Lori Sonkin

Welcome to our New Annual Members:
Ziona Austrian,  Hermine Eisen,  Lindsay Flack,
Johanna Goldfarb,  Laura Johnson,  Tanya Krill
Eva Lefton,  Siobhan Leftwich,  Laurenda Messer,  Lillian Schlachter,  Laura Siegel,  Deb Singer
Rosemary Weltman,  Marcia L. Wolf,  Sheila Wyse and  Yehudhe Yehudah

We Regret to Inform you of the Passing of:
Suzanne Arnold,  Marcia Dettelbach,  Barbara Haas,  Shirley Haber and Harriet Stark
THRIFTIQUE
Abbe Froimson, Store Manager

We Need Your Bags!
Thriftique showroom is always in need of shopping bags for our customers' purchases.   Please drop off at the NCJW warehouse along with your donations.  
 
Thriftique Showroom
5055 Richmond Rd, Bedford Hts.
216-378-2264
Hours: Thurs, Fri, Sat,  10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
FUND DEVELOPMENT
Barbara Shane, Vice President

NCJW-Cleveland members care deeply about those with less and who need an advocate.  We follow our hearts with action and put our money where our hearts are!  Health care for the uninsured ... clothing and school supplies for children in need .... the lonely at senior centers and nursing homes ... children who suffer from abuse and behavioral health issues ...foster youth who have nowhere to go when they turn 18 .... The list is long.
 
We hope that if you have not yet had a chance to support our annual campaign, you will make the decision to do so and contact the NCJW Cleveland office.  Big or small, every donation helps.  Thank you for your support!
 
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your VP of Fund Development.  Please call or email me with any questions at 440-567-1811 or BShane@roadrunner.com.

INTERFAITH MUSLIM RALLY

PASSOVER TASTING

WOMEN'S SEDER


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