SAVE THE DATE

WINTER MEETING - ISRAELI WOMEN THROUGH THE LENS
Tuesday, Feb. 13
10:00 a.m. Pop-Up Israeli Street Fair
11:30 a.m. Doors Open for Lunch
PROGRAM AND EDUCATION
Barbara Shane, Vice President

LEARN ABOUT THE ART OF VICTOR SCHRECKENGOST-
THE "AMERICAN DA VINCI"
Find out about the man referred to as the American Da Vinci because of the caliber, breadth and depth of his talents and his contributions to industrial design and the arts.  Schreckengost was an American industrial designer as well as a sculptor, artist and teacher, like Leonardo. 
When:      Tuesday, Dec 5
Time:       10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where:     Cuyahoga County Library, Orange Branch, 31975 Chagrin Blvd.,                         Pepper Pike
Cost:        $10 advance reservation fee required. Non-members welcome!
Chairs:     Judy Weingold and  Laurie Biales
RSVP:      Call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204
Please register early for this popular program! 
 
CHILL OUT AND COLOR
Come relax with snacks and wine and learn how the simple act of coloring can erase a stressful day.  NCJW member Erin Oakley has created a personalized coloring book just for NCJW/Cleveland.  Participants receive a book and a set of coloring pencils.  There will also be additional coloring materials available and a fun discussion of color theory and how coloring relieves stress. 
What:     Coloring event
When:    Wednesday, Dec. 6
Time:      7:00 p.m.
Where:   The home of Erin Oakley in Orange.  Address will be given upon registration.
Cost:      $18/person-includes coloring book, colored pencils, sharpener, snacks and wine.
RSVP:    Call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204 
For more information or questions contact Erin Oakley at  ErinOakley180@gmail.com
Come pamper yourself before the rush of the holidays for a fun night.  Bring a friend!

JOIN THE BOOK GROUP: IT'S A PAGE TURNER!
The NCJW Book Group meets the first Thursday of each month, Sept. - June.  Led by Amy Rosenfield, the discussion is open only to NCJW members.  There is no fee to participate, however we collect an optional donation ($5 suggested) per session for our moderator.  
Date:      Thursday, Dec. 7
Time:     1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood
Book:     A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman
Chair:   Susan Kahn
 
Future Dates and book selections:
Jan. 4 :  The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies
Feb. 1 :  Outline by Rachel Cusk

BROWN BAG LUNCH
HERE'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO FIND OUT WHAT JUDAISM SAYS ABOUT THE "BIG STUFF" AND HOW IT CAN BE USEFUL TO EACH OF US.
You're invited for some fascinating conversation about How to Argue Jewishly that you may never have thought about.  
 
The speaker, Cheryl Gordon, MAT-MSJS, is an enthusiastic Jewish educator who helps teens through seniors discover personal relevance and joy in Judaism.  She is a member of NCJW and serves on the board of Mandel JDS.
Date:     Monday, Dec. 11 
Time:     12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where:   NCJW office, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
Cost:      $5.00, Bring your own lunch.
RSVP:    Call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204
 
How To Argue Jewishly
Poisonous rhetoric is spreading everywhere, even to the dinner table and that's a very Jewish subject.  Our sages spent a lot of time discussing civil discourse.  Yet, for each of us personally, it can be hard to be persuasive, yet civil.  In this session, we'll talk about how to drive home a point without proving that the other person is wrong or making her feel stupid.  We'll learn how to put into action some techniques that can make this world a better place.
ADVOCACY
Roberta Herman, Vice President

"PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ~
VULNERABILITY THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA"  
It is a sign of the times -- All children and teens who are on the internet or who text are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, cyberbullying and other abuses via social media.  Therefore, understanding the Issues & Stop Human Trafficking committees are collaborating to let us know the dangers and help our young people avoid them.  
Date:       Wednesday, Jan 24
Time:      10:00 a.m.
Where:    Point East, 27500 Cedar Rd, Beachwood
Contact:  Cindy Glazer at  cindyuglazer@gmail.com
Presenters include: Karen McHenry, LISW-S, LCDC, Program Manager, Bellefaire JCB's Homeless and Missing Youth Programs, who will discuss the vulnerability of youth.  Judge Denise Rini of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division in Cleveland, will present the experiences and legal consequences of social media issues.  John Morgan, Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, will offer "Social Media 101- the basics & prevention of abuse."  

PARTICIPATE IN.....
What:    Helping Cleveland schools at GCC Education Team meeting
Date:     Thursday, Dec. 7
Time:     7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where:    Fairhill Partners Building, 12200 Fairhill Rd., Cleveland
 
What:     Planning a Tea for Peace with the Muslim community
Date:      Wednesday, Dec. 13
Time:     9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Where:   NCJW office, Unit H, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.

DO NOT STAND IDLY BY
Our "Do Not Stand Idly By" gun safety team has much to offer. The time is now - no more unregistered or military style guns in our country! Come join our team as we find out what we can do.  For more information, contact Lynn Kleinman at  lekchoral@aol.com.
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Debbie Joseph, Vice President

HELP THE HOMELESS KEEP WARM
The Operation Warm Up boxes are now in place at sites around the Jewish community.  Please do your part and fill them up!  Donations go to the homeless community during the Homeless Stand Down event on January 20.
 
NCJW runs this warm clothing drive for the entire Jewish community and it is the only project in which all Jewish organizations in Cleveland and NE Ohio work together.
 
Most Wanted Items, especially in large sizes (XL and up):  New/Gently Used Coats (XL+), Hoodies (XL+), Boots, Waterproof Gloves, Hats, Scarves, New Socks and New Boxers/Boxer Briefs
 
TRUE JOY IN SHOPPING!
Participate in Homeless Stand Down, the culmination of Operation Warm Up.  Each volunteer will be assigned to a participant to stock them with boots, winter clothing and coats. We need to get an estimate of the number of volunteers who want to participate in order to secure our choice of volunteer opportunities.
What:    The Homeless Stand Down, Cleveland's one-day event to support our homeless population.
When:  Set up Friday, Jan 19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Event Saturday, Jan. 20, 8:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where:  The Public Auditorium, 300 Lakeside Ave. E, Cleveland
RSVP:  Contact Maureen Ordman-Fike at rainslicktwo@yahoo.com or 440-221-8514.
Chair:  Yehudhe Yehudah
 
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT - FOR THE COMMUNITY AND FOR YOU!
ENTERTAINMOBILE had a great year - 25 shows performed at senior centers and nursing facilities throughout the greater community!  We have two upbeat, fun shows running concurrently:  "Ain't We Got Fun" and "Just Because."
Following the sudden passing of our beloved pianist, Gary Darrow, we welcomed back an "old friend," Joan Bendix, who quickly jumped in to join us in "Ain't We Got Fun." She and Rhona Jacobson, who plays for "Just Because", are the true stars of our group and we are so grateful for the hours they spend practicing and leading us at the piano.
Come see us!  You can call the NCJW office at 216-378-2204 to get our schedule.  We'd love for you to see what we do.

SAY HELLO TO THE NEW HELLO ISRAEL
Interested members are cordially invited to view the new Hello Israel program.  The grand opening will be held during the week of January 15.  Stay tuned for more information.  Our revamped, fast paced program is a great new volunteer opportunity.
 
KNITTING WITH HEART
What a gratifying evening we had on Nov. 15, when Digknitty
members visited the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center to present 19 blankets, 18 hat and scarf sets, and 4 teddy bears to Veterans in the rehab program. They were so appreciative that we are going to continue to make these items throughout the year so we will be able to do it again next year.
 
We are also going to make red preemie and infant hats for the "Little Hats, Big Hearts" program.
 
Digknitty meets twice in December from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the large NCJW conference room on Wednesdays: the 13th and the 27th.  If interested please call Sandy Levine at 216-464-4299 or Anita Pupa at 440-498-2166 for more information.
FUND DEVELOPMENT
Wendie Forman, Vice President

MISSION WITH BENEFITS
Many of us make our charitable decisions at this time of year. While tax savings is not the number one motivator for most people, why not take advantage of these benefits and support National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland's mission at the same time. Here are some ideas to consider... 
  • With the stock market reaching record highs, now is the time to donate appreciated securities that you have owned for at least one year. It is easy to transfer stock to the National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland to pay your annual fund pledge, to add or create a named Endowment, or to create a Tribute Fund. In the event that tax laws change, you may receive a larger benefit if you donate before December 31, 2017.
  • THE IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVER applies to those of you who are 70½ or older. You can transfer up to $100,000 to the National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland without tax consequences.  And it counts toward your required minimum distribution.
Please speak with your financial advisor as you make your decisions and then contact Mindi Axner , Executive Director, NCJW/Cleveland at 216-378-2204, ext. 103. She will guide you through the process.  Thank you.

COMMUNICATIONS
Leslie Resnik, Vice President

WATCH THE CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS MEDALISTS ON
LIVESPECIAL.COM
The video will move you. It describes the rewarding and inspiring lives of champions who ride horseback minus hands and feet; achieve black belt status in Taekwondo with challenged vision; incorporate both special needs and non-challenged dancers in productions; and model natural behavior showing that people are the same with or without special needs.
 
SEE NCJW IN THE NEWS - TRADITIONAL AND SOCIAL
Designer Dress Days garnered plenty of media coverage,  both online and printed articles:
J-Style, Fall issue
Cleveland Jewish News, Oct. 13 issue
Cleveland Jewish News, Oct. 27 issue
Beachwood Buzz, Sept. and Oct. issues
Currents, Sept. 18 issue
Plain Dealer, Oct. 20
Cleveland.com, Oct. 23
 
DDD advertising included:
Cleveland Plain Dealer, front page, Oct. 23
Cleveland.com
Facebook
Currents, Sept. issue
 
DDD on Social Media:
The campaign launched Sept. 1 on the DDD Facebook page and ran through the event, posting fashion trends carried by DDD as well as models Michele Kaminsky, Kelly Markowitz and Faye Bass in DDD outfits.
Blogger Hallie Abrams partnered with DDD in an online contest to win a fashion consultation on Day 1 of DDD. 
Shoppers were "framed" on Preview Day, showing their anticipation of the event and their resulting purchases. 
 
Other articles covering NCJW activities included:
Beachwood Buzz, Celebration of Champions, Aug. and Oct. issues
Beachwood Buzz, Lois Zaas Advocacy Lecture, Oct. issue
Cleveland Jewish News, announcement of nominations for Celebration of Champions,          Aug. 11
Cleveland Jewish News, announcement of event, Celebration of Champions, Oct. 27
Cleveland Jewish News, announcement of Zaas Advocacy Lecture and Advocacy award winners Dana Trau and Laura Kuntz
Solon Times, feature article on gold medalists at Celebration of Champions, Oct. 26
Cleveland Jewish News, coverage of Celebration of Champions event, Nov. 17
MEMBERSHIP
Leslie Levine, Vice President

WELCOME TO OUR NEW ANNUAL MEMBERS:
Shudina Brown,  Diane Cantor,  Stephanie Greenwald,  Jessica Katz,  Jennifer Mandel, 
Arlene Temsey, Laura Weil and Brooke Zelwin
THRIFTIQUE
Abbe Froimson, Store Manager

END OF THE YEAR DONATION TIME!
Please drop off your clothing, shoes, purses, home furnishings, collectibles and more.  Sale of your donations supports NCJW's programs to change the lives of women, children and families.

Drop off donations at the NCJW Warehouse, 5055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Heights., Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Shop our Thriftique Showroom Thursday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 5055 Richmond Rd, Bedford Hts.  Call for a free furniture pickup at 216-378-2264.
DDD
Jill Braun, Michele Kaminsky and Kelly Markowitz
Co-Vice Presidents

We are already working on DDD 2018! It's never too early to donate to next year's major NCJW fundraiser! Thanks again for making DDD 2017 a great success!
"WOW" EVENT AT THE WESTERN 
RESERVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY


DIGKNITTY KNITTERS HELPING OUR VETERANS

LIVESPECIAL.COM'S CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS GALA

14TH ANNUAL LOIS ZAAS MEMORIAL ADVOCACY LECTURE
BULLETIN EDITORS:  Lisa Hayzlett, Enid Yurman
EDITORIAL MANAGER:  Leslie Resnik

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