UPCOMING EVENT

ISRAEL PHOTO EXHIBIT AND BRUNCH  
Join us at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland to celebrate Israel's 70th birthday through an exclusive exhibit of the photography and the movie "Life In Stills" of acclaimed Israeli photographer Rudi Weissenstein.  Ben Peter will discuss his grandfather's career through iconic photographs which capture s more than 50 years of Israel's development.  Enjoy a delicious brunch in the newly renovated downtown Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland.  
Date:      Sunday, April 22
Time:     11:30 a.m. 
Place:    The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland,  1515 W 3rd St., Cleveland
Cost:      $40 per person, valet parking will be included
Chairs:   Rosean Schmidt and Adrienne Siegel
RSVP:      C all Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204
THRIFTIQUE
Abbe Froimson, Store Manager

Our racks are sparse, our shelves are bare,
Please donate the stuff you'll never wear!
Lamps and Jewelry, Bric-and-Brac,
Your lovely things will bring the shoppers back!
 
Drop off donations at the back of the NCJW Warehouse
Monday-Friday,  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.  
Call for a free furniture pickup at 216-378-2264.
Shop at Thriftique Thursday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
5055 Richmond Rd., Bedford Hts.
Note: We are always looking for VOLUNTEERS. Contact Becky Brouman at  rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org   or 216-378-2204, ext. 105 if you are interested.
ADVOCACY
Roberta Herman, Vice President

ENDING GUN VIOLENCE WITH GCC
Do you wonder what Greater Cleveland Congregation is all about? GCC is passionate about safe guns and an end to gun violence. Join us for discussion and to give support.
Date:  Wednesday, March 13
Time:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Place: Fairmount Temple,  23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood
 
FOCUS ON FOSTER CARE:  LEADING SELF-ESTEEM WORKSHOPS 
Would you like to help facilitate self-esteem workshops for young people who have aged out of foster care or who have been trafficked?  We will provide you with training beforehand.  The self-esteem workshops are scheduled as follows:
 
Dates/Places:
  • March 8 (for 4 weeks):  North Point Transitional Housing,1550 Superior Ave., Cleveland
  • March 24, at 2 p.m.:  Renee Jones Empowerment Center, 1340 W 65th St., Cleveland 
  • April 18, 25 or May 2, 9:  Beechbrook, 3737 Lander Rd., Cleveland
Chairs:  Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger and  Marilyn Oif
RSVP:   Contact Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger at jeannieck@aol.com or Marilyn Oif at marilynoif@gmail.com
 
FROM CONVOLUTED TO FAIR
Redistricting reform will be on the May ballot! Help us continue to collect petition signatures in case the May ballot initiative does not pass.
 
Redistricting compromise happened because 200,000+ petition-signers put pressure on the Ohio legislature. The League of Women Voters won't shut down our petition drive until a better system is in place. It's not enough to get the measure on the ballot; it must be passed by the voters.  T hank you to all who have helped gather signatures to end gerrymandering. Because of the efforts of so many in our coalition, our legislators realized that they needed to take action themselves. The May ballot resolution is not perfect, but we are encouraging people to support it because it is a great improvement.
 
Rita Rome is spearheading the coalition with League of Women Voters. For more information, contact her ritacrome@gmail.com  or 216-896-9906.
COMMUNICATIONS
Leslie Resnik, Vice President

MAKING HEADLINES!
We've had a busy start to the year, and some of our wonderful events were highlighted in the news. Check them out below.

Click Here To Read  Parents at Beachwood conference urged to be invovled inchildren's social media use Cleveland.com

Click Here to Read   Screenwriter discusses Israeli women in cinema at NCJW event 
~ Cleveland Jewish News
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Debbie Joseph, Vice President

SHARE FAVORITE PASSOVER TASTES AND RECIPES
Don't miss out on the delicious fun this year at the Annual Passover Tasting.   Bring your favorite dish and recipe to the home of Betty Naft.
Date:    Thursday, March 8 
Time:    11:30 a.m.
Chair:   Annette Paley
RSVP:  Call  Betty Naft at 440-773-1701 or trnaft@att.net
to register
 
BRING PASSOVER TO JFSA CLIENTS THROUGH JUDAIC OUTREACH
Come serve a traditional Passover meal to clients of Jewish Family Service Association. A short version of the Haggadah is read and volunteers can choose to bring a side dish or a box of matzah or just lend an extra pair of hands, as we need many. This is our biggest celebration of the year-please help!
Date:     Friday, March 16
Time:    10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Place:   Jewish Family Service Association,  24075 Commerce Park, Beachwood
RSVP:  Shelly Friedman at 216-247-7900 or 216-463-2309 to let her know you can help
 
BUILDING BRIDGES WITH BOOKS
This literacy committee is doing great things! Our goal is to connect children to books. To that end, we process books for school libraries at our warehouse, collect and sort books from Cleveland Kids' Book Bank and other sources, and volunteer our time at area school libraries as needed. Projects develop from our deep reach into the children's literacy community in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.
 
Get involved or just follow along. Contact Debbie Joseph at josdeb@aol.com to be added
to our email list so you can stay up to date.

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  grammasandy1@yahoo.com.

Digknitty meets from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. as follows: 
Wednesday, March 7
Buy Rite, 23715 Mercantile Rd., A102, Cleveland
Thursday, March 15 ~ Wednesday, March 21 ~ Thursday, March 29
NCJW office, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
DDD 
Jill Braun, Michele Kaminsky and Kelly Markowitz
Co-Vice Presidents

THIS YEAR WE CELEBRATE 50 YEARS!
Help us make this sale bigger and better than ever by donating your designer items.  It's all for a good cause.  

Drop off at the NCJW warehouse at 26605 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.,  Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
FUND DEVELOPMENT
Wendie Forman, Vice President

WHERE DO YOUR DOLLARS GO?  
Another program to be proud of! Our Reproductive Justice Committee began a new pilot program that provides bags of new clothing and related accessories to the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program at Metrohealth Hospital for distribution to victims of sexual assault. These people must relinquish their clothing as evidence and therefore need new clothing when they leave the hospital. Your dollars allow us to help them and give them some dignity.
 
This year, we are working hard to raise $100,000 and to increase the number of gifts by our membership. We want to thank all of you who have already generously donated to the Annual Fund. We hope that those of you who have not yet given will support our fundraising efforts! Your gift will help to carry out the many initiatives we undertake to improve the lives of women, children and families in the greater Cleveland community and in Israel.
MEMBERSHIP
Leslie Levine, Vice President

WELCOME TO OUR NEW ANNUAL MEMBERS:
Mae Bennett                  Elise Braverman-Plotkin
Nadine Chavin               Kate Herschman
Mary Kaufman               Wendi Pavlofsky
Laura Rowan                 Robin Shapiro                
Donna Shimko               Laura Simon
Peggy Wertheim            Tamara Wolf
Fran Zucker

WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU OF THE PASSING OF:
Claire Barkley                 Loretta Borstein
Betty Holdstein               Betty M. Sunshine
PROGRAM AND EDUCATION
Barbara Shane, Vice President

JOIN THE BOOK GROUP: IT'S A PAGE TURNER! 
The NCJW Book Group meets the first Thursday of each month.  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, March 1
Time:    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place:    Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood
Book:    Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Chair:   Susan Kahn
 
Future Dates and book selections: 
April 5:  Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
May 3 Brass by Xhenet Aliu

JOIN US FOR THE 2018 
NCJW/Cleveland 27th Women's Seder
Women's Voices: Then and Now, Israel and Beyond
Enjoy dinner, wine and conversations on the topic of Great Women.
Date:   Tuesday, March 13
Time:   6:00 p.m.
Place:  Point East, 27500 Cedar Rd., Cleveland
Cost:    $25 adult, $15 students
RSVP:  Click Here to register online or call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204

BROWN BAG TRIO - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! 
Join us for one, two, or all three of these topics! Our facilitator, 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.
Dates:    See below
Time:     12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Place:     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
 
Wednesday March 14 - Judaism as a Work in Progress
Three thousand years have passed and Torah is still relevant. That's because there's a process built in to keep it timely.  In this session, we'll learn how and why Judaism continuously evolves. Additionally, we'll look at some fascinating recent "responsa" that address very contemporary issues through a Jewish lens.
 
Monday April 16 - Talmud, Torah, Tanach
Sometimes we feel lost when speakers use Jewish terminology and don't bother to explain. When an alphabet soup of Jewish terms gets tossed around with no opportunity to digest it, there's no shame in admitting we need help.  In this session, we'll clear things up by examining the top 20 (or so) items critical to Jewish literacy.

NCJW ARTIST BIO SERIES
HIS LUSH, LUMINOUS PAINTINGS CAUGHT OUR IMAGINATION  
We invite you to attend our Artist Bio Series and learn about French artist Paul Gauguin. Gauguin is best known for his experimental use of color and post-impressionistic style. He created a profound sense of mystery in his work. It is often said that he painted and dreamed at the same time. The lecture will be given by Felicia Zaverella Stadelman.
Date:      Tuesday, April 3 - Note the new date
Time:    10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Place:   Orange Library, 31975 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike
Cost:      No cost, however, a $10 donation is suggested
RSVP:    Call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204
Chairs:  Laurie Biales and Judy Weingold

SPRING AWAKENINGS: A PATH TO WELL-BEING THROUGH INTEGRATIVE
HEALTH WITH DR. FRANCOISE ADAN
University Hospital's Connor Integrative Health Network creates a bridge between traditional and holistic medicine for total health and well-being of the mind, body and spirit.  Dinner and refreshments will be provided.
Date:    Thursday, April 12
Time:    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Place:   Ahuja Hospital,  Rosenberg Suite, 
3999 Richmond Rd.,  Beachwood
Cost:    $20 per person, complimentary valet parking
Chairs:  Marcy Schwartz and Terri Leikin
RSVP:   Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204

WINTER MEETING 2018


TOLEDO RALLY


ABBY WEISSBERG & LAUREN COHEN COLLECTED 2,808 BOOKS FOR BUILDING BRIDGES WITH BOOKS!

BULLETIN EDITORS:  Jen Boroff, Lisa Hayzlett, Enid Yurman
EDITORIAL MANAGER:  Leslie Resnik

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