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
Watch for your invitation in the mail!

DEBBIE HOFFMANN TO RECEIVE HANNAH G. SOLOMON AWARD
The Hannah G. Solomon Award is the National Council of Jewish Women's highest honor.  This award is given to an individual who has enriched the community with leadership and continued action toward improving the quality of life for women, children and families, the aged and disadvantaged, and has motivated others to fight for progress and change.

NCJW/Cleveland is thrilled to be giving the Hannah G. Solomon Award to Debbie Hoffmann, to be presented at our 123rd Annual Meeting at Beechmont Country Club. We hope you will join us as we honor Debbie for her dedication and commitment to others.
FUND DEVELOPMENT
Barbara Shane, Vice President

Because of your generosity, we surpassed this year's goal for our Annual Fund drive! The spring gala was a great way to top off our successful fund development endeavors.  We still offer our beautiful note cards and tribute cards for sale at the office. They are a great way to benefit NCJW/Cleveland while offering congratulations, condolences or recognizing a special occasion.  If you have fund development-related questions or suggestions, contact me,  Barbara Shane at BShane@roadrunner.com   or 440-498-1126.

MEMBERSHIP
Leslie Levine, Vice President

Welcome to our New Annual Members:
Sharon Epstein, Jane Frankel, Esther Palevsky,
Gayle Shapiro, Ivy Zelman, Zach Zelman, Zia Zelman and Zoey Zelman

We Regret to Inform you of the Passing of:
Gary Darrow and Carol Resnik
THRIFTIQUE
Abbe Froimson, Store Manager

THRIFTIQUE SHOWROOM NEEDS THE SHIRT OFF YOUR BACK!  
Or just your unwanted clothing, shoes and purse donations!
Call Karen or Abbe for a free furniture pickup - 216-378-2264

Thriftique Showroom
5055 Richmond Rd, Bedford Hts.
Hours: Thurs, Fri, Sat, 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.
DDD
Jill Braun, Michele Kaminsky and Kelly Markowitz
Co-Vice Presidents

Donate your fashionable clothing and accessories to Designer Dress Days.  Donations can be dropped off at our Warehouse, 26055 Emery Road, Warrensville Hts., Mon-Fri, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Thank you!
PROGRAM AND EDUCATION
Esther Spott, Vice President

Join the NCJW Book Group - it's a page-turner!
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, May 4
Time:     1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Place:    Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood
Title:       Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
To join:  Contact Lisa at the NCJW office at  lhayzlett@ncjwcleveland.org
Chair:    Susan Kahn

Upcoming:
June 1 -  Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb

The Art of Wellness
Join Sandhia Varyani, MD, Clinical Instructor, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Cathy Sila, MD, Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center and UH System Stroke Program; John Selick, Executive Chef, UH Ahuja Medical Center; and Tom Huck, Art Curator of University Hospitals will 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.  Dr. Sila will relate her work on stroke prevention and stroke-related cardiac disease.  John Selick will provide a light repast as he explains Ahuja'a role in wellness and nutrition.  As Tom Huck guides us through Ahuja'a wonderful art collection, we will come to understand the benefits of creating or simply viewing art.
Date:    Thursday, May 11
Time:    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Place:   Ahuja Medical Center, 3999 Richmond Rd., Beachwood
RSVP:  Call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204, ext.101 or  hayzlett@ncjwcleveland.org
Please Note - Non-members may reserve ONLY after April 27th
(if space allows - limit 35 guests)
Chair:   Joyce Wald
Complementary Valet Parking
ADVOCACY
Roberta Herman, Vice President

Have you signed up for NCJW/Cleveland's action alerts?
Every Wednesday, NCJW/Cleveland has begun disseminating weekly action steps that can be done do either at home or together in a group.  In the past six weeks, we have included scripts on who to call and what to say in order to:

- oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act
- request an independent counsel investigate Russian interference in the election
- oppose the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court  
- support extending state protection for victims of domestic violence
- preserve funding in the state budget to support those aging out of foster care.

We have also put out calls to action to help stock the Cleveland Heights Emergency Food Bank, after hearing about possible huge federal slashes to Meals on Wheels.

Our members have made hundreds of phone calls to members of congress as a result of these action alerts. As you know, there is power in numbers - -and we'd love you to join in on the action.   Click Here to sign up for the action alerts.  Once you sign up, they will start appearing in your email inbox every Wednesday, as well as on our facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/NCJWCleveland/.

Let us know too if there is an issue you want us to mobilize on locally or nationally.
If you have an idea for an action step, please let Becky Brouman, our Director of Volunteers, Community and Program Development at NCJW/Cleveland know: rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org, or 216-378-2204, ext. 105. We want to hear from you!

Open Table Informational Meeting: Not just a way to make dinner reservations
Last year, NCJW/Cleveland became the first Jewish organization in the country to pilot a group mentoring program called Open Table.  The program paired 6-8 NCJW members with one young adult who had aged out of the foster care system, helping them develop connections, personal networks, and trust. Youth who age out of foster care often have no families, no support structures and few people to call on for support or guidance or help. The goal of Open Table was to connect our mentees to our own networks.  As one of our mentees explained: "Open Table has brought a lot of love and support into my life that wasn't there before... They are like my fairy 
Godmothers."  Due to the success of last year's pilot program, NCJW
will  be hosting a few more tables this year and partnering with a church 
to help  further break down cultural barriers.  Mark your calendars. We will 
be  hosting  an informational question and answer sessions on the model.    
What:     Open Table Information Session
Date:      Sunday, May 7
Time:     10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Place:     Cheryl Miller's house. (address given upon registration)
Cost:      No Charge
RSVP:  Contact Becky Brouman at  rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org  or 216-378-2204 ext 105
A light breakfast will be served. 

UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES
Preparing to Age in Jewish Cleveland - What's Out There & What's Needed
An informational session & resource fair to learn about existing resources and future plans that will help the aging baby boomers. Find out about programs & services that can help you, your aging parents, relatives and friends.
Date:     Sunday, May 21
Time:    1:00 - 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: 
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 understand how to talk to aging parents;  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.
 
WOMEN'S HEALTH AND REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE  
Covering issues from infant mortality and sex education to sexual violence, abortion rights/access and beyond, NCJW's dynamic committee delves into positive actions to undertake.  If you would like to join this committee, please contact either Laura Kuntz at laurajkuntz@att.net or Dana Trau at danatrau@gmail.com
 
FOCUS ON FOSTER CARE    
We have started a new 4-week self-esteem session on April 19 at BeechBrook with an  expanded curriculum and we will be sponsoring Foster Awareness Month at Cuyahoga Community College.
 
We are planning a lunch and project on May 23 for the Sullivan Deckard scholars as they end the school year. 
 
** We are looking for volunteers to help facilitate our self-esteem curriculum at the Purple Project Event. If interested, please contact Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger at jeannieck@aol.com or Marilyn Oif at maroif1@yahoo.com.   No previous experience necessary! **
 
NCJW/GREATER CLEVELAND CONGREGATIONS  
Have you wondered how grass roots organizing works? Do you want to meet people from across our county who are members of churches, synagogues and mosques who want to improve our city?  Do you want to DO something that truly makes a difference?
Come to GCC University, scheduled for Sunday, June 4 through Tuesday, June 6. 
(Place and time TBD)

Or, if you want to participate in a one-day Jewish grass roots organizing event, come on
Sunday, June 25 for an all-day training/learning. (Place and time TBD)
Want more information?  Contact Lynn Kleinman at  lekchoral@aol.com or Susan Reis at  sixreis@gmail.com or call 216-570-1192.
 
On May 6, 10 members of our GCC/NCJW team are visiting and sharing a meal with members of the Turkish Mosque in Lakewood to further participate in our Muslim outreach learning experience. The visits to our meetings by members of various mosques and the discussions resulting from member research have resulted in lively group meetings the second Wednesday of each month. Please contact Lynn Kleinman at  lekchoral@aol.com  if you would like more information. 
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Debbie Joseph, Vice President

DONE IN A DAY    
Join us as we stuff and sew heart-shaped pillows for women who have just had breast cancer surgery. The pillows will already be sewn.  We stuff them and hand-sew a 4-inch seam. If you can't sew, that's fine; come to stuff and make cards!  Please RSVP to Becky Brouman at 216-378-2204 ext. 105 or  rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org.
Date:    Tuesday, June 13
Time:   10:00 a.m.
Place:   NCJW/Cleveland Office
Co-chairs:   Joanne Grossberg & Susan Ringel

SHARE WHAT YOU WEAR
A teen-run program that collects and provides new or gently used clothing, new backpacks and school supplies for school-aged children in need, 'Share What You Wear' meets throughout the year.   Our teen volunteers collect, sort, set up, and volunteer on the day of the event.  These items are distributed free at the back to school event on Wednesday, August 8, at The Tudor Arms Hotel.  
What:   Our next sort
Date:    Sunday, May 7
Time:   4:30 p.m. 
Place:   Warehouse H, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
If you or your teenager is interested in volunteering, please contact Debbie Rosenthal at  debbierosenthal@yahoo.com.  

It's Time for Ice Cream!
The teen Chairs of Share What You Wear will be hosting a tasty event. We are offering a free small cone or cup for anyone who brings items to donate as well as monetary donations.
Date:  Sunday, May 21
Time:  3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Place:  Honey Hut, 28300 Miles Rd., Solon
 
SPOTLIGHT ON LIVESPECIAL.COM  
LiveSpecial.com  is a free and comprehensive Northeast Ohio, on-line resource for all things required to support individuals with special needs and their families. LiveSpecial.com includes an easy-to-navigate resource guide that helps families find the most current medical, social and rehabilitative services and access information needed to help support any age person with special needs.

LiveSpecial.com  was started as a signature project for NCJW/Cleveland. It is now recognized widely in the special needs community. In addition to the website, we offer free educational programs to the community on a wide range of topics, presented by experts in their fields. An ongoing Transition Booster Series provides information on the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Families, individuals with disabilities, educators, and other professionals are invited to attend these sessions at no  charge. Register early to save your seat!
 
Transition Boot Camp Sessions
May 11       Medicaid, SSI, SSDI - To register or for information Click Here.
June 25       Housing Expo - To register or for information Click Here
July 13        Guardianship & Alternatives - To register or for information Click Here
Sept. 14       Adult Health Care Transition & Insurance - To register or for information Click Here
Questions?  Contact Wendy Spitz at livespecial.com@gmail.com or  Amy Clawson at  amy.clawson@cchmc.org  or 844-644-6323.
 
LiveSpecial.com  also publishes a magazine filled with interesting articles and information. The third issue will be released in late May. Look for this free resource in public places, provider offices, and at the NCJW office..
 
An awards dinner is being planned for November 5, 2017
to honor individuals with disabilities who are living well ~ living like Champions!  
 
An active committee of volunteers is planning future programs and is currently making changes to the website to make it even more user-friendly. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join the committee. If interested contact Cindy Glazer at cuglazer@aol.com.
 
And for those who are planning for next school year, please see items below.  Children could benefit from your knowledge and enthusiasm!
 
BOOK CLUB VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!
Do you love to read and spend time with children?  Are you interested in helping to foster a love of reading by participating in a monthly book club with 5th grade students in local schools?
We would love to introduce you to this volunteer opportunity!  If interested please contact us for more detail.  Training occurs in the summer.  Contact Debbie Bloom at  dlbloom@roadrunner.com or Liz Rumizen at  erumisin@yahoo.com.
 
READER'S THEATER
Please consider volunteering for this short-term, interactive theater and literacy program for fourth grade students throughout the area.  No theater experience necessary.  We will train you!  Groups meet once per week for three weeks, performing for their classmates at the final meeting.  This is a "sometimes" project that can work well with a busy schedule. Smiles abound!  Contact Estelle Bonchek at  estellebchek@yahoo.com  .
 
IMAGINATION EXPRESS
If you are looking for a volunteer position that brings joy to children and yourself, consider joining "Imagination Express" this coming school year. We are a group that does an after-school program at St. Aloysius School once a month.  We meet and drive together, bringing snack, story, music and an art project to a group of young children for an hour. No experience needed! Contact Adrienne Wasserman at 216-409-0398 or  ademaer@roadrunner.com.

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.

Our May meetings are at the NCJW office from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on the following dates:  Wednesday, May 3 --- Thursday, May 11 --- Wednesday, May 17 --- Thursday, May 25
*****PLEASE NOTE, THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, IN HONOR OF SHAVUOT*****
COMMUNICATONS
Leslie Resnik, Vice President

Keep Talking!
Word of mouth endorsement is the best positive communication of NCJW's work in the community.  Invite your friends to participate.  Keep talking about NCJW, its programs, projects and initiatives.  And share the articles that appear in the media with your friends.
READING BUDDIES



DIGKNITTY KNITTER

SORTING FOR DDD


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