UPCOMING EVENTS
 
CELEBRATE CHAMPIONS AT LIVESPECIAL.COM GALA 
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of livespecial.com and the people with special needs who live like champions, as well as their advocates, National Council of Jewish Women is holding a gala fundraiser and awards dinner. Call Lisa at the NCJW office for last-minute reservations at 216-378-2204.  
 
What:    CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS
When:    Sunday, Nov 5 
Time:      5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where:   Executive Caterers Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights
 
Gold Medal Winners:
Mary Verdi-Fletcher, Christina Aitken,  Kaela Jackson, Jessica Cobb, Kendall & Kylie Weinmann                                   
 
Silver Medal Winners:
Ashlei Collier-Amison, Todd Eisinger, Joan & Taub Kornblut, Deborah Picker, Ashley Shagrin
 
Bronze Medal Winners:
Genny Kanka, Chayee Kottler, Chris Meyers, Skye Raftery, Hallie Solomon

RACISM AND ANTI-SEMITISM IN A NEW POLITICAL REALITY
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The Annual Lois Zaas Memorial Advocacy Lecture

M. Dove Kent , outgoing executive director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and her colleague, Koach Baruch Frazier a Jew of color, teaches throughout the country about the intersections of anti-Semitism  and racism, historical trauma and the roles of Jews in the movement for justice.
When:    Wednesday, Nov. 8 
Time:      7:00 p.m. (Resource Fair begins at 6:00 p.m.)
Where :  Temple Tifereth-Israel, 26000 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood
Cost:      Free and Open to the Public
Click Here  to register online, or call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204
 
Laura Kuntz  and Dana Trau will be presented with the Advocacy in Action Award.
THRIFTIQUE
Abbe Froimson, Store Manager

COME CELEBRATE THRIFTIQUE SHOWROOM 81st ANNIVERSARY!
Donate to Thriftique and make a difference in your community!  Sale of your donations support NCJW's programs to change lives for women, children and families in Northeast Ohio and Israel.

Drop off donations at the NCJW Warehouse, behind the NCJW office, accessible via Emery.
Call for donation pick up of furniture at 216-378-2264.

Shop Thursday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 5055 Richmond Rd, Bedford Hts.
Or donate to NCJW warehouse, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
DDD
Jill Braun, Michele Kaminsky and Kelly Markowitz
Co-Vice Presidents

2017 Designer Dress Days was an amazing success! A big, heartfelt thank you to everyone who volunteered and shopped.

Click Here to see the list of over 250 volunteers.

A big thanks to all our generous donors. 
It is never too soon to donate for next year's DDD so clean your closets!!
COMMUNICATIONS
Leslie Resnik, Vice President

SEE NCJW IN THE NEWS

Designer Dress Days received plenty of media coverage in the form of articles:
J-Style, Fall issue

Cleveland Jewish News, October 13 issue

Cleveland Jewish News, October 27 issue

Beachwood Buzz, September and October issues

Currents, Sept. 18 issue

Plain Dealer, Oct. 20

Cleveland.com, October 23

 

DDD advertising included:

Cleveland Plain Dealer, front page, October 23

Cleveland.com

Facebook

Currents, Sept. issue 

 

DDD on Social Media:

- The campaign began September 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. 

 

Other articles appearing included:

- Beachwood Buzz, Celebration of Champions, August and October issues

- Beachwood Buzz, Lois Zaas Advocacy Lecture, October issue

- Cleveland Jewish News, Announcement of nominations for Celebration of Champions, August 11

- Cleveland Jewish News, announcement of event, Celebration of Champions, October 27

Solon Times, feature article on gold medalists at Celebration of Champions, October 26
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Debbie Joseph, Vice President

BE DONE IN A DAY WITH THE HEART PILLOW PROJECT --THIS FRIDAY!
Come stuff pillows and make cards for patients who are battling breast cancer.  No sewing skills necessary!
What:     Heart Pillows for Patients with Breast Cancer
When:    Friday, Nov. 3  
Time:     10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where:   NCJW Office, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
RSVP:    Becky Brouman at  rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org
Chairs:  Joanne Grossberg and  Linda Stavis
 
HELP THE HOMELESS KEEP WARM
It's time again for Operation Warm Up Box Assembly Day! Come join in the fun of preparing for such a rewarding community project.  Those members who "adopted a site" will help to assemble the bin and take them from the meeting. They will drop off a bin at a near-by site (temples, agencies, etc. around town), check on it once or twice to collect items so that it is not overflowing, and then pick it up at the end.
What:     Box Assembly Meeting
When:    Friday, Nov 10
Time:     10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where:   Warehouse H, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
RSVP:    Becky Brouman at rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org
Chair:     Yehudhe Yehudah
 
SIGN UP TO BE A PERSONAL SHOPPER TO THE HOMELESS
This year, we have been given the opportunity to work directly with program participants of the Homeless Stand Down.  We need to get an estimate as soon as possible of the number of NCJW volunteers who want to participate in order to secure our choice of volunteer opportunities.  This annual event organizes tables of winter wear that is collected through Operation Warm Up. Each volunteer will be assigned to a participant to stock them with boots, winter clothing, and coats. For background, see http://www.neoch.org/stand-down-cleveland/
What:        The Homeless Stand Down, Cleveland's one-day event to support our homeless population.
When:       Set up is Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m.
Event is on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, 8-11:45 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where:     Public Auditorium,  500 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland
RS VP:       Contact Maureen Ordman-Fike at rainslicktwo@yahoo.com or 440-221-8514.
 
KNIT FOR A CAUSE
DIGKNITTY is currently knitting blankets for veterans who are wheelchair bound. If you would like to join us, contact Sandy Levine at grammasandy1@yahoo.com.  Digknitty meets in the large conference room at the NCJW office, 26055 Emery Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.  
Wednesday       Nov. 1             
Thursday           Nov. 9                         
Wednesday       Nov. 15, 9:30 - 11:30
Thursday           Nov. 23  NO KNITTING - THANKSGIVING
Wednesday       Nov. 29
MEMBERSHIP
Leslie Levine, Vice President

Welcome To Our New Annual Members:
Shirley Eisenberg,  Rhonda Feldman,  Danielle Green-Welch,  Jessica Katz,  Kerry Katz,  Myra Pollak,  Nicole Resnick,  Judy Rosman and  Rayna Solomon

We Regret To Inform You Of The Passing Of:
Sondra Jacobs and  Judith Koblentz
ADVOCACY
Roberta Herman, Vice President

HELP DEVELOP PROGRAM TO CONFRONT LABOR & SEX TRAFFICKING
The committees Understanding the Issues and Stop Human Trafficking are working to develop a program focusing on the scourges of labor and sex trafficking.  Want to help plan this event?  Contact Cindy Glazer at cindyuglazer@gmail.com.
 
JOIN EFFORTS OF WOMEN'S HEALTH AND REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE
This committee is working to develop new initiatives focusing on providing support for victims of sexual assault through local SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) programs, sex education in Ohio school districts, infant/maternal mortality, and as always, abortion rights and reproductive justice. Join us in this important work! Contact Laura Kuntz at  laurajkuntz@gmail.com or Erin Oakley at  erinoakley180@gmail.com.
 
TOGETHER, WE CAN BE HEARD
As members of Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC), our NCJW team is ready to participate in a variety of causes:
 
1. The Criminal Justice Team is concentrating on "overcharging."  Some defendants are receiving unfair, harsh sentences, spending more time in jail and losing opportunities for work or counseling.
2.  The Gun Violence Team cautions all our NCJW members to avoid using the term "gun control". GCC is not interested in controlling responsible gun owners. We advocate for safe guns and realistic protections.  REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE is a more effective term.
3. The Education Team is conducting listening sessions to understand the needs of Cleveland communities. We have been invited to attend these sessions as they are scheduled.
4. Our NCJW/GCC Team will be planning a Tea for Peace next month. We will invite several diverse congregations and share similarities and how we deal with discrimination in today's volatile society. Check the NCJW calendar for time and place.
Join us!  Contact Lyn ne Kleinman at  lekchoral@aol.com .
   
JOIN WITH US TO CREATE FAIR VOTING DISTRICTS
We in Ohio are living under GERRYMANDERING:  the creating of voting districts that may be so convoluted that they completely distort the will of the people.  If 50% of our citizens vote for one party, yet have only 30% of the legislature representing them, something is wrong!
 
Thank you to our volunteers who are helping to gather signatures on petitions for a Ballot Amendment to draw FAIR DISTRICTS.  YOU too, can help.  If you are willing to sign out a petition, you are valuable.  Or, if you would like to join other members as we offer a few hours and meet at a fun, public event to gather signatures, we want you.  Please contact Rita Rome at ritacrome@gmail.com.
 
HELP SUPPORT KIDS IN FOSTER CARE BY JOINING US!
The Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for foster youth in Cuyahoga County is being held on Saturday, Nov.4.  The Focus on Foster Care committee has been asked to provide desserts.  If anyone would like to bake something and drop it off in the office by Friday, Nov 3 it would be most appreciated!  Contact Marilyn Oif at  maroif1@yahoo.com or Jeannie Citerman-Krager at  JeannieCk@aol.com  for more information.
FUND DEVELOPMENT
Wendie Forman, Vice President

NCJW/CLEVELAND INVITES YOU TO JOIN THE LEGACY SOCIETY  
NCJW/Cleveland created The Legacy Society to recognize those friends who have provided for NCJW/Cleveland in their estate plans and have notified the office of their intention. The Legacy Society expresses the organization's gratitude to those thoughtful donors who care enough about NCJW to secure the long-term financial stability of the organization in perpetuity.
 
All members of The Legacy Society are added to a cumulative list of members on a plaque in the NCJW office and in the Annual Report and may appear in various other publications. A member's name will appear only with his or her permission.
 
If you have made a provision for NCJW/Cleveland in your will or estate plan and haven't told us yet, we hope you will do so!  By letting us know, you will help us plan for the future. It will also show other donors that people are investing in our future because they believe in what we do while encouraging potential donors to follow your example. Plus talking through your future gift with us will allow you to direct it to a program or service that means the most to you.
 
All information shared will be held in confidence by the organization. If you have any questions, please contact Mindi Axner at maxner@ncjwcleveland.org or 216-378-2204, ext. 103.

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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, 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.  
When:    Thursday, Nov. 2
Time:      1:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where:    Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood
Book:       A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Chair:     Susan Kahn
 
Future Dates and book selections:
Dec. 7:  A Horse Walks into A Bar by David Grossman
Jan. 4:  The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

BROWN BAG TRIO   
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 Jewish-related topics that you may never have thought about.  Come to all three sessions or just one or two. 
 
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.
Time:     12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where:   NCJW office, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
Cost:      $5.00 per session. Bring your own lunch.
RSVP:    Call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204
 
Wednesday, Nov. 15 - Confronting Life's Little Dilemmas
People don't often realize that Torah is a useful tool to help deal with life's challenges.  We'll examine every day dilemmas and the choices we make about things like shopping, disclosing information, and even enjoying a scotch.   We will learn how looking through Jewish lenses can help us deal and act. At the hour's end, attendees will have a familiarity with some important Jewish lessons about lying, organ donation, giving references, swimming and more. 
 
Monday, Dec. 11 - 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.

JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED.....
Enjoy a docent-led tour of "Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America" at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage then walk next door for a dose of "Jewish penicillin" with a light lunch at The Temple Tifereth Israel's Hartzmark Room.  
When:     Thursday, Nov 16
Time:       Tour begins at 11:00 a.m.
Where:    The Maltz Museum, 2929 Richmond Rd., Beachwood 
Cost:       $25 (covers museum entry, tour and lunch) Advance registration required. 
Open to members and non-members.
Chair:     Susan Kahn
RSVP:    C all  Lisa at the NCJW office  at 216-378-2204 by Nov 9.

MAKE A GLASS WIND CHIME
Please join us at The Glass Bubble Project where we will learn how to create a custom wind chime using beautiful scrap glass, metal and wood. You will go home with your completed art piece.  Come early and grab a bite on your own at The West Side Market.  Express your inner artist at this fun, creative event!  Snacks will be provided. Space is limited.
When:        Wednesday, Nov 29
Time:         11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where:      The Glass Bubble Project, 2421 Bridge Ave., Cleveland,  Next to the West Side Market
Cost:         $45 per person 
RSVP:       Call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204 by Nov 10
Chair:       Michele Lee

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:      Teusday, 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 as well as 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!
 CHAGRIN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

DESIGNER DRESS DAYS

BULLETIN EDITORS:  Lisa Hayzlett, Leslie Resnik, Enid Yurman

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