UPCOMING EVENT

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. 
 
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
Invitations will be in the mail soon.
 
Gold Medal Winners:
Mary Verdi-Fletcher, Advocate
Mary Verdi-Fletcher, born with spina bifida, became a wheelchair user at a young age. Through Dancing Wheels, she has integrated both non-disabled and disabled dancers and created materials to help them succeed. 
                                      
Christina Aitken, Parma resident, Champion, ages 26 +
Despite amputation of hands and feet after burn surgery, Chrissy completed her education, has run marathons, quilts and devotes much of her time to support others.
 
Kaela Jackson, Solon resident, Champion, ages 18 - 25
A severe visual impairment has not stood in Kaela's way of becoming an independent, successful student at the University of Mount Union.
 
Jessica Cobb, Parma resident, Champion, ages 11 - 17
Despite physical limitations, Jessica has excelled in school and is active in student government and extra-curricular activities.
 
Kendall & Kylie Weinmann, Solon residents, Champions ages 3 - 10
Kendall & Kylie inspire people with their inclusion of other children. Their outlook has changed the lives of their "typical" and "special" friends.

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
SAVE THE DATE
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RACISM AND ANTI-SEMITISM IN A NEW POLITICAL REALITY
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, teach 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
Invitations are in the mail.
Click Here to register online, mail back the response card 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.
DDD
Jill Braun, Michele Kaminsky and Kelly Markowitz, Co-Vice Presidents

DDD IS ALMOST HERE!**
Pull out your calendars and sign up for a shift or two!
Preview Day:    Friday, Oct. 20 ($20 entrance fee to shop)
Sale Dates:       Sunday, Oct. 22 - Tuesday, Oct. 24
Location:          Mandel JCC, 26001 S. Woodland Rd, Beachwood
 
**SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AT DDD 
Click Here to sign up to volunteer on our website, OR download the volunteer form by 
Clicking Here.  You can also call  Rita Langer at 216-381-2877 or  Robbie Schonfeld at 216-991-7755 to volunteer.  You will be able to choose your preferred department and the times available to work.  You will love it!

DONATE TO DDD 
Donate your fashionable clothes to DDD.  Donations can be dropped off at our Warehouse, 26055 Emery Road, Warrensville Hts., Mon-Fri, from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  Donate your jewelry and furs too!  Thank you!
PROGRAM AND EDUCATION
Barbara Shane, Vice President

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 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:  C all Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204

Tuesday Oct. 3 - Judaism's Seldom-Shared Big Ideas
If someone asks "What do Jews believe?" we all know to answer, "In one God." Is that really all there is? Not by a long shot.  Our principles on issues like afterlife, faith, sexuality, why we are here, and sin are pretty unique and often quite uplifting!
 
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.

WHAT IS YOUR "WOW FACTOR"? 
Join us for a docent-led tour of the stunning exhibit, "WOW Factor: 150 Years of Collecting Bold Clothes," now on display at the Western Reserve Historical Society in University Circle.

Then, come for lunch at the Cleveland Museum of Art. To get into the mood, wear a "WOW Factor" item from your wardrobe: a vintage scarf, retro piece of jewelry, a classic handbag, etc.   
Date:     Wednesday, Nov 1
Time:     Meet at 10:30 a.m. in the museum lobby
Place:    Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland
Cost:     $10.00 (parking will be an additional $5.00 per car, payable at the site) Cost of lunch is not included.
Chairs: Arlene Fine and Susan Ringel
RSVP:   Click Here to register online or call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204.  If you would like to carpool please contact  Arlene Fine at  arlenefine@gmail.com or  Susan Ringel at  susanringel@att.net or 216-392-7184.

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 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where:   Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood
Book:     Mothering Sunday: A Romance by Graham Swift
Chair: Susan Kahn
 
Fall Dates and book selections:
Nov. 2:   A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Dec. 7:   A Horse Walks into A Bar by David Grossman

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:  Click Here to register online or call 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:  Michelle Lee
AWARDS
Fran Steinbock, Chairman

TIP YOUR HAT TO THE ADVOCACY IN ACTION AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to Laura Kuntz and Dana Trau, the 2017 recipients of the Advocacy in Action Award.  Laura and Dana chair the Women's Health and Reproductive Justice Task Force.  Dana is Recording Secretary and sits on the Executive Board. Laura works on the livespecial.com committee advocating for people with special needs. Both are NCJW Board members.
 
This award recognizes an NCJW member or members who has served as a volunteer for advocacy/social action for a minimum of three years; exhibited in-depth commitment to advance social causes to improve the quality of life for women, children, and families; has strived to ensure individual rights and freedoms for all; and is an active champion for NCJW's progressive policies at the federal, state and local levels. 
 
Laura and Dana will be recognized on Wednesday, November 8th at the 14th Annual Lois Zaas Annual Advocacy Memorial Lecture, to be held at Temple Tifereth Israel. 
THRIFTIQUE
Abbe Froimson, Store Manager

START THE NEW YEAR IN STYLE
Donate to Thriftique Showroom 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.  216-378-2264.
FUND DEVELOPMENT
Wendie Forman, Vice President

GRATEFUL THANKS TO GENEROUS YOU ... AND TO YOU WHO ARE ABOUT TO DONATE
Thank you to all of our generous donors who have contributed to the Annual Fund. We are off to a great start as we work to attain our goal. 

It is so gratifying to see that the new Hannah Society category, where donors give $1800 yearly, has taken hold.  All our donors recognize that funds raised support all important NCJW/Cleveland programs, including Focus on Foster Care, Partners in Literacy, Share What You Wear, Women's Health and Reproductive Justice, and Human Trafficking among others. We should all be so proud of the work that we do.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding fund development matters, please do not hesitate to contact me at forman4wendie@gmail.com  or 216.469.6228.

CLICK HERE for the September Tributes
ADVOCACY
Roberta Herman, Vice President

VIEW HUMAN TRAFFICKING AT CHAGRIN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
NCJW is sponsoring the full-length documentary Break the Chain at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, 2017.  A panel discussion, moderated by Rick Jackson of WVIZ Ideastream with local experts in the field of sex and labor trafficking will follow with a discussion about local efforts to stop the crime.
When:   Sunday, Oct 8
Time:       3:00 p.m.
Where:  The Federated Church, 76 Bell St., Chagrin Falls
Cost:      $5 for NCJW members
RSVP:   Call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204.
Chair: Jean Heflich
   
COME CHAT ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE
JUSTICE
 
The Women's Health and Reproductive Justice Committee recently held the third "Living Room Chat" evening. The informal discussion, facilitated by Dr. Justin Lappen OB/GYN, focused on current and upcoming anti-choice legislation and how it impacts women of Ohio, doctors and their patients.
 
These Chats help us focus our efforts on effective ways to work for reproductive justice.
 
Currently, The Women's Health and Reproductive Justice Committee is focusing on these new initiatives:
  • Support for victims of sexual assault through local SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) programs
  • Sex education in Ohio school districts
  • Infant/maternal mortality
  • Abortion rights and reproductive justice. 
For more information, to participate in upcoming Chats or to join this committee of passionate, wonderful individuals please contact Laura Kuntz at  laurajkuntz@gmail.com or Erin Oakley at  erinoakley180@gmail.com.
 
COME LEARN THAT GCC IS ABOUT MUCH MORE THAN THE "Q"  
NCJW'S Greater Cleveland Congregations group meets the first Wednesday of the month to learn about and to plan activities to enhance the objectives of Greater Cleveland Congregations as they fit into our own mission.
When:     Wednesday, Oct 11
Time:       9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Where:   Fairmount Temple,  23737 Fairmount Blvd, Beachwood

The October meeting will explore two topics:  
  • We will discuss GCC's new Trauma Team, requested by the students, to be established at JFK High School and Collinwood High School this year. The team will address ways to cope with issues such as opiate use, safety conditions and family needs.
  • We will also begin to plan a Tea for Peace, which brings diverse faiths, including our Muslim Community, together to learn and share refreshments.  
HELP CREATE A CULTURE OF SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS OF RAPE & ABUSE
NCJW is co-sponsoring the Monument Quilt exhibit at Case Western Reserve University. The Monument Quilt is a national ongoing collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. Written, stitched and painted onto red fabric, the stories are displayed in city and town centers across the country to create and demand public space to heal. In a final display, the Quilt will be blanketed on the National Mall to spell NOT ALONE. Survivors of rape and abuse, loved ones and supporters will have an opportunity to create a square during the quilt display. We invite you to view - and support - the project's only stop in Cleveland.
When:    Wednesday, Oct 11
Time:      10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where:   The corner of Euclid Blvd. and Adelbert Rd.
Cost:      No Charge
For information: Contact the Social Justice Institute at 216-368-7568.
MEMBERSHIP
Leslie Levine, Vice President

Welcome to our New Annual Members:
Nicki Adler, Julie Graham, Robin Green, Deborah Keppler, Wendy Reisman
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Debbie Joseph, Vice President

BE DONE IN A DAY WITH THE HEART PILLOW PROJECT
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.
RSVPBecky Brouman at  rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org
Chairs: Joanne Grossberg and Linda Stavis
 
REACH OUT WITH JUDAIC OUTREACH
Harvest all your good feelings for Sukkot and celebrate the  joy of Simchat Torah! Volunteers needed to help serve lunch and  friendship for special Jewish clients of Jewish Family Service.
When:     Friday, Oct 27 
Time:     10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where:  JFSA, 24075 Commerce Park Blvd., Beachwood
RSVP:  Shelly Friedman at 440 247-7900 or 440 463-2309
 
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

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.

Our October meetings are from 9:30 to 12:30 at the locations specified below:
Wednesday, Oct 4 -    NCJW Office, 26055 Emery Rd. 
Thursday, Oct 12 -      Buy Rite Office, 23715 Mercantile #A
Wednesday, Oct 18 -   NCJW Office, 26055 Emery Rd.
Thursday, Oct 26 -      Buy Rite Office, 23715 Mercantile #A
COMMUNICATIONS
Leslie Resnik, Vice President

ANNOUNCING:  OUR NEWEST EMPLOYEE!
"One of the best days I've had at NCJW was handing Tammy Goldberg her first paycheck," said Mindi Axner, executive director, NCJW/Cleveland.

Tammy, a Horvitz YouthAbility program participant, became an employee of NCJW on September 5, 2017. YouthAbility serves disabled and at-risk youth by engaging them in volunteer service, vocational activities, and social enrichment possibly leading to employment.

Tammy, age 23, was one of four who volunteered in the warehouse sorting donations to Designer Dress Days and Thriftique Showroom this summer.  "She quickly stood out as their leader and we really needed help year-round," Mindi said. "With Tammy, it was a slam-dunk".

As for Tammy, she couldn't be happier. "I love working at NCJW with Nate, Shirley and Marnie in the warehouse. I can't wait to get to work in the morning" says Tammy. 

Give Tammy a big hello, introduce yourself and make her welcome to the NCJW family!
JUDAIC OUTREACH HOLIDAY MEAL PREPARATION

PROMOTE THE VOTE PLANNING MEETING

2017 OPENING MEETING FEATURING LIZ MURRAY
Opening Meeting Photos by Elizabeth Glorioso

ADVOCACY BOOT CAMP

TOILETRY SORTING AND PACKING FOR 
CHILDREN AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE

BULLETIN EDITORS:  Lisa Hayzlett, Leslie Resnik, Enid Yurman

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