LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Friends,
         
I will have the honor of traveling with 14 other NCJW/Cleveland women to Washington, DC this month to attend NCJW Washington Institute.  Held every three years, the Washington Institute brings together women throughout the country, from all of the NCJW affiliates, to learn about our most pressing initiatives and to experience the dynamic energy of the Nation's capital as we take our message to Congress.
 
Given today's political landscape with chronic gridlock in Washington and an endless torrent of attacks on women's reproductive freedom, rights, and dignity, we have our work cut out for us.   The issues we care about - from voting rights to judicial nominations to reproductive justice and from religious liberty to racism to economic inequality - are at stake in the 2016 elections!
           
Of course, inspirational speakers, networking, and forging lasting friendships among our Cleveland delegates make Washington Institute an unforgettable experience for all attendees.         
 
As we come together in our Nation's capital, we will stand proud representing one of the oldest and largest NCJW sections in the country, knowing that what we have accomplished in Cleveland not only enhances NCJW nationally, but also motivates us locally to continue to be the forerunner in innovation and leadership.

Fondly,
                                                                                   
Linda
SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE

FREE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL TOUR
New Proton Therapy Center, Art Display, Lunch Provided  
Date:                Thursday, March 3
Time:                9:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location:          University Hospitals (meet in Lerner Tower lobby)
RSVP:              NCJW office at 216-378-2204 ext. 101

Complimentary valet parking at Lerner Tower provided with the donation of a new,  unopened toy that will be given to children who are being  treated by proton therapy.
SAVE THE DATE

25TH ANNUAL NCJW/CLEVELAND WOMEN'S SEDER
Following in the Footsteps of Moses and Miriam  
Date:                 Monday, April 11
Time:                Doors open 6:00 p.m.,  program begins 6:30 p.m.
Location:          Point East Party Room, 27500 Cedar Rd.
Cost:                Including Dinner: $25 (Students $15)
Chairs:             Amy Zlotnik and Michele Kaminsky
RSVP:              By April 1 to  lhayzlett@ncjwcleveland.org, 
                         or call the NCJW office at 216-378-2204 ext.101
MEMBERSHIP
Amy Zlotnik, Vice-President

PARTY WITH A PURPOSE!
Upcoming New and Prospective Member Event  
Come find out about more NCJW/Cleveland while having some delicious appetizers and tasting Passover Desserts and Wine!  
Date:                Tuesday, March 15
Time:               7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location:         Cleveland Racquet Club, 29825 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike 
Cost:                Gently used clothing or new school supplies to donate
Chairs:             Marcy Robbins and Elaine Eisner
RSVP:              lhayzlett@ncjwcleveland.org by March 10  
Current members are welcome, if you bring a New/Prospective member. But you must RSVP!

Welcome to our new Annual Members
Donna Fried
Helene Gradolph
Bobbi Kersey
Jessica Leonard
Beth Margolis
Susan Pelleg

We regret to inform you of the passing of:
Ellen C. Deutsch      Amy Feinberg      Bettie Neidus      Ruth M. Rubin      Debra Scheer






ADVOCACY
Roberta Herman, Vice-President

Many of the Advocacy committees held big events last month.  Join one of the following committees to build on this important work!  Contact the chair of the committee that matches your passion!
 
Focus on Foster Care   Help foster kids who are aging out of the system by exploring housing options for those who are homeless, enhancing the self-esteem program, developing activities for the Sullivan-Deckard Scholars, or becoming part of The Open Table to mentor a person who has aged out. 

For more information, contact Marilyn Oif, maroif1@yahoo.com or Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger, JeannieCK@aol.com.
 
STOP Human Trafficking  Help raise awareness of the scourge of human trafficking in our community as well as of the need to provide adequate services for victims.  Participate in outreach campaigns, training and other awareness activities, advocacy for stronger laws in Ohio, and supporting partner organizations.  For more information, contact Elaine Geller, elaine1818@roadrunner.com.
 
Women's Reproductive Justice   Keep abreast of legislation in Ohio concerning women's health care and educate NCJW members.  Also help plan a Candidates' Night with other Advocacy committees to inform attendees of a candidate's stance on various issues before it's time to vote.  For more information, contact Cyndy Fellenbaum, cfellenbaum@gmail.com; Laura Kuntz, laurajkuntz@att.net ; or Dana Trau, danatrau@gmail.com.
 
Understanding the Issues   Help create and plan the next membership event in which community activists discuss an important topic of the committee's choosing that aligns with NCJW"s mission.  For more information, contact Cindy Glazer, cuglazer@aol.com.
 
Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC)   Learn and work with this city-wide, faith-based organization to promote the issue of reducing gun violence in our community.  For more information, contact Lynn Kleinman, lekchoral@aol.com.
 
Play It Safe & I Will Ask   Build on NCJW's programs to protect children from gun violence. 
Contact Judi Wolf, techteach@roadrunner.com.
COMMUNICATIONS
Leslie Resnik, Vice-President

THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA (or HOW TO BECOME A JOURNALIST!)  
Question : What's the best and easiest way to tell friends about NCJW's compelling activities, strong points of view, and impressive volunteer opportunities? 
Answer:   Social media.    
 
To take advantage of our organization's power in numbers (one of the chief strengths of NCJW/Cleveland), I urge each of us to take four easy steps:
 
1)       "Like" the " NCJW Facebook page.
2)       "Like" individual comments on the Facebook page.
3)        Visit the page weekly (put it on your calendar) and simply click the "like" icon on the comments             you like.   
4)      "Share" the NCJW messages that you like on your own Facebook pages by clicking the                      "Share" icon. 
 
With these easy steps, you are becoming today's "journalist." And if you're going for a Pulitzer Prize, take a fifth step --  add a comment about the post you're sharing on your Facebook page.  
 
With these easy actions, you have earned a position on the NCJW Communications Committee.  (And no, you don't have to come to any meetings!) 
 
Thank you!
Leslie
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Debbie Joseph, Vice-President

OPERATION WARM UP 2016
Susan Ringel and Julianna Senturia, Co-Chairs  
Operation Warm Up was a "toasty" success this year! Here it is by the numbers:  
  • 30 bins were placed at 30 sites around town.
  • 25 NCJW volunteers collected the bins containing  2,172 items  - 600 more than last year and of better quality as well.
  • Volunteers from Horvitz YouthAbility and Safely Home sorted the donated items, which were taken to the Homeless Stand Down, a community-wide effort held downtown in January, where 20 NCJW volunteers assisted in distributing the items.
Thanks to the volunteer committee and our partners, HandsOn Northeast Ohio and Horvitz YouthAbility for performing a very successful "Operation."  

DONE IN A DAY    
It's Heart Pillows time! Join us as we stuff and sew heart pillows that are given
to  wom en post-breast cancer surgery. The pillows will already be sewn. 
We will stuff them and hand-s ew a 4-inch seam. If you can't sew, that's fine;  come to stuff and make cards!   Call  Becky Brou man at 216-378-2204 ext. 105 or rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org .  
Date:                Tuesday, March 22
Time:               10:00 a.m.
Location:          NCJW/Cleveland Office
Co-Chairs:      Joanne Grossberg & Susan Ringel

TRADITIONS IN THE KITCHEN: A PASSOVER TASTING - March 31st
Traditions in the Kitchen, an NCJW committee, is hosting a Passover Tasting on 
Thursday, March 31 at 11:30 a.m. at the home of Betty Naft.  Space is limited.  
Please contact chair Annette Paley if you would like to attend, at mannanetty@aol.com  
or 216-381-6244.
 
DIGNITTY KNITTERS
Our busy knitters work tirelessly, meeting every week, to provide many agencies with knitted goods, such as warm clothing, blankets, and comfort toys for families in need.  They welcome  ne w members and will even teach you to knit!  Needles and yarn are provided if needed.
 
Meetings are on March 3, 9, 17, 23, and 31
See the NCJW website calendar for
Chairs: Anita Pupa   anitareads@yahoo.com
Sandy Cole  sandyc1863@yahoo.com and Sandy Levine  grammasandy1@yahoo.com.

SHARE WHAT YOU WEAR  
If you know a teen who wants to start making a difference, tell them about NCJW/Cleveland's Share What You Wear program.  Our program engages teens in aiding their peers who are in need of clothing and school supplies to start off the school year in a positive way! We collect gently used clothing and school supplies all year in anticipation of the big August event! If you want more information, please join us on Thursday, March 10, in NCJW warehouse at 6:00 pm with your interested teen!  For more information, contact Jill Braun, jill.braun@me.com   or Debbie Rosenthal, debbierosenthal@yahoo.com.
FUND DEVELOPMENT
Barbara Shane, Vice-President

The Fund Development committee continues efforts to increase donations to support NCJW/Cleveland programs.  Big or small, every donation is put to great use as evidenced by the long standing as well as new projects undertaken by our volunteers.

A recent letter was sent to past donors who have not yet make a donation this fiscal year.  We hope that if you have not yet had a chance to support our annual campaign, you will make the decision to do so and contact the NCJW office, 216 -378-2204, ext. 101. We appreciate every donation made!  Thank you for your support.  

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PROGRAM & EDUCATION 
Esther Spott, Vice-President

PAINTING IN THE AFTERNOON
Learn about Gustav Klimt and create your own dazzling Klimt masterpiece with step-by-step instruction and high-quality art supplies!  An overview of the featured artist is followed by a 90-minute workshop.
Date:                Wednesday, March 23
Time:               1:45 p.m. refreshments; 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location:          Beachwood Community Center, 25325 Fairmount Blvd.
Cost:                $30
RSVP:              Pre-paid registration is required.
                        Call NCJW office 216-378-204 ext. 101
Chair:               Ellen Young

We provide a snack; bring your favorite beverage. Remember to wear paint-happy clothes.
Reservations up to 35 people.

SHAKER HISTORICAL SOCIETY GUIDED TOUR
Join us for a docent-led tour of artifacts, documents and photographs pertaining to Shaker H
eights.  You'll learn about the interesting legacy of the Shakers and the fascinating history of the Van Sweringens' development of Shaker Heights as a model suburb.  Also on display   (for a limited time) is an exhibit of pastel and mixed-media artwork by our own NCJW member Leslye Arian.  Come celebrate and engage in the story of Shaker Heights!
Date:                Friday, April 8th
Time:              10:00 a.m.
Location:         Shaker Historical Society, 16740 South Park Blvd.
Cost:               $10.00
RSVP:             NCJW office 216-378-2204, ext. 101 by April 1st.  Note: Space is limited to 20.
Chair:             Jean Geller

THURSDAY AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP  
Date:               Thursday, March 3
Title:                The Seven Good Years: A Memoir by Etgar Keret
Time:               1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
Location:          Beachwood Library on Richmond Road
Chair:               Susan Kahn 
 
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. No need to RSVP, however, if you are new to the group, please supply your email address to Susan Kahn at kahntent2@yahoo.com.
   
Future dates and book selections:
April 7   My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
May 5   True Grit by Charles Portis    
June 2  My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout  

SUNDAY BOOK CLUB
-- Please note change of day and time --
Title:              Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Date:             Thursday, March 10th
Time:             6:30 p.m.
Location:      Taza Lebanese Grill, Eton Chagrin Boulevard
RSVP:            goldd@ccf.org
Chair:            Denise Gold

Future dates and book selections:  
April 17  The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
May 15    Book TBD
RETAIL OPERATIONS
Wendy Elconin and Michele Kaminsky, 
Co-Vice Presidents

Spring is just around the corner! Take the opportunity to go through your closets and pull out those clothes you are sick of or haven't worn all winter. Donations are always accepted and welcome for Thriftique Showroom and Designer Dress Days
 
Please drop off your items at the NCJW Main Office/Warehouse located at 26055 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights.  Open Monday thru Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.   We supply the tax deduction form.
 
NEED A FREE PICK UP FOR FURNITURE and APPLIANCES?
CALL ABBE or KAREN TODAY AT 216-378-2264. Please visit, shop and/or volunteer at Thriftique Showroom, 5055 Richmond Road in Bedford Heights.
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