August 2017

“The challenges facing an increasingly complex society have never been greater. We must be fully aware that strong motivation and good intentions are not enough. NCJW is forging a new path—leadership training. Volunteers throughout the country are being taught to develop action programs and problem-solving techniques with expertise equal to the most sophisticated corporate planners.” 

—Hannah G. Solomon 

NCJW Upcoming Events and Information 
It is hard to believe that August is here. Time to enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation before sending the kids back to school. Our programming committee will be meeting later this month to plan out the year so be sure to visit our website or watch your inbox for information as it become available. If you are interested in helping plan a program or event, email We would love to have you!

Think our enews is too long!   Click here for a downloadable pdf that you can print out and read at your leisure!
Your NCJW Story
I joined NCJW Chicago North Shore in 2004. My mother, Susan Pristave, gave me the gift of a lifetime membership when I moved out to the suburbs. My mom is also a lifetime member!

I love the idea of making a difference by actually doing things.  Giving money to charities is very important (especially giving money to NCJW!) but I wanted to be involved in activities as well.   I got involved when I heard a presentation in 2004 about the North Shore Section starting the Luggage for Freedom program.  I am an attorney and worked with victims of domestic violence for many years, so this was a program that really appealed to me.

I have really enjoyed helping Luggage for Freedom evolve with my co-chair Pam Zlotnik from the program it was in 2004 to the program it is today.  It is a thrill to see all the volunteers, both new and returning volunteers, working at our Pack & Delivery Days each year. This year our Pack & Delivery Day will be on October 29th.  My hope is that LFF will continue on in our community. My kids have participated in Luggage for Freedom basically from it’s inception in 2004 and I hope that this participation will encourage them to continue volunteering throughout their lives.  

Luggage for Freedom is still trying to reach our goal of collecting 100 NEW towels and 50 NEW sheet sets by the end of August. Can you help us meet our goal?  Reasonably priced sheets and towels can be found at Walmart, Target, Homegoods and even on Amazon.  We are looking for full size or queen sheet sets. For information and drop off location email,

~Nora Zuckerman, NCJW Luggage for Freedom Co-Chair

What is your NCJW Story?

Be featured in an upcoming issue of the Councillor? Email and share your NCJW story. 

NCJW 2017-2018 Book Club - Register Today!

Join NCJW’s Moderated Book Club.

Enjoy great books and be part of lively discussions. One book per month September – May.  Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month** at Congregation Solel in Highland Park from 9:15 – 11:30 a.m. No need to call to confirm. Coffee and hot water for tea are provided by the Temple. Fruit and sweet rolls are provided by our members.

Click here for the book list and the registration form.

For more information contact Marcia at

NCJW Member News and Tributes
We Need Your News!

Whether you are celebrating a simcha or sharing your sorrow, your NCJW friends want to know!

Keep NCJW informed of your life events: weddings, babys, graduations, b'nai mitzvahs as well as illnesses and grief. We are here to share with you....


Membership Renewal

Membership renewal season is upon us.  Our NCJW Membership Year runs from July 1 through June 30. Annual membership entitles you to receive our section eNews, NCJW In Action updates, invitations to NCJW events, and State Policy Action Committee (SPA) updates.

Help us save time by renewing your membership online today at  You can also mail your $50 membership dues check (payable to NCJWCNS) to our office: 

NCJW, 5 Revere Drive, Suite 200, Northbrook, IL 60062.

Section Tributes support NCJW's advocacy efforts and community service projects. To order a tribute, visit .

To: The Hoffman Family

In memory of Lorraine Hoffman

From: Barbara & Gordon Cohen

To: Keats Family

In Memory of Sherman Keats

From: Tyra and Joel Chemers

If you haven't stopped by Encore lately,

you don't know what you are missing! 

Turnover Help:  I know it's hot outside but it's almost time to switch Encore from summer to fall!  Encore is looking for volunteers to help out with turnover (changing out the merchandise and restocking the store).  Help is needed starting at noon on August 14 through about 5pm on August 15. If you have an hour or two you can donate, please call encore at 847-853-8888 or email them at

Encore Grand Re-Opening: An important date to add to your calendar is Thursday, August 17.  Encore re-opens that day at 10am following turnover featuring amazing fall and winter merchandise.  Shop early for the best selection of new, almost-new and designer items!

Encore  Coupon Offer: Encore is looking for donations of WINTER clothing to feature in the fall when they hold their seasonal turnover.  If you bring in a donation of a new or gently used WINTER clothing item and show the Encore staff this newsletter (either a printout or just on your phone) you will receive a  25% discount coupon to be used during our fall opening weekend,  August 17 , 18, & 19.  The coupon may be used for one article of your choice.

Encore's Online Store: Sometimes you just don't want to leave the house. We get it.  In addition to the amazing items featured at Encore & More, some select items are also being offered for purchase online. Visit and see what treasures they have to offer!

Encore & More is NCJW's major fundraiser, supported by members and friends through donations of gently used men's, women's and children's clothing and accessories, jewelry, bric-a-brac, collectibles and small furniture.  

We are always in need of donations of new and gently used items AND especially bric-a-brac, collectibles, jewelry of every kind and high-end clothing. 

Donations are accepted Monday - Saturday10 am - 5 pm. Deliver to the door at the rear parking lot off 11th St. Or, call for pickup at 847.853.8888

Please note that if you are dropping off a donation or picking up materials at Encore, you may park in the back against the building provided your car flashers are activated.  If you park without activating your flashers - you may be ticketed.

How Tisha b’Av can help us understand the refugee experience

For many Jews, Tisha b’Av is centered around mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. But that interpretation misses out on an important lesson that is made more relevant by recent events, Rabbi David Seidenberg argues.

With the release of a new translation of the Book of Lamentations, the main text read on the annual fast day, the Massachusetts-based rabbi argues that Tisha b’Av, which begins this year on the evening of July 31, provides a powerful way to connect to the refugee experience.

Click here for the full article
Booker, Menendez Reintroduce Comprehensive Sex Ed Legislation to Help Young People Make Healthy Decisions

Last week, U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) reintroduced a bill that enhances and expands sex education programs that empower young people to make healthy, informed decisions throughout their lives. The Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (REHYA) would build upon the success of existing federal sexual health programs and establish the first federally funded comprehensive sex education for young people across the country. It would also ensure that federal funds are spent on evidence-based, age appropriate, medically accurate, and culturally appropriate education. Booker and Menendez were joined by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Al Franken (D-MN), who cosponsored the bill.  Click here for the full article.
Nevertheless, WE persisted
It is because of YOUR bold action that health care will remain an accessible, affordable, and quality reality for millions.

In the early morning hours, the US Senate  defeated the health care repeal bill referred to as “skinny repeal,” 49-51. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), John McCain (R-AZ), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined all of the Democrats in defeating this harmful and disastrous measure – one which would have resulted in the loss of health care for 15 million Americans. 

Our voices were heard loud and clear. We never gave up and we never gave in.  We have power when we all work together. 

See NCJW's  press statement here.
Faith groups including NCJW reject Trump’s ‘baseless’ voter fraud commission

Last month, A coalition of faith organizations, more than half of them Jewish, issued a statement objecting to a presidential commission investigating what the 24 signatories called “baseless claims” of widespread voter fraud. In the letter sent Thursday to members of Congress, the coalition urged lawmakers not to fund the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity set up by President Donald Trump to probe what he has called widespread claims of improper voting that have the effect of “canceling out the votes of lawful American citizens.” Click here for the full article.

Silent Witness Stories
The Silent Witness Exhibit of Illinois honors those who have died from acts of intimate partner violence. The Exhibit consists of life-size female figures, each bearing a shield telling the true story of an Illinois woman killed as a result of domestic violence. The figures provide a powerful visual impact to raise awareness of the tragedy and loss we all suffer when lives are taken senselessly through domestic violence. Groups may use the Exhibit for outreach, education and fundraising programs.

The Silent Witness Exhibit has been viewed in Illinois by thousands of people in dozens of venues since it was launched in 1997 by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section.  The Silent Witness Exhibit of Illinois is part of the National Silent Witness Initiative, started in 1990 in Minneapolis. 

Click here  for more information about hosting the Silent Witness Exhibit.

Each Month in the NCJW E-News, we will highlight a Silent Witness Story, so that the victims of domestic violence will never be forgotten.

Kathleen King
Age 32
July 6, 2014

Kathleen was the mother of three and involved with a younger man who lived out of town. Her husband of 12 years, Shadwick was obsessed with her affair, although he testified at trial she was “funny, smart and caring.” When Kathleen’s body was found on the railroad tracks, he claimed she had a heart ailment. Prosecutors claimed he strangled her and took her body to the tracks to make it appear she collapsed there. A jury convicted him of first-degree murder.
Other Events and Items of Interest
Help Marion Hatcher Clear Her Name

NCJW members and JCAST Chicago supporters may be familiar with Marion Hatcher, Senior Project Manager and Human Trafficking Coordinator at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Earlier this year, Marion was awarded the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by President Obama. She has met U.S. presidents, received national awards, and lectured FBI agents all over the country on the subject. A victim of human trafficking, Marion spends her life working to eradicate it; yet her own record remains tarnished with a felony conviction she'd like to shed. Marion has filed a petition for clemency with the Governor's office. Clemency and expungement would clear her name and reputation.

Please consider sending a letter or email to the Governor's Office asking him to sign Marion Hatcher's Petition for Clemency.

The Marian Hatcher of today is a cancer survivor, a teacher to many, and a confidante. She consistently gives time and service to make a difference in the lives of others. She is an expert on sex trafficking, working tirelessly to make sure what happened to her doesn’t happen to other women. Please contact the Governor and urge him to decide that clemency is the clear path in her case.

Click here for more on her story.

Respect Illinois Women: Stand strong for abortion coverage
Each of us should be able to make decisions about pregnancy and parenting that are best for our families, without interference from politicians. HB 40 protects the  right to abortion by ensuring that abortion remains legal in our state [even if the Supreme Court reverses the  Roe v. Wade decision upholding legal abortion] and makes that right a  reality by lifting the bans that deny insurance coverage for abortion. Both the Illinois House and Senate passed HB40. Please contact the Governor and urge him to sign the bill without further delay.

In addition, leverage the power of social media to get the word out. Use the sample Post and Tweet below:

Sample Facebook Post: 
  • Each of us should be able to make decisions about pregnancy and parenting that are best for our families, without interference from Illinois politicians. #HB40 would protect the legal RIGHT to abortion in IL and ensure that right is a REALITY for low income women. Join us and tell Governor Rauner to sign #HB40! #RespectILWomen
Sample Tweet
  • IL House and Senate passed #HB40 and the people support it. Time for @GovRauner to sign! #RespectILWomen

Jewish Community Town Hall on LGBTQ Engagement

Join A Wider Bridge for a conversation featuring leading professionals in the Jewish and LGBTQ communities who are actively working to reframe how Jews, the pro-Israel community, and allies engage with LGBTQ and progressive causes. This program is by invitation only.  Click here to request an invite.


Thursday, August 3, 2017, Chicago location

Two Sessions:

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Light Kosher breakfast provided
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Light kosher Lunch provided

Support NCJW
Chicago North Shore has several new ways to support our section.  As always, you can make a one time donation or purchase a tribute (links are below), but we now also have a lovely, hand-crafted necklace you can purchase for yourself or for a gift.  Net proceeds from the sale of each necklace supports NCJW's mission.

You can also support NCJW as a Sustaining Advocate.  Complete and print this form and mail it to our office, 5 Revere Drive, Suite 200, Northbrook, IL  60062 and your scheduled monthly donation will ensure the viability of Chicago North Shore for generations to come.   Your support makes it possible for NCJW to create meaningful social change for women, children, and families in the US and Israel.  Make a difference for women, children, and families by giving a generous gift to NCJW through a variety of options:

Make a Donation
Put your dollars to work immediately by making a fast, secure online donation.  Become a Major Donor by making a donation of $360 or more. 

Purchase a Tribute
Honor a family member, colleague, friend, or loved one by giving a gift to NCJW. A handwritten NCJW tribute card with a message of support, celebration, or sympathy will be sent to the honoree or the family of the person you wish to remember.

Canadian jewelry artist Hilary Druxman has handcrafted a beautifully designed necklace and has partnered with NCJW Chicago North Shore to bring her design to our members and supporters. Overlapping triangles come together to form a star, reflecting our belief in advocacy and action.   Each necklace costs $44 ($40 + $4 sales tax) and can be shipped anywhere in the US. Net proceeds from the sale of each handcrafted sterling silver necklace support our mission.

NCJW is recognized as an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Contributions to it are tax deductible to the full extent provided by the law. 

Create a Legacy!
Want to ensure NCJW's legacy for years to come?  Are you a life member and want to extend your support in perpetuity?  Have you thought out a bequest to NCJW?
Click here  for a sample form.  It's that easy!

Already have a bequest to NCJW?  Please let us know that you put us in your will so we can acknowledge you!! Email .

Support NCJW with your Purchases
Save Gas. Save Time. Raise Money! 
Through iGive, Amazon smile and others, you can raise money for NCJW while you shop online.  Use the links below and select NCJW Chicago North Shore as your charity of choice.

Every time you shop at any of the 1,000+ online stores in the iGive network, a portion of the money you spend benefits NCJW Chicago North Shore Section. It's a free service, and you'll never pay more when you reach a store through iGive. In fact, smart shoppers will enjoy iGive's repository of coupons, free shipping deals, and sales. To get started, just create your free iGive account at  
Start iGiving at:
You shop. Amazon gives. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support NCJW every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at  and select National Council of Jewish Women Wilmette, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to directly to NCJW.
You shop; you save; they give
Here is a simple way to make a difference -- each time you search the web (Goodsearch) or shop online (Goodshop), Goodsearch will make a donation to your favorite cause.  Just visit Goodshop and select NCJW Chicago North Shore as your charity of choice.

If you have other fundraising ideas, contact us at