UPCOMING EVENT
Winter Luncheon and
Lifestyle Boutique
Wednesday, February 6

THE POWER OF CHALLAH: A PATH TO CALM, FOCUS AND WELLNESS
How the Ritual of Baking Challah Heals
Enjoy a refreshing luncheon when local chef and expert Jewish cook Ruth Levine interviews physician Beth Ricanati , author of Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs.  Dr. Ricanati shares her road to wellness and prescribes the weekly Jewish ritual for stress management. This physician-mother has built her career around bringing wellness into women’s everyday lives, especially busy moms juggling career, life and children. Stop and smell the challah as you hear the experts recount its power and share recipes.
Chairs: Loramae Simkoff, Marcie Harrison, Kathy Blackman
MEMBERSHIP
Leslie Levine, Vice President

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS:  
Rosanne Druian, Ann Freimuth, Karen Friedman, Anna Leitson, Cynthia Leitson, Lynn Markus,
Naomi Stein

WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU OF THE PASSING OF:
Elaine K. Chaplin, Carol Kaufman, Mollie Roth, Lois G. Weiss
DDD
Michele Kaminsky and Debbie Rosenthal,
Co-Vice Presidents

NEW YEAR, NEW CLOSET?
It’s that time of year! Refresh and declutter your closet to make room for your new winter wardrobe. While overhauling your closet, remember our rule of thumb: if you haven’t worn it in 12 months, you probably won’t wear it again.
Please consider donating the items that don’t get your love anymore - not only will you declutter your home, but you will ultimately help those in need. 
PROGRAM AND EDUCATION
Cindy Glazer, Vice President

BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES - JUDAISM REVISITED
Cheryl Gordon , MAT-MSJS, an enthusiastic Jewish educator, returns to facilitate a great series of interesting and compelling topics.
Date:  Tuesday, December 4
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Topic: DOES TIKUUN OLAM SAY IT ALL? 
These often repeated words are a foundational principle of Judaism. But is it the only really important one? Not by a long shot. Together let’s dive into other equally important core concepts—those that empower our personal actions and the socially-conscious activism of NCJW.
Place:  NCJW Warehouse H, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
Cost: $5.00. Bring your own lunch
RSVP: Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204 
TOUR AND LUNCH AT NEW MALTZ MUSEUM EXHIBIT
Tour the new exhibit, Israel: Then & Now with docents ( and NCJW members ) Eti Ganin and Loramae Simkoff followed by lunch and discussion at the museum.
Date: December 5 
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: $20  
Place: Maltz Museum, 2929 Richmond Rd., Beachwood     
RSVP: Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204
Chairs: Penny Levine and Laurie Rose
JOIN THE BOOK GROUP: IT'S A PAGE TURNER!
The NCJW Book Group meets the first Thursday of each month, September - June. Moderated by former Beachwood librarian,  Nina Rosner , we read mostly works of fiction exploring a wide variety of subject matter and styles. There is no fee and advance registration is not required; however, you must be a NCJW member to participate.
Date:   Thursday, December 6
Time:  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Place:  Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood
Book:   T he Underground Railroad  by Colson Whitehead
Chair:   Susan Kahn

Future dates and book selections:
January 3:  The Female Persuasion  by Meg Wolitzer
February 7:  Sing, Unburied, Sing  by Jesmyn Ward
March 7:  The Secrets Between Us  by Thrity Umrigar
April 4:  Before We Were Yours  by Lisa Wingate
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
NCJW/Cleveland Women's Health Series first event will be Thursday, January 31.
Stay tuned for details.
THRIFTIQUE
Abbe Froimson, Store Manager

BARGAINS ABOUND!
During December, a Gambler’s Sale will feature greater merchandise reductions each week.

Shop at Thriftique Thursday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, 5055 Richmond Rd., Bedford Hts., through December 31.
 
Drop off donations at the NCJW Warehouse, Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts. Call for a free furniture pickup at 216-378-2264.  
ADVOCACY
Laura Kuntz, Vice President

JOIN US ON THE FRONT LINES!
In light of the mid-term-election results in Ohio, NCJW/Cleveland is resolved and ready to advocate for and demand social justice from our elected officials. Whether we are fighting for abortion rights, reduction in gun violence, or the rights of children in foster care, NCJW/Cleveland is on the front lines! Please consider joining one of our many advocacy committees and help create a better Ohio for all! Click Here for the list of advocacy initiatives. For more information, please contact Becky Brouman at rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org or Laura Kuntz at laurajkuntz@gmail.com.  
ARE YOU READY TO FIGHT FOR OHIO WOMEN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE?
Are you outraged by the Ohio legislature's recent passage of the six-week abortion bill by the Ohio House? The Women’s Reproductive Justice Committee is gearing up for an eventful 2019. In addition to our ongoing advocacy for abortion rights, we are planning a guided tour of Preterm, one of the state’s seven abortion clinics. Contact Co-Chairs Linda Schlein  at saschlein@wowway.com  or Erin Oakley   erinoakley180@gmail.com  for more information and to get involved with the committee. 
FOCUS ON FOSTER CARE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP CSU STUDENTS CELEBRATE WINTER BREAK!
This December we will be celebrating the graduation of two Sullivan-Deckard Scholars from the first group!
Additionally, we are planning three events during their winter break:
  • Taking a small group to see A Christmas Story at Playhouse Square.
  • Bringing all the scholars to our warehouse to help sort clothes for Operation Warm Up on Thursday, January 3. We are looking for volunteers to help with picking up or dropping off the scholars at CSU. 
  • Planning a pajama brunch for the scholars at CSU on January 9.
If you are available to help, please contact Marilyn Oif at  Marilynoif@gmail.com .
GREATER CLEVELAND CONGREGATIONS DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
As a result of connections made from Teatime for Peace, Muslim friends attended the vigil at the JCC, sent messages, hugs of condolence and support, and sat with us at our Shabbat services. Let’s keep this connection alive. Help plan a meal, an outing, or event to deepen an understanding of our similarities and awareness of needs in today’s world. Please come to our next meeting.
Date:  Wednesday, December 12
Time:  9:30 am
Place:  NCJW Warehouse H, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
Contact:   Lynn Kleinman at lekchoral@aol.com
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Heather Schlang and Dana Trau,
Co-Vice Presidents

JUDAIC OUTREACH   REACHING OUT FOR VOLUNTEERS
Come see the lights and eat latkes with our special friends at Jewish Family Service Association. Our Digknitty knitters have made gifts for each client to celebrate Chanukah. Volunteers for serving and schmoozing are needed. 
Date: Friday, December 7
Time:  10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Place:  Jewish Family Service Association, 24075 Commerce Park, Beachwood
Contact:  Shelly Friedman at 440-247-7900
KNIT FOR A CAUSE WITH DIGKNITTY
Join our fun and talented group! We knit and purl, purl and knit, talk and share to provide warm clothing, blankets, and comfort toys to many organizations that distribute them to families and children who are in need.
Dates: Thursday 12/6, Thursday 12/20 and Wednesday 12/26
Time:  9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Place:  NCJW Warehouse H, 26055 Emery Rd. Warrensville Hts.
** PLEASE NOTE - Wednesday, 12/12 will be in the large conference room in the NCJW Office**
Contact: Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204

If you have a suggestion of an organization that would be interested in distributing our "made with love" items, please contact Anita Pupa at apupa18@gmail.com .
GET A HAPPINESS FIX AT JDN
(Jewish Day Nursery/Early Childhood Center)
This is a volunteer opportunity that is customizable and connects you with preschool children. Volunteers meet with a classroom teacher and agree on a day and time. Since JDN is open year-round, volunteers aren’t restricted to a traditional school year calendar. Teachers appreciate the time that you give and the preschoolers benefit from the additional attention. For additional information,
contact  Cindy Brodsky  at  cmbrodsky@gmail.com .
TRUE JOY IN SHOPPING - PARTICIPATE IN OPERATION WARM UP AND THE HOMELESS STAND DOWN!
Operation Warm Up (OWU) 
It's time again to join in and help the homeless! Coats! Hats! Scarves! Boots! Gloves! Socks! Underwear! O peration W arm U p is our annual collection of winter clothing items for those in need. Please donate by December 13 at one of our collection sites. They are brought to NCJW, where we sort the donations, then take them to the Homeless Stand Down.

Homeless Stand Down
This year at the Homeless Stand Down event, we have the opportunity to work directly with program participants as "personal shoppers."  We need an estimate of how many volunteers
want to participate ASAP in order to secure this rewarding and special opportunity.
Time:  
  • Set up, Friday, January 11, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Event, Saturday, January 12, 8:00 am - 11:45 am or 11:00 am - 2:45 pm
Place:  The Public Auditorium,  300 Lakeside Ave. East, Cleveland
RSVP: Maureen Ordman Fike  at  rainslicktwo@yahoo.com  or  440-221-8514
Chair: Yehudhe Yehudah
VOLUNTEER WITH YOUR CHILDREN
AND GRANDCHILDREN
NCJW/Cleveland is partnering with Caring Cubs , a local nonprofit that hosts monthly service projects for young children ages 2 and up, for their January event. NCJW and Caring Cubs are teaming up with BigHearted Blooms , an organization that repurposes previously-used flower arrangements to lift the spirits and boost the emotional health of individuals in all forms of care. At this event, attendees will decorate vases and gift cards that accompany the flowers. We are asking you to bring vases (any you have around the house)
to the NCJW office for decorating.
Date:  Sunday, January 13
Two times: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Place: NCJW Warehouse H, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
NCJW Chair: Jenna Konstantinovsky
RSVP: Limited Availability. Please call Lisa ASAP at 216-378-2204 if you’re interested. Interest does not guarantee a secured spot. Event registration officially opens on December 14. We will send you the link for registration as soon as it opens.
LIVESPECIAL.COM CAN HELP
Take a look at the interesting articles in Livespecial.com, the 2018-19 magazine . It focuses on how all families may need access to special needs providers. Visit  livespecial.com, the website for a short term or temporary special need, such as an aging issue,
incapacitating surgery or bone breaks.  
FUND DEVELOPMENT
Wendie Forman, Vice President

Every month this column will highlight an NCJW/Cleveland program that your financial support makes a reality.

MEET THE TLC PROJECT (THREADS FOR LIFE AND COMFORT), the project that provides clothing, toiletries and accessories for victims of sexual assault at MetroHealth Medical Center. 

Background: The Sexual Assault Nursing Examiners (SANE) program at MetroHealth Medical Center was created for nurses-on-call to work with victims of sexual assault. 
There are currently 19 SANE nurses. In 2017, MetroHealth assisted 173 sexual assault victims.  

Beginning in 2017, NCJW/Cleveland responded to the need for new clothing by creating the TLC Project to provide packets of new clothing and accessories to the SANE program. Because these patients must relinquish their clothing as evidence, they need new attire when they leave the hospital. Because they feel “used," they need toiletries.

The more than 200 packets NCJW has purchased, packaged and donated include new sweatpants, undergarments, socks, flip flops, a brush and comb, a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, a washcloth and hand lotion. 
 
The impact of the donations are best summed up by the reaction of one human trafficking survivor: She’d never even had her own brush! Another patient had no shoes and used the washcloth to clean her feet before donning the flip flops. Your donated dollars have truly made a difference in these women’s lives. THANK YOU!

Cyndy Fellenbaum at cfellenbaum@gmail.com , program chair.   


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