Dear Friends,

This month of holidays always brings to mind the memories of my parents lighting our Men orah (which I still use) every night during Chanukah. The delicious smell of latkes, the fun of having our extended family together, and the reminders of the small lessons that we learned so long ago were in a big part of my childhood. Each night, after they kindled each lichtel, my parents also presented my brother and me with a gift. Sometimes, they were small things and sometimes they were practical gifts - but we were always so happy to receive them, and my parents felt such pride and happiness when they saw us unwrapping them.

That, I believe, is one of the true reasons for gifts - it lets the people, and organizations, in our life know we are thinking about them. As we embark on our annual fund drive, let us consider giving generously to NCJW/Cleveland. Your gift helps sustain our organization so we can bring light to the community with new programs and initiatives, ensuring that 
NCJW/Cleveland continues to be a driving force for social change in the city and in Israel.

Thank you for your generous financial support, your dedicated volunteering, your attendance at our programs throughout the year, and your meaningful membership in NCJW/Cleveland.

Wishing you a joyful Chanukah and a healthy New Year!
Linda Barnett

Featuring: Richard Soren Arnoldi from the Ritz, Chris Hodgson from Hodge's, Doug Katz from Fire
Winter Boutique and Luncheon at Landerhaven
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Boutique: 10:00am
Lunch: 11:30am
Understanding the Issues: Infant Mortality
A third-world problem in a city with first-rate medical care
Date:                Friday, February 19, 2016
Time:               TBA                 
Location:          TBA
Cost:               TBA
Featuring the following speakers: Lorrie Considine, RN, Program Manager, Cuyahoga County Board of Health; Marc Collin, MD, Neonatologist, MetroHealth Medical Center NICU; and Justin Lappen, MD, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow, MetroHealth Medical Center.
Barbara Shane, Vice President
Thank you to our many generous donors to the Annual Fund. If you have not yet made a contribution, we hope you will remember NCJW/Cleveland in your year-end giving.  If you need us to send you another donation envelope, please contact me or the office.  The office can take your credit card information over the phone or you can go online and make your donation directly from  the DONATE TODAY link.
Think NCJW when looking for a beautifully designed card to celebrate a special occasion or holiday or to say thank you.  The cards can be purchased at Council events or at the office.  $25 for 10 note cards and $25 for 5 tribute cards.
It was great to see so many life members come to the Life Member Tea to re-connect and re-dedicate themselves to NCJW/Cleveland!
Happy Hanukah and New Year to you and your family!  If you have any suggestions or comments regarding philanthropy, please do not hesitate to contact me: Barbara Shane at BShane@roadrunner.com  or 440-567-1811.

Wendy Elconin & Michele Kaminsky,
Co-Vice Presidents
Help stock our store for the winter months!

As the end of the year approaches, we greatly appreciate your clothing, shoes, purses, artwork, furniture, collectibles and anything else you can think of for our Thrfitique Showroom. 

All donations are tax deductible.

Warehouse Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm
FREE pick-ups for larger items.  Contact the store at 216-378-2264 to schedule today!
Debbie Joseph, Vice President
READER'S THEATRE: Fourth Grade Literacy Program
Our first RT project for the year was wonderful!  The next school we will work with is Warner Girls' Leadership Academy.  Join us there in late January or February or at Greenview School in May.
Contact:  Estelle Bonchek estellebchek@yahoo.com   or Shelly Friedman at Shellytf@aol.com
Julianna Senturia and Susan Ringel, Co-Chairs
Please continue to bring new or gently used coats and boots and new underwear and warm socks to NCJW to donate to the Homeless Stand Down in January!
Contact:  Susan Ringel at susanringel@att.net or Julianna Senturia at jsenturia@icloud.com

The third Tuesday of each month during the school year, a group of volunteers go to Family Promise of Greater Cleveland to work with the children for an hour.  The volunteers start with song and story and often have the children act out the story or do movement activities.  They follow up with an art activity and close with a snack.  It is deeply satisfying to bring joy and laughter to these children whose parents are working to become self-sufficient.  Family Promise of Greater Cleveland is a transitional housing facility for homeless families who are rebuilding their lives.
Volunteers are needed!  Give it a try and you will find that the hugs, giggles, and happiness are infectious!
Contact: Adrienne Wasserman  ademaer@roadrunner.com or 216-409-0398
Roberta Herman, Vice-President
Seeking Volunteers for Legal Aid
Help people who are getting divorced and representing themselves without an attorney. 
Work in Legal Aid clinics at the Bar Association on the 3rd Friday of every month, 10 a.m. to noon. NO LEGAL EXPERIENCE NEEDED.
1375 E 9th St #2, Cleveland, OH 44114
Contact:  Susan Bamberger, s_bamberger@sbcglobal.net  or (440)349-3418
Women's Reproductive Justice
Infant Mortality
Did you know that the infant mortality rate in Cleveland is shockingly high?  Our committee will partner with Understanding the Issues to confront Infant Mortality.   Join us at our joint meeting on Dec. 3 at  9:00 a.m., at the Beachwood Library.
Stork's Nest
Volunteer the third Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. - noon, at the Storks Nest in East Cleveland at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Center (Liberty Hill Baptist Church, 8206 Euclid Ave (Corner of E. 82nd) Cleveland OH, 44103, Second Floor Dining Area).  This is a monthly prenatal health education program for low-income pregnant women and their partners. Duties include cooking breakfast, registering pregnant mothers, and helping the mothers shop for items in the store. If interested, please contact Cyndy Fellenbaum at 216-346-3159. (To learn more about the Stork's Nest, visit www.zphibcleveland.net/storksnest.html )
Candidates' Night
We are partnering with the League of Women Voters to plan a Candidates' Night in the spring.  Call Laura Kuntz, 216-299-4700, if you'd like to help with planning the event.
An important goal is to educate our membership on what is happening in Ohio and nationally with Reproductive Justice and health care for women.  Contact Dana Trau, 216-407-5545, to investigate opportunities for possible partnerships with Planned Parenthood and NARAL.
What an exciting month our NCJW/GCC team has had!  50 people joined us at Fairmount Temple on Nov. 11 to hear Blaine Griffin, executive director of Cleveland Community Relations, speak about gun violence and how our city is being pro-active to interact with a variety of cultural groups. He educated the group with chilling statistics about suicides, domestic abuse, neighborhood issues, territorial concerns, and gun purchases.
Come to our next meeting on December 9, 9:30 a.m., at Fairmount Temple to learn more and to be part of our next steps.  To learn more about GCC, visit http://greaterclevelandcongregations.org/ 

Amy Zlotnik, Vice President
It's not too late to introduce a friend to NCJW/Cleveland by gifting them a free 1-year membership! This membership, as with all annual memberships, is good through the end of June 2016 (must not have been a member for the last 5 years).
JANUARY 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. - We will be having our next New and Prospective Member event at our Thriftique store. New members can come and shop ($5 OFF your $30 purchase) while finding out more about NCJW/Cleveland and the amazing programs that the store proceeds help support!
If you know a prospective member, please bring them our next Member event. Please email me at Amyzlotnik@gmail.com.   Wishing everyone a Happy Hanukkah!

Welcome to our new Life Members
                Jamie Bass                     
Rochelle Solomon

Welcome to our new Annual Members
Rachel Bernstein
Judy Besunder
Pamela Heller
Marsha Katz
Linda Miller
Joan Shall
Laura Vexler
We regret to inform you of the passing of:
Anita Glickman       Jean Landis         Dolores Weisberg
Esther Spott, Vice President
Don't miss this opportunity to attend the fabulous Columbus art show featuring jewelry, wearable art, pottery, glass, fiber art, paintings, sculpture, photography,  furniture, and much more.   And we're going on the opening day!
Date:          Friday, Dec. 4th
Time:          Arrive at 7:30 a.m.  Bus leaves at 7:45 a.m. and returns at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Location:     Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Boulevard in Beachwood
Cost:          $35.00 - Includes a comfortable chartered bus ride, snacks and admission to 
RSVP:        Julie Hayes at the NCJW office (216) 378-2204 Ext. 100
Chair:          Saundra Bohl
The upcoming feature is Zorba, In-Concert Musical
Dec. 5, 2:00 p.m., Stump Theater, Kent State
Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Beck Center.
Tickets available through TMTP Box Office, 216-245-8687
General Admission, $22 for NCJW, $21 senior rate
Coming in 2016 on Jan. 30 - Jan. 31 - Curtain Up on the Cotton Club with Cleveland Jazz Orchestra at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square. Identify yourself as a NCJW member to receive a $4.00 discount per ticket from the Playhouse Square Box Office: 216-241-6000.  You may order online at (MusicalTheaterProject.org) and use the discount code as NCJW. Service fees apply unless purchased in person.
Liaison:       Claire Biel

NCJW is pleased to offer two monthly Book Discussion Groups to accommodate people's busy schedules:
Susan Kahn, Chair
One is held on the first Thursday of each month, September - June, at the Beachwood Library. In December, we will discuss Father of the Rain by Lily King.
Date:               Thursday, Dec. 3
Time:               1:00-2:00 p.m.
Location:          Beachwood Branch, Cuyahoga County Library, Richmond Road
RSVP:             Call 216-378-2204 or email  apaley@ncjwcleveland.org
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. Future dates and book selections:
January 7         Life Drawing by Robin Black
February 4        Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Our December discussion will be of The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich
Date:                Sunday, December 13, 2015
Time:               10:00 a.m.
Location:          Panera at Harvard/Richmond
RSVP:              amyzlotnik@gmail.com
Future date and book selection:
January 10, 2016           In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
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