UPCOMING EVENT

WINTER LUNCHEON AND LIFESTYLE BOUTIQUE
The Power of Challah: A Path to Calm,
Focus and Wellness
Come relax and enjoy, and leave your aprons at home as we will not be baking at this event.
Enjoy a refreshing and restorative 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 baking experiences and prescribes the weekly ritual for stress management. This physician/mother has built her career around bringing wellness into women’s everyday lives, especially busy moms juggling a career and children. Enjoy delicious food and challah while getting advice and recipes! 

Date: Wednesday, February 6
Time: Lifestyle Boutique opens at 10:00 am; luncheon begins at 11:30 am
Place: Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Dr., Mayfield Hts.
Co-Chairs: Loramae Simkoff, Marcie Harrison, Kathy Blackman
RSVP: Click Here to register online, or call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Heather Schlang and Dana Trau,
Co-Vice Presidents

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD BY DONATING BOOKS
DID YOU KNOW - NCJW runs 11 monthly fifth-grade book clubs in the Cleveland area?

We give each student a book for her home library when she returns the book we discussed. You can help! Please donate your middle elementary school books (grades 3-5) to NCJW! As always, we take all children's books, but this month we especially need middle elementary books.
DIGKNITTY (Knitters) – A LABOR OF LOVE
Join our fun and talented group! We provide warm clothing, blankets, and comfort toys to many organizations who distribute to families and children in need. 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.

Dates: Thursday, February 14; Wednesday, February 20; Thursday, February 28
PLEASE NOTE: There is no knitting Wednesday, February 6 due to the Winter Meeting
Time:  9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Place:  NCJW Warehouse H, 26055 Emery Rd. Warrensville Hts.
Contact: Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204
HELP IS ONE CLICK AWAY
Where do I go to get services for my family member or friend with special needs, whether long-term or short-term? What services are available? Who can help me? 

The goal of LiveSpecial.com is to be a user-friendly online gateway to the Northeast Ohio special needs service
providers for all families.
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DONE IN A DAY OPPORTUNITY 
NCJW/Cleveland volunteers will be partnering with JFSA YouthAbility , a partner of NCJW/Cleveland's LiveSpecial.com to make greeting cards to take to the Anne Frank Tree of Life Installation in Little Rock, Arkansas. The handmade cards will be used as a journal for future visitors to reflect on their experience. No crafting experience necessary!
 
Date: Wednesday, February 13
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Place: Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood
RSVP: Call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204. Space is limited.
 
Background info: The Anne Frank Tree is a sapling that was taken from the White Horse Chestnut tree that stood outside Anne Frank's Secret Annex when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis during World War II. She wrote about the tree frequently in her famous diary. The Anne Frank tree sapling provides an opportunity to tell the story of Anne Frank. Student visitors to the Clinton Center in Little Rock will receive one of these hand-made cards in order to reflect on their experience.  
GET YOUR HAPPINESS FIX AT THE JEWISH DAY NURSERY/EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
If you love pre-school children, then volunteering at JDN is for you!

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 adult interaction and attention. You will get a “happiness fix” each time you are in the classroom. For additional information, please contact Cindy Brodsky at cmbrodsky@gmail.com.
FUND DEVELOPMENT
Wendie Forman, Vice President

WHAT WE DO
Every month, this column highlights an NCJW/Cleveland program that your financial support makes a reality .

DIGKNITTY (Knitters) Brings Warmth and Joy to Those in Need
Last year, NCJW/Cleveland volunteers knitted and donated more than 400 blankets, apparel and toys to families and children in need, including families in homeless shelters, veterans in VA facilities, and hospitals. For example, they provided baby blankets, hats, scarves, and hand-knitted teddy bears to patients at Metro-Health Hospital. Some of the volunteers delivered them to the hospital, took a tour of the facility and heard stories about how the items have been used. They learned that teddy bears are often taken through MRI's with children and provide comfort during medical procedures.

Your generous contributions to our Annual Fund enable us to provide Community Service programs such as Digknitty. Thank you to those who have already donated! If you haven’t yet, please contribute and help us continue our work to improve the lives of those in need. Donors who contribute $1,800 or more are honored to be part of the Hannah G. Solomon Society, named after the woman responsible for establishing NCJW in 1896.

 For information on ways to financially support NCJW, contact  Wendie Forman  at 216-469-6228 or  forman4wendie@gmail.com ,  or the NCJW office at 216-378-2204.

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AMAZONSMILE
Signing up for this program commits Amazon to donating five percent of your purchase price to National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland!
Click Here  to register!
MEMBERSHIP
Leslie Levine, Vice President

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS:  
Sharon Marcus, Heather Ross-Lowenstein,
Erin Shank, Virginia Sukenik

WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU OF THE PASSING OF:
Stanley Blum, Eleanor Krongold, Carolyn Lampl, Lois Lavine
DDD
Michele Kaminsky and Debbie Rosenthal,
Co-Vice Presidents

SAVE THE DATE for DDD 2019!
October 25, 27, 28 & 29
Keep your designer items coming! 
PROGRAM AND EDUCATION
Cindy Glazer, Vice President

JEWISH WOMEN YOU NEED TO KNOW
Brown Bag Lunch Series
Cheryl Gordon , MAT-MSJS, an enthusiastic Jewish educator, returns to facilitate a great series of interesting and compelling topics.

Date:  Tuesday, February 5
Topic: NCJW is all about women’s voices. It’s important that we recognize others throughout our history who have, against all odds, done amazing things to change the world. Hearing the fascinating stories of some magnificent women from Biblical times to modernity is sure to amaze and to inspire.  
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Place:  NCJW Warehouse H, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
Cost: $5.00. Bring your own lunch
RSVP: Call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204
 
Next Session: Tuesday March 5: WILL OUR VALUES LIVE ON?
Sometimes it seems that many of the “chosen people” are choosing something else and opting out of Jewish tradition and culture. We’re having an identity crisis.  How can we help preserve Jewish identity and the Jewish future? Does it matter? Let’s have a conversation and suggest big steps and small ones.
WOMEN'S HEALTH SERIES - NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!
Join us for the second event of our series,
"Time to Tune Up Your Sex Drive," featuring guest speaker Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD, sexual health expert, Chief of Behavioral Medicine, University Hospitals, Professor of Reproductive Biology and Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University.
Event includes appetizers/wine, lecture and dinner.

Date: Tuesday, February 19
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Place: UH Ahuja Medical Center, 3999 Richmond Rd., Beachwood,
Rosenberg Suite (first floor) Complimentary Valet
Cost: $25
RSVP: Call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204
Chairs: Lorri Effron, Terri Leikin, Marcy Schwartz
(Stay tuned for the last event of the series on May 2)
RAPE CULTURE IN AMERICA
A Film about Teen-Age Rape, Responsibility and Repudiation
NCJW/Cleveland in partnership with Mandel JCC and the Chagrin Documbentary Film Festival is screening Roll Red Roll, a true-crime documentary that goes behind the headlines to uncover the deep-seated and social media-fueled "boys will be boys" culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America. The film explores the crime that took place in Steubenville, OH. 

Rachel Dissell , award-winning Plain Dealer reporter who helped bring this incident to light, will lead the post-screening conversation on sexual violence.

Parental discretion is advised. The film contains adult language and explicit content about rape. It does not, however, contain nudity. The film’s distributor recommends it for high school age boys and girls, in addition to adults. Click Here to watch the trailer.

Date:  Sunday, March 3
Place:  Mandel JCC, 26001 S. Woodland Rd., Beachwood, Stonehill Auditorium (enter via that entrance)
Time:  4:00 pm - 6 pm - Doors open at 3:30 pm
Cost:  $5 for adults; free for students under the age of 21
Proceeds will go to NCJW’s TLC project, which provides new clothing and toiletries to victims of sexual assault as they leave the emergency room.
Registration: Click Here to register online, or call Lisa at the NCJW office
at 216-378-2204. Carpooling recommended.
For more information, contact Roberta Herman at robertaherman92@gmail.com or Jean Heflich at jheflich@att.net.
JOIN THE BOOK GROUP: IT'S A PAGE TURNER!
This month's book is Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jessmyn Ward.
The NCJW Book Group meets the first Thursday of each month, September - June. Moderated by a 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, February 7
Time:    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Place:   Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood
Book:    Sing, Unburied,Sing  by Jesmyn Ward
Chair:    Susan Kahn
 
Future dates and book selections:
March 7:  The Secrets Between Us  by Thrity Umrigar
April 4:  Before We Were Yours  by Lisa Wingate
THRIFTIQUE
Abbe Froimson, Store Manager

CLOSED FOR REMODEL AND WILL REOPEN IN THE SPRING
ADVOCACY
Laura Kuntz, Vice President

HELP NCJW/CLEVELAND BE THE VOICE
AND SEE THE CHANGE! 
On the heels of an amazing and successful Legislators’ Breakfast, attended by 11 Ohio lawmakers, at which we acquainted them with NCJW and heard their priorities. We will meet with our legislators individually, to discuss issues vital to Ohio’s women, children and families. If you are interested in building a relationship with your elected official, join us!

We’ll first meet at the NCJW office to discuss the issues we will emphasize. Then we’ll divide into groups to meet with legislators. If you can’t come this month but would like to do so in the future, contact Susan Reis at sixreis@gmail.com or 216-570-1192.

Date: Friday, February 15
Time:  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Place: NCJW office, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts., 44128
Contact: Susan Reis at sixreis@gmail.com  or 216-570-1192
LEGISLATOR'S BREAKFAST
HOMELESS STAND DOWN
NCJW PARTNERS WITH CARING CUBS
AND BIGHEARTED BLOOMS
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