“Everyone has a right to love and be loved, and nobody on this Earth has the right to tell anyone that their love for another human being is morally wrong.”
NCJW Upcoming Events and Information
On February 1, 1960 - In Greensboro, North Carolina, four African American students sat down and ordered coffee at a lunch counter inside a Woolworth's store. They were refused service, but did not leave. Instead, they waited all day. The scene was repeated over the next few days, with protests spreading to other southern states, resulting in the eventual arrest of over 1,600 persons for participating in sit-ins.
As Jews, we believe that every human being, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, or physical or mental ability is deserving of full inclusion and every opportunity. This belief underpins our work to advance civil rights.
NCJW advocates for policies that promote equal rights, end discrimination, and encourage opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds, such as:
- LGBTQ equality and inclusion, including fighting poverty, homelessness, violence, and discrimination;
- Overhauling our broken and racially-biased criminal justice system, in which 2 million are currently incarcerated, disproportionately people of color;
- Improving hate crime laws to protect marginalized communities from bias and violence;
- Expanding opportunities for individuals with disabilities; and
- Ensuring that all children have the opportunity to learn and be educated.
From the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, NCJW has been and continues to be on the front lines helping to enact landmark civil rights legislation.
Executive Director, NCJW Chicago North Shore
1) When did you join NCJW?
I joined NCJW Chicago Section back in 1976.
2) Why did you join?
I joined NCJW to meet like minded women in the community on the subject of choice as well as other political and communal affairs effecting women, families and our long support of the State of Israel.
3) What makes NJCW special/unique/worth supporting?
NCJW is special in it's involvement in the local community, the national community and the international community fighting for justice for all people
4) What is your favorite NCJW memory?
My favorite memory with NCJW was the first time I went to Washington Institute as part of the Chicago Section SPA Committee. It was wonderful how we were received by the people in Congress who really listened to us.
5) What would you like your NCJW “legacy” to be?
We have to change the way we think about a volunteer organization because there just aren't as many people available to give substantial time to community service. We have to think about fund raising and advocacy in different ways. As an advocate, I am for changing with the times and NCJW must also change.
~Evie Levin, NCJW CNS Past President
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We have some great programs to add to your calendars. Please save-the-date(s) for the programs listed below and scroll down for further details.
February 13: Women's Salon
February 21: Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof: Tools for Transformation
February 25: Sexuality and Consent in the age of the internet and #MeToo
February 28: Harvest Food Pantry and Clothes Closet
March 7: Book Club -
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
March 7: NCJW Chicago North Shore Board Meeting
March 14: Women's Salon
March 19: Equal Means Equal Screening
March 22: Theatre Outing: The Green Book
April 4: Matzo Toppers, Education and Advocacy
April 11: Behind Closed Doors in Washington, DC with Jody Rabhan
April 23: Major Donor Dinner
SAVE THE DATE
May 22: NCJW Spring Event: Sip and Savor with Elaine Soloway
If you have a specific passion that you'd like to share with us or are interested in helping plan a program, email
. We would love to hear from you!
NCJW Book Club
It's not too late to participate in NCJW's Moderated Book Club.
Enjoy great books and be part of lively discussions.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month** at Congregation Solel, 1301 Clavey Road, Highland Park from 9:15 – 11:30 a.m. Refreshments are provided
Upcoming Discussions include:
March 7, 2018:
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
April 4, 2018:
Kindred by Octavia Butler
May 2, 2018:
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Our book club is nearing the end of the 2017-2018 season. This is the perfect time to check out our book club before committing to the series in the call. If you'd like to try book club, please come for a one-time tryout. For more information on attending, contact Marcia at
Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof: Tools for Transformation - Webinar
Wednesday, February 21
12:30 and again at 6:30
Learn how to answer difficult questions (and ask them too) in your advocacy work. Join us for the next installment of our advocacy and organizing webinar series Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof: Tools for Transformation. NCJW’s own Ari Conrad, Grassroots Associate, will be facilitating this training.
Sexuality and Consent in the age of the internet and #MeToo
Sunday, February 25, 4:00 pm
North Shore Congregation Israel
1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe IL
Our kids are growing up in a world very different than previous generations. They have easy exposure to pornography (90% of kids ages 8-16 have seen pornography online) and cultural attitudes towards “hooking up” often impact their sexual development and safety. This program will help adults understand the risks kids face, and the opportunities we as parents and grandparents have to impact boys’ development through appropriate (sometimes uncomfortable) conversations with our sons about sexuality and relationships. JCAST Chicago is excited to partner with Tracey Kite, LCSW, of Jewish Child and Family Services, National Council of Jewish Women Northshore, and North Shore Congregation Israel to provide this new program.
***Also Join us on Sunday, April 22, for
Let’s Talk About Girls: Sexuality and Consent in the age of the internet and #MeToo
- This program will help adults understand the risks kids face, and the opportunities we as parents and grandparents have to impact girls’ development through appropriate (sometimes uncomfortable) conversations with our daughters about sexuality and relationships.
Vineyard Food Pantry and Clothes Closet
, Feb. 28, 5:00pm
Vineyard Christian Church Harvest Food Pantry and Clothes Closet
2495 Howard Street, Evanston
NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Harvest Food Pantry of Evanston each week on Wednesdays serves approximately 200 families, providing each with 3-4 grocery bags of fresh produce, meat, dairy and dry goods, including personal care products, usually of their choice. In addition, families may visit the Clothes Closet for needed items, which are provided free of charge. There is room for 10 volunteers. As always, NCJW members will have first priority.
To volunteer email
March 7: NCJW Chicago North Shore Board Meeting
NCJW CNS Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 7, 10:00 am
Join the NCJW CNS Section Board at one of our bi-monthly board meetings. Get involved and learn more about our section.
Board meetings are open to all NCJW Chicago North Shore members
Equal Means Equal Screening
Monday, March 19, 7:00 pm
Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook
Watch the history of the ERA unfold in this powerful documentary. Full legal equality still eludes American women, as documented in this film on the Equal Rights Amendment. Outdated attitudes and inadequate laws influence how women are treated in the workplace, domestic life, healthcare system, and the judicial system. The Equal Rights Amendment can put women’s civil and human rights on a solid foundation.
Theatre Outing: The Green Book
Thursday, March 22; 7:30 pm
Pegasus at Chicago Dramatists
773 N. Aberdeen, Chicago
The Green Book centers on the Davis’, an African-American family who open their home to black travelers in the south during Jim Crow/segregation and activism. The play is also an investigation of the impact of civil rights on contemporary American issues. Inspired by Victor Hugo Green’s historical “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” the setting takes place during a weekend when the Davis’ are celebrating the arrival of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois for a lecture. The appearance of a white visitor, who turns out to be a Jewish Holocaust survivor, sets off a chain of events that shows that racism and anti-Semitism cannot be ignored.
Click here to purchase tickets
Matzo Toppers, Education & Advocacy
Wednesday, April 4, 6:00 pm
Highland Park location
Trash the leftovers and try matzo with something new! Passover is our story of slavery. Learn about the 16,000 and 25,000 American born teens caught in sex trafficking bondage today. Trash the leftovers and join JCAST Chicago, NCJW North Shore, and NA-AMAT for this fun and tasty evening.
NCJW Washington DC: An Insider's View
Wednesday, April 11, 10:30 am
Lloyd's Chicago, 1 S. Wacker Dr.
You may be familiar with NCJW’s here in Chicagoland, but do you know what NCJW does in Washington, DC? That’s where the federal advocacy action is. NCJW is a strong presence on the hill and has developed a wonderful relationship with both progressive and conservative members of Congress. Join NCJW Chicago North Shore and South Cook Sections for a lovely brunch with Jody Rabhan, Director of NCJW Washington Operations for a look at NCJW in Action – what’s happening on DC and NCJW’s advocacy history and legacy.
Early bird reservations are $25. After March 15, registration will be $30. Advance registration will close on April 6. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows. At the door registration is $36.
SAVE THE DATE
Annual Major Donor Dinner
Monday, April 23
SAVE THE DATE
Sip and Savor with Elaine Soloway
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Spend an evening in the city with Elaine Soloway, author of
Bad Grandma and Other Chapters In A Life Lived Out Loud.
Elaine Soloway has lived the past four decades of her life out loud and in the public eye. At the age of 78, Elaine has four successful and widely-read blogs, has published three books, and most recently has seen aspects of her life immortalized on the Golden Globe and Emmy Award Winning "Transparent," which is produced and written by her daughters, Jill and Faith Soloway. Through a combination of traditional and social media, Elaine shares her life generously with her readers -- exposing both her successes and challenges to public scrutiny.
and watch your inbox for more information.
NCJW 2018 Leadership Retreat
We can’t wait to see you on June 1, 2018. Our leaders are some of the most resourceful, smart, dedicated and knowledgeable people across the country and Leadership Retreat gives us a chance to learn from each other and experts in the field, and gather skills to continue to fight the good fight.
When is Leadership Retreat?
June 1-3, 2018. The retreat kicks off on Friday at 2:00pm central time, and wraps up at 1:30pm central time on Sunday.
Where is it?
St. Louis, Missouri! Specifically, at the Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 600 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146.
What is the goal of Leadership Retreat?
To provide NCJW leaders with knowledge, skills, resources and connections to the NCJW network so they are better able to deliver on the mission of NCJW locally and nationally.
What should I expect from Leadership Retreat?
As a result of attending, you will:
- Build leadership skills to support your role as Section President, Board Member, Committee Chair, Advocacy Leader or NCJW advocate or volunteer
- Gain the knowledge and skills you need to build and maintain a strong section or action team.
- Learn from and build connections with other NCJW leaders from around the country.
- Feel empowered as a leader of complex social justice work.
- Connect with the Jewish values that guide our work.
- Build relationships and have fun!
If you haven't stopped by Encore lately,
you don't know what you are missing!
New Encore Winter Hours!
So that Encore can provide the best possible service to its donors and customers, it has reduced its hours during the winter season. Encore's is currently
Sundays and Mondays and weekday mornings and open for donations and shopping as follows:
Tuesday: noon to 5:00 pm
Wednesday: noon to 5:00 pm
Thursday: noon to 5:00 pm
Friday: noon to 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Donate your Silver-Plate
Are you tired of looking at all that tarnish. Hate polishing your gravy bowl? Encore & More has a wonderful buyer for silver plated items and the proceeds go to NCJW! Just bring your items to Encore during business hours!
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.
Donations are accepted during Encore's business hours. 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.
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
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:
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.
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?
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 igive.com.
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 Amazon.com, 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.