UPCOMING EVENT

WINTER LUNCHEON AND LIFESTYLE BOUTIQUE
Challah: It Cures What Ails You! 
How the Ritual of Baking Challah Heals
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 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 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 Drive., 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
Watch for your invitation in the mail.
FUND DEVELOPMENT
Wendie Forman, Vice President

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

A high priority of NCJW, at the local and national levels, is to raise awareness about Human Trafficking. The mission of the NCJW/Cleveland’s Stop Human Trafficking Committee is to educate the community that human trafficking happens everywhere, including in Cleveland, to advocate for stronger punishment for human traffickers and weaker penalties for young victims of the crime. 

We collaborate with S.O.A.P. ("Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution") by educating hotel staff about human trafficking and passing out resource information to identify possible human trafficking situations. To help survivors, NCJW/Cleveland partners with the Renee Jones Empowerment Center and the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking. The Center provides services to minor and adult human trafficking and sexual assault victims. The survivors are counseled by staff and supported in court when they have been arrested for prostitution or selling drugs. Our committee helps provide self-esteem training.

Your generous contributions to our Annual Fund enable us to provide these advocacy programs. 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 less fortunate. Donors who contribute $1,800 or more are honored by being part of the Hannah G. Solomon Society, named after the woman responsible for establishing NCJW in 1897.

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
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MEMBERSHIP
Leslie Levine, Vice President

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS:  
Yael Cohen, Arda Golden, Deborah Picker, Jeff Rosner, Sandra Shapiro, Helene G. Siegel,
Naomi Worthington

WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU OF THE PASSING OF:
Adelle Arsham, Diane Bell, Shirley Shapero
DDD
Michele Kaminsky and Debbie Rosenthal,
Co-Vice Presidents

DONATE, DONATE, DONATE!
This month, we bring you the top 3 reasons to donate your beautiful clothes and accessories!

1. It’s very rewarding: First, knowing that someone else will be thrilled to wear your clothes. And, second, that you are contributing to NCJW/CLE's most important fundraiser!
 
2. It’s good for the environment. According to the EPA, it costs on average $45 per ton to dispose of waste in a landfill. Let’s go green together!

3. It will make you feel lighter! We can all use a little decluttering in our closets.
PROGRAM AND EDUCATION
Cindy Glazer, Vice President

WOMEN'S HEALTH SERIES - NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!
Start the year off right with our kick-off event, “What Women Need to Know for a Healthy 2019.” Join us for a lecture and light dinner at this first program of the Women’s Health series featuring Jill C. Miller, M.D.,  University Hospitals Select Concierge Internal Medicine, Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University.

Date:  Thursday, January 31
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Place: UH Ahuja Medical Center, 3999 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, Rosenberg suite
Cost:  $22
Chairs: Lorri Effron, Johanna Goldfarb, Terri Leiken, Marcy Schwartz
RSVP: Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204 by January 25
BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES: 
AGAINST ALL ODDS ….
Cheryl Gordon , MAT-MSJS, an enthusiastic Jewish educator, returns to facilitate a great series of interesting and compelling topics.

NCJW is all about women’s voices. Learn about remarkable Jewish women who, against all odds, have 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.  
Date:  Tuesday, February 5
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Place:  Warehouse H, NCJW office, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
Cost: $5.00. Bring your own lunch
RSVP: Call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204 
JOIN THE BOOK GROUP: IT'S A PAGE TURNER!
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, January 3
Time:   1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Place:  Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood
Book:   The Female Persuasion  by Meg Wolitzer
Chair:   Susan Kahn
 
Future dates and book selections:
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
THRIFTIQUE
Abbe Froimson, Store Manager

NEW YEAR, NEW LOOK
We’re really excited, we’ve got a good reason.
We’re starting remodel, we’re closed for the season.

Final sale was a blowout, we sold inventory.
Reopening in Spring, with a new repertory.
A spiffy new look, great shelving and floor.
Shiny new fixtures, a lot is in store.

Keep dropping donations, the usual place.
Bring your clothes, and your lamps, we’ll pick up your book case,
Your couch, other furniture, your dining room table,
We welcome your stuff, no matter the label!

It’s your contributions that keep Thriftique relevant.
So please continue to be quite benevolent.
ADVOCACY
Laura Kuntz, Vice President

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE INHUMANE CONDITIONS OF LOCAL PRISONS?
To save money, cities are sending their prisoners to the county jail and this is what’s been happening:  (Read the  story  here.)
  • Seven inmates died in four months in the Cuyahoga County Jail!
  • Inmates have no access to medical or mental health care.
  • There is deplorable overcrowding in the cells.

Greater Cleveland Congregations cares and has appointed NCJW/Cleveland's Donna Weinberger, to lead the effort to address the issue.
 
Come to NCJW/GCC's next meeting on  Wednesday, January 9, at 9:30 a.m.  to see how we can help make our communities and elected officials aware of this  shande!  For more information, contact Lynn Kleinman  at  lekchoral@aol.com.
STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is observed every year on January 11 to increase awareness of modern-day slavery. This observance was started in 2011 by Presidential Proclamation of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The NCJW Stop Human Trafficking Committee will be announcing community-wide programs and events very shortly.
Any questions? Please contact Jean Heflich at jheflich@att.net or Maureen Ordman-Fike at rainslicktwo@yahoo.com.

NOTE:  Spice for Life , a new retail spice store and social enterprise, recently opened in the new Van Aken District in Shaker Heights. The proceeds from the store will support the Renee Jones Empowerment Center which offers a holistic approach to helping victims of human and workplace trafficking.  
JOIN US ON THESE WINTER BREAK ACTIVITIES WITH SULLIVAN DECKARD SCHOLARS
The Focus on Foster Care Committee will be hosting the Sullivan Deckard Scholars for winter break activities.

Date: Thursday, January 3
What: The scholars will be sorting clothes for the Homeless Stand Down with the youth from Jewish Family Service Association
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Place: NCJW Warehouse H, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.

Date: Wednesday, January 9
What: We will pamper the scholars by hosting a PJ Brunch at CSU (a PJ brunch, is indeed, a brunch where they can sit around in sweats or PJs. This is the last week before classes start again and we want them to be lazy young adults for the brunch.)
Time: 11:00 am
Place: CSU Euclid Commons Dorm, 2450 Euclid Avenue EC 198, Cleveland, 1st Floor Game Room

If you would like to participate, we would love to have you! Please contact Marilyn Oif at marilynoif@gmail.com or Debbie Joseph at josdeb@aol.com .
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Heather Schlang and Dana Trau,
Co-Vice Presidents

SHOPPING AS A MITZVAH?!
We’re still looking for a few “personal shoppers” to help with the NCJW team at the Homeless Stand Down .

Date: Saturday, January 12
Time:  8:00 am - 11:45 am OR 11:00 am - 2:45 pm
Place:  The Public Auditorium, 300 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland
RSVP: Maureen Ordman Fike at rainslicktwo@yahoo.com or 440-221-8514
Chair: Yehudhe Yehudah, Operation Warm Up
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  the NCJW office at 216-378-2204 if you’re interested. Interest does not guarantee a secured spot.
READING BUDDIES - OPEN A WINDOW TO THE WORLD FOR THESE CHILDREN
Our volunteers encourage reading and build friendships by listening to first, second, and third graders share their reading accomplishments. At Warner Girls Leadership Academy in Cleveland (near Garfield Heights)  - volunteers read 1 on 1 with the girls for 20 minutes at a time. The commitment is relaxed and flexible. Sign up to participate for an hour on a Tuesday once, twice or three times
a month depending on your availability. 

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Liz Rumizen at  erumisin@yahoo.com  or 216-956-7579.
A CAST OF STARS!
Volunteer for the Reader's Theater, a short-term, interactive theater and literacy program for fourth-grade students at area schools. No theater experience necessary. We will train you! Groups meet once a week for three weeks, performing for their classmates at the final meeting. This is a "sometime" project that can work well with a busy schedule. Once you try it, you'll be hooked! Contact chair,  Janice Hirshon to participate at  jchirshon@gmail.com .
BUILDING BRIDGES WITH BOOKS
Please donate new or gently used children’s books for our library and literacy projects.
Board Books, Picture Books, Easy Readers, Chapter Books and YA Books...we take them all and make sure that they get into the hands of young readers.
Place:  NCJW Office, 26055 Emery Rd. Warrensville Hts. - Back Door
Contact:   Debbie Joseph , Chair, at 216-233-1215
DIGKNITTY (Knitters) – MADE WITH LOVE
Join our fun and talented group! We provide warm clothing, blankets, and comfort toys to many organizations who distribute them to families and children who are in need.
Dates: Thursday 1/3 (this date to be held in the NCJW office conference room) , Wednesday 1/9, Thursday 1/17, Wednesday 1/23 and Thursday 1/31
Time:  9:30 am -12:00 pm
Place:  Warehouse H, NCJW office, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
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 .
LIVE SPECIAL.COM – STAY TUNED!
LiveSpecial.com   is planning some exciting events for 2019 with our great partner organizations. Stay tuned for more details. The LiveSpecial.com  video gallery has expanded with new helpful videos. Check them out at http://tinyurl.com/ydcxlxtm.
JFSA ASSOCIATION HANUKKAH PARTY
SULLIVAN-DECKARD SCHOLARS GRADUATION
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