Newsletter February 2019
How can we prepare?
Robin Marty, author of Handbook for a Post-Roe America
shares her concerns with journalist/filmmaker Civia Tamarkin 

Wednesday, February 27 at 7 PM
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283
Members and guests welcome
With a new Supreme Court and a Republican Senate,  Roe  v. Wade is under threat right now. Activist and writer Robin Marty believes we are no longer talking about some hypothetical future.

“When we say abortion will be illegal in half the states in the nation we are talking about just years down the road,” she explains. “We have to act now to secure what access remains and shore up the networks supporting those who need care.”

Handbook for a Post-Roe America  guides readers through various worst-case scenarios of a post- Roe  America, and offers ways to fight back -- how to use existing networks and create new ones in order to get the healthcare we need.

Presented by NCJW and NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona
Upcoming Events
2019 Awareness Luncheon
Our Bodies, Our Lives

Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
FEBRUARY 10-24, 2019

Meet the author of Handbook for a Post-Roe America
Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe
Debby Finkel

The 2019 Awareness Luncheon
“Our Bodies Our Lives”
is just days away.
Your response to it has been very positive and we look forward to seeing you there.
Who would have thought that 46 years after the landmark Roe v. Wade decision we would still be fighting for the right to make our own decisions about our bodies? 
At this year’s event we are excited to present our first ever NCJWAZ Impact Award to Serena Knierim, founder of AZ Clinic Defense Force. 
Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will benefit NCJW’s efforts on behalf of protecting women’s rights to reproductive justice, the AZ Family Health Partnership, AZ Clinic Defense Force and AZ Abortion Fund. 
Please remember that NCJW accepts CASH AND CHECKS ONLY.

Note : Our section’s Nominating Committee is meeting this month. If you are interested in
joining our dynamic Board of Directors in any capacity, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Debby .
2019 Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
February 10-24, 2019
Tickets Available Now
Place Your Order through NCJW!
Your cost is the same but NCJW will benefit
by receiving a small portion of the ticket sales.
Please consider this option and
share the information with friends and other film goers.
Deadline for ticket sales is February 1.

What’s The Big Deal About
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) And Arizona?
It’s time for the United States Government to give women equal rights!.
What do you think? Here is the timeline associated with this amendment.
  •     1923: Proposed by National Woman’s Political Party
  •     1971-72: U.S. House and Senate passed ERA but need 38 states to ratify and add it to the U.S. Constitution.
  •     1973: 30 States ratified the Amendment
  •     1979: 35 States ratified the Amendment
  •     2017 – 2018: 36th and 37th states ratify the Amendment
  •     2019: Will Arizona be the 38th state to ratify the amendment???
The amendment is SCR1006 in the Arizona Senate. It has not been assigned a number yet in the House. The amendment states: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."
At this time the amendment needs to be brought to a committee at the Legislature. If it passes out of committee and it goes to the floor of both the House and Senate, Arizona could be the 38 th State to ratify the ERA Amendment. Please contact:
President of the Senate, Karen Fann
 602-926-4874 or
Speaker of the House, Rusty Bowers
602-926-3128 or
Ask them to submit this bill to their respective committees for a hearing. It make take several weeks to accomplish this but please don’t give up! Call every day until this is accomplished. I will let you know the status as it moves around the legislature.
Thank you, in advance, for your efforts….this is doable!!!!! This has bipartisan supporters.
Lin Katzenstein
NEW MEMBER Special!  Get up to 5 extra months!
Join NCJW for the first time before July 1, 2019 and your dues will cover your membership through June 30, 2020!
(Note: This applies to new members only).
What better time to add your voice to the tens of thousands of NCJW members who care deeply about individual rights and freedoms and the welfare of women, children and families?
Dues cover both NCJW Arizona and National memberships.
For a new member form, click here . To join or renew, send your check tor $54 payable to NCJWAZ to NCJWAZ, 14747 Northsight Blvd, Ste 111-228, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Please include your current contact information.
For information, contact me at or visit or .
Susan Schesnol 336-215-7777

Abortion rights……under attack.
Planned Parenthood……under attack.
Birth control -- yes, even birth control is under attack.
Who would have thought that our daughters and granddaughters would still be fighting for their bodies and their lives in the year 2019? Yet, the fight for women’s reproductive choices continues today in the halls of Congress and state legislatures.
We are proud that NCJW has long been a strong Jewish voice for health equity, reproductive freedom, and true moral autonomy for all. We refuse to stand idly by in the face of injustices that deny women the right or ability to make their own decisions about their bodies, health, families, and future.
Further, NCJW endorses and resolves to work for comprehensive, confidential, accessible family planning and reproductive health services, regardless of age or ability to pay.
I look forward to seeing you at our Annual Awareness Event, Our Bodies, Our Lives , on Sunday, February 3 rd at 11 a.m. at The McCormick Scottsdale where a distinguished panel will discuss this important issue and how you can help fight this important fight. 
Debbie Jacobs 602 697-4442

Done in a Day
Volunteer Opportunity at Sojourner Center
Sojourner Center is a domestic abuse center located in Phoenix offering a multitude of services to woman and their children who are in crisis due to abuse.
NCJW members learned about the need for these services at our November meeting at Temple Chai where panelists discussed women’s health issues and many attendees expressed an interest in volunteering opportunities. If you are interested, please sign up to volunteer in the Sojourner Donation Center on either Sunday, February 10th and/or Sunday March 10th from 9 AM to noon . This is a fun and easy way to help. 
To sign up for either or both days, please email Debbie Jacobs at or telephone 602 697-4442 . The address will be provided upon sign up. Organizing carpools is a possibility. Donations of clothing, housewares and furniture donations are appreciated.
Looking for a way to help with our educational system from your armchair?
Consider joining our Vello Team!
Vello is a 21 st century on-line tutoring program that connects enthusiastic volunteers to kids in our local community. Through Vello we are joining countless United Way volunteers and partners working to support students across the country in kindergarten through 5 th grade as they work toward reading milestones. 
This is a chance to volunteer on your personal schedule. It takes only 30 minutes a week or even a month to help a child gain the skills he or she needs to succeed!
So far our NCJW volunteers have been very successful with the youngsters we have helped to read. In fact, we have been so appreciated that we have been asked if we can enlist enough volunteers for another classroom!
To learn more about Vello or to volunteer please contact Hannah Kaplan,

Thanks to all our members and friends who made a commitment to NCJW through their donation to our Non-Affair to Remember. This year was a journey towards excellence, and you helped us achieve our goal.
Best invitation ever and the best responses ever! We are fortunate to share the blessings of advocacy and community service that makes membership in NCJW so meaningful.
The friendships that we share with fellow members are special.
As with any aspect of life, the more you give, the more you get.

Thanks to each of the following wonderful donors who we appreciate so much!
Delia Alter  
Ellie Aronow
Jan Aver
Myra Baum
Ellen Benshalom
Wendy Bergsman
Claire Bickel
Margo & Sandy Blumenfeld
Vicki Cabot
Tammy Caputi
Sue Chopak
Jane Coleman
Sherry Comerchero
Carol Consalvo
Francine Ebersman
Paula Eckstein
Janet Faber
Phyllis Faber
Karen Feldman
Linda Feldman
Debby Finkel
Paulette Fraenkel
Brenda Giman
Selma Glass
Yvette Goldstein
Lynn Greenberg
Lenore Greifer
Judi Gross
Jean and Harold
Grossman Family Foundation Donna Harris
Carol Herzog
Sandra Hirshman
Diana Hoyt
Deborah Jacobs
Susan Jacobs
Terri Jonas
Hannah Kaplan
Lin Katzenstein
Debby Kurtz-Weidinger
Ellen LaBelle
Barbara Lacy
Beverley Lane
Chloe Leibowitz
Joan Levin Sacks
Bonnie Levitt
Carol Lieber
Zera Lipetz
Joan Lowell
Irene Lubin
Irene Magerman
Rosalyn Mandel
Barbara Mannis
Barbara Mayl
Sondra Mesnik
Laura Miller
Leah Mintz-Appleman
Freda Pine
Ardell Roberts
Susan Roth
Roberta Rowland
Julie Rubenstein
Nan Rubin
Lori Rusk
Susan Schesnol
Lynn Schmelzer
Diana Schmidt
Paula Schulman
Sheila Schwartz
Ann Sherman
Ruth Silon
Ellen Silverman
Janet Stearns
Sharon Stone
Marcy Strauss
Zadel Strichartz
Bunny Tarquinio
Sharon Tievsky
Bari Turner
Sydell Ukeiley
Vicki Wallach
Rita Walton
Weiner Family Trust
(Gerard Weiner)
Henny Weiss
Constance Wolf
Lois Zeidman
Judith Zweig
It was a dark and stormy night, but that didn’t stop NCJW members and guests from filling the social hall at Temple Chai for our NCJW meeting on Jan. 15. We learned how we can make our voices heard at the Arizona Legislature to advance issues we care about like women’s health care and safety.
From left : Tricia Sauer, Director, Indivisible AZ; Jennifer DeMarre Jermaine, AZ House Minority Leader; AZ Rep. Athena Salman; journalist/filmmaker Civia Tamarkin.
Bunny Berkowitz 480-621-8422

OPERATION PAPERBACK Clear your shelves or garage and give us your unwanted paperback books to send to our troops. I will collect them at general meetings or contact me to arrange a pick up. By December, 75 paperbacks were donated! Keep them coming!
PUEBLO NORTE VOLUNTEERS Members are always needed as facilitators for various games in the Assisted Living section -- days and times can be determined with Pam, the events director. Can you donate one half-hour a month? Visit with the residents in Healthcare, any day or time. Contact Bunny Berkowitz for details, questions and hopefully with the date(s) you are available.  
DONATIONS NEEDED: HOPE PHONES will responsibly recycle or refurbish all mobiles, from old and broken to the latest smart phones, to create communication networks for health workers serving millions in fifteen countries. Hope Phones receives the value of each recycled phone to purchase new mobile technology for the field. Takes a little longer to do, but you’ve been really generous to this program. 
EYEGLASSES: Given to the Lions Club for recycling.
Bring a can or box of food, soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, diapers or even a single toothbrush to our next meeting to be delivered to the PARADISE VALLEY EMERGENCY FOOD BANK and you will be doing a Mitzvah.
NCJW continues to collect the following items at our monthly meetings:
Just Three Things
Non-perishable food items for young adults who have aged-out of the foster care system
Go with the Flow
Tampons and sanitary pads for high school girls who might otherwise miss school
Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank
Individual sized personal care items
Try one or more of these groups that meet regularly or the “Out and About” day trips and events. Watch future Newsletters or email notices of these special outings.
Have an idea for a new group that you would like to start? Contact .

Make someone's day! Send a handwritten message of support, celebration, or sympathy. You can choose either the traditional NCJW card or the new "celebration" card. It’s a thoughtful way to express your sentiments while supporting NCJW. All $5 contributions will be listed here unless you request otherwise. We can mail individual cards for you or you can purchase packets of cards. Send your check to NCJW AZ, 14747 N. Northsight Blvd. Ste 111-228, Scottsdale AZ 85260
For more information contact Lynn Greenberg a t
In memory of Rabbi Shamai Kanter
The Board, Debby & Lee Finkel, Irene Magerman, Barbara & David Sussman, Carol & Joe Consalvo

Complete & speedy recovery
The Board, Irene Magerman, Judi & Steve Gross, Susan & Jeffrey Schesnol, Rita & Roger Walton, Fran Richter, Sondra Mesnik, Claire Bickel, Karen & Rich Feldman, Paula Schulman

Complete & speedy recovery
The Board

In memory of her sister Marilyn
Lynn Greenberg
Congratulations on the birth of daughter Amalia Helen
Barbara & David Sussman

Quick and complete recovery
The Board

Quick and speedy recovery
The Board

ADA GIMLAN          
In memory of her farther
Susan & Jeffrey Schesnol

Congratulations on the birth of her baby
Susan & Jeffrey Schesnol

In his memory
The Schmelzer Family
In honor of the birth of granddaughter Emma Faith
Debby & Lee Finkel

Quick and complete recovery for husband Bert
Paula Schulman

Happy 75th Birthday
Paula Schulman

Wishing Mom a Happy 97th Birthday
Paula Schulman

Congratulations on the birth of daughter Emma
Barbara & David Sussman
President - Susan Schesnol
V.P. Fundraising - Judi Gross
V.P. Membership - Lin Katzenstein
Co-V.P. Programming - Ellen Widoff, Debbie Jacobs
V.P. Social Justice - Civia Tamarkin
State Policy Advocate - Carol Consalvo
Recording Secretary - Jan Stearns
Treasurer - Francine Ebersman
Database Manager - Rita Walton
Newsletter - Sondra Mesnik
Directors at Large - Claire Bickel, Paula Eckstein, Jo-Ann Mullen   
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