Newsletter January 2019
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Civic Engagement Beyond Voting
Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30 PM
Temple Chai Social Hall
464 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix
The TV ads, debates and the news hype are over, but as voters we need to stay informed and speak out on the issues we care about.
NCJW welcomes Representative-Elect Jennifer DeMarre Jermaine,
a freshman legislator who is determined to rally support for bills
that protect and support women’s health and safety;
and Indivisible AZ director Tricia Sauer,
who explains how we can act to support or oppose upcoming bills.
Our moderator will be Civia Tamarkin, journalist and filmmaker.
Guests welcome. Information: membership@ncjwaz.org

NCJWAZ contributes to:
Just 3 Things Food Pantry, Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank and Go with the Flow.
Please bring your donations to our monthly meetings.
Upcoming Events
General Meeting at Temple Chai
TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 6:30 PM
Civic Engagement Beyond Voting

2019 Awareness Luncheon
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 11 AM
Our Bodies, Our Lives

Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
FEBRUARY 10-24, 2019

Meet the author of Handbook for a Post-Roe America
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 7 PM
Changing Hands Bookstore
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.

AUTHOR EVENT
Wednesday, February 27 at 7 PM
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ. 85283

MEET ROBIN MARTY, AUTHOR OF
HANDBOOK FOR A POST-ROE AMERICA
NCJW and NARAL AZ have invited activist and writer Robin Marty
to Arizona to discuss her new book, Handbook for a Post-Roe America, with our members and guests.
Civia Tamarkin, our VP of Social of Social Action, will interview Marty about the book -- a user-friendly manual for understanding and preparing for the looming changes to reproductive rights law and getting the health care we need. They will discuss the various worst-case scenarios of a post-Roe America and offer ways to fight back --
by any means necessary. 
STATE PUBLIC ADVOCATE

It’s a New Year and I am anticipating change. The mid-term elections are over, the media is focused on the 2020 presidential election. Now we have to focus on what is going on at the Arizona Capitol.
The Legislature goes into session on Monday, January 14 and I hope you will join me and other NCJW members to show our legislators that we will be watching how they vote. We are planning to meet at the Capitol at 9:00 AM . Watch your email for details.
One way to stay involved and aware is to sign up for RTS – Right to Speak on the Arizona State Legislative website. This is how we can make our voices heard by the people we elected in November. The make-up of the Legislature is 30 Senators and 60 Representatives. Right now there are 17 Republicans and 13 Democrats in the Senate. There are 31 Republicans and 29 Democrats in the House of Representatives. We can make a difference! 
Contact me and I’ll help you sign up for RTS. Then I will keep you up to date on bills and amendments so you can voice your opinion on how legislators should vote on your behalf. That’s how democracy works -- we ask our lawmakers to represent our views and if they don’t, we vote them out when their term is up. It’s that simple! 
MEMBERSHIP VICE PRESIDENT
Lin Katzenstein membership@ncjwaz.org
Start 2019 off right! Add your voice to the tens of thousands of members who care deeply about the individual rights and freedoms and the welfare of women, children and families here and in Israel. Join or renew today. Dues cover NCJW Arizona and national NCJW memberships. For a new member form, click here .
Or 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 membership@ncjwaz.org or visit www.ncjwaz.org or www.ncjw.org .
NCJW AZ PRESIDENT
Susan Schesnol 336-215-7777 president1893@ncjwaz.org

We welcome the New Year as time for reawakening, renewal, and recommitment. NCJW Arizona provides many opportunities for you to recommit to your progressive Jewish ideals. For over 125 years NCJW has been committed to practicing Tikkun Olum (repairing the world) and Lo Ta’Amod Al Dam Reichah (do not stand idly by.) Our clarion call is Tzedek Tzedek Tirdorf  (Justice, justice shall you pursue.)
Whatever your passions and causes you support – NCJW has something to meet those needs. Social justice? Social action? Advocacy? Politics? Are you concerned about refugees, anti-Semitism, Israel, reproductive rights, human trafficking or LGBTQ rights? How about teen dating abuse, gun safety, judicial nominees voting rights or homeless vets? Would you be willing to visit shut-ins, donate items to a local food bank or help preserve our environment? NCJW has programs and resources for you.
And if you want to socialize, our Section has groups that enjoy canasta, mah jongg, book talk, knitting and crocheting, and writing.
Our strength is in our members. We need each one of you to reawaken, renew, and recommit to NCJW ... to help us repair the world, not stand idly by, and pursue Justice. Wishing you a very happy, healthy, safe, secure and peaceful 2019.
FUNDRAISING VICE PRESIDENT

Awareness Luncheon Raffle - Please donate just one raffle prize.
  • Request goods or services from vendors that you frequent
  • Buy gift cards
  • Donate something special that you have to share as a raffle - no clothing please
  • Make a financial donation and we will buy gift cards
Contact Judi for donation pickup.
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival: February 10-24 - When you purchase tickets or a subscription through NCJW we will receive a small portion of it and the cost to you is the same. Please consider this option and share the information with other film goers.
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BUNNY’S CORNER
Bunny Berkowitz 480-621-8422 fbunnyb@cox.net

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.
NO PROGRAM CAN SUCCEED WITHOUT MEMBER PARTICIPATION. Thank you.
INTEREST GROUPS
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 hoshanaraba46@gmail.com .
NCJW TRIBUTE CARDS FOR ANY OCCASION!
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 tributecards@ncjwaz.org
TRIBUTES AND CELEBRATIONS
JUDI AND STEVE GROSS
In honor of the birth of their granddaughter Juna
The Board, Claire Bickel,
Carol & Joe Consalvo

SYDEL MAHER
Wishing a speedy recovery
The Board, Lynn Schmelzer, Connie Wolf

RABBI MARI CHERNOW
In honor of baby naming Lillian Snow Welcome
Claire Bickel

ALLIE BONES
In honor of becoming Assistant Secretary of State of Arizona
The Board, Debby Finkel
DR. LESTER MELNICK
In honor of the birth of granddaughter Emma
Debby & Lee Finkel

MR. & MRS. E. MELNICK
In honor of the birth of great granddaughter Emma
Debby & Lee Finkel

RICK FELDMAN & PATTI MOTZKIN
In honor of the birth of granddaughter Amalia
Debby & Lee Finkel

DRS. SCHWIMMER & SCHEINKEIN
Mazel tov on the engagement of son Robert
Claire Bickel
TAMARA SCHISCHA & FAMILY
In memory of Barbara Schischa
Carol Sher, Carol Herzog, The Board, Lynn Greenberg

ANITA RABENOWITZ
Get well soon
Connie Wolf

VICTOR STEIN
In loving memory of Ruthie
Paula Schulman

BURT MANNIS
Wishing a speedy recovery
Arlene Mayer

RUTH TUCKMAN
On the loss of her sister Ellen
Claire Bickel
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018-2019
President - Susan Schesnol president1893@ncjwaz.org
V.P. Fundraising - Judi Gross fundraising@ncjwaz.org
V.P. Membership - Lin Katzenstein membership@ncjwaz.org
Co-V.P. Programming - Ellen Widoff, Debbie Jacobs programming@ncjwaz.org
V.P. Social Justice - Civia Tamarkin advocacy@ncjwaz.org
State Policy Advocate - Carol Consalvo advocacy@ncjwaz.org
Recording Secretary - Jan Stearns minutes@ncjwaz.org
Treasurer - Francine Ebersman treasurer1919@ncjwaz.org
Database Manager - Rita Walton techie@ncjwaz.org
Newsletter - Sondra Mesnik bulletin@ncjwaz.org
Directors at Large - Claire Bickel, Paula Eckstein, Jo-Ann Mullen   
Mission Statement
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
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