Newsletter March 2019
38 Miles for the ERA
March 11-13, 2019
Suffragettes Hiked, So Can We!
Arizona Women Will Walk or Roll 38 Miles

Under the Original Banner Carried by the Suffragettes in 1912!
We can be the 38th State required to ratify the ERA and make history …

We call upon the Arizona Legislature to demand a vote to ratify the ERA!
The 1912-1914 Suffrage Hikes in London and the USA gathered supporters, faced opposition and pushed ahead to seek a constitutional right to vote. In the USA, court cases found that women were
NOT granted equality under the 14th amendment.
Today, women’s ONLY constitutionally protected right is the right to vote.

Monday March 11: Participants will meet and park at Phoenix First Church UCC,
1407 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 at 10:30 AM and walk to the Capital for a noon
press conference.
From the Capital, we’ll hike past sites significant to women’s progress and end the first day at Sandra Day O’Connor House, 1250 N College Ave, Tempe, AZ 8528 (13.8 miles).
Tuesday, March 12: Begin at 8:30 AM at Sandra Day O’Connor House, hike to the
Piestewa Peak trail head then continue on to the office of Arizona’s first woman
senator, Kyrsten Sinema, 2200 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016 (13.5 miles).
Wednesday, March 13, 2019: Start 8:30 AM at Senator Sinema’s office and
conclude at the State Capitol.
Can’t hike 38 miles? Meet us at one of the historical sites, take a photo
and post it on social media asking for ratification of the ERA!

Sponsored by NCJW/AZ the ERA Task Force AZ
Upcoming Events
38 Miles for the ERA
MARCH 11-13, 2019

NCJW/AZ Installation of Officers
APRIL 28,2019
McDowell Mountain Ranch Community Center
Save the date:
April 28, 2019
Installation of Officers
McDowell Mountain Ranch Community Center
Susan Schesnol 336-215-7777

On March 20 and March 21 Jewish people around the world will celebrate the Festival of Purim. People often think of this as a joyous holiday when children dress in costume and attend carnivals. But it is much more than that.
The Megillah (Book of Esther) is read on Purim and it tells the story of a strong woman who saved her people from being exterminated by the Jew-hating Prime Minister, Haman. NCJW has many strong women dedicated to saving and bettering not only Jewish lives, but all lives. It is also customary to give gifts of money to at least two poor people and gifts of two kinds of food to at least one person.
Purim closely mirrors the values of NCJW. For over 125 years NCJW has advanced social change through a Jewish lens; bringing together activists across generations and across the country. Justice, Justice shall you pursue (Deuteronomy 16:18). This is our guiding imperative.
Giving to and helping the needy is what our Section does on an ongoing basis. We collected food and toiletries for the PV Emergency Food Bank, items for JFCS’s Real World Job Development Program, feminine hygiene products for Go With the Flow, clothing and household items for Sojourner Center, and clothing, blankets, diapers, medicine, vitamins and more for the asylum seekers.
When you are enjoying your Hamantaschen remember to also think about
the true meaning of the holiday and your involvement in NCJW.
I wish you a Joyous Purim.

In February, for the first time in history, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two Gun Safety Bills -- HR #8, Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 and HR #1112, Enhanced Background Check Act of 2019. HR #8 states that all firearms transfers need to go through a background check except for gifts between family members; HR #1112 enhances the act by waiting more than three days if the background check has not been completed in that time-frame.
Both bills passed, but it was along party lines -- reminding us that elections have
consequences. Now the bills go to the Senate where they will be voted on again. We
must pressure our Senators McSally and Sinema to vote “yes” on these bills. Although they are not perfect, the bills are a reasonable first and second step.
Contact Senator Martha McSally at 202-224-2235 or
Contact Senator Kyrsten Sinema at 202-224-4521 or
Meanwhile, here in Arizona, the Department of Motor Vehicles offers specialty license plates sponsored by various organizations that get approximately $17 per license plate from the $25 paid by the consumer. One plate that states, “In G’d we Trust” is sponsored by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal entity that bring suits forward in the courts for very conservative groups like the Center for Arizona Policy (C.A.P.) here in Arizona. They have been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in America. Since these plates have been sold in Arizona, the ADF has raised nearly $900,000 for legal services to represent right-wing, conservative entities in areas like reproductive justice, religious freedom and LGBTQ rights. Please stay aware and spread this information to your sphere of influences.
Happy Purim to everyone, and let’s keep the spirit of Esther
in our hearts and minds as the days of March pass before us.
Lin Katzenstein

Members: Stay Current with NCJW!
Get NCJW’s position on important national legislation and issues at
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Here Are Some Recent Updates:
  • “House Passes Two Gun Safety Measures; NCJW Rejects Troubling Provisions”
  • “Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Approve Neomi Rao for the DC Circuit- A
Defeat for Women, Civil Rights” 02/28
  • “We Must Restore the Voting Rights Act” 02/27
  • “Trump’s New Domestic Gag Rule A Disaster for Women” 02/22
  • Op-ed “The Very High Stakes for Abortion Rights and Access” 01/22

Ready to Take Action? NCJW makes it quick and easy at
Membership Note: NCJW AZ membership covers NCJW national membership. But,
NCJW national membership does not cover NCJW AZ so please join locally.
For more information send an email to
Civia Tamarkin

ERA Initiatives 
NCJW is asking each of you to share your own story of discrimination based on sex in a 1-2 minute video. The stories will be used effectively
in our current ERA ratification campaign efforts. Send these short videos to Civia Tamarkin, and be part of the initiative to ensure 61 million women in our country equal protection under the Constitution.
Ellen Widoff

February Meet the Author Events
Robin Marty enthralled and enlightened NCJW members and others who attended the joint wine and cheese fundraiser and the Changing Hands Bookstore Event with her informative and engaging presentations. She is a prophet, a sage, a problem solver, a story teller, and an accessible communicator. Those of us who were lucky to be present felt empowered, informed and more prepared for whatever the future holds.

 Annual Awareness Luncheon
Top left: O ur luncheon panelists: Dr. Julie Kwatra; Jodi Ligget; Dr. Linda Chambliss; Brenda “Bre” Thomas; Civia Tamarkin
Top right: NCJW AZ Impact Award recipient Serena Knierim, AZ Clinic Defense Force
Middle: The AZ Clinic Defense Force Volunteers
Bottom: Luncheon Committee
Top: Past Presidents of NCJW/AZ: Front row: Sondra Mesnik, Barbara London, Debby Finkel
Back row: Judi Gross, Lynn Schmelzer, Susan Schesnol, Hannah Kaplan, Carol Consalvo
Middle: Susan Schesnol, NCJW/AZ President; Serena Knierim, Impact Award recipient; Debby Finkel, Luncheon Committee Chair
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
Wishing him a happy birthday
Barbara & Burt Mannis

Hoping she will get well soon
Susan & Jeffrey Schesnol

On the birth of her baby
The Board

In memory of her father Sidney Lefton
Claire Bickel
Thinking of her
Lin Katzenstein

In memory of her son
The Board, Debby & Lee Finkel, Judi Gross

In memory of her brother
Lynn & Larry Schmelzer

In memory of her husband Jerry
Debby & Lee Finkel,
The Board, Rita Walton
In honor of her special birthday
Debby & Lee Finkel

In memory of Sarah’s father Robert Fihrer
Delia & Allan Alter

A very happy special birthday
Carol & Joe Consalvo

Wishing him a speedy recovery
Debby & Lee Finkel, The Board
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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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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