Newsletter November 2018
Domestic Violence:
The Untold Story of Abused Women

Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 PM
Temple Chai Social Hall
4645 E Marilyn Rd, Phoenix

What is domestic violence?
How do we recognize the signs?
Why do victims stay with their abusers? 

Join us for a compelling round-table discussion with
Dr. Glynnis Zieman
Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center
Allie Bones
CEO, Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
Julie Peterson
Program Director for Sojourner Center
Moderated by Civia Tamarkin , Journalist and Filmmaker
Upcoming Events
Election Day

Women's Symposium

Out & About
Author at Scottsdale Civic Center Library

General Meeting at Temple Chai
Violence against Women

Theater Party
Tempe Center for the Arts

Game Night

2019 Awareness Luncheon
Our Bodies, Our Lives

By the time you read this article it will be nearly Election Day 2018 in the United States. The mid-terms will determine the shape of our government for the next few years. However the elections turn out we -- NCJW members, friends and supporters -- must look forward and continue to work for a better America.
As individuals we worked hard to inform ourselves about the issues. Many of us made phone calls and canvassed door to door for candidates. Others texted, wrote post cards and donated money to the candidates and causes in which we believe.
AND we voted!!!  
We could pat ourselves on the back for our determination to express ourselves, but the fight continues. Some of the hard-fought laws now in place may get reversed. We can’t just sit back and say “what’s it all about?”
Our Section has put in place many opportunities and ideas so we can continue to work together or individually for a better Arizona and a better United States. Please continue to support our NCJW leaders, join us at our general meetings, contribute to our fundraisers and support the programs we will continue to present as we move into 2019.
Please remember these 10 two-letter words … IF IT IS TO BE, IT IS UP TO ME.
A Women’s Symposium 
Sunday, November 11, 8:30 AM
Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus
Out & About
Wednesday, November 14, 4:15 PM - 7:00 PM
Author Talk
Scottsdale Civic Center Library

Kathryn Lang-Slattery author of
Immigrant Soldier; the Story of a Ritchie Boy
The Ritchie Boys were German-speaking and often Jewish immigrants who fled the Nazis. They went back to Europe as US military intelligence officers, spies, interrogators and combat soldiers. Inspired by her uncle Herman, himself a Ritchie Boy and the main subject of her book, Kathryn Slattery spent several years researching and interviewing members of this amazing group. The resulting story is warmly told with enough of both the history and biography to be enlightening and compassionate at the same time.
  • 4:15 PM Happy Hour at Pita Jungle, Shea Blvd (near Harkins Shea 14)
  • 5:30 PM Carpool/Drive to Scottsdale Civic Center Library
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Author Talk
RSVP Lin, friend of the author at or 1-617-775-9572.
The Trump Administration’s move to erase transgender, intersex, and genderqueer Americans’ basic rights and recognition under the law is an affront to basic dignity. They plan on creating a federal definition of sex as biological and unchangeable. To see the press release: click NCJW. To learn more: click this issue  
Panelists   Dr. Gabrielle Goodrick    Serena Kniernem    Rabbi Emily
Langowitz    Kim Mundis 
Demetra Presley    Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson    NCJW
President Susan Schesnol
Ellen Widoff

At our October meeting, five courageous leaders who are leading the fight for reproductive health care in Arizona addressed an enthusiastic audience. Many of the guests signed up to participate in activities leading up to and after the November 6 election.
Speakers included Dr. Gabrielle Goodrick, Medical Director of Camelback Family Planning; Serena Kniernem, AZ Clinic Defense Force ; Rabbi Emily Langowitz; Kim Mundis, Handmaid’s Resistance ; Demetra Presley, Exec. Dir. of Go With The Flow ; and Rev Dr. Cari Jackson, Exec. Dir. Of Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Domestic violence , another issue of great importance to the well-being of women and families is the subject of our November 27 th meeting at Temple Chai. We hope you will join us for an informal round-table discussion about the physical and emotional damage suffered by these victims. See details at the top of this Newsletter.
Susan Schesnol 336-215-7777

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.

After 125 years we continue to be dedicated to Tikkun Olum -- the repair of the world. It originated between the 2 nd and 6 th centuries C.E. The early rabbis used it in reference to legislation meant to provide special protections and assistance for people who were disadvantaged and for Jewish people to set an example for the other people in their society.
Centuries later, it became a more encompassing term. It was seen as a way to not only repair the world but also to shape the nature of the world. Today we see it differently. It is understood as healing and transforming the world.
Tikkun , the word for repair, is not just the responsibility of a community though; it is something for individuals as well. I do not know of anything more hopeful than the message of Tikkun Olam – that through our work and through our actions, we can strive to make our world and the world of others a better place.
This year we are proud to be taking part in JFCS’s Real World Job Development Program,  Just 3 Things . Please bring three non-perishable food items to every meeting, event, and activity.

Non-Event Watch your mailbox for this year’s invitation. We know you take pride in the services our section offers to our local community. We believe you want to help us further our goals. Whatever you contribute is meaningful to NCJWAZ. Please be generous.
Theater Party Saturday, December 8 The Revolutionists , Tempe Center for the Arts.
20 th Annual Potluck Game Night - Bring your game face .
Save the evening of December 24 th for NCJW! This night is always special. The evening includes good food, good company and a 50-50 raffle. $18 for members, $25 for non-members. Location is The McDowell Center, 16116 N McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd
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
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival: February - 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.
NCJW AZ strongly encourages you to VOTE in the General Elections
If you are on the Permanent Early Voting List , ballots must be postmarked by October 31 to ensure your vote is counted.
If you are on the Permanent Early Voting List and you have not mailed your ballot by October 30 you can still take it to your polling place on November 6.
In-Person Voting at the polls is November 6, 2018.
For the Arizona Voter's Guide to the 2018 Ballot Measures
presented by The Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation &
The League of Women Voters Education Fund Voter's Guide
Lin Katzenstein

Have You Renewed Yet? If you’re one of the members who has overlooked sending in your renewal we understand. There’s lots going on to say the least! Your membership and support is vital to our 125 year-old NCJW organization.. Member dues provide needed support. Plus, the more members we have, the greater is the impact of our advocacy efforts on behalf of women, children and families. Paid-up members will be included in the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Membership Directory which will be published by year end. Membership in NCJW AZ also gives you NCJW national membership. Please Don’t Delay.
So join or renew today! Mail your check for $54 payable to NCJW AZ to:
NCJW Arizona
14747 N. Northsight Blvd. Suite 111-228, Scottsdale AZ 85260
Sincere thanks to members who have already renewed for 2018-2019.
National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) and NCJW AZ are registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt,
not-for-profit organizations and do not support political parties or candidates.
Theater Party
Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 PM
Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe
Social hour in the lobby 6:45 PM 

What happens when you put French Queen Marie Antoinette, assassin Charlotte Corday, playwright Olympe de Gouges and spy Marianne Angelle together in a room?
Heads will roll!
This irreverent comedy by award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson is a co-production of the Tempe Center for the Arts and The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theater .

Tickets $25 (Special price for NCJW members)
RSVP with check PAYABLE TO NCJWAZ by November 24
Mail your check to:
NCJWAZ, 14747 N Northsight Blvd, Suite 111-228, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Please include number of tickets and phone number

Information: Francine Ebersman or 480-231-2096
Carpool requests: Lin Katzenstein
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
Poet-  Rosemarie Dombrowski
At our October 16 meeting, Dr. Rosemarie Dombrowski, Poet Laureate of Phoenix and Senior Lecturer of English at ASU, read a poem she had written especially for NCJW/AZ about the struggle for women’s reproductive rights. We have reprinted it here for those of you who were not able to attend.

For the Women Who Are Unwilling to Wait
By Rosemarie Dombrowski

What if water was only accessible in certain zip codes?
Or if voting was a two-part procedure,
requiring us to return to the polls after 72 hours?
What if our right to write a poem involved
navigating a maze of legal restrictions?
There would be a cry for justice,
the imperative to topple structures.
Not waiting would become our only priority.

But we’ve sat in waiting rooms, praying for solutions,
had sex out of force or obligation,
swallowed pills to protect ourselves,
forgotten to swallow pills to protect ourselves,
called doctors and made appointments,
googled doctors and not made appointments,
sat in our cars, dejected and powerless,
wondering how far we’d drive for a miracle,
men eyeing our anatomy at every checkpoint,
our headlights illuminating the barriers
that the guards were erecting
until there were no more passages,
no unblocked roads on which we could gather or march,
no path on which to pilgrimage
for the liberty of the body,
no waters in which to cleanse ourselves
of the false freedom lining our insides. 
Bunny Berkowitz 480-621-8422

OPERATION PAPERBACK New project to send paperback books to our troops. Bring books to meetings and they will be sent to our troops. So far 4200 books have been sent. Please contact me if you need to have your books picked up.
PUEBLO NORTE VOLUNTEERS Needed - facilitators for various games in the Assisted Living - flexible hours determined with the volunteer and Pam, the events director, or visit the residents in Healthcare, any time.
DONATIONS NEEDED: HOPE PHONES will recycle or refurbish all mobiles and create communication networks for health workers serving millions in fifteen countries.
EYEGLASSES: Given to the Lions Club for recycling.
PARADISE VALLEY EMERGENCY FOOD BANK Bring a can or box of food, soap, toothpaste, detergent, diapers or a single toothbrush to meetings for distribution.
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
These groups meet weekly:
  • Afternoon Canasta - Wednesdays 1-3:30PM.Contact Lynn
  • Evening Canasta – Mondays 6:30-9:30PM. Contact Cheri
  • Mah Jongg– Thursdays 11:00AM-3:00PM Contact Hedy
  • Mah Jongg – Wednesdays 6:30PM Contact Netta:
  • Knitwits & Happy Hookers - Fridays 1-2:30PM in the craft room at Pueblo Norte, 7090 E. Mescal. We create blankets for Project Linus, a national organization that provides love, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill or traumatized. Contact Freda
These groups meet bi-weekly or monthly:
  • Writing Group – Every other Friday at Pueblo Norte from 2:30-4:00PM. Contact
  • Hannah
  • Book Group – First Monday of each month 1:30PM in the BJE Library at the JCC. Contact Bunny
  • Movie Mavens Second Wednesday of the month, October through May. See the movie together, then go out for a bite to discuss the film. Contact Carol
  • Done in a Day - Volunteer opportunities that occur throughout the year. Watch for details. Contact Jo-Ann
Movie Mavens
Want to Go to a Movie? On the 2nd Wednesday of each month the Movie Mavens get together to catch a matinee and go out for a bite to talk about the film. I’ll choose the movie on Friday, Nov. 9 and I need to know who’s coming by Monday, Nov. 12 at 4pm. If you’d like to join us, please call me by Monday so I can confirm who is coming and where to meet.
Carol Lieber: 602-944-0765 or
In honor of grandson Ethan’s
Bar Mitzvah
Sharyn Mooney

In memory of father
Stanley Press
Sharyn Mooney

Happy 90th Birthday
Debby & Lee Finkel

Happy 80th Birthday
Susan & Jeffrey Schesnol
Sondra Mesnik,
Debby & Lee Finkel

In memory of Barry Wolk
Bonnie & Sheldon Levitt

In honor of his Bar Mitzvah
Susan & Jeffrey Schesnol
In memory of Freddie Wilson
Susan & Jeffrey Schesnol

In memory of husband Herbie
Carol & Joe Consalvo

Speedy recovery
Irene Magerman, The Board Susan & Jeffrey Schesnol
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   
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.
To Place
Your Ad
Contact Judi
National Council of Jewish Women Arizona