L'shanah Tovah
Newsletter September 2018
Welcome to our new online NCJW AZ Newsletter.
We hope it will help you follow events, news and updates.
NEW WAR ON REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE…
 
Wednesday, September 5, 6:30 PM
Temple Chai Social Hall
4645 E Marilyn Road, Phoenix

Speaker: Civia Tamarkin , director and producer of the documentary film   Birthright: A War Story .

There are alarming threats to freedom of choice and access to women’s health care in America’s new political environment.
Our voices and our actions have never been more essential.
Guests are welcome.
Upcoming Events
General Meeting at Temple Chai
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 6:30 PM
"New War on Reproductive Justice"

Rosh Hashanah
SEPTEMBER 10

SEPTEMBER 19

General Meeting at The New Shul
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 6:30 PM
"A Call to Conscience"
STATE PUBLIC ADVOCATE

Black is White! Up is Down! Good is Bad!
The news of the day is depressing and disturbing. I tell myself I am not going to watch or listen anymore. Well, good luck with that, because each news cycle brings another “I can’t believe this is happening” moment.
The chaos is never ending! Will things ever be “normal” again? Will we have a reasonable and stable President? Will we have a Congress that works? Will we have a bi-partisan Supreme Court? Will we have a State Government that puts education first? Will we have affordable healthcare insurance for everyone? Will we have reproductive justice for all, rich or poor? Will we have prison reform where the true criminals will serve time, including government officials? Will we treat immigrants and refugees with dignity? Will we have fair elections?
Things are going awry. Lying is acceptable, white supremacy and lawlessness is tolerated, and as long as the stock market is going up, jobs are plentiful and people are complacent, nothing will change!
NCJW members want to make a change in the direction things are moving and we need you to be a part of it!
VOTE! MAKE CALLS! JOIN OTHERS WHO ARE WORKING FOR CHANGE!!!
NCJW AZ PRESIDENT
Susan Schesnol 336-215-7777 president1893@ncjwaz.org

In September, Jewish people all over the world are busy preparing to welcome in the New Year. NCJW/AZ has been busy preparing to welcome you to another year of interesting and diverse programming, events, and activities for all members. 
We continue to be dedicated to Tikkun Olum (Repairing the World) and Lo Ta’Amod Al Dam Reichah (Do Not Stand Idly By) through our 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” At each of our monthly meeting we will suggest action Items that will help you do your part to Repair the World by not Standing Idly By.
This will be the 20 th year of our annual December 24 Game Night, and we are making plans for our annual Awareness Luncheon on February 3, 2019. And don’t forget our Interest Groups .
But wait, there’s more: theatre parties, AZ Jewish Historical Society Museum tours and a “non-event” fundraiser. This year we are proud to also be taking part in JFCS’s Real World Job Development Program, Just 3 Things . We encourage you to bring three non-perishable food items to every meeting, event, and activity.
May you and all those you hold dear be inscribed in the Book of Life. We wish you a joyful, healthy, safe, peaceful, and significant 5779. L’Shana Tova .
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT!
NCJW AZ strongly encourages you to VOTE in the General Elections
Permanent Early Voting List
Early ballots must be postmarked by October 10 to be counted.
In-Person Voting at the polls is November 6.
Voter Registration Deadline for the General Election is October 9.
BE SURE TO VOTE YOUR ENTIRE BALLOT … EVERY VOTE MATTERS!
PROGRAM VICE PRESIDENT
Ellen Widoff ebwidoff@gmail.com

This summer our NCJW/AZ Board voted to focus our events this year around a single topic – Women’s Reproductive Health and Justice.
The rights we have fought so hard for are in imminent danger of being taken away. It’s time for all of us to roll up our sleeves and work together to ensure a healthier and safer life for women and families in our communities. The decisions we make and the actions that follow them will help make NCJW more relevant than ever in these ominous times.
At our meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5 th at Temple Chai, Civia Tamarkin, our Vice President of Social Action, will be the keynote speaker. She will explain several initiatives that can make a difference in women's lives. I hope you will sign up to work on one of these projects and that you will bring other supporters to the meeting.
At other NCJW events this year you will meet and hear from some amazing people who will keep us informed and help motivate us to continue our efforts. But if we are to succeed in moving forward on these issues we will need the support of all our members.
My co-vice president Debbie Jacobs and I look forward to working with you!
MEMBERSHIP VICE PRESIDENT
Lin Katzenstein membership@ncjwaz.org

“A Faith in the future. A belief in action”
These words have been at the heart of NCJW’s commitment to action, social change and Jewish values for more than 125 years.
Your participation is critical to keeping Jewish women in the forefront of social justice in these challenging times!
Help sustain NCJW’s presence in the Valley of the Sun which enables us to:
  • Be a progressive voice for women, children and families
  • Advocate for the rights, freedoms and well-being of all
  • Provide stimulating programming around important issues
  • Help vulnerable residents in our community
  • Effect change locally, nationally and in Israel
  • Offer social activities and cultural events.
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.
FUNDRAISING VICE PRESIDENT

NCJW AZ puts the FUN in FUNdraising!
Watch our monthly Newsletters for information about: 
  • An event you do NOT have to attend this season!
  • Our upcoming Theatre Party, venue and date in the works
  • Our 20th Annual FUN-filled Game Night on December 24th 
  • Jewish Film Festival in February 2019
  • Raffle Extravaganza at the Annual Awareness Luncheon on February 3, 2019
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
BUNNY’S CORNER
Bunny Berkowitz 480-621-8422 fbunnyb@cox.net

Pueblo Norte Volunteers : We still need volunteer facilitators for Poker, Black Jack, Concentration, and Scrabble in the Assisted Living section. Days and times will be determined by the volunteer and Pamela, the events director. Can you donate one half-hour a month? Visit with residents in Healthcare, any day or time? Contact Bunny for details, questions and date(s) you are available.       
Donations Needed: 
  • Hope Phones will responsibly recycle or refurbish all mobiles, from old and broken to smart phones, and create communication networks for health workers serving millions in 15 countries. The value of each recycled phone is used to purchase new mobile technology for the field.
  • Eyeglasses will be donated to the Lions Club for recycling.
  • For the Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank: As a mitzvah, bring a can or box of food, soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, diapers or even a single toothbrush to our next meeting.
Thanks to all our members who help support these community programs!
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 membership@ncjwaz.org.
These groups meet weekly:
  • Afternoon Canasta - Wednesdays from 1-3:30PM. Want to learn a fun game? This is not your grandmother’s canasta. Contact bzmayl@icloud.com
  • Evening Canasta – Mondays from 6:30 -9:30PM. Contact cheri829@gmail.com
  • Mah Jongg– Thursdays from 11:00AM to 3:00PM Contact Paula Schulman 602-616-4848 studio7611@gmail.com
  • Mah Jongg – Wednesdays from 6:30PM. Contact Netta: mahjpaj001@gmail.com
  • Knitwits & Happy Hookers - Fridays from 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 fredapine@gmail.com
These groups meet bi-weekly or monthly:
  • Writing Group – Stretch your creativity. We meet every other Friday at Pueblo Norte from 2:30 to 4:00PM. Contact hankaplan@me.com
  • Book Group – First Monday of each month at 1:30PM in the BJE Library at the JCC. New members are welcome! For information or to be put on the mailing list, contact bftarquinio@hotmail.com
  • Movie Mavens – Second Wednesday of the month, around 4:00PM, October through May. All members are welcome. See the movie as a group, then go out for a bite to discuss the film. Email goes out announcing the movie. If interested contact Carol cjkl@cox.net
  • Done in a Day Mitzvah - Volunteer opportunities that occur throughout the year. Watch for details. Contact membership@ncjwaz.org
TRIBUTES AND CELEBRATIONS
Note: Many tribute requests were received after our deadline.
They will be listed in the October Newsletter.
MARIAM COHEN
Speedy Recovery
Connie Wolf & Ed Quen,
Lynn Greenberg

IN MEMORY OF
TED GINSBERG
Barbara & Burt Mannis

SYDELL UKELIEY
Speedy Recovery
NCJW Board, Claire Bickel, Susan and Jeffrey Schesnol, Hannah Kaplan, Sue Chopak, Debby & Lee Finkel

CLAIRE BICKEL
Speedy Recovery
NCJW Board, Susan & Jeffrey Schesnol, Debby & Lee Finkel, Rita & Roger Walton

JANET FABER
Mazel tov on the birth of your granddaughter
Irene Magerman, Sondra Mesnik, Fran Richter

PHYLLIS FABER
Mazel tov on the birth of your great-granddaughter
Irene Magerman & the Sunday Book Club, Sondra Mesnik,
Fran Richter

ANDY BERNSTEIN & FAMILY
In memory of Joe Lichtenstein
Rita & Roger Walton

BLANCHE LICHTENSTEIN
In memory of husband Joe
Rita & Roger Walton

GREG BERNSTEIN & FAMILY
In memory of grandfather Joe
Rita & Roger Walton

NORMAN & BEVERLEY LANE In honor of Jamie's high school graduation

Debby & Lee Finkel
NANCY WINTROUB
Speedy Recovery
Rita & Roger Walto
EVIE WOLDMAN
Speedy Recovery
Lin Katzenstein

PENNY SPENCER
In memory of sister Sandy
Susan & Jeffrey Schesnol

LISA KAPLAN
Mazel tov on your new job
Debby and Lee Finkel, Susan
& Jeffrey Schesnol,
NCJW Board

CAROL SIDELL
Speedy Recovery
Rita and Roger Walton

SUKI SCHMELZER
Happy 55th birthday
Debby & Lee Finkel, Susan & Jeffrey Schesnol, NCJW Board

ANNETTE TANNENBAUM
& FAMILY
In memory of husband Ron
Judi & Steve Gross

RICH KASPER
In memory of mother Gloria Kasper
NCJW Board, Claire Bickel
Connie Wolf & Ed Quen

PHYLLIS MILLER
In memory of sister Gloria Kaspe r
Claire Bickel

MR. & MRS. EDDIE MELNICK On the birth of their first
great-granddaughter
Debby & Lee Finkel

FREDA PINE
Speedy Recovery
Barbara London, Debby & Lee Finkel, Rita and Roger Walton, NCJW Board, Susan & Jeffrey Schesnol, Judi &Steve Gross, Paula Eckstein, Sondra Mesnik, Irene Magerman, Claire Bickel, Carol Sher, Lynn Greenberg, Arlene Mayer, Fran Richter, Debbie Jacobs  
LETA WITZER AND FAMILY
In memory of husband Alan
Rita and Roger Walton, NCJW Board, Carol and Joe Consalvo, Paula Eckstein, Arlene Mayer, Sue Chopak

MEGHAN DORN
In memory of mother Maureen
Rita and Roger Walton,
NCJW Board

RUTH WACHS
O n the birth of her grandson
Rita & Roger Walton

BONNIE CLEWANS
In memory of mother Celia Goldsmith
NCJW Board,
Carol & Joe Consalvo

DAVID & JULIE MELTZER
& FAMILY
In memory of
their dad Mike Penn
Carol Consalvo

FRANCINE EBERSMAN
Health and happiness
in your new home
Susan & Jeffrey Schesnol,
Fran Richter

GITTA CHERNIN
In memory
of your husband Home r
Claire Bickel

SANDY EBERLE & FAMILY
In memory of Herman Blackman
Debbie and Jay Jacobs

THE SILVERSTEINS
On the birth of their first granddaughter
Debby & Lee Finkel

ARLINE CYPRESS
In memory of husband Ben
Rita and Roger Walton,
Debby & Lee Finkel
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
State Policy Advocate - Carol Consalvo 
Recording Secretary - Jan Stearns - minutes@ncjwaz.org
Database Manager - Rita Walton
Newsletter - Sondra Mesnik - bulletin@ncjwaz.org
Directors at Large - Bunny Berkowitz, Claire Bickel, Paula Eckstein, JoAnn Mullen   
Who We Are ... What We Do

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.
National Council of Jewish Women Arizona