NCJW December 2019 News and Events
Brrr. There were a couple mild days at the beginning of the month but the cold seems to be settling in for the winter! Keep cozy with NCJW! There are national webinars and local board meetings you can participate in via zoom from the comfort of your couch as well as ways to be an armchair advocate. Keep reading for information on how to raise your voice with NCJW without emerging from your cozy blanket!

A couple upcoming highlights...

We still have limited tickets available for Goodman Theatre's production of Roe. Click on the link above or see below for more information.

Resolve to Get Involved with NCJW in 2020
Join us on January 30 to learn more about NCJW and how you can make a difference and take action in the new year. This is a great program for introducing a friend to NCJW so we hope you will attend and will bring someone who would also like to make a difference in 2020! More information will be emailed to you soon so keep checking your inbox.

An NCJW Chicago North Shore Tribute is a thoughtful way to acknowledge a life event while supporting NCJW’s many valuable projects. You may purchase an individual tribute or packages of tribute cards.

To purchase Tributes visit

Recent Tributes
To: Kim Sterling
From Sharon Weingarten
In memory of Alvin Sterling

To: Kim Sterling
From NCJW Chicago North Shore Board of Directors
In memory of Alvin Sterling

To: Kim Sterling
From: Jan Schwartz
In memory of Al Sterling

To Stephanie Rodgers
From NCJW Chicago North Shore Board of Directors
In memory of Buddy Siegel

To Robin Frank
From NCJW Chicago North Shore Board of Directors
In memory of Buddy Siegel
We Need Your News!
Whether you are celebrating a simcha or sharing your sorrow, your NCJW friends want to know! Email

Please welcome the following new members to NCJW Chicago North Shore:
  • Maya Avinadav
  • Jo Anne Seager

Congratulations to:
NCJW Member Sharon Weingarten on the publication of her book What I Wish You Knew.

Condolences to:
NCJW Member Barbara Slivnick on the loss of her mother Shirley Yates
NCJW Board Member Kim Sterling on the loss of her father Al Sterling
NCJW Member Stephanie Rodgers on the loss of her grandfather Buddy Siegel
Tickets Still Available!
Theatre Outing: Roe
Wednesday, January 22, 7:30 pm
Goodman Theater, 70 North Dearborn, Chicago
1973’s Roe v. Wade legalized abortion—and is hotly debated still today. The complex young women behind the trial—attorney Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”)—embark upon separate journeys that mirror the current polarization over the landmark decision. Shocking, humorous and “full of nuance and complexity" (NPR), Roeilluminates the heart and passion that each side has for their cause. Tickets are $50 per person and include a post-show discussion with wine. Click here to reserve your spot.
Upcoming Events
NCJW Suburban Salon
Tuesday, December 17, 7:30 pm
Highland Park Location given with RSVP
We hope you'll join us to learn about the under-reported topic of  Jewish Poverty Today in Chicago . We will discuss "How do Jews fall into poverty?"; "How does the Jewish community help?"; "What are the special challenges of women experiencing poverty?"; "What are some solutions to alleviate these problems?" Our presenter will be  Rebecca Fletcher , Jewish Community Educator at  The ARK,  Chicago's primary agency offering a safety net of free care and support for Jewish community members experiencing adversity and poverty. The ARK provides a wide variety of services including medical aid, a food bank, transitional housing, and legal and financial assistance to help individuals and families return to self-reliance.  

Please RSVP to Robbie at by December 13 to reserve your place at this very timely discussion.

Women's March Chicago
Save the DATES! Women's March Chicago will be holding two amazing marches and rallies in 2020. 2020 is going to be a big year with the presidential primaries, the 2020 Census, the Democratic and Republican conventions and, of course, the November general elections! WMC is poised to kick off the year with a march on Saturday, January 18, 2020 in Grant Park and there will be a second rally with a voter village in the fall as we "march to the polls!" Stay tuned for more information as it become available.

Resolve to Get Involved in NCJW in 2020
Thursday, January 30, 2019 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
Private home in Wilmette; Address given with RSVP
Join us on January 30 to learn more about NCJW and how you can make a difference and take action in the new year. This is a great program for introducing a friend to NCJW so we hope you will attend and will bring someone who would also like to make a difference in 2020! More information will be emailed to you soon so keep checking your inbox.

NCJW National Convention Registration now open!
What do deep-dish pizza and the National Council of Jewish Women have in common? They are both excellent, and they both started in Chicago!

Join NCJW in Chicago on April 23-25 for Convention 2020, Jewish Feminism: Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future. Now is the perfect time to get involved in our national movement and learn about the impact that NCJW is making across the country. Register today to secure the early bird pricing!

The reasons to attend Convention 2020 are infinite, but to start you will:

  • Shape the future: The future of NCJW is brighter than ever. This is our first national event with Sheila Katz as our CEO! Come hear her vision for the future.
  • Learn something new: Our workshops are a great opportunity to expand your skills and learn more about the social justice issues that we are working on.
  • Set the direction of our national movement: During our business session, you will vote on a new board, bylaws, and resolutions.
  • Cultivate connections: Build relationships with many other fierce feminists as we turn our faith into action.
Early bird registration ends January 20 so register for Convention and book your hotel today! 
Take Action Today!
Did you miss NCJW's Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote 2020 Campaign Launch Webinar? If so, keep reading for a link to the recording of the Webinar plus some valuable resources!
Here are a few resources & next steps:
  • You can view the webinar recording here.
  • Check out the Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote 2020 webpage with links to program resources, a campaign FAQ, and more.
  • Read through the captain overview and apply to be a captain for your section, or encourage an emerging leader you know to apply. Captain applications are due January 31, 2020.
  • Sign up to receive NCJW email alerts to stay updated on PTV 2020 and be the first to know when new resources, like the voter shabbat program, go live on the website.
  • If you have questions, please contact Hannah Cohen Smith at

​Thank you for joining us and for helping us move towards a more just, equitable democracy by getting out the vote in 2020. We hope you commit to joining NCJW's Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote campaign to multiply and maximize the impact of our work.

Lead! Special Series: Abortion& Immigration
Are abortion rights and immigration policy related? Why is it important to link these issues in our advocacy? What can we do to lift up those most impacted by laws and regulations restricting abortion and targeting immigrants? Join NCJW for the continuation of our special series of Lead! Organizing skills for grassroots activists webinars focusing on the intersection of Abortion& other critical issues. This training on Abortion& Immigration will be led by reproductive justice and immigration advocates including Jaclyn Dean, Policy Manager at National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) on Wednesday, December 18 at 1:30 pm ET (10:30 am PT).

The webinar will include:
  • Why anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric hinder access to reproductive health care, including abortion;
  • How anti-immigrant sentiment shows up in abortion bans; and
  • How to effectively advocate at the intersection of these issues.
Register now to join us.

Encourage your Senators to Co-Sponsor VAWA
On November 13, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA, S 2843) to enhance and build upon our nation’s response to sexual and domestic violence. Enacted in 1994, twenty-five years ago, VAWA was the first federal law responding to our nation’s crisis of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. S 2843 is based on extensive outreach to survivors, direct service providers, and other stakeholders and would make modest yet vital improvements including:
  • maintaining protections for all survivors;
  • making vital investments in prevention;
  • improving access to housing for survivors;
  • addressing urgent and particular needs of native survivors;
  • realizing the health care system’s response to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking;
  • protecting dating violence survivors from firearm homicide; and
  • increasing survivors’ access to safe housing and economic stability.
The House of Representatives passed HR 1585, a substantially similar bill, on April 4. VAWA expired on September 30, 2018. Click here to take action.

Both Illinois Senators have signed on as co-sponsors. Click here to see where your Senators stand:
Membership Renewal
We hope all of our annual members will renew their membership for another year. All NCJW annual memberships run from July 1 through June 30. If you haven't renewed your membership for the 2019-2020 membership year, you can do so either by clicking the link below or sending your check for $50 to NCJW, 5 Revere Drive, Suite 200, Northbrook, IL 60062. Not sure if you renewed? Email .

Your support makes it possible for NCJW to create meaningful social change for women, children, and families locally, nationally and internationally. Together with you, NCJW will empower women to educate their communities, mobilize the grassroots, and advocate for fundamental rights and freedoms.

Support NCJW
Chicago North Shore has several new ways to support our section. As always, you can make a one time donation or purchase a tribute (links are below), but we now also have a lovely, hand-crafted necklace you can purchase for yourself or for a gift. Net proceeds from the sale of each  necklace   supports NCJW's mission.

You can also support NCJW as a Sustaining Advocate.   Complete and print this form    and mail it to our office, 5 Revere Drive, Suite 200, Northbrook, IL 60062 and your scheduled monthly donation will ensure the viability of Chicago North Shore for generations to come. Your support makes it possible for NCJW to create meaningful social change for women, children, and families in the US and Israel. Make a difference for women, children, and families by giving a generous gift to NCJW through a variety of options:

Put your dollars to work immediately by making a fast, secure online donation. Become a Major Donor by making a donation of $500 or more. 

Honor a family member, colleague, friend, or loved one by giving a gift to NCJW. A handwritten NCJW tribute card with a message of support, celebration, or sympathy will be sent to the honoree or the family of the person you wish to remember.

Canadian jewelry artist Hilary Druxman has handcrafted a beautifully designed necklace and has partnered with NCJW Chicago North Shore to bring her design to our members and supporters. Overlapping triangles come together to form a star, reflecting our belief in advocacy and action. Each necklace costs $44 ($40 + $4 sales tax) and can be shipped anywhere in the US. Net proceeds from the sale of each handcrafted sterling silver necklace support our mission.

NCJW is recognized as an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Contributions to it are tax deductible to the full extent provided by the law. 

Create a Legacy!
Want to ensure NCJW's legacy for years to come? Are you a life member and want to extend your support in perpetuity? Have you thought out a bequest to NCJW?
Click here    for a sample form. It's that easy!

Already have a bequest to NCJW?  Please let us know that you put us in your will so we can acknowledge you!! Email .
Just as a reminder - while our mailing address is still 5 Revere Drive, Suite 200 Northbrook, IL 60062, we no longer maintain a physical office there are are not able to accept donations of items for Luggage for Freedom or JCAST Chicago at the office. If you have items to drop off, please email or to make arrangements. Also, please be sure to always include the suite number (suite 200) when sending us anything through the mail to avoid mail being returned to you. Thank you for your understanding and support!