NCJW February 2020 News and Events
It goes without say that January was an exhausting month. We saw new immigration regulations on pregnant women as we passed the third anniversary of the Muslim Ban. We celebrated the 47th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision even as we saw over 200 members of Congress petitioned the Supreme Court to "reconsider" Roe v. Wade. We commemorate 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and we marched again antisemitism. All of that without even mentioning the Impeachment hearings.

But primary season is almost here followed by the 2020 election. Since NCJW’s founding, we have worked to promote voting rights by advocating for women’s suffrage, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Motor Voter Act, & just last year helped restore voting rights for 1.4 million people in Florida who had previously been convicted of non-violent crimes. And now we are gearing up for 2020 with our nationwide Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote 2020 campaign, focusing on voter registration, voter education, & Get Out the Vote events.

Are you interested?! Email to see how you can get involved!
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: Jill Lexier
From: the NCJW CNS Board
Heartfelt condolence on the loss of your father Easton Lexier.

To: Jill Lexier
From: Jan Schwartz
Message: So sorry for your loss Jan

To: Jill Lexier
From: Donna Gutman
Message: "Death ends a life, not a relationship." Mitch Albom

To: Don Curott
From: Barbara and Gordon Cohen
In memory of Beverly Currott

We Need Your News!
Whether you are celebrating a simcha or sharing your sorrow, your NCJW friends want to know! Email
NCJW 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.
Register for Convention and book your hotel today! 
Upcoming Events
February 12, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Suburban Salon - Civil Rights Historical Sights in the South
Suburban Salon is an evening discussion group meeting in the north suburbs facilitated by Salon members or guest speakers. Donna Fishman will be presenting and facilitating the discussion. Email for information.

February 18, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
City Salon - Fair Maps
Salon is a monthly, evening discussion group meeting at Salon members’ homes and facilitated by Salon members and guest speakers. Liliana Scales of Change Illinois will be the February facilitator. Email for more information.

February 20, 4:00 pm — 7:00 pm
Soup Kitchen at First United Methodist Church
516 Church Street, Evanston, IL
Volunteers and Groceries Needed! Help shop, prepare and serve dinner and bag lunches. The evening is part of an ongoing collaboration between NCJW and First United Methodist Church to provide free meals to the area’s homeless and working poor. NCJW members and a limited number of children, ages six & older, may volunteer. Contact Lauren at

You Be The Judge – North
Sunday, February 23, 2020, 1:30 pm
Am Shalom, 840 Vernon Ave, Glencoe
In this dynamic civic engagement training, you will learn about the judicial nominations and selection process from Courts Matter Illinois, and then:
  • Play the part of a federal judge on a panel.
  • Deliberate and decide religious rights and voting rights cases.
  • Discuss the cases in detail facilitated by local legal experts.
There is no charge to attend but registration is required.  Click here to reserve your spot .

Film Screening: Period. End of Sentence
Sunday, March 15, 3:00 pm
Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook
Join NCJW, the Period Collective and the Northbrook Public Library for a screening of the award winning documentary short Period. End of Sentence . Menstrual equity—the fight to ensure that people who get their periods have access to the products and support they need—is a hard fight. There will be a discussion and Q&A following the film.

Please consider bringing a donation of feminine hygiene products. These will be collected and donated to area shelters, schools and organization as part of NCJW’s menstrual equity initiative. Click here for more information.
Save The Date!
March 16, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
City Salon: Domestic Abuse--a Megillah since Esther .
Salon is a monthly, evening discussion group meeting at Salon members’ homes and facilitated by Salon members and guest speakers. Naomi Senser and Viki Rivkin from SHALVA will talk about domestic abuse from Esther onward.

April 21, 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
Lunch and Learn: Shanghai Ghetto
Location TBD
Join NCJW for lunch featuring Holocaust Survivor Doris Fogel whose family fled Berlin in 1938 for China and spent much of her childhood in the Shanghai Ghetto before coming to the United States. Hear Doris’ story and learn more about NCJW’s 125 years of helping immigrants and refugees. Visit for more information as it becomes available.

April 27, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
City Salon - NCJW 2020 Convention Highlights
Salon is a monthly, evening discussion group meeting at Salon members’ homes and facilitated by Salon members and guest speakers.

May 18, time TBD
Combined Salon - An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago
Participate in a special salon discussion with both the Suburban and City Salons One Book/One NCJW, with the Suburban Salon about Alex Kotlowitz’  An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago . “Kotlowitz spent the summer of 2013 researching how gun violence shapes the city. An American Summer is the result of that; a reporting mosaic that brings together the stories he encountered that summer. It is a painful chronicle about an extremely violent city based on the narratives of those who managed to survive its streets.” (NPR Book Review).

June 2, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Annual Installation and Award Celebration
Wildfire Restaurant, 1300 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL
Enjoy a delicious lunch as we say thank you to our outgoing board members and welcome our new board. Celebrate with our award winners and hear an amazing guest speaker. Keep checking our website for more information as it becomes available this spring!
Take Action Today!
Abortion access is under a sustained and coordinated attack. Since 2010, state lawmakers have passed over 400 restrictions forcing providers to perform unnecessary tests, regulating the width of clinic hallways, or even banning abortion outright. Alarmingly, the original abortion ban – the Hyde Amendment – has disproportionately impacted low-income people, people of color, young people, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals for over forty years and will continue to do so regardless of whether these restrictions are eventually invalidated. 

We need federal legislation to stop the relentless tide of these discriminatory policies and to secure the constitutional right to abortion. The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA, HR 2975/S 1645) and the EACH Woman Act (HR 1692/S 758) are those laws. WHPA would invalidate onerous state restrictions blocking access to abortion while the EACH Woman Act would ensure affordability of this care by ending political interference in public and private insurance coverage. Together, these critical bills have the potential to create a future where all can access the abortion services they need without cost barriers, delays, or burdensome limitations. Encourage your lawmakers to champion abortion access for all by supporting WHPA and the EACH Woman Act today. 

On April 10, 2019, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) introduced the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act (NO BAN Act), challenging the Trump administration’s Muslim ban. The ban, which has been in effect, in one form or another, since January 2017, has separated too many families and continues to have a devastating impact on Muslim communities. 

The NO BAN Act (HR 2214/S 1123) is a historic civil-rights bill that would repeal the Muslim Ban and prevent similar bans in the future. The bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to prohibit discrimination based on religion. When the US Supreme Court upheld the Muslim Ban, it cited a very broad INA provision that allows the president to prevent people from entering the US. The NO BAN Act tightens this provision and creates much-needed limitations and accountability for any president who wishes to use this authority. Future presidents would not be able to ban an entire community without culpability.

Under current law, immigrants with status as lawful permanent residents have been forced to wait five years before participating in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). What’s more, undocumented immigrants are also blocked from purchasing insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) exchanges and accessing premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions. Without the affordable coverage offered through these programs, obtaining health care is not a reality for many immigrant women and families. 

The Health Equity and Access Under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act (HR 4701) — introduced on October 15 by Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Deb Haaland (D-NM) — presents a bold solution to this fundamental injustice in our health care system. The bill would remove onerous legal barriers and restore access to affordable coverage for all immigrants who are otherwise eligible to participate in public health care programs. Encourage your representatives to support health equity and fair treatment for immigrant women and families by cosponsoring the HEAL Act today! 
Join the Hannah G Solomon Awards Committee
The first meeting of the 2020 Hannah G Solomon Award Dinner and Fundraiser Committee is scheduled for Thursday, January 23 at 10:30 am via zoom (ie from the comfort of your home, office, or wherever you may be! We need your expertise, imagination, and energy to make this year’s gala a memorable event. Email Jan Schwartz at to join the committee.
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!