NCJW February 2019 News and Events

Wow! It's cold here! I know some of you are snowbirds and I am living vicariously through you. Luckily, you don't even need to leave your homes to take action! Every Tuesday we send our Take Action Tuesday Newsletter with three ways you can take action - usually from the comfort of your sofa!

For those who are willing to brave the wind, cold and snow, I hope you'll join us at some of our upcoming events, and consider becoming a member, which allows you to participate in all that NCJW Chicago North Shore has to offer! 
2/2 at 1pm: Chicago Mayoral Candidate Forum
2/6 at 10am: NCJW Board Meeting
2/13 at 7:30pm: Dear Evan Hansen Fundraiser
2/19 at 7:30pm: Women's Salon - Sex Trafficking
2/26 at 7:00pm: NCJW Policy Committee Call

3/6 at 10am: NCJW Board Meeting
3/20 at 11:30am: NCJW Member Lunch
3/24 at 2pm: Women's Salon - Domestic Violence
3/26 at 7pm: NCJW Policy Committee Call
3/28 at noon, Equal Pay Day Rally, Daley Plaza

4/3 at noon: Aging with Style
4/11 at 4pm: Soup Kitchen at First Methodist
4/11 at 7:30pm: Women's Salon
4/17 at 6:30pm: NCJW Board Evening Meeting
4/23 at 7:00pm: NCJW Policy Committee Call
4/28: You Be the Judge - Western Suburbs
4/29 at 6pm: Hannah G Solomon Award Dinner
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

We Need Your News!
Whether you are celebrating a simcha or sharing your sorrow, your NCJW friends want to know! Email

Recent Tributes
To: Beth Najberg
Message: Happy birthday Beth Najberg!
From: Candice Goldstein 

To: Marliss Levin
From: Anita Weinstein
In honor of Marliss Levin

We welcome new members Betsy Jacobson and Zehava Frankel to NCJW Chicago North Shore
NCJW Updates
NCJW Washington Institute 2019 - Register today and save!
It's never been more urgent for us to come together in our nation's capital to make change happen. Join us at NCJW's Washington Institute, April 7-9, 2019. The last day to register at the early bird rate is today - February 1. Whether you are an active member or just read our Take Action Tuesday Alert; whether you are a life member or just joined, please join us at Washington Institute.

What's Washington Institute? It's our premiere policy conference. Hundreds of NCJW activists, members, and leaders will gather in Washington, DC to meet with lawmakers, build advocacy skills at interactive workshops, get inspired by speakers leading the way in today's movements, and renew our commitment to create lasting social change

Visit our website to learn more about the conference and watch our 1-minute video to get excited. A limited number of scholarships are available for AVODAH alumni and AEPHI alumnae who are first-time attendees to Washington Institute.

If you can't attend, make sure to follow NCJW Chicago North Shore on Facebook, twitter and Instagram. We will be posting, tweeting and live streaming and you don't want to miss out!

NCJW Vision For America

NCJW has big plans for 2019! Our Vision for America is bold and resolute! We will celebrate our 125 year anniversary at Washington Institute! Your voice, action, support and donation advances social change.

For 125 years, NCJW has boldly imagined a world where women, children,
and families are fully valued and supported. Through education, advocacy, and community service, NCJW has worked to make this vision a reality at all levels of government and in communities across the United States. We’ve stayed true to our values throughout our history. And despite the current unease and anxiety, our goals remain clear and our resolve is firm: This is our Vision for America.
Take Action: Things YOU can do
Join the NCJW Chicago North Shore Board
  • Have you thought about diving deeper into advocacy? Would you like to improve your leadership skills? There is a place for you on the NCJW Board! Our nominating committee is convening soon and would love to talk to you about how you can make an impact with our section, state and country. Email today!
  • NOTE: The NCJW Chicago North Shore Board has openings for Board Members at Large. Board Members at Large are newer members to NCJW or long time member who just want to take the involvement up a notch. BMAL do not have portfolios; instead, they spend the year learning about the different areas of NCJW and preparing to take on leadership positions in the future.
NCJW Skill Training Webinars
  • Lead! Organizing skills for grassroots advocates is a monthly webinar series designed to provide organizing and advocacy skills. Each webinar will focus on one skill through interactive discussions. Whether you are a seasoned advocate or new to organizing, there is something to learn for everyone in our Lead! webinars. Mark your calendar for the third Wednesday of every month at 1:30pm ET and check back to see what we’ll be learning each month.
File A Witness Slip Against The Equal Parenting Time Bill
  • HB 185 Equal Parenting Time bill creates a presumption in favor of equal parenting time rather than shared parenting which is the current law. HB 185 would undo the best interests of the child standard by presuming a 50/50 parenting time split. It elevates the needs of parents above the best interest of the children, and disregards diverse logistics present in family law cases. HB 185 is also harmful to domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Judges can already order equal parenting time if it is in the best interests of the children. But abusers can and will exercise further control over victims, use the court process for intimidation. It could force victims to live in the same area and or share all decision making. This bill is scheduled for hearing Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 8:30am. Please sign a witness slip and encourage others to do so as soon as possible opposing the bill. Click here to sign a witness slip in opposition.
  • Witness Slip Directions: Section I, is your identifying information, name, address, business, and phone number. Section II is what group you support, if you are representing self indicate so or you can put N/A. Section III is your position, make sure it says OPPONENT. Section IV is testimony, put record of appearance.
NCJW Chicago North Shore Upcoming Events
Chicago Mayoral Forum
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 1:00 pm
The Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St. Chicago
Come hear from the candidates running in the 2019 Chicago Mayoral election. There is no charge to attend but space is limited. Visit for more information.

Dear Evan Hansen (Sold Out)
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 7:30 pm
Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60603
We have sold all of our group tickets to this amazing show but we have a number of other theatrical events we plan to attend in the future. If you are interested in attending a future performance with your NCJW friends, please email and we will keep you posted.

NCJW Women’s Salon
Thursday, February 14, 7:30 pm
Suburban Location given with RSVP
Meet interesting women and explore progressive, feminist and social justice issues. Every month a new topic is chosen by the group, and source materials links are then emailed to everyone to read. For information email .
Upcoming Salon Dates and Topics:
2/14: Sex Trafficking in Chicago
3/24: Purim and the Masks we Wear
4/11: Reducing Gun Violence in Chicago

NCJW Membership Lunch
Wednesday, March 20, 11:30 am
Curt's Cafe, Evanston
Join your NCJW friends for an informative lunch featuring guest speaker Sandy Williams, Director, Domestic Violence Services, YWCA Evanston. The cost for lunch is 15$ per person. More details will be available on our website shortly.

Equal Pay Day Rally
Thursday, March 28, 2019, noon
Daley Plaza, Chicago
Each year, Equal Pay Day is recognized world-wide to bring greater awareness to the racial and gender pay disparities. Equal Pay Day Chicago is both a focal point to raise awareness of pay equality, and a platform for organizations to collaborate across the state. More details will be available at in early 2019.
“Dying to Know” Series
Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being 126 E. Chestnut Street Chicago
Join NCJW, Skyline Village Chicago, Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, Fourth Presbyterian Church, and JourneyCare for a series of life-affirming conversations about living and dying well. Attend one program or all three. Dates are below and additional details will be available at in January. All programs are on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm.

  • April 3, 2019: Being Mortal, film and discussion about quality of the end of life.
  • May 22, 2019: Resources for Making and Implementing Your Choices.
  • June 19, 2019: Death Over Tea. Small group discussions about living and dying well.

NCJW Washington Institute
Sunday, April 7 - Tuesday April 9, 2019
Raise your voice in our nation’s capital: April 7-9, 2019
Join NCJW in Washington, DC for Washington Institute 2019: learn from experts, strengthen your skills, connect with activists from across the country, and storm Capitol Hill to meet with your lawmakers and their staff on critical issues! Learn more at

Annual Installation Celebration
June 11, 2019, Time TBD
Wildfire Restaurant, Glenview
Celebrate with our NCJW friends and supporters as we thank our out going board and welcome our incoming board. More Information will be available on our website in Spring 2019.
Add these events to your calendar today!
Other Items of Interest
Did you miss Monday's webinar with Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America? If you missed the webinar or want to listen again, the recording is available  here
Be sure to check out these resources mentioned on the webinar, in addition to reading more about NCJW’s  Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice  and  Federal Courts  initiatives: 
If you have any questions or want to get more involved in NCJW’s Judicial Nominations Campaign, please contact Caroline Ostro at . Caroline can also provide talking points for op eds and letters to the editor.

Next week is  BIG  for courts! 
On February 5th (Tuesday), the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a  hearing  on the nomination of Neomi Rao to fill the vacancy on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit created by the elevation of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. Quick facts about Rao include:
Rao is a rape apologist. She has published several pieces that are insensitive to race, LGBTQ rights, sexual assault survivors, and beyond, thus rendering her incapable of being a fair and independent judge.  More here.
Rao is an ultra-conservative “deregulatory czar” who currently serves as administrator of the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). In this role,  she has implemented harmful policies that reflect her older writings , including  Title IX rollbacks .
Rao has  never  served as a judge or argued a case.
Rao was recently added to the short list of potential Supreme Court nominees that the White House distastefully updated after Justice Ginsburg missed  one  day of oral arguments.
Join us on social media to  #RejectRao !

On February 7th (Thursday) at 9am, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a mark-up and vote on  44  judicial nominees who received hearings but were not confirmed during the 115th Congress. The  list  includes numerous partisan operatives promoting harmful ideological agendas.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) decision to consider 44 judicial nominees and the Attorney General nominee in one session is outrageous and signals that he, like former Chairman Grassley, will not honor blue slips for circuit court nominees.  This is a clear abdication of the senators’ constitutional duty to advise and consent, as such a rushed agenda precludes the Committee from properly doing its job. Read more about these nominees and get a sample script to call your senators  here
Join us on social media! We’ll be tweeting with  #MonsterMarkup . Sample materials are available  here .
Also join us for a tweetstorm on Wednesday 2/6 at 2pm!
The White House announced  that it would nominate three nominees to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and four to federal district courts in California. All of the nominees are from California and several are re-nominations from last Congress. Both Senators Feinstein and Harris (D-CA) serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee and  strongly opposed  three of these nominees  last Congress . The senators  released a joint statement  specifically decrying the re-nominations of Kenneth Lee and Daniel Collins to the Ninth Circuit.
American Constitution Society’s annual  Love Our Constitution  Day is coming up, and this year’s theme is Courts Matter! Find great educational resources and more info  here .

Huge Victory in Illinois for Gun Safety!
On January 17, Governor Pritzker made good on a campaign promise and signed SB337 Combatting the Illegal Trafficking of Guns Act (Gun Dealer Certification) into law! From our friends at the Illinois Council on Handgun Violence "From 2009 to 2013, more than 2,600 guns recovered from crime scenes in Chicago were traced back to just three Illinois firearms dealers. From 2013 to 2016, Illinois gun dealers supplied 40% of guns recovered at crime scenes across the state. State certification will give Illinois a pathway for stricter scrutiny of gun dealers, and the ability to hold gun dealers accountable if they fall short of their mandate to make sure that they do not sell firearms to people who are not qualified to have them. Thank you again for your hard work to make this life-saving bill law in Illinois."
Other Events of Interest to Our Members

Film Screening: The Hunting Ground
February 11, 7:00 pm, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook
This film documents the stories of undergraduate survivors of sexual assault, the response from their schools, and the campus culture that allows assault to go unchecked. A discussion led by Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (CASA) will follow the screening. Visit to register.

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 .