NCJW November 2019 News and Events
Well, October was interesting - I think we had all 4 seasons rolled into one crazy month! We had some wonderful programs in October starting with a performance of Invisible as part of our Advocacy and the Arts series (tickets still available for Roe and we will be adding a production of What the Constitution Means to Me to our calendar shortly) and we wrapped up the month with our annual Luggage for Freedom Packing and Delivery Day where we welcomed over 150 volunteers.

Our big news is OUR NEW WEBSITE! Please visit our website - and let us know what you think. We think it's a great resource for our events and programs as well as ways to take action with NCJW! We hope you like it as much as we do!

Please welcome the following new members to NCJW Chicago North Shore:
  • Pat Davenport
  • Thea Flaum

Volunteer Opportunities
Membership Committee : Needed 3-4 committee members to develop an on-boarding information packet for new members and to provide a report to the Board of Directors that includes a “new member” and “potential member” follow-up protocol. Ideally, this committee should be a mixture of both “seasoned” and “new” NCJW members. This is a short term committee position. Report to the Board needed by November Board meeting. For more information on the committee’s responsibilities or to volunteer contact .

Take Action Tuesday : Needed an editor or editors for our weekly action newsletter. The editor compiles advocacy action items from a variety of online sources, such as NCJW’s National website, coalition partners, and State Policy Advocacy Committee members. Compiling and writing action items requires on average 2-1/2 hours a week. Take Action Tuesday must be ready for distribution by 9:00AM every Tuesday. Two or more people could share this position and alternate weeks. For more information or to volunteer contact .
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: Monica Tischler
From: The NCJW Board of Directors
Our condolences on the loss of your mother

To: Carole Levine
From: Cindy Wolfson
A donation to Courts Matter has been made in honor of your birthday.

To Randee Curciarello
From Marcia Liberson
In honor of your birthday
Happy Birthday to a wonderful Jewish Woman and great friend!!!

To Lee Rosenstein and Family
From Cindy Wolfson
In memory of Beverly Rosenstein

To: Carol Levine
From Eileen Gassman
A donation to Courts Matter has been made in honor of your birthday
Wishing you a most happy birthday, someone who works so tirelessly for justice, for what is correct in this world.

To: Lorna Cohen
From: The NCJW Board of Directors
Our condolences on the loss of your grandmother Gussie Kroan

We Need Your News!
Whether you are celebrating a simcha or sharing your sorrow, your NCJW friends want to know! Email
Tickets Now 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 City Salon: What can we do to prevent gun violence?
Monday, November 18, 6:00 pm
Chicago Location Given with RSVP
Sara Knizhnik, Organizer for Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, will update us about gun violence prevention at the City Salon on November 18. Illinois’ veto session will be over by then so Sara will update us on the two key Illinois bills, Fix the FOID and the Firearm Restraining Order (FRO), and federal HR8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, and what we can do. RSVP to

NCJW Suburban Salon
Thursday, November 21, 7:00 pm
North Shore Congregation Israel, 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe
Suburban Salon is changing things up a bit for November. Please join AJC Chicago and North Shore Congregation Israel at the annual Davis Family Forum featuring speaker Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, who has published and taught about the Holocaust and antisemitism for close to 40 years. Professor Lipstadt’s book, ANTISEMITISM: HERE AND NOW (2019), has been translated into German and Hebrew and was an Amazon best-seller. There is no charge to attend but advanced registration is required. Click here to register. if you would like to sit with your NCJW friends, please email so we can save you a seat.

NCJW Cookie Bake and Exchange
Tuesday, December 10, 11:00 am
Welcome the holidays with NCJW!
Join us and bring a friend. Lunch will be served. For the cookie exchange, bring 4 dozen cookies to share. Also, please bring the recipe! NCJW is supporting the “Holiday Stores” for 2 women’s shelters; A Safe Place in Lake County and YWCA Evanston. Please bring 2 unwrapped toys to help make the holiday joyful for those that are in need. There is no charge to attend but advance registration is required. Click here to register.

Soup Kitchen at Beth Emet Synagogue
Wednesday, December 18, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Beth Emet Synagogue, 1224 Dempster, Evanston
Volunteers and Groceries Needed! Help shop, prepare and serve dinner and bag lunches. The evening is part of an ongoing collaboration between NCJW and Project Hamotzi 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
Take Action Today!
It’s that time of year again — the health care marketplace is officially open! 
At the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), we believe that every single person’s health is paramount. Ensuring that all have access to the resources necessary to make their own decisions about their health, families, and futures is critical to achieving our goal of reproductive justice. And thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), accessible, high-quality, comprehensive insurance covering a wide range of reproductive health services is now within reach for millions of Americans.

From November 1 to December 15, you can compare and purchase health care plans on the insurance marketplace that will start on January 1, 2020. Because the ACA is still the law of the land, your plan will cover 10 categories of essential health benefits at no cost to you, including: 
  • Preventive and wellness services, including annual physicals and life-saving screenings for breast and cervical cancers; 
  • Birth control; 
  • Mental health services; 
  • Pregnancy and newborn care; and 
  • Mental health services. 
We all have an obligation to care for our health and to help others do the same. Even if you already have insurance, be sure to spread the word about open enrollment so everyone can #GetCovered today!

Support the HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act
Now more than ever, the basic human needs and rights of the nation’s immigrants — especially those of women and their families — must be elevated in policymaking.

Everyone deserves to be healthy and to obtain care with respect and dignity. But current legal barriers block access to affordable coverage programs based on immigration status and the amount of time someone has been in the US, pushing care out of reach for those most vulnerable: women and families. The need for health services doesn’t discriminate and neither should our government.

Fortunately, the HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act (HEAL Act, HR 4701) would remove political interference in our health care system and ensure that all immigrants can access the affordable coverage they are eligible for. This is about fair treatment and the health of immigrant women and families, two issues of the utmost importance to NCJW’s work and to our Jewish traditions. Use our talking points to learn more about this critical bill and then encourage your representatives to become cosponsors today!

Attend the Next Meeting of the Chicago Jews for Refugees Coalition:
Thursday, December 5
7:00 – 8:30pm
Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue
8825 East Prairie Road, Skokie  
NCJW is a member of the coalition. Hear policy and coalition updates, including details about coalition membership. Most importantly, we will take action together to address the recent  Executive Order  allowing governors and mayors to ban refugee resettlement in their states and municipalities, and offer details about  HIAS’ National Refugee Shabbat , coming up on March 20-21, 2020.

Other Items of Interest
Please join Midwest Access Project and Jewish Women's Foundation for a Lunch & Learn Program on the Current State of Reproductive Health: Threats and Opportunities
Friday, November 22, 2019 / noon - 1:30 pm  
Jewish United Fund Conference Center, 30 South Wells, Chicago 
Lunch will be provided. Click here to RSVP.
States hostile to abortion care are enacting bans and onerous regulations, while supportive states are passing new laws to protect abortion care. Within this context, a newly configured Supreme Court is poised to take on the issue of abortion this term. Please join Jewish Women's Foundation, Midwest Access Project, and MAP co-founder and board member Lorie Chaiten for a discussion about abortion access in the United States today and into the future.
Ask For Jane Film Screening, Panel discussion and Reception
Thursday, November 14, 6:30pm - 10:30pm
ArcLight Cinemas, 1500 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago
Based on a series of real events, Ask for Jane recounts the story of a group of young women who established an underground abortion resource network in Chicago that gave over 11,000 women access to this service between 1969 and 1973, preceding Roe v. Wade. It is because of feminist pioneers, like the Jane Collective, that women reclaimed entitlement to their bodily autonomy and reproductive rights. A panel discussion follows the film and features representatives from Ask for Jane, NIRH, the Chicago Abortion Fund and one of the "Jane's." Stay for a reception following the discussion. Click here for tickets.

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.
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!