NCJW October 2019 News and Events
September was quite a month - capped off with our Hannah G Solomon Awards honoring Donna Gutman and featuring keynote speaker Heather Booth. We hope to be able to share videos of both Heather's talk and Donna's acceptance as soon as we have those ready - make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

And we have so much more coming up with programs during the day and evening, suburbs and city, there is something for everyone with NCJW Chicago North Shore. See our upcoming events below and Click here for a printable calendar of our programming year.

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 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 you understanding!

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.

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 the Family of Beverly Rosenstein
From NCJW Board of Directors
In Memory of Beverly Rosenstein

To Bev Copeland
From Lori Kash
In Honor of Bev Copeland

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

NCJW Chicago North Shore expresses our Condolences to:
  • the family of Life Member and former NCJW Board Member Beverly Rosenstein
  • our member Gail Greenspahn on the loss of her mother-in-law Lorna
May their memories be a blessing

Please welcome the following new members to NCJW Chicago North Shore:
  • Ester Reiter
  • Lisa Goldberg
  • Ora Fagan
  • Marilyn Altman
  • Judith Mayzel
  • Janice Kessler
  • Sara Kurensky
  • Jill Olswanger
Please join us on Sunday, October 27th at the 
West Ridge Center,  636 Ridge Avenue,   Highland Park  
to sort and pack hundreds of donations into suitcases for women and children leaving domestic violence shelters.

Volunteers are needed to pack suitcases and then deliver donations to local domestic violence shelters  
Sunday, October 27, 2019
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Sort
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Pack
1:30 PM – Deliver to shelters  
Family friendly event (4 years +)
 To volunteer: email
Please RSVP with the number of people attending and preferred time slot(s)  
No donations will be accepted at this event (except for NEW sheets and NEW towels and gallon size Ziploc bags)
If you would like to make a  monetary  donation to Luggage for Freedom, please bring it on October 27, OR send your donation to:  
National Council of Jewish Women/Luggage for Freedom,  5 Revere Drive Suite 200, Northbrook, IL 60062  or go to
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 .
Upcoming Events
Her Story Theatre Presents: Invisible
Sunday, October 6, 3:00 pm
Stage 773 Box Theater, 1225 West Belmont, Chicago
Her Story Theater presents the world premiere of INVISIBLE, written by Mary Bonnett, as its Fall 2019 production. INVISIBLE imagines a woman in a small Mississippi town in 1925 who is forced to reconcile her involvement in the modern Women’s Ku Klux Klan movement with her religious beliefs and sense of decency. Wrapping their anti-immigrant mission in a cloak of patriotism following the passage of women’s suffrage, Mabel Carson’s neighbors have convinced her of the justness of their cause, but the arrival in town of a Chicago newspaper reporter just as their WKKK chapter is gaining momentum forces Mabel to question her beliefs. Ticket includes a post-show discussion. Click here to purchase your ticket .

NCJW City Salon
Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 pm
Chicago Location Given with RSVP
Join us to find out what is at stake with the census and what you can do! Judith Gethner, Emerita Executive Director of Illinois Partners for Human Service, will share with us why the census is so crucial! RSVP to
  • Illinois could lose 2 representative districts, from 18 to 16
  • Illinois could lose electoral votes
  • Illinois could lose millions of dollars for human services

NCJW Suburban Salon
Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 pm
Wilmette Location Given with RSVP
Please save the date and join us for our Tuesday evening, October 15th Suburban Salon discussion. Our topic this month is "Anti-Semitism on College Campuses" and our facilitator is Liora Bachrach, Campus Associate Director for StandWithUs-Midwest. StandWithUs is an international pro-Israel education organization supporting Israel and fighting anti-Semitism, with a special focus on college campus activity. Let's discuss the current statistics on bigoted actions from both the left and the right, from BDS to swastikas. What can we do to support and educate our kids to respond to these encounters? Come, let's learn together. To attend, please RSVP to

Chicago Period Day Rally
Saturday, October 19, 11 am
Federal Plaza, 219 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL
On October 19, 2019, we will rally for NATIONAL PERIOD DAY -- elevating the issue of period poverty and demanding real change to making period products more accessible for all. It’s 2019, and yet, 1 in 4 women struggle to afford period products due to a lack of income. In the first city-wide study on period poverty, it was found that 46% of low-income women had to choose between a meal and period products. Let us know you plan to attend by RSVPing on the FaceBook page.

Nosh and Knowledge
Tuesday, October 22, 6:00 pm
Curt's Cafe, 2922 Central Street, Evanston
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month, join NCJW at Curt's Cafe as we hear from Pat Davenport, Executive Director/CEO of A Safe Place who will inform us about domestic violence from the prospective of a service provider. A Safe Place provides services to survivors of domestic violence that support them in their efforts to transform their lives after domestic violence. Visit for information and to register.

Luggage for Freedom Pack and Delivery Day
Sunday, October 27, 11:30am - 1:30 pm
West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road, Highland Park
Volunteers will be needed to sort items and pack suitcases and backpacks and then deliver donations to local domestic violence shelters. Ages 4 and up are welcome. Donations of new sheets, new towels and ziplock bags are accepted on that day at the event. If you have other items to donate – such as luggage, please email

You Be the Judge - City
Sunday, November 3, 3:00 pm
KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Boulevard, Chicago
Join National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore for an exciting interactive workshop on how the federal courts work. There is no charge to attend but advanced registration is required.  Click here to register.
Take Action Today!
Tell the House: Investigate Kavanaugh
We’ve known for over a year that there’s far too much we don’t know about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Did he sexually assault the women who have accused him of doing so? Are there cases from which he must be recused? Did he lie about his financial debt and how it was repaid? Exactly what did he work on during his White House tenure, and why did Senate Republicans insist on rushing through the confirmation process with less than a quarter of the relevant records?

Only once we know the answers to these questions will we understand whether Kavanaugh lied, under oath, to the Senate, and whether he is worthy of his seat on our nation’s highest court. Let’s get the answers we deserve. Sign NCJW’s petition urging the House of Representatives to thoroughly investigate Kavanaugh and his rushed confirmation process.

As the Court opens its new session on October 7, it’s critical we get to the bottom of this. Our courts matter. Sign our petition TODAY! 

#CourtsMatter to reproductive rights:
On September 23, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals again considered whether to freeze implementation of the Trump administration’s domestic gag rule. Title X is legally designed to prioritize the needs of low-income families or uninsured people who might not otherwise have access to family planning services. Under the new rule, family planning clinics funded through Title X can no longer refer a patient for abortion AND providers are prohibited from discussing the full range of pregnancy options. This dangerous gag rule jeopardizes the health and lives of the people of color, young people, low-income people, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals who largely rely on Title X. 

Learn how to grow our movement
There is power in numbers. Growing our movement will strengthen our impact. Join us for a series of three calls focused on membership growth. Learn how to recruit, engage, and retain new members, supporters, and advocates. Save the dates for the entire webinar series:

Growing Our Movement: Tools for Engagement Webinar
October 29 at 1:30pm ET and October 30 at 7:30pm ET
Growing Our Movement: Tools for Retention Webinar
November 19 at 7:30pm ET and November 20 at 1:30pm ET
Click here to register for the Growing Our Movement webinar series and to get access to the recording of September's webinar, Growing Our Movement: Tools for Recruitment Webinar
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 .