November 2017
“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”
– Oprah Winfrey
NCJW Upcoming Events and Information 
The autumn chill is upon us and while we had a few unseasonably warm days in October - there is no denying that fall is here! But you can warm up with NCJW this month! We have some great programs coming up in November and December so be sure to check out the highlights below or visit our website for more information.

After more than 45 years of service to the elderly, NCJW's Council Cues has disbanded. Council Cues was a wonderful and talented group of NCJW volunteers who performed for seniors in our community. We would like to recognize and thank the members of Council Cues for their service to the community. If you were a member of Council Cues or if you have any photographs or memories from Council Cues that you would like to share, please contact Melissa Prober at

Think our enews is too long!  Click here for a downloadable pdf that you can print & read at your leisure!
Take 5 With Marilyn Cohen
1. When did you join NCJW?
I have been a member since 1970 when I joined the Chicago Section - Northside Evening Branch.

2) Why did you join?
I was interested in being politically active and NCJW Chicago was very politically active at that time and there was a lot to get involved in.

3) What makes NJCW special/unique/worth supporting?
There are so many reasons, but in particular, NCJW's proactive and progressive stance on women's issues and choice and on equal rights. NCJW is one of the only Jewish women's organizations to always be in the forefront, taking a stand on the issues of the day.

4) What is your favorite NCJW memory?
There have been a lot of NCJW memories over the years: marching for the ERA with my entire family, being the chair of the area as well as section president, holding the NCJW 100th anniversary convention here in Chicago, being in Washington, DC for Washington Institute, being at the White House with NCJW and meeting with Members of Congress. There are so many things and so many great NCJW memories!

5) What would you like your NCJW “legacy” to be?
I would like to see NCJW continue its work for women, children and humanity!

~Marilyn Cohen, NCJW CNS Life Member and Past President
What is your NCJW Story?
Be featured in an upcoming issue of the Councillor? Email and share your NCJW story. 
NCJW CNS Programs
We have some great programs to add to your calendars but some of them aren't quite ready to put on our website. Please save-the-date(s) for the programs listed below and scroll down for further details.

November 1: Book Club - The Humbling  by Philip Roth
November 2: Tour: Don’t Iron While the Strike is Hot: Chicago-NOW’s fight for Equality
November 8: Women’s Salon - Spertus’ One Book/One Community
November 9: The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting
November 9: Townhall: Eradicating Hate : Race Privilege and Moving Forward
November 9: Courts Matter to Our Future: Action Training
November 28: Couture for a Cause with Highland Park Highwood Legal Aid

December 5: The Impact of the Illinois Budget on Human Services
December 6: Book Club - The God of Small Things  by Arundham Roy
December 9: Women's Gubernatorial Forum
December 13: NCJW Section Board meeting: Speaker Tamar Manasseh 
December 13: Women’s Salon: Topic TBA
December 28: Soup Kitchen at First Methodist Church, Evanston

January 16: Equal Means Equal Screening and Discussion
January 21: I am Jane Doe Film Screening and Discussion

If you have a specific passion that you'd like to share with us or are interested in helping plan a program, email We would love to hear from you!
NCJW 2017 – 2018 Evening Salon

NCJW’s new Evening Salon is a monthly, evening discussion group (7:30-9:00 pm), meeting at Salon members’ homes (northern suburbs) and facilitated by Salon members. Every month a new topic is chosen by the group, and source materials links are then emailed to everyone on the mailing list to read. Topics include a wide variety of current progressive, feminist and social justice issues. There is no fee. Join NCJW after three sessions and you become a member of the Salon! Our next two discussion dates are October 10 and December 13.

For more information, contact Donna Fishman and Robbie Schreiber at
The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting
Thursday, November 9, 1:00 pm (11/9/17, 12/7/17, 1/11/18 and 2/1/18)
JCFS, 225 Revere Dr, Northbrook
In this four-part series, group members will discuss The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection , an audio-book by Brene Brown, LCSW and use it as a springboard to discussions about major and minor issues in family life. Visit for more information.

Towards the Beloved Community: Race, Privilege and Inclusion
Thursday, November 9th, 6 pm
Catholic Theological Union
5416 S Cornell Ave, Chicago
We as a community are witnessing the presence of policies fueled by seperation, racial tensions and fear. How do we confront the challenges of privilege, push back on demographic change and the deliberate inclusion of diversity? Join us for a honest discussion on how we as a collective community respond to these challenges in order to create the “Beloved Community” we have the potential to become. Click here to RSVP .

Courts Matter to Our Future: An Action Training
Thursday, November 9, 6 pm
Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams, Chicago
Learn what you can to ensure that judges appointed to lifetime positions on the federal courts will uphold our constitutional values. Hear from leaders and experts on the courts, from judicial staff in Senator Durbin and Duckworth’s offices to local court advocates. You will leave with a toolkit of options to take action on the issues that matter to you.

Couture for a Cause
Mid-November Date TBD, 5-8pm
Nic+Zoe, 647 Central Ave, Highland Park
Join NCJW and the Highland Park Highwood Legal Aid Clinic (HPHLAC) for a fun and educational evening at Nic+Zoe Boutique in Highland Park. NCJW and HPHLAC will each talk about domestic violence and the steps each organization is taking to help and support victims and survivors. Refreshments will be served. For those interested in shopping, Nic+Zoe will give shoppers a 10% discount and will be donating a portion of sales to NCJW ad HPHLAC. Click here to RSVP.
Are We Out of the Woods Yet?
Tuesday, December 5, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Chicago Sinai Congregation
15 West Delaware, Chicago
Judith Gethner, founder and Executive Director of Illinois Partners for Human Service, shares the impact of Illinois’ new budget on non-profit human services. Now that Illinois finally has a budget, what will it take for human service agencies to fulfill their missions? Illinois Partners helps over 800 organizations share best practices and get the word out to Illinois residents to enable them to access services they need. Visit or call 847-853-8889 to RSVP. There is a $10 cost to attend.

Women’s Gubernatorial Forum
Saturday, December 9, 2:00 pm
Chicago Temple
77 West Washington, Chicago
Illinois has a Gubernatorial election coming up – learn about the candidates and the issues most effecting women at the Women’s Gubernatorial Forum at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Held in partnership with more than 30 women’s groups across the city, the forum will be an opportunity for women to get an early look at the candidates and their views on issues of urgent concern. Illinois will choose its next governor in November, 2018; voters will choose the candidates in primaries this March. Visit for information.

Chicago North Shore Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 13, 10:00 am
Chicago location given upon RSVP
Join the NCJW CNS Section Board at one of our bi-monthly board meetings. Get involved and learn more about our section. Each board meeting will focus on a different topic. The speaker for December is Tamar Manasseh, founder of Mothers Against Senseless Killing (MASK). Board meetings are open to all NCJW Chicago North Shore members. Email for location.

Soup Kitchen at First Methodist
Thursday, December 28, 4:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
516 Church Street, Evanston. 
Help to prepare and serve a meal to those in need. Volunteers are needed to shop for groceries, bake, prepare and serve food. Cash donations for food are also needed. NCJW members and a limited number of children, ages six & older, may volunteer. Contact Lauren at .
NCJW Member News and Tributes
We Need Your News!

Whether you are celebrating a simcha or sharing your sorrow, your NCJW friends want to know!

Keep NCJW informed of your life events: weddings, babys, graduations, b'nai mitzvahs as well as illnesses and grief. We are here to share with you....


For A Blessing
We mourn the loss of the following NCJW members:

Gloria Marcus
Nan Mayer
Rose Wandel

May their memories be for a blessing.
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

To: The Family of Rose Wandel
In memory of Rose Wandel
From : The NCJW Chicago North Shore Board of Directors

To Donna and Jeff Fishman and Family
In memory of Diane Fishman
From: Beth Najberg

To: Sue Rifas
Best wishes for a speedy recovery
From : NCJW Board and JCAST Chicago Steering Committee
Silent Witness Stories

The Silent Witness Exhibit of Illinois honors those who have died from acts of intimate partner violence. The Exhibit consists of life-size female figures, each bearing a shield telling the true story of an Illinois woman killed as a result of domestic violence. The figures provide a powerful visual impact to raise awareness of the tragedy and loss we all suffer when lives are taken senselessly through domestic violence. Groups may use the Exhibit for outreach, education and fundraising programs.

The Silent Witness Exhibit has been viewed in Illinois by thousands of people in dozens of venues since it was launched in 1997 by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section. The Silent Witness Exhibit of Illinois is part of the National Silent Witness Initiative, started in 1990 in Minneapolis. 

Click here  for more information about hosting the Silent Witness Exhibit.

Each Month in the NCJW E-News, we will highlight a Silent Witness Story, so that the victims of domestic violence will never be forgotten.

Michelle Mathieu
Age 52
March 18, 2012

Michelle was in a long term relationship with Robert Signorile, 44, a carpenter with a history of alcohol abuse. He was manipulative, controlling and belligerently alcoholic. Less than a year before her murder, Signorile was arrested and charged with domestic battery of Michelle. He pleaded guilty to an amended charge of battery and received court supervision. In a drunken rage, Signorile beat her to death over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. At the trial, Michelle’s family and friends wore purple representing domestic violence and Michelle’s favorite color. Signorile was convicted of first-degree murder by a McHenry County jury and sentenced to 40-years in prison.
Be a Part of Something Great!
Join or renew your NCJW membership today. As a member of NCJW, you will impact your community and the world at large by becoming part of a g rowing  grassroots network  of courageous and compassionate individuals who improve the lives of women, children, and families every day. Your involvement will give you new opportunities for advocacy and leadership across the country. Our NCJW Membership Year runs from July 1 through June 30.

Help us save time by renewing your membership online today at . You can also mail your $50 membership dues check (payable to NCJWCNS) to our office: 
NCJW, 5 Revere Drive, Suite 200, Northbrook, IL 60062.
If you haven't stopped by Encore lately,
you don't know what you are missing! 
Fall Merchandise: Make sure to visit Encore soon. We have beautiful fall and winter items in stock but things are flying out the door!

Luxury Garage Sale: Don't forget - the first Thursday of each month, Encore volunteers pick up boxes and bags of amazing donations from Luxury Garage Sale! If you haven't been to encore lately, you don't know what you're missing. 

Encore's Online Store: Sometimes you just don't want to leave the house. We get it. In addition to the amazing items featured at Encore & More, some select items are also being offered for purchase online. Visit and see what treasures they have to offer!

Encore & More is NCJW's major fundraiser, supported by members and friends through donations of gently used men's, women's and children's clothing and accessories, jewelry, bric-a-brac, collectibles and small furniture.  

Donations are accepted Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm. Deliver to the door at the rear parking lot off 11th St. Or, call for pickup at 847.853.8888. Please note that if you are dropping off a donation or picking up materials at Encore, you may park in the back against the building provided your car flashers are activated. If you park without activating your flashers - you may be ticketed.
NCJW Study Tour:   A Force for Change: Israel through a Gender Lens
This study tour, A Force for Change: Israel through a Gender Lens, will take place March 2-8, 2018, and will explore the power of women leading change in Israel. We will meet activists and artists, peace seekers and gender studies scholars, feminist journalists and bloggers, women politicians and business leaders — all making their mark on the dynamic landscape of Israel. We will conclude the trip with a once in a lifetime symposium in Tel Aviv, the culmination of groundbreaking research conducted by NCJW and the Dafna Fund on the status of women in Israel.
Click here for more information and to register.
Stop the attack on our federal courts
The White House and Senate Republican’s legislative agenda is stalled – so they have turned their attention to our federal courts. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that the Senate will rush votes on four of Trump’s circuit court nominees this week alone. This urgency is unwarranted. Don’t let right-wing ideologues take over our third, independent branch of government. Our courts – and our rights – are too important.
Now is the Time to #GetCovered!
As the Trump administration continues trying to sabotage the ACA and the health care marketplace, it’s more important than ever to spread the word about getting healthcare coverage. It’s up to us to ensure that more people than ever before have quality, affordable health insurance.

1. Enroll yourself in healthcare.
Enrollment is open at from November 1st 2017 – December 15th 2017 (note this is 45 days shorter than last year’s enrollment period) You gain access to critical health care: Get quality coverage with key benefits – from hospital visits and prescriptions, to birth control without co-pays! You get protection from discrimination: Among other safeguards, insurers can’t deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
Financial help is available: More than 8 in 10 people qualify for financial assistance to make coverage more affordable, with some plans under $75. Already covered? Shop and compare your options in the marketplace at Most people can choose from 30 plans on average, and you may find one that saves you money.

2. Tell your friends, family, and community so they can #GetCovered!

Find ways to help your community members enroll in this Enrollment Toolkit prepared for communities of faith.

3. Spread the word on Social Media.

Follow NCJW on Facebook and Twitter. Spread the word that now is the time to enroll using the hashtag #GetCovered and share why health coverage matters to you using #ACAWorks.

Visit for more information
Budget & Tax
The House voted,  216-212 , to approve the Senate-passed budget on October 26 that includes $5.8 trillion in spending cuts from Medicaid, SNAP, school lunch, SSI, TANF, low-income tax credits, education, child care, and other social services programs, as well as rental assistance and job training. The vote sets in motion a fast-track process to enact a tax bill that would increase budget deficits by $1.5 trillion over the next decade, contradicting Republican leaders’ promises that their tax plan would be revenue “neutral” and not add to the deficit. Most affected by the budget cuts will be low- and middle-income families, the same populations that would receive little benefit from tax cuts. NCJW opposes the congressional budget, instead supporting a budget that protects low-income and marginalized individuals, promotes job creation to strengthen the economy, increases revenues from fair sources, and seeks responsible savings targeting wasteful spending in the Pentagon and in other areas that do not serve the public interest.

Senate to Vote on Four Circuit Court Nominees
On October 26, in an extreme and aggressive move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) initiated the process of scheduling votes on four circuit court nominees:  Amy Barrett  (Seventh Circuit nominee);  Stephanos Bibas  (Third Circuit nominee);  Allison Eid  (Tenth Circuit nominee); and  Joan Larsen  (Sixth Circuit nominee). Voting on four circuit (appeals) court nominees in one week is extremely uncommon and another attempt by Senator McConnell to quickly pack our courts with President Trump’s extreme nominees. Furthermore, Eid and Bibas were just  voted out  of the Senate Judiciary Committee, giving the rest of the Senate almost no time at all to inform themselves about these nominees. NCJW has concerns about these nominees and strongly opposes the nomination of Barrett, who has made troubling comments regarding judges’ views on religion.  NCJW sent a letter  to the Senate Judiciary Committee emphasizing that judges may not place their personal religious views ahead of the Constitution.
  • Take Action: Call your Senators! Call the Capitol Switchboard (202-224-3121). After placing one call, hang up, dial again, and call your other senator.
  • Sample script: Hi, my name is _____ and I am from _____. Voting on four of President Trump’s circuit court nominees in one week is an attack on our federal judiciary. Don’t let President Trump accomplish his offensive agenda through the courts by confirming biased, partisan, and closed-minded judges. I’m counting on Senator _____ to stand up for our courts and my constitutional rights. Thank you.

Civil Rights
DeVos Rolls Back Disability Regulations
This week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos  rescinded  72 guidance documents on special education policy and issues. While some were simply outdated, others provided valuable advice for parents and schools. Disability rights organizations are analyzing the documents to determine the full impact of this decision.
Immigration & Refugees

Trump Announces Increased Refugee Vetting
On October 24, President Trump issued an  executive order  effectively expanding his administration’s halt on refugee admissions. Refugees from 11 nations, nine of which are majority Muslim, are barred for an additional 90 days. In addition, some refugees will face  increased vetting procedures  that will make it even more difficult to come to come to the United States. NCJW opposes Trump’s continuous efforts to undermine the nation’s refugee resettlement program, especially by singling out refugees based on religion.

Background Check Bill Introduced
On October 25, Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Background Check Expansion Act ( S 2009 ), a  bill  that would expand the federal background check requirement to include the sale or transfer of all firearms by private sellers, with certain reasonable exceptions. Under current law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. Research indicates that as many as a quarter of all gun sales in the US may occur without a background check even though 90% of Americans support universal background checks. NCJW supports the Background Check Expansion Act.

  #Faith4Dream Week
From October 29 to November 4, communities of faith across the country, including NCJW, are joining a week of action to stand with dreamers and uplift the urgency of passing a clean Dream Act in 2017. Here are ways to get involved:
  • Call your Members of Congress at 1-866-940-2439 and tell them to pass a clean Dream Act now!
  • Organize a Dream Sabbath: A Dream Sabbath can be a dedicated time during regular weekly worship service to having immigrant youth share their stories and asking congregants to take action in support of the Dream Act. It can be a vigil or meeting with your senators and representatives, etc. The Dream Sabbath toolkit can be found at here (PDF) and here (Word).
  • Amplify your voice on social media: Use the hashtags #Faith4Dream and #DreamActNow Click here for social media guidance.
  •  Download the Praying with Dreamers #Faith4Dream Week Toolkit for more ways to take action! For messaging guidance, click here. For vigil signs, click here. For more resources, visit
#CourtsMatter to Religious Freedom learning call
Join the National Council of Jewish Women and a religious freedom expert on Wednesday, November 29 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST for the third and final call in the #CourtsMatter series.

We will learn from Maggie Garrett, Legislative Director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, about how our federal court system affects religious freedom and liberty. Maggie has been working on church-state separation issues for more than a decade. She leads the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE), the national coalition that opposes school voucher legislation, and is the chair of the Coalition Against Religious Discrimination (CARD), which is the national coalition that fights to repeal the Bush Faith-Based Initiative. At the ACLU of Georgia, she litigated high-profile cases on issues including the separation of church and state, free speech, reproductive rights, and voting rights.

Click here to register for the #CourtsMatter to Religious Freedom learning call
Stop the 20 Week Abortion Ban Today!
This afternoon, The House of Representatives voted to pass  H.R. 36 , a piece of legislation that bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy ! The measure — The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR 36) — would also impose harsh criminal penalties on doctors, including five years in prison, for providing care. An abortion may be necessary at every stage of pregnancy for many reasons, but it should never be up to politicians to decide when and how a pregnancy can be terminated.

Studies show that nearly 99% of abortions are performed before 21 weeks, with most late term abortions occurring due to serious risks such as severe fetal abnormalities and threats to the life of the woman.

A woman’s reproductive choice should be made with the help of a licensed physician, not Congress. 

With abortion rights and access more vulnerable than ever, we must do EVERYTHING to stop this bill in its tracks. Call your representative today and tell them to vote NO on the 20-week abortion ban. Call 202-224-3121 for the Congressional Switchboard and ask to be connected to your Senators. continues to test our resolve, we must show them our commitment to protecting the reproductive rights of women.
Here is a sample script:
Hi, my name is [X], and I am an NCJW activist living in [your state]. I’m calling to urge [Senator's name] to vote NO on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and all efforts to further restrict abortion access. This bill is unconstitutional and based on faulty science. By criminalizing doctors, this bill will further endanger women’s health by forcing women to seek unregulated care. Thank you.
Capitol Hill Updates:
Each Friday, NCJW publishes Capitol Hill Updates with information about everything that is happening in DC of importance to NCJW. The latest updated has information on Health Care, Immigration & Refugees, BenchMark and Budget & Tax. Click here for the latest update.
Illinois Advocacy Updates

SB1657: The Gun Dealer Licensing Act would give Illinois the ability to encourage better business practices among gun dealers and hold corrupt dealers accountable. it will help curb a major source of illegally trafficked firearms from entering our communities.

SB 1657 is expected to be called for a vote on Wednesday, November 8. 
Once again, we urge you to call your STATE REPRESENTATIVE. Find phone numbers for your legislators at
Sign the #OurOneJob Petition which goes to Governor Rauner and Illinois Legislators. You can easily add your signature online or download a copy to circulate to friends and neighbors.
Participate in the 2017 Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition Advocacy Day
Wednesday, November 8, 11:00 am, Springfield, Illinois
Activities include State Representative office visits and a Rally at the Rail. For details on a meeting location contact

HB2462: No Salary History Bill
Earlier this year, women’s advocacy groups across the state came together to champion a bill to strengthen the existing Illinois Equal Pay Act—which prevents employers from paying women less than men for doing the same work—by prohibiting employers from asking job applicants about their previous salaries. Equal pay for equal work is a matter of basic fairness, and wages should be determined by the job's responsibilities and the applicant's qualifications—not based on their previous earnings.   The No Salary History bill (HB 2462) passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support, but earlier this summer Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed it.

Last week, the House overrode the gov.’s veto of No Salary History, HB2462, with a vote of 80-33. Thank you to all of you who helped make this happen by reaching out to your legislators to secure their support for this bill. The Senate cancelled their session today, so it will be taken up by them when they return for second week of veto session the week of Nov. 7th.
We’ve updated our Take Action page to direct letters to your senator. We particularly need constituents of Sens. Anderson, Haine, Harris, Holmes, and Nybo to contact these senators to make sure they will be at veto session and to get their support for the bill and overriding the governor’s veto.
Other Events and Items of Interest
No Shame On U 3rd Annual Event feat. Brian Cuban
Sunday, November 5th, 2017, 7:00 pm; $20/$30pp
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 9599 Skokie Blvd. Skokie, IL.
Brian Cuban, younger brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank Shark, Mark Cuban, will talk about his mental health journey, living with, and recovering from, twenty-seven years of eating disorders, alcoholism, drug addiction and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Visit for more information.

My Prayer Rug
Tuesday, November 7, 7:00p.m.
Temple Chai, 1670 Checker Road, Long Grove, Suggested donation $10 per person
The threads of our stories is what weaves us together. Sabeeha Rehman, author of Threading My Prayer Rug will give a sweetly funny, moving account of her journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim. Sponsored by the Daughters of Abraham. For additional information contact

Ending the Gender Gap: Achieving the Power of Workplace Equity
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 2:00 pm; tickets: $18 | $10 for Spertus members
Justice and equality are core Jewish values. We like to believe we carry these values into our work lives, with meritocratic environments where all employees can fulfill their professional potential. Yet in reality, only a minority of our workplaces have policies and practices that foster equity in leadership and opportunity. Visit for more information.

Articles and Opinions
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 $360 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 .

Support NCJW with your Purchases
Save Gas. Save Time. Raise Money! 
Through iGive, Amazon smile and others, you can raise money for NCJW while you shop online. Use the links below and select NCJW Chicago North Shore as your charity of choice.

Every time you shop at any of the 1,000+ online stores in the iGive network, a portion of the money you spend benefits NCJW Chicago North Shore Section. It's a free service, and you'll never pay more when you reach a store through iGive. In fact, smart shoppers will enjoy iGive's repository of coupons, free shipping deals, and sales. To get started, just create your free iGive account at  
Start iGiving at:

You shop. Amazon gives. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support NCJW every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at  and select National Council of Jewish Women Wilmette, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to directly to NCJW.

You shop; you save; they give
Here is a simple way to make a difference -- each time you search the web (Goodsearch) or shop online (Goodshop), Goodsearch will make a donation to your favorite cause. Just visit Goodshop and select NCJW Chicago North Shore as your charity of choice.

If you have other fundraising ideas, contact us at