Susie Gordon and Myrna Arlen 

To symbolize our hopes for a sweet new year, we begin every Rosh Hashanah holiday by dipping apples in honey.  But happiness is not only found in fruit and hone y; sometimes it is found in the satisfaction of meaningful work, and engaging conversations.  Open the doors of NCJW/Cleveland and perhaps you will find a different sort of sweet spot.  The High Holiday season, is a time of reflection and introspection, to look at ourselves  and ask who we are and who we want to become.   It is a time to turn our commitments into action.

Enhancing the lives of others, making new friends and gaining knowledge can be enrichment to your life.  By volunteering with NCJW, you have the opportunity to connect with other individuals both in and outside your everyday community.

This year we  encourage you to challenge yourself and try something new.  NCJW has a wealth of different projects and opportunities that have the potential to open your mind and heart.  Working on outreach to help lessen rates of infant mortality, mentoring teens who have aged out of foster care, helping pre-schoolers learn to read or celebrating Jewish holidays with clients with special needs are just a few of the many ways for you to become engaged at NCJW.  Or perhaps just come to an event, make a new friend, and enjoy the day.

By being a part of NCJW you will find the sweetness that can fill your soul.  And perhaps, you will pass along that special feeling to others.  Isn't that what we all hope to achieve? With warm wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. L'Shana Tovah!

Guided tour of "This Light of Ours"
Featuring the works of nine photographers who documented the experiences of people who stood up to change America! Look for more details in next month's bulletin.
Date:    Thursday, Dec.1 
Time:   10:30 a.m.
Place:   Maltz Museum, 2929 Richmond Rd, Beachwood
Jill Braun, Michele Kaminsky and Kelly Markowitz
Co-Vice Presidents

Check List for Designer Dress Days
___ Closets cleaned
___ Clothes, purses, jewelry and furs dropped off 
       at the NCJW warehouse
___ Volunteer sign-up form completed and turned in

If you checked and answered "yes" to all of the above, you are ready to shop and  volunteer! We're packing up to get ready for NCJW's biggest sale ever.  It's not too late to sign up to help.  You can stop in the office, call, or simply Click Here  to download a sign-up form.  Look for your assignment letter, which will be in the mail in the next few weeks.
We need your shopping bags too! Items can be dropped off at the NCJW Main Office/Warehouse located at 26055 Emery Road, Warrensville Hts., Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  We supply the tax deduction form.

Preview Day:    Friday, October 28 - 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. ($20 entrance fee to shop)
Sale Days:        Sunday, Oct. 30, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
                         Monday and Tuesday Oct. 31 & Nov. 1, 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Location:          Mandel JCC, 26001 South Woodland Rd., Beachwood
Check out NCJW/Cleveland's website, which features a gallery of "sneak peek" photos of some of our most outstanding apparel, accessories, furs, and jewelry.  Also, please continue to like us at our special Designer Dress Days Face Book Page for a chance to win a free entrance fee to Preview Day  Click Here.
Fran Stienbock, Chair

CONGRATULATIONS to Roberta Herman, the 2016 recipient of the Advocacy in Action Award! This award recognizes an NCJW member who has served as a volunteer for advocacy/social action for a minimum of three years; exhibited in-depth commitment to advance social causes to improve the quality of life for women, children, and families, striving to ensure individual rights and freedoms for all; and is an active champion for NCJW's progressive policies at the federal, state and local levels.
Roberta will be recognized on Thursday, Nov. 17th at the 13th Annual Lois Zaas Memorial Lecture to be held at Temple Emanu El. Look in your mailbox for the invitation.
Abbe Froimson, Store Manager

Clean your closets and cupboards.   Donate excess furniture or redecorated pieces.  Come visit, shop, and/or volunteer at Thriftique Showroom located at:
5055 Richmond Road, Bedford Heights
Start this New Year off sweet!
Call Karen or Abbe 216-378-2264 -- Free pickup for furniture.
Leslie Levine, Vice President
Welcome to our New Annual Members 
Heidi Chylla , Diana Greenberg,  Darlene Hyland,
Karen Katz,  Nancy Katz,  Michele Krantz,  Tracey Lavine,
Lee Lerer,  Sheila Levine,  Laurie Mandell,  Susan Miller,
Susan Nash,  Erin Oakley,  Marcy Schwartz,  Cathi Siegel,
Barbara Sullivan,  Christine Weiss,  Phyllis Weiss and
Meredith Zaffrann

Welcome to our new Life Members
Beverly Goldie and Ilene Tepper

We Regret to Inform you of the Passing of
Sharyn Bailin,  Evelyn Barcus,  Marcia Emsheimer and  Eudyce Tucker
Thank you to all of you who have renewed your membership.  It is a wonderful time to belong to NCJW/Cleveland!
Esther Spott, Vice President

Join the NCJW Thursday Book Group
Books are for sharing and a lively discussion with friends can deepen your appreciation of current literature. Led by moderator Amy Rosenfeld, the discussion is open only to NCJW members. There is no fee to participate, however, we collect an optional ($5 suggested) donation per session for our moderator. At the October meeting, we are discussing The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel.
Date:     October 6
Time:    1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Place:    Beachwood Branch of Cuyahoga County Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd (Richmond Road)
Chair:   Susan Kahn
Upcoming dates/titles:
November 3 - City of Secrets by Stewart O'Nan
December 1 - Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Join us for another fascinating lecture and slide presentation by Felicia Zavarella Stadelman.  November features artist Alphonse MuchaUnforgettable images of enchanting women, streaming hair and flowing fabrics. Mucha's work epitomizes the Art Nouveau Movement. He felt that art should serve as language to the viewer.
Date:      Thursday, November 10
Time:     10:30 a.m.
Place:     Point East Condominium Party Room, 27500 Cedar Road,                       Beachwood
Cost:      $10 member, $15 non-member after November 3
RSVP:    NCJW Office, 216-378-2204 ext. 101
Co-Chairs: Laurie Biales, Judy Weingold & Ellen Young
Pre-paid reservations are required.  Space is limited. No walk-ins, please!

Join us when we welcome JERRY GRAHAM as he gives us his assessment  in the last of our series this year.
Date:     Monday, November 14, 2016
Time:    10:00 a.m.
Place:   Temple Emanu El, 4545 Brainard Rd. Solon
Cost:     Members $10.00, Guests $12.00
RSVP:   Please call the office by November 11 to make your reservation, 216-378-2204 ext. 101
Chair:    Loramae Simkoff
Roberta Herman, Vice President

The Scalia Vacancy, Garland Nomination and the Future of the Supreme Court  
Jeremy Paris, the former Chief Counsel for Nominations, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, will moderate this fascinating discussion featuring the following distinguished legal experts:  Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor at Slate Magazine, Contributing Editor at Newsweek, and Host of the Amicus Podcast; Kristine Lucius, Democratic Chief Counsel and Staff Director, Senate Judiciary Committee; and Professor Sara Schiavoni, Political Science Professor at John Carroll University and nationally-recognized expert on judicial nominations.
Date :    Tuesday October 18
Time:    5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (refreshments following program)
Place:   Cleveland Marshall Law School, 1801 Euclid Avenue
Cost:    Free Admission and Open to the Public
(Reservations suggested at events.acslaw.org)
This event is sponsored by:  ACS Northeast Ohio Chapter & Cleveland Marshall Student Chapter, Cleveland Marshall Law School, Alliance for Justice, and NCJW/Cleveland.

Understanding the Issues
Perspectives on Female Sexuality: Physical, Psychological, Religious  "When you're hot, you're hot; when you're not ... " 
Featuring speakers:  Linda Bradley, OB/Gyn; Sherry Lehman, Licensed Sex Therapist; and Kyla Epstein Schneider, Jewish Educator.  Join us for an informative and provocative program!
Date:    Thursday, Oct. 20
Time:    Registration 6:00 p.m., Program begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Place:   Point East, 27500 Cedar Rd., Beachwood
Cost:    $10 members; $15 non-members ($5 toward membership if you join that evening)
RSVP:  Lisa Hayzlett  at the NCJW Office 216-378-2204 ext. 101
Co-chairs: Cindy Glazer & Cyndy Fellenbaum

Judge for yourself, when voting for judges this year- Find out what the legal community thinks of the candidates at www.Judge4Yourself.com.  There you can also find links to other resources about state courts and state court judges. 
In October, NCJW-GCC will concentrate on a GET OUT THE VOTE campaign. This non-partisan drive to get every registered citizen to vote will focus on early voting, both absentee and in person at the Board of Elections. Early voting begins October 11.
Find out what you can do to help by coming to the next NCJW-GCC meeting.  You'll find these meetings interesting and educational.  Be an informed voter: read the issues on the ballot, check the qualifications of judges and office-seekers.  Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to vote in this most important election.
Date:    Wednesday, Oct. 19
Time:   9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Place:   Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Blvd, Beachwood
Chair:   Lynn Kleinman, lekchoral@aol.com
Lois Zaas Memorial Advocacy Lecture, 2016
"Embracing Diversity: Understanding Hidden Biases"  
Featuring keynote speakers:  
Robbie Kaplan , Cleveland-born lawyer and recipient of NCJW's 2016 Social Action Award, is best known for her representation of Edith Windsor in the landmark case of U.S. v. Windsor.  This significant victory helped provide equal rights for gay couples and made same sex marriage the law of the land. 

Joseph J. Levin is one of the co-founders of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit organization that combats hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation. 
A Resource Fair will host a variety of organizations that will provide information on ways to embrace diversity and address hidden biases.  As always, free and open to the public.
Date:    Thursday, Nov. 17
Time:    Resource Fair 6:00 p.m.(and after lecture); Lecture 7:00 p.m.
Place:   Temple Emanu El, 4545 Brainard Rd, Orange
Co-Chairs:  Gail Sands and Wendie Forman
Women's Reproductive Justice  
Thanks to all who participated in the All Access Concert and our Eastside Candidates Forum! We had a busy and successful month. Please join us this fall to keep abreast of legislation in Ohio concerning women's health care, plan a Grandparents/Caregivers event with a focus on preventing infant mortality, and brainstorm new ways to partner with Preterm to safeguard reproductive justice.  For more information, contact Laura Kuntz at  laurajkuntz@att.net,  or Dana Trau at   danatrau@gmail.com .

Focus on Foster Care
The committee is holding Independent Living Self Esteem classes through Beechbrook for the second year.   For more information, contact Marilyn Oif at maroif1@yahoo.com , or Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger at  jeannieck@aol.com .
Request for Toys  
NCJW is mentoring two young women who have aged out of the foster care system using a nationally recognized program called The Open Table.  One is a mother of an adorable 15-month-old girl.  We are asking for age-appropriate, used toys for a 15-24 month old.  We ask that the toys NOT need batteries and that all of their pieces are in good condition. (No stuffed animals, please.)  Please drop these toys off with Becky Brouman at the office.  If you have any questions, contact Becky at 216-378-2204 ext. 105.
Leslie Resnik, Vice President

If you are a marketing/communications professional or have journalism skills, the Communications Cabinet wants YOU, to help keep NCJW in the news, bring members to our events, interest volunteers, and enhance the image of NCJW in the community.  You'll help promote NCJW's messages, write press releases, and become knowledgeable about all of NCJW's fabulous program, projects and initiatives.   Just ask our skilled e-bulletin editor Enid Yurman about her role on the Cabinet; we couldn't do without her.  You, too, can showcase your skills and demonstrate to the community the value of NCJW.  Call Leslie Resnik at 216-906-1610 or email at lresnikhome@att.net  if you would like to become a working member.
Debbie Joseph, Vice President

Done in a Day ...or a few if you like
Judaic Outreach  
Join with a group of NCJW volunteers to help serve and share a Jewish holiday-themed luncheon with Jewish Family Service Association clients with chronic mental illness.  For many, we are their link to a Jewish life.
Date:    Friday, Oct. 21
Time:   10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Place:  Jewish Family Service Association, 24075 Commerce Park, Beachwood
Why:    For food, fun and fellowship
Contact:  Shelly Friedman at 440-247-7900 or 440-463-2309 for information.
Reader's Theater
Learn about a very creative literacy program at an elementary school just 10 minutes from the NCJW office.  Everyone who's tried Reader's Theater returns for the next round. See what all the enthusiasm is about!  Come one, two - or best - all three days to see the wonderful effect we have on these talented fourth graders. Observe or jump right in and help!
Dates:    Thursdays: Oct. 6, 13, and 20
Time:     9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Place:    Eastwood Elementary School in Warrensville Heights
Why:     To put on a play with children while (sneakily) reinforcing their reading skills!
Contact:  Estelle Boncheck at estellebchek@yahoo.com for information and training material.

A Prom to Remember: Kickoff Meeting for Teens Coming Soon!
A Prom to Remember is a prom event held each year for children ages 12-19 with terminal illnesses.  This year's event is April 8, 2017.  The committee is composed mostly of health-care professionals and they need our help!

Do you have a teen who might like to help other teens pick out prom dresses and accessories?  Is she or he adept at social media?  A Prom to Remember might be the right project for them. Encourage your teen to come to the kick-off meeting to find out!
Date:    Sunday, Nov. 6, 4:00 p.m.
Place:   Home of Debbie Joseph
RSVP:  Debbie Joseph at josdeb@aol.com
Reading Buddies
Enjoy the rewarding experience of reading one-on-one with a first grader at Warner Girls' Leadership Academy.
Date:    Tuesday, Oct. 4 and/or Oct. 18
Time:   1:15 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.
Place:  The Academy at 8315 Jeffries Ave, Cleveland (off 480 at                           Transportation, 1 5 minutes from NCJW)
Why:    To provide one-on-one reading practice for students
Contact:  Liz Rumizen at erumisin@yahoo.com
Barbara Shane, Vice President

You should have recently received our beautiful New Year's card and our request for your donation to our Annual Fund.  Thank you to all of our donors for contributing to the Annual Fund!  We are off to a great start as we work to reach our goal. Please remember that funds raised support all NCJW/Cleveland programs.  If you've been reading our bulletins and other mailings and following us on Facebook, you know that NCJW/Cleveland has taken  on some  amazing new projects involving foster care, literacy and advocacy.   I am so proud of  the work we do.  NCJW/Cleveland depends on our donors'  generosity.  Please help us  continue this  important work. 
Mark your calendars for Spring Gala!
Please mark your calendars for our Spring Gala scheduled for April 27, 2017.  It is turning out to be an amazing evening with Broadway entertainment and delicious food at an exciting venue.  We'll provide more information as it gets closer to the date.  If you have any questions or suggestions on fund development matters, please do not hesitate to contact me at bshane@roadrunner.com.

The NCJW Roslyn Z. Wolf Award 
helped to establish this therapeutic garden