October 2017
"We know we can't stop every act of violence, every act of evil in the world. But maybe we could try to stop one act of evil, one act of violence ."
 
Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

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NCJW Upcoming Events and Information 
October - the leaves are dropping and cooler weather has arrived. Time to decorate the Sukkah and gather candy for Halloween

This October marks 30 years of recognizing the month as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) was launched nationwide in October 1987 as a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues and raise awareness for those issues. Over the last three decades, much progress has been made to support domestic violence victims and survivors, to hold abusers accountable, and to create and update legislation to further those goals.

This month, take the time to explore ways you can help. Visit our website to learn about our anti-violence against women initiatives, read this month's Silent Witness Story, and make the time to volunteer at Luggage for Freedom's Pack and Delivery Day on October 29.

Think our enews is too long!  Click here for a downloadable pdf that you can print & read at your leisure!
Take 5 With Beth Najberg
1. When did you join NCJW?
The first time, when I was a bride a lifetime ago in Aurora, IL. The second and current time I joined CNS about 5-6 years ago.

2) Why did you join?
I liked the women, their interest in social justice, and willingness to take action. I'm still involved in the downtown book club which is part of the South Cook section.

3) What makes NJCW special/unique/worth supporting?
The depth of understanding on social justice issues, the tools (skills training and professional staff to help) to take action, women who roll up their sleeves and say “Yes, I’ll help.” 

4) What is your favorite NCJW memory?
Washington Institute, 2016.

5) What would you like your NCJW “legacy” to be?
Lots more women involved in NCJW in Chicago and the North Shore, including life members. 

~Beth Najberg, NCJW CNS Board Member, Director of Public Policy, Co-SPA
What is your NCJW Story?
Be featured in an upcoming issue of the Councillor? Email melissa@ncjwcns.org 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.

October 4: Book Club - Manchester By The Sea  (movie review)
October 10: Women’s Salon - Religious Pluralism in Israel
October 18: Webinar: Understanding Power through Advocacy, Organizing & Activism
October 25: NCJW Section Board meeting: Being a 501c3 in a Political World
October 29: Luggage for Freedom Packing and Delivery Day

November 1: Book Club - The Humbling  by Philip Roth
Date TBD: 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
Date TBD: Couture for a Cause with Highland Park Highwood Legal Aid

December 5: City Re-Engagement Meeting with Judith Gethner
December 6: Book Club - The God of Small Things  by Arundham Roy
December 9: Governors Candidate 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

If you have a specific passion that you'd like to share with us or are interested in helping plan a program, email melissa@ncjwcns.org. We would love to hear from you!
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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 salon@ncjwcns.org.
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NCJW CNS Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 25, 10:00 am
Join the NCJW CNS Section Board at one of our board meetings. Get involved and learn more about our section. Each board meeting will focus on a different topic. The topic for October is How to be an Effective 501c3 in a Political World .

Help shape NCJW for the future. Board meetings are open to all NCJW Chicago North Shore members. For location information, email info@ncjwcns.org .

Luggage for Freedom Pack & Delivery
Sunday, October 29, 11:30 am
West Ridge Center
636 Ridge, Highland Park
Luggage for Freedom will hold their next “Pack & Delivery Day” on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Volunteers are needed to sort items and pack suitcases and backpacks and then deliver donations to local domestic violence shelters. Ages 4 and up are welcome. Contact 847-853-8889 or luggageforfreedom@ncjwcns.org to volunteer.

NOW Tour and Lunch:
Don’t Iron While the Strike is Hot: Chicago-NOW’s fight for Equality
Early-November date TBD
Years after Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, women were still experiencing blatant discrimination and the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women took it as its mission to help change that. Join NCJW for this interesting exhibit at the UIC Richard J. Daley Library that uses documents, photographs, and other memorabilia from its collection to document the NOW’s fight for gender equality.

Following the exhibit, we will have lunch in Little Italy and take action to BOLD the Future. The 2016 election brought a daunting challenge to our doorstep, but we know what it’s like to face impossible odds. We’ve been fighting for ourselves, and each other, for generations. There’s more to do. The future is ours to claim. We’re building it, with BOLD actions, BRAVE words, and PROACTIVE strategies to resist the bans that deny abortion coverage. 

More details and registration links will be available soon on our website.
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.

NCJW Chicago Speaker
Tuesday, December 5, Time TBD
Downtown Location
Reconnect with NCJW in the city and join us on December 5 in the afternoon to hear from Judith Gethner, Executive Director of Illinois Partners for Human Service. The Chicago Alliance for Collaborative Effort (CACE) formed Illinois Partners for Human Service in 2008. As an umbrella federation of more than twenty service organizations in Chicago, CACE has a long standing history of creating initiatives to support the human service and health sectors.

More details and registration links will be available soon on our website.
 
Governor Candidate Forum
Saturday, December 8, time TBD
NCJW is proud to partner with 30 other organizations on a forum for the candidates for Illinois governor. The primary is in March, 2018 with the general election in November 2018. This is a great chance to meet and learn more about the candidates. More information will be available on our website soon.

Soup Kitchen
Thursday, December 28, 4-7pm
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 labsler@att.net.
Tzedek,Tzedek Tirdof:Tools for Transformation 
Take your advocacy skills to the next level
Starting in the new Jewish year, NCJW is launching a monthly webinar series on leadership skills. Join us to learn how to advance social change through advocacy, organizing, and media. These skill-based webinars will be scheduled the third Wednesday of the month at 1:30pmET (12:30pm central) and 7:30pmET (6:30pm central).
 
Our first call will be  Understanding Power though Advocacy, Organizing, & Activism on  Wednesday, October 18 at 1:30ET and 7:30ET. Join us to:
 
·          Understand the differences and similarities between advocacy, organizing and activism,
·          Learn how dominant power, relational power, and individual power relate to how we do our work, and
·          Discuss how people use their power differently based on systems of oppression.
 
 
Contact Ari Conrad at  ari@ncjwdc.org  for further details and questions.
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....

Email  info@ncjwcns.org.

Welcome!
Please join us in welcoming the following new members to NCJW Chicago North Shore:
* Harriet Choice
* Lois Strzyzewski

For A Blessing
We mourn the loss of NCJW member Marjorie Shender and life member Susan Salzer . We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family. May her memory be a blessing.

We offer condolences to the following section members on the passing of their loved ones:
Diane Fishman, loving mother-in-law of life member Donna Fishman
‣ Susan Salzer, mother of member Deborah Salzer and mother-in-law of member Dana Salzer

May their memories be for a blessing.

Mazel Tov!
Mazel tov and thanks to
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: Jeff and Donna Fishman and Family
From: NCJW Chicago North Shore Board
In memory of your mother Diane Fishman.

To: Jeff and Donna Fishman and Family
From: JCAST Chicago Steering Committee
In memory of your mother Diane Fishman.

To: Irwin & Karen Kay 
From: Gordon Cohen
In Memory of your mother
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.

Dana Hayes
Age 35
Park Forest
January 25, 2010

Dana and her teenage son had an order of protection against her ex-boyfriend after he stabbed her more than a dozen times in 2007. Two weeks before his trial, Terrence Coulter, age 33, beat Dana, strangled her and slit her throat to prevent her from testifying against him. Then he hid her body in a field in Thornton. He was charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide.
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 https://ncjwcns.org/membership . 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: Just two weeks ago, Encore held it's semi-annual turnover and restock. Make sure you stop by soon. Encore has some beautiful fall and winter items in stock but things are flying out the door! As for the spring and summer merchandise that was leftover, Encore and More strives to think of others and donates those items to a variety of worthy places. Items donated to Trinity Church, First Presbyterian Church, Saint Francis Parish, Chesed and other places. When you donated your new and gently used items to Encore, you do more than support the important work of NCJW, you support women, children and families in need in our own communities.

Luxury Garage Sale: Encore has also renewed it's arrangement with Luxury Garage Sale in Chicago. The first Thursday of each month, Encore volunteers pick up boxes and bags of amazing donations from Luxury Garage Sale to sell at Encore! Keep those dates on your calendars because the selection of donated items is amazing! If you haven't been to encore lately, you don't know what you are missing. Visit Encore today!

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  http://stores.ebay.com/encoremore 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.
National Voter Registration Day
How did you spend September 26, National Voter Registration Day?

NCJW Board Member Robbie Schreiber helped register people at the Northbrook Public Library!

Whether you "celebrated" on the 26th or not, here are some great resources to help guide your efforts to promote and protect the vote.There's  never  been a more crucial time to do so. Here are things to do...
By yourself:
With your friends:
  • Listen to our #CourtsMatter to Voting Rights call featuring Ezra Rosenberg of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • For the upcoming election day, be sure to post voter hotlines on social media in case folks have questions or experience issues: 866-OUR-VOTE and 888-VE-Y-VOTA (bilingual)
  • Volunteer to become a poll monitor
With your community:
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.
Jewish groups in aftermath of Las Vegas attack call for tougher gun control laws
The Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B’rith International, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Reform movement were among the groups that called for tougher gun control laws in the attack’s aftermath. NCJW CEO Nancy Kaufman called for Congress to act to “stem the tide of this senseless violence before yesterday’s tragedy becomes just another record to be broken.... “Federal lawmakers must act now to restrict access to automatic weapons, reject the current bill before Congress that would make it easier to buy silencers, and instead focus on how to make our communities and our country safer. NCJW expects nothing less from our elected officials,” the statement also said.." Click here for the full article and click here for the NCJW press release

What can you do? Although the House vote to deregulate gun silencers has been postposed, at some point in the near future it will be re-calendared. Silencers make it more difficult for police to hear and locate an active shooter. Call your Representative today (202-224-3121) and tell them to vote "no" on the SHARE Act.
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.

Supreme Court - Courts Matter!
The 2017-18 Supreme Court term began on Monday, October 2. Check out NCJW’s resource, “ What’s at Stake in the Supreme Court Term .” The Court will examine President Trump’s Muslim ban, forced arbitration, religious discrimination, partisan gerrymandering, and much more. It will also reconsider at least two cases from last term now that it has a ninth (and presumably tie-breaking) member — Justice Neil Gorsuch. These are Supreme Court cases that NCJW will be watching this term:
Immigration
Trump v. Hawaii & Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project
Sessions v. Dimaya
Jennings v. Rodriguez
Voting
Gill v. Whitford
Husted v. Randolph Institute
Workers’ Rights
National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA
Janus v. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees
Privacy
Carpenter v. United States
Anti-Discrimination
Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
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.

NCJW Sign-On Letters and Amicus Briefs
Sign-On Letters
  • On September 15, NCJW joined 81 organizations in a letter to the Department of Justice laying out our priorities for hate crime policy.
  • On September 17, 129 organizations including NCJW joined an interfaith letter organized by Church World Service supporting the Temporary Protected Status program, which allows immigrants to come to the United States if their home countries are suffering major upheaval.
  • On September 25, NCJW submitted a formal comment on the record to the Department of Labor supporting its 2016 overtime rule and opposing any attempts to weaken or rescind the rule.
  • On September 25, NCJW joined more than 110 LGBTQ organizations on a letter opposing the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (Graham-Cassidy) proposal, which would repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • On September 26, 59 organizations including NCJW joined a letter asking members of Congress not to speak at the annual conference for ACT for American, a fringe anti-Muslim group.
  • On September 26, 520 organizations including NCJW sent a letter to the original cosponsors of the Dream Act asking that it be broadened to include individuals with expunged convictions.
  • On September 27, NCJW submitted a formal comment on the record to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting that LGBTQ suicide data be collected as a part of the National Violent Death Reporting System.
 
Amicus Briefs
  • NCJW signed on as an amicus curiae (friend of the court) to a brief authored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Husted v. APRI, a case before the US Supreme Court that will decide whether Ohio’s voter purge plan is constitutional.
NCJW signed on as an amicus curiae (friend of the court) to an interfaith brief for the combined Muslim Ban cases before the US Supreme Court,  Trump v. Hawaii and  Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Programopposing the ban.
Illinois Advocacy Updates
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. Now, equal pay advocates are working to secure a veto override in the upcoming fall legislative session.  Learn more  and  take action today !

NCJW is so pleased that HB40 has finally been signed into law. This is an important step to protect access to safe and legal abortion in Illinois. Also, the bans on coverage of abortion in the state’s Medicaid and State Employee Health Insurance programs will be eliminated, breaking down barriers for women who rely on these programs for their health coverage. 

It is important that abortion remain a safe and legal medical procedure for a woman to consider, if and when she needs it. And, whether she has private or government-funded health insurance, every woman should have coverage for a full range of pregnancy-related care, including abortion. Ultimately, decisions about her pregnancy must be left to a woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor or health care provider. HB40 guarantees this for women in Illinois. Please contact Governor Rauner and thank him for his support on HB.

#OurOneJob: Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition
#OurOneJob is to keep all kids safe. Any child killed from gun violence impacts every parent. Last year in Illinois more than 4,300 people were shot and 720 died, many of them children. Sadly, gun violence is the 3rd leading cause of death for children in our country. When guns get into the hands of the wrong people, they destroy communities and families. We demand a statewide response. Click here to get involved.

Support Senate Bill 1657 - The Gun Dealer Licensing Act which 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. Please use the call in script below.
Other Events and Items of Interest
Mental Illness Awareness Week - October 1 – 7 , 2017
This year, Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 1 – 7. No Shame on U is participating in this effort to fight stigma, provide support, educate the community and advocate for equal care. Miriam Ament, founder and president of No Shame on U is featured in a new article in the Jewish Week http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/im-on-a-mission-to-destigmatize-mental-health where she tells her inspirational story and encourages others to seek diagnosis and treatment. 
 
For those who need a mental health assessment, anonymous online tools are available. Access free mental health screening at www.HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org (NAMI) and at www.mhascreening.org.
Court Matter to Reproductive Rights!
If you missed last month's call - #CourtsMatter to Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice , you can listen to the recording here: http://bit.ly/2hLzltf. The call featured Stephanie Toti, who successfully argued   Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt to the Supreme Court last year, about the importance of lower federal courts to reproductive rights.  Stephanie, an attorney and advocate whose practice focuses on reproductive rights and justice, is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law and spent ten years at the Center for Reproductive Rights, a global legal advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of reproductive rights in constitutional and international law.
Sukkot at the Chicago Botanic Gardens
Sukkah Display - October 5 – 15, 2017
Family activities: Sunday, October 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

After more than 30 years, NCJW has handed the lulav to JCC Chicago who will continue the tradition of the annual Sukkah display at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. The branch-covered booth is decorated with fall fruits and vegetables, including dried corn, squash, and gourds. Families are invited to take part in arts and crafts activities to decorate the sukkah. JCC Chicago is looking for volunteers to help staff the booth. Please contact akaufman@jccchicago.org if you are interested in helping and be sure to stop by the Sukkah if you visit the CBG during the holiday

Grand Opening: Take A Stand Center at the Illinois Holocaust Museum
Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience utilizes technology developed by USC Shoah Foundation's New Dimensions in Testimony program to enable a first-in-the-world "conversation" with 13 recorded Holocaust Survivors via 3-D holography. The Goodman Upstander Gallery highlights 40 courageous "Upstanders" in the areas of civic, social, economic, and environmental rights. The action-oriented Take a Stand Lab provides hands-on tools for affecting change and becoming an Upstander, including a toolkit for visitors to take home. The Act of Art gallery of fine art explores historical events from artists' perspectives and demonstrates how art has the power to transform how we see the world. Click here for more information.

Equal Means Equal film Screening
Equal Means Equal is a film showing why we need the Equal Rights Amendment passed now. A screening and panel discussion is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29, at 1 pm at Niles West High School Auditorium, 5701 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL. More information about the screening and the film is available here. And SAVE THE DATE - JANUARY 16, 2018 for an NCJW screening of the film.
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  melissa@ncjwcns.org .

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 igive.com.  
Start iGiving at:  www.iGive.com/NCJW

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  smile.amazon.com  and select National Council of Jewish Women Wilmette, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, 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  info@ncjwcns.org