Becky Brouman

It's been a big summer for Cleveland. First there was the NBA championship, then the RNC - where the national media ended up writing so many love letters about us, I naturally assumed Valentine's Day had come early, and now, of course, we continue to be the focus of national attention, with the election coming up and Ohio being a must-win swing state.  On September 10th, there will be an all-access free concert in the city, featuring  performances from Grammy-nominated artist Sia and stand up from Saturday Night Live cast member and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones, to help demand an end to political interference in women's healthcare decisions.

Yes, it feels good to be a Clevelander these days. At NCJW though, Cleveland pride is not a new sensation for us. We've been active in the city community for 122 years, interacting with the people and organizations that make our city so great -and lending our voices, hands, and help to the places where we've seen voids. Just last month, we handed out more than back packs, and new and gently used clothes to more than 500 CMSD students -and were inspired to hear the stories of what these kids want to do when they grow up. We have "adopted" our second public school library at the Adlai E Stevenson school, and listened to third graders tell us their favorite books and authors. This summer, dozens of members were trained on how to register voters, and will be on the ground all fall helping to get the vote out. 

With the fall comes new beginnings and new opportunities to volunteer and learn about the great city we live and work in. I encourage you to get involved. Stop by. My door -and my inbox - is always open.

All my best,

NCJW/Cleveland's 122nd Opening Meeting
Date:    Wednesday, Sept. 14
Place:   Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
RSVP:  Call the NCJW Office at 216-378-2204 ext. 101, or simply mail in the RSVP card that was included in your invitation

Featuring JESSICA YELLIN, television journalist who served as Chief White House correspondent for CNN.  

Jill Braun, Michele Kaminsky and Kelly Markowitz,
Co-Vice Presidents

" Clothes aren't going to change the world, the women who wear them will! " Anne Klein

The Countdown Continues . . . .  
Preview Day:      Friday, Oct. 28 ($20 entrance fee to shop)
Sale Dates:         Sunday Oct. 30 - Tuesday Nov 1
Location:            Mandel JCC
(Click here)  to download the application for voluntee ring a t DDD this year - or you can registe
r online, where there is an online volunteer sign-up form - it's an easy way for volunteers to choose their preferred departments and the times that they are available to work Click Here   Or call Elise Goldner at 440-461-5952 or Rita Langer at 216-381-2877.  You will love it!
Donate your jewelry and furs, too! Simply bring them to the NCJW office and add to our growing collection of exciting items for DDD.  Please deliver clothing on hangers.
If you need help getting your designer donations to us, please call Lisa at the NCJW office (216-378-2204 ext 101) to make arrangements for pick up.
Designer Dress Days is grateful to our followers on Facebook    

"A girl  should be two things: CLASSY AND FABULOUS."  Coco Chanel
Barbara Shane, Vice President

While it is not always easy to ask people for money, we feel proud of the work we do because it allows the phenomenal NCJW/Cleveland programs to continue and grow.  After hearing from various committees about their financial needs, the Fund Development team has been working hard on strategies for raising money for this fiscal year. 
Our first reach to every NCJW member and supporter is through our gorgeous Jewish New Year card.  
We are planning a fun event for our high-level donors in early November. This is NCJW/Cleveland's opportunity to express our gratitude to every donor who gives at the $250 or higher level this year. 
We are always available to discuss a family endowment or tribute fund that you may want to set up to support NCJW Cleveland in a more permanent way.  These are wonderful ways to celebrate a loved one or honor a deceased relative who supported our organization.  Tribute funds can be established with a minimum of a $500 donation.  Endowment funds have a minimum of $5,000, which can be funded over a five-year period. 
Please know that you can always split your pledge into a few payments.  For more information, call the office at 216-378-2204 or contact me at BShane@roadrunner.com.  Thank you for your continued support.  A healthy, happy new year to you and yours and to our wonderful organization!  

Debbie Joseph, Vice President

School-Based Projects are starting soon-don't miss out!

Done in a Day: Kids Aging Out of Foster Care
Come help us put together packages of toiletries for kids who age out of the foster care system.  Or pick up an extra bottle of body wash or shampoo and drop it at the office.  Or both! Especially needed are feminine hygiene products and toilet paper.
Date:    Tuesday, Sept. 20
Time:   1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Place:   NCJW/Cleveland Office
Co-chairs:  Marilyn Oif at  maroif@aol.com and 
                  Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger at  jeannieck@aol.com
A Prom to Remember: Volunteer Opportunity for Teens and Adults!
A Prom to Remember is a prom event held each year for children ages 12-19 with terminal illnesses.  This year the event is April 8, 2017.  The committee is mostly health-care professionals and they need help!

We see many possibilities for NCJW, including helping on the night of the event.  Other possibilities include a teen committee similar to Share What You Wear to help with Dress Extravaganza, helping at the pre-event where the party-goers pick their outfits, and DIAD projects for the gift bags given away at Prom.

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 project for her or him. Encourage your teen to come to the kick-off meeting to find out!
Date:    Sunday, Nov. 6
Time:   4:00 p.m.
Place:   Home of Debbie Joseph
RSVP:  Debbie Joseph at  josdeb@aol.com

Reader's Theater
What:   A literacy program at Eastwood Elementary School in
            Warrensville Heights - a mere 10 minutes from the
            NCJW office.
When:   3 consecutive weekdays in October (3 Tuesdays, 
            Wednesdays or Thursdays in a row)
Why:    To put on a play with children while (sneakily) reinforcing
            their reading skills.
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 full effect we have on these talented fourth graders.   Contact Estelle Boncheck at estellebchek@yahoo.com for information and training material.

Building Bridges with Books  
We have finished the bulk of our work at Adlai Stevenson School to revitalize their library.  Our accomplishments: We processed over 1,000 books, many of which we donated; developed a Young Adult section, which this PK-8 school had not had before, and placed a sizable order of new books in addition to those we donated; got 15 like-new dictionaries from the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank to replace ones that were in disrepair; and donated 10 boxes of books that were not library-ready but were offered to teachers for their classroom libraries. 
  • From the Media Specialist at Adlai Stevenson School: "The library looks great, and a lot of work was put into processing, weeding and organizing. NCJW did an awesome job and provided a much needed service.  Your hard work is very much appreciated. Thank you!" 
  • From the Principal at Warner Girls' Leadership Academy, our first Building Bridges with Books school, where we continue to help process books and work at the library, since Warner only has a part-time Media Specialist:  "I am extremely proud that the library is becoming our heartbeat of the school..." 
New 7th Grade Book Club
This year, we are adding a seventh grade Book Club at Warner Girls' Leadership Academy.  These students have been involved with NCJW in Book Club since fifth grade and, since Warner is a PK-8 school, we have the opportunity to deepen our relationship with these young ladies.  We are borrowing books from the Cuyahoga County Library for the seventh graders and will also purchase some book sets. 

If you are looking for a way to commemorate a special occasion, why not donate a set of 10 books to NCJW for the new seventh grade Book Club?  Email Debbie Joseph at josdeb@aol.com to inquire.

Develop a relationship with K-1 students at Roxboro School or Warner Girls' Leadership Academy by listening to students read aloud.  Hugs and encouragement a bonus!
Date:       Roxboro: fourth Monday of the month
               Warner: first and third Tuesdays of the month
Time:       Roxboro:  9:30-11:00 a.m.
               Warner:  1:15-2:15 p.m.
Place:      Roxboro School, 2405 Roxboro Road, Cleveland Heights
               Warner School, 8315 Jeffries Ave, Cleveland
For More Information:  For Roxboro contact Rita Langer at rlanger867@sbcglobal.net
                                    For Warner contact Liz Rumizen at erumisin@yahoo.com

Imagination Express
What:    A monthly preschool-type program for children in need, including music, art and snack.
When:    One Monday per month from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Where:  St. Aloysius School in Cleveland
Come join our spirited group of educators, musicians, and artists as we share joy
with children. New volunteers welcome.
Contact Adrienne Wasserman at ademaer@roadrunner.com or 216-409-0398 for more information.  You'll feel great, and it's just an hour per month!

Our busy knitters work tirelessly to provide warm clothing, blankets, and comfort toys to many organizations who distribute them to families and children who are in need.
Meetings are 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on the following dates:
Thursday, Sept. 1 - Beachwood Library, 
Wednesday, Sept. 7 - NCJW Office
Thursday, Sept. 15 - Beachwood Library
Wednesday, Sept. 22 - NCJW Office
Thursday, Sept. 29 - Beachwood Library
Leslie Resnik, Vice President

The DDD Look Book and Facebook Page are Up and Running!  
I'm excited to say that the DDD Facebook Page is up and running, giving you all a look at what's trending in the warehouse for this year's DDD.  We have the same fabulous classic designer brands, such as St. John, Armani, and Gucci,  but we're featuring more younger labels this year, such as Vince, Rag & Bone, and Free People.

I can't urge you enough to visit the page at least twice a week, then share the great finds you discover with your friends -- just to give them a taste of what they can buy at DDD - for almost 75% off retail.

Last year I bought two amazing pieces that I've worn a lot - an Elie Tahari leather jacket ($60, but currently priced at more than $1,000!) and a timeless Donna Karan dress.  I added them to my Armani jacket from 2014 (at $75) and my vintage Bally bag from 2015.  Just a few great fashions finds - previously loved by someone special and now worn and adored by me.

Please "like," "share", and "invite" your friends to follow the pages.  If you don't know how to do these things, please sign up for our free Social Media 102 class on Friday, September 9 at 10 - 11 a.m.  Register with Lisa Hayzlett at 216-378-2204 or lhayzlett@ncjwcleveland.org )
Roberta Herman, Vice President

Voter Registration
Congratulations to all our NCJW members who participated in voter registration training. Now, GCC /NCJW would like to give you an opportunity to put your new skills to great use.  On the second Saturday of each month, GCC will be conducting voter registration.  Did you know that only 3% of Cleveland's Hispanic community voted in the last Presidential election?On September 10 we will be at La Placita, a pop-up, open-air market on West 25th Street, near the West Side Market. This would be a great opportunity to register eligible voters and empower them to exercise their Constitutional rights.  Let's gather a group of NCJW members!  Traditional food, live entertainment and artisan vendors will be at the event. No Spanish is needed. Contact Lynn Kleinman at  Lekchoral@aol.com   for more information.  

Candidates' Forum  
This event is being held in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland. With a crucial election coming up, it's important to know about the candidates who will be asking for your vote!  Candidates from Ohio House Districts 6, 8, 9; Ohio Senate District 24 and Board of Education District 11 will be present to answer your questions.  Come hear the candidates' stances on issues that matter to you! 
Date:                Thursday, Sept. 22
Time:                7:00 p.m.
Place:               Brush High School Auditorium
Co-Chairs:        Laura Kuntz &  Dana Trau 

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, October 20, 2016
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)
Register:           Call NCJW/Cleveland at 216-378-2204, ext. 101
Co-Chairs: Cindy Glazer & Cyndy Fe llenbaum

T he 2016 Lois Zaas Memorial Advocacy Lecture
This lecture will feature two nationally renowned speakers who will talk 
about Emb racing Diversity: Understanding Hidden Biases.  
As always, free and open to the public.
Date:                Thursday, Nov. 17
Time:                6:00 p.m.
Place:               Temple Emanu El
Co-Chairs:        Gail Sands & Wendie Forman

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.  
Esther Spott, Vice President

Join the NCJW Book Group ­-­ it's a page-turner!  
Books are for sharing and a lively discussion with friends can deepen your appreciation of current literature. Led by moderator Amy Rosenfield, 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 our first meeting on Sept. 1, we will 
discuss My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.
Dates:   First Thursday of each month (dates below)
Time:    1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Place:   Beachwood Branch of Cuyahoga County Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd (Richmond Road)
RSVP:  To join, send your email address to lhayzlett@ncjwcleveland.org
Chair:   Susan Kahn
Fall dates and book selections:
Sept. 1 - My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
October 6 - The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
November 3 - City of Secrets by Stewart O'Nan
December 1 - Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter  
This group has been meeting since 2001. If you would like to see what books we have read plus a short description of each, go to http://ncjwbooks.wikifoundry.com/
I'm looking forward to seeing new faces and welcoming back veterans in September!
From Kennedy/Nixon to Trump/Clinton  
Join us when JERRY GRAHAM gives us insight into past presidential debates to sharpen our understanding in preparation for the debate/s between Trump and Clinton.
Date:      Monday, September 19, 2016
Time:     10:00 a.m.
Place:    Temple Emanu El, 4545 Brainard Rd., Chagrin Falls
Cost:      Members: $10.00,  Guests: $12.00
RSVP:   Please call the office by September 12 to make your reservation              216-378-2204, ext.101
Chair:    Loramae Simkoff

NCJW/Cleveland has had the privilege for several years of enjoying this fascinating lecture and slide presentation series by Felicia Zavarella Stadelman. Ms.Stadelman started "Through the Eyes of the Artist" more than 20 years ago, originally funded by a grant from the Cleveland Museum of Art to bring art into the lives of schoolchildren.  The program evolved into one enjoyed by people of all ages.  Ms. Stadelman is an artist, art historian and lecturer, and docent trainer.  Click Here  to read an interview with this very accomplished woman.
September's artist, Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky, was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first purely abstract works. [ Wikipedia]  
Date:      Thursday, Sept. 22
Time:     10:30 a.m.
Place:     Beachwood Community Center, 25325 Fairmount Blvd., in The Chagrin Room
Cost:      $10 member;  $15 non-member after Sept. 15. Pre-paid reservations are required. 
RSVP:    NCJW Office, 216 -378-2204 Ext. 101   
Co-Chairs: Laurie Biales, Judy Weingold, & Ellen Young

TMTP continues to offer a discount to NCJW members.  When ordering tickets online ( http://www.musicaltheaterproject.org/), the code is NCJW.  If ordering by phone, call TMTP box office at 216-245-8687 and identify yourself as an NCJW member.  For information on the upcoming season, call TMTP box office and request a brochure.
Leslie Levine, Vice President

Welcome to our New Life Members:
Arlene Loveman           Hermine Ostro

Welcome to our New Annual Members:
Carolyn Abrams        Wanda Albert
Dana Darvin              Evy Davis
Ellen Gellin               Barbara & Michael Hauser
Barbara Heller           Paul Priesand
Karen F. Schleifer      Beth Segal
Stacy Sherman          Carol Skirball
Eileen Soeder            Donna Stein

We regret to Inform you of the passing of:
Betty B. Rubins
Abbe Froimson, Store Manager


Clean your closets and cupboards. Donate 
excess furniture or redecorated pieces.
Start this New Year off sweet!

Call Karen or Abbe 216-378 2264 -- Free pickup for furniture and larger items
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