September 2017
"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope."
Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

NCJW Upcoming Events and Information 
I love September. The Jewish New Year combined with back to school marks the beginning of a new cycle. A new chance to learn; a new chance to advocate, a new chance to help others; a new chance to make the world a better place.

It can be overwhelming sometimes and knowing where to begin is often the first step! NCJW, Inc., our National organization, recently redid their website and it's amazing. The new website is focused on advocacy activities you can do alone, in a group and as part of the community. On the Chicago North Shore website, you will find information about our upcoming events and community service projects.

Also we are slightly changing things up with our regular NCJW Story column. It is now called "Take 5 With" and we would love to feature YOU next month! Just email me and let me know!

If you have a specific passion or skill that you'd like to share with us or are interested in helping plan a program or event, email We would love to hear from you!

Think our enews is too long!  Click here for a downloadable pdf that you can print out and read at your leisure!
Take 5 With Donna Fishman
1. When did you join NCJW?
I joined NCJW Minneapolis in 1990. 
2. What attracted you to NCJW?
A friend took me to a lecture by a jewish pro-choice state rep, and I was hooked. I then learned about HIPPY and wanted to get involved in a program that empowered mothers to be their childrens' first teachers. I met strong feminist women in NCJW and knew I found the right organization. I joined the Chicago North Shore Section in 2001. 
3. Why did you join?
I joined because I wanted my membership dollars going to a feminist jewish organization and I had met some really interesting people and knew I wanted to join the ranks while I was in MN. When I moved home to Chicago, I sought out NCJW, and met with Elaine Nekritz (now my state rep) and saw that the section was involved in political advocacy and that's what I was looking for. I also loved all the community services, especially those focused on domestic violence. I volunteered at a shelter in Urbana when I was in college. When I got involved with NCJW here, I was hired (by Rae Luskin when she was president in 2001) to be the membership and fundraising coordinator. I helped to recruit others to build Next Generation
4. What is your favorite NCJW memory?
This is tough. I have so many happy memories. Of course winning awards at a convention in NYC at the Waldorf Astoria for our membership work with young women was a true highlight (and hearing Hillary Clinton speak). Also, attending the Women's March for Reproductive Justice in DC was a highlight. The friends I've made and volunteered with are the best part for me personally. Getting close with so many like-minded women and seeing the growth and leadership development of our next gen folks has been very fulfilling.
5. What would you like your "NCJW legacy" to be? 
A thinker and doer. I think I've tried, as staff, consultant, president, SPA and now Co-Chair of JCAST Chicago, to both think strategically but also get out and activate as many people as possible. I'm proud of engaging many community partners for a variety of programs on women in local policy positions, courts, immigration and more. I think I helped raise the visibility of NCJW in the Chicago community - among both Jews and non-Jews. I also hope that I helped to raise awareness of sex trafficking among Jews in the Chicago area.

~Donna Fishman, JCAST Chicago Co-Chair and NCJW CNS 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.

September 6: Book Club - Persuasion  by Jane Austen
September 6: Women’s Salon - After Charlottesville
September 13: Board Meeting: Topic - Advocacy

October 4: Book Club - Manchester By The Sea  (movie review)
October Date TBD: Taste of NCJW: A gathering for new and prospective members
October 10: Women’s Salon - Religious Pluralism in Israel
October 24: DV Awareness Event with Highland Park Highwood Legal Aid Clinic 
October 25: NCJW Section Board meeting: Topic TBA
October 29: Luggage for Freedom Packing and Delivery Day

November 1: Book Club - The Humbling  by Philip Roth
November Date TBD: National NCJW Section Visitor Breakfast Meeting
November 8: Women’s Salon - Spertus’ One Book/One Community

December 6: Book Club - The God of Small Things  by Arundham Roy
December 9: Governor Candidate Forum
December 13: NCJW Section Board meeting: Topic TBA
December 13: Women’s Salon: Topic TBA
December 28: Soup Kitchen at First Methodist Church, Evanston
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 September 6 and October 10.

For more information, contact Donna Fishman and Robbie Schreiber at
NCJW CNS Board Meeting
Wednesday, September 13, 10:00 am
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 topic for September is advocacy.

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

Taste of NCJW - suburbs
Mid-October date TBD
NCJW is reaching out to our newer members as well as our more seasoned members who are looking to get re-involved with our section. Enjoy great conversation, delicious refreshments, and help make blankets for luggage for freedom's packing and delivery day. Information will be available on our website soon.

Couture for a Cause
Tuesday, October 24, 5-8pm
Location, Nic+Zoe, 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.
Luggage for Freedom Pack & Delivery
Sunday, October 29
West Ridge Center
636 Ridge, Highland Park
Luggage for Freedom will hold their next “Pack & Delivery Day” on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the West Ridge Center at 636 Ridge Rd. in Highland Park. Volunteers are needed to sort items and pack suitcases and backpacks and then deliver donations to local domestic violence shelters. We will NOT accept donations at this event. Ages 4 and up are welcome. To volunteer contact or 847-853-8889.

National NCJW section visitor
Early-November date TBD
Join NCJW CNS and NCJW South Cook for a breakfast with one of our Amazing NCJW, Inc leaders. NCJW will give us an update on our areas of focus including reproductive justice, sex trafficking and civic engagement as well as discuss what is happening in Washington and what NCJW is doing about it! More details and registration links will be available soon on our website.

Governor Candidate Forum
December 8, time TBD
NCJW is proud to partner with 25 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.
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....


Please join us in welcoming the following new members to NCJW Chicago North Shore:
* Jackie Greenbaum
* Elene Cafasso
* Laura Welch
* Laura Shulman

For A Blessing
We mourn the loss of NCJW life member Judi Sharlach. 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:
Edward Hammerman, loving husband of life member Arlene Gitles
Sheffield Hoffman, loving companion of life member Joan Golder

May their memories be for a blessing.

Mazel Tov!
Mazel tov and thanks to Beth Najberg and Jill Lexier for being appointed and accepting the position of NCJW State Policy Advocacy (SPA) Co-Chairs for Illinois. SPA is an important national NCJW leader who heads up the public policy work in our state. Click here for advocacy information and SPA Action Alerts.
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 online visit

To purchase a tribute by mail, follow the directions below:
✴ There is a minimum donation of 5$ for an individual tribute

✴ Packages of tributes are $25 plus shipping ($2 shipping first package, $1 shipping each additional package)

✴Please make your check payable to:“NCJW CNS” and mail to:
NCJW, 5 Revere Drive, Suite 200,
Northbrook,IL 60062

✴Please include the recipient’s complete name and mailing address

* Also include your complete name and address and either a phone number or email should we need to contact you.

* Please also include the reason for Tribute (birthday, anniversary, in memory of, etc.) or any specific message you would like to include. 
Membership Renewal
Membership renewal season is upon us. Our NCJW Membership Year runs from July 1 through June 30. Annual membership entitles you to receive our section eNews, NCJW In Action updates, invitations to NCJW events, and State Policy Action Committee (SPA) updates.

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: 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 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.
Congress is scheduled to return to work on Tuesday, September 5, but only plans to work a total of 12 days in September. Despite the short amount of time that Congress is in session, there are a lot of items on their agenda that we are asking NCJW members and supporters take action on.

Don’t let the Senate sabotage the ACA!
President Trump has threatened to end cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) paid to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), subsidies which reimburse insurers for reducing deductibles, co-payments, and other out-of-pocket costs that low-income individuals pay when they visit doctors, fill prescriptions or receive care in hospitals.Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released data on the impact such a move would have on the millions of Americans who are insured through the ACA: 
  • Premiums will rise by 20 percent in 2018 and by 25 percent in 2020;
  • Uninsured rate would be higher in 2018; and
  • 5 percent of the country would have no insurers in 2018.
Click here to contact your elected officials and urge them to save the ACA!
More Than a Dozen National Organizations Urge Senate Judiciary Committee to Oppose Justice David Stras’s Nomination to Federal Appeals Court

NCJW along with more than a dozen other national organizations sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in "strong opposition to the nomination of Minnesota State Supreme Court Justice David Stras to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. In nominating Stras, the Trump administration failed to meaningfully engage the Minnesota Senators as has been the traditional practice; which alone provides ample precedent to oppose the Stras nomination. Specifically, the Trump administration had only limited contact with Senator Klobuchar or Senator Franken prior to the nomination and even refused to discuss the process or additional potential candidates with Senator Franken. In addition to concerns about the process, Stras’s record—including his apparent lack of understanding for how the law impacts real people and works to protect all Americans as well as his willingness to abandon his judicial philosophy in deference to a partisan Republican outcome—is deeply troubling." Click here for the full article.
Protect young people in YOUR community & support DACA!
President Trump could end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, this week. Since 2012, DACA has allowed nearly 800,000 Dreamers — young people brought to the US as children — to build lives in the United States. Congress must act to protect young immigrants. The Dream Act (S 1615 /HR 3440) would provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients, allowing them to continue to thrive in the U.S. Click here to contact your elected officials to urge them to save DACA.
SB 1657 Gun Dealer Licensing
Senate Bill 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act, gives Illinois the ability to encourage better business practices among gun dealers and hold corrupt dealers accountable. Gun dealers are crucial gatekeepers that stand as the front line of defense to prevent criminals, and straw purchasers and traffickers who supply them, from obtaining guns. This legislation will help curb a major source of illegally trafficked firearms from entering our communities and save lives. Senate Bill 1657 would require employees of gun shops to undergo background checks, allow law enforcement to inspect gun shops, and require video security for gun shops to prevent theft. It will help stem the flow of illegal guns in our state. 
Recent research indicates that 40% of guns used in crimes in Chicago between 2009 and 2013 came from Illinois. Most notably, nearly 20 percent of all guns recovered from crime scenes in Chicago were sold by just three of the state’s more than 2,000 gun dealers. The average number of guns traced back to other gun store was three. On average over 1,100 people are killed by guns in Illinois every year. Last year alone the City of Chicago saw over 750 gun deaths. I hope you will not underestimate the gravity of the issue at hand. Contact your state elected officials and urge them to vote YES on SB 1657 and help prevent thousands more people from being wounded of killed by guns in Illinois in years to come. Here's how:
  • Enter your address at this website to find out who your IL House Rep is -
  • No matter who your rep is, please call him or her and ask her to vote YES on SB1657 Gun Dealer Licensing.
  • If you live in the one of the following 14 legislative districts, then it’s VERY IMPORTANT that you visit, call or email your rep and ask him or her to vote YES on SB1657 Gun Dealer Licensing.
Mayfield (District 60 ) - (847) 599-2800 -
Hurley (District 35) - (773) 445-8128 -
Sente (District 59) - (847) 478-9909 -
Kifowit (District 84) - (630) 585-1308 -
Walsh (District 86) - (815) 730-8600 -
Chapa LaVia (District 83) - (630) 264 -6855 -
DeLuca (District 80) - (708) 754-7900 -
Greenwood (District 114) - (618) 646-9557 -
McAuliffe (District 20) (773) 444-0611 -
Olsen (District 81) - (630) 737-0504 -
Bellock (District 47) - (630) 852-8633 -
Jesiel (District 61) - (847) 395-8000 -
Winger (District 45) - (847) 252-9311 -
Durkin (District 82) - (630) 325-2028 -
  • If you know anyone who lives in one of the 14 districts above, please copy and paste this message to them in an email message or Facebook post and ask them to follow these steps too. 
  • Ask all of your friends and family members to sign the petition at this link - (Scroll down and fill in the form at the bottom of this webpage.) Then, print the attached petition form (See Below), collect 10 signatures from anyone who is concerned about reducing gun violence in Illinois and mail it to the address at the bottom of the page. 
  • If you live in one of these 14 key districts and would like to join a task force to visit these reps in person as part of a group, then please contact, Sara Knizhnik, at, for more information. Training for talking to your legislative representatives will be provided.
Victory Against Hate
Last month, NCJW, Inc, NCJW Chicago North Shore and NCJW State Policy Advocacy joined over 200 organizations in signing a letter to US mayors urging them to “unequivocally condemn white supremacist and anti-Muslim hatred and make it clear that bigotry and violence are not welcome” in their communities. The letter was planned in advance of a series of September 9th rallies that were originally planned by the largest anti-Muslim hate group in the country, ACT for America, but amidst national outcry against bigoted and violent protests, ACT has been forced to withdraw from the events. However, some rallies may still continue as planned.
Click here to read the full text of the letter.
Court Matter to Reproductive Rights!
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to register for the second call in NCJW’s series, #CourtsMatter to Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice on Tuesday, September 12 at 7 pm ET. We will hear from 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.

Register  here, and feel free to share the link with your networks.
Federal prisons must provide free tampons and pads to incarcerated women
The U.S. government is beginning to offer tampons and a variety of sanitary pads for free to federal inmates, a policy change heralded by women's rights advocates as a major step in a movement to broaden access to menstrual products for incarcerated or poor women.

A Bureau of Prisons memo issued early this month said that women should be provided with a range of menstrual products, including tampons and various kinds of sanitary pads, at no cost. The guidance clarifies a vague policy that advocates say has led many incarcerated women to make do month after month with a short supply of substandard menstrual hygiene products.

The change came three weeks after a bill was introduced by Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to provide the products for free to incarcerated women. The provision is part a larger package of proposed reforms meant to improve basic rights for the women who comprise the fastest growing segment of the US prison population.
Click here for the full article.
This past weekend, the city of Houston, Texas saw one of the most catastrophic storms of the decade. In the wake of Harvey, we’re thinking of everyone in Houston during this difficult time – particularly the members of NCJW Greater Houston Section and all of our Texas members who have loved ones in affected communities. We want you to know that we’ve spoken with NCJW GHS' staff and they are safe – but that Harvey's effects are creating incredible tumult and challenges. Bobbie Cohen, NCJW State Policy Advocacy Co-Chair for Texas, shares: 
Some neighborhoods have water so high that two story houses are flooded on both floors. I’ve been trying to keep up with everyone on Facebook and by email since I have no phone. Three large synagogues have had serious flooding. The JCC and Jewish Family Service buildings also have some flooding. It’s going to be a long recovery process.
Be on the lookout for ways to directly support NCJW Greater Houston Section in the coming weeks. 
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.

Chervon Alexander
Age 29
July 11, 2011

Chervon was dating a married man, Devin Bickman Sr., 42. Bickman plotted with his 23-year-old son, and his friend Cardell Taylor, 38, to kill Chervon. The plot was for Bickman Sr. to drive Chervon to the Priory Park parking lot in River Forest. His son, Bickman Jr. drove up with Taylor, who opened fire, hitting Chervon several times. All three men were arrested within a mile of the scene. Father and son were convicted of first-degree murder. Taylor was also charged. 
Other Events and Items of Interest
TIKVAH: Spiritual Support, Comfort & Care
Jewish Child & Family Services proudly announces a new community program of the Jewish Healing Network, called  TIKVAH: Spiritual Support, Comfort & Care . TIKVAH’S professionally trained Jewish Chaplains provide spiritual care and comfort to Jewish individuals and families who are struggling with illness, aging, loss, loneliness, addiction, end-of-life, or other challenges. TIKVAH Jewish Chaplains can help individuals or provide spiritual resources for professional staff. In difficult times, individuals and families turn to their faith for comfort and support. TIKVAH can help . For more information, call Elana Boiskin, TIKVAH Co ordinator,  847-745-5405 or  TIKVAH is a program of Jewish Child & Family Services.
National Suicide Prevention Week: September 10-16, 2017
If you or someone you know is in crisis, you are not alone:
Please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 24/7 crisis line, OR Text 741741 for a 24/7 crisis text line - a live, trained crisis counselor receives the text and responds quickly.

No Shame On U's 3rd annual event features speaker Brian Cuban, brother of Dallas
Mavericks owner and Shark Tank Shark Mark Cuban. Brian will talk about his 27 year
mental health journey. He is the author of the best-selling book, Shattered Image: My
Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder and the 2017 book, The Addicted Lawyer.
The event will take place on Sunday night, November 5th, at the DoubleTree by
Hilton in Skokie. Tickets start at $20: No Shame On U is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating the stigma associated with mental health conditions by raising awareness in the Jewish community and beyond.
Click here for No Shame On U's flyer.
A Victim Centered Approach to Human Trafficking
Thursday, September 7, 10 am-12:30 pm
JCFS/Abe and Ida Cooper Center, 6639 N. Kedzie, Chicago
This interactive session will provide a comprehensive overview of human trafficking, its prevalence and the current efforts happening in Cook County to address it. Case examples will be explored as well as guidelines for reporting incidents of human trafficking. We will examine power and control dynamics associated with human trafficking and outline indicators that social service providers should be aware of when serving clients. Finally, the presenters will discuss the utilization of a victim centered approach when working with those whose lives include experiences of trafficking. 
Click here to reserve your spot.
labor day
#Fightfor15 Labor Day Rally: Join the Jewish Contingent!
Monday, September 4, 9:00 am; Randolph and Clark, Chicago
Look for a banner that will read: Jewish Communities Fight for $15.
#Fightfor15 Chicago is holding a rally and march on Labor Day to demand $15 an hour and union rights, coinciding with the largest fast food worker strike the city has ever seen. Now, more than ever, the Chicago's Jewish community must take action. Our Jewish values teach us that we must stand strong for just labor practices, so join us as we take a stand in supporting striking workers and fair wages. RSVP here .

JCRC Committee Meeting: Israel and the American Jewish community
Wednesday, September 13, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
JUF Building, 30 South Wells Street, Chicago, Illinois 
Recent disagreement over an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel and regulations on conversions conducted in Israel created anger and disappointment within the American Jewish community. Join us as we discuss these issues and the the potential impact on Israeli-American Jewish relations long term. David T. Brown who participated in the negotiations as an officer of the Jewish Agency will lead the discussion along with Deputy Consul General Itay Milner. Click here to register.
Dr. Willie Parker - Discussion & Book Signing
Sunday, September 17, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Unity Temple Sanctuary
875 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301
In a dialogue with Illinois State Representative Camille Lilly, Dr. Parker will discuss his life’s work and related issues of reproductive justice. A suggested donation - $10/$15 - will be collected at the event. Please pay more or less, as your life circumstances allow. All are welcome! All proceeds will benefit the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Dr. Parker will sign copies of his book following the presentation. Click here to RSVP. For additional information, contact the organizers at:
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