Brownstein NCJW’s local Advocate

Brownstein NCJW’s local Advocate

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NCJW has a strong focus on Advocacy. It’s mission is to strive for social justice, help others find their voices and not speak for them, but with them.

I am representing the state of Florida once again as State Policy Advocate (SPA) Co-Chair. This privilege gives me the opportunity to represent the Sarasota-Manatee Section plus the state during legislative sessions in Tallahassee. Locally, I am presently working on building coalitions, with like-minded community organizations and connecting our section with our five sister sections on the east coast and the one in Tallahassee.

NCJW as a non-partisan volunteer organization cares about women, children and families. I will continue to work toward our goals and share our local accomplishments with the rest of the state of Florida, our DC office and the other SPAs throughout the United States.
If anyone wants to discuss our advocacy work, including policies, issues and positions, please contact me at (941-243-3601).

What is a State Policy Advocate?

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NCJW’s mission is to strive for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

In keeping with our mission, we try to help others find their voices, not to speak for them but with them. As Florida’s State Policy Advocate Co-Chair, I have been privileged to represent not only Sarasota-Manatee Section but the state during legislative sessions in Tallahassee, at local coalitions, with other community organizations, at NCJW workshops and at local events. Last spring, we joined many groups and participated in the March For Our Lives movement in Sarasota.

NCJW has 65 sections nationally, with 7 in the state of Florida. As Co- SPA, I am the connection for our west Florida sections (Sarasota-Manatee/Tallahassee) with our east coast sisters, our DC office and SPAs throughout the country.

My Co-SPA, Linda Geller-Schwartz has been a wonderful mentor. She works tirelessly in keeping track of legislative issues that reflect NCJW’s core objectives. Look for Linda’s Newsletter monthly during the summer and bi-monthly in the fall.

If you want to join our advocacy work, learn more about state policies and issues, please contact me at (941) 243-3601 / (617) 733-4773.

Lauren Brownstein
Florida State Policy Advocate Co-Chair Sarasota-Manatee Section

Join NCJW for a tour of the Children First facility

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Tour and Share in the “Delight” at the Children First Facility, 1723 North Orange Street, noon on March 27, 2019. We will tour the facility and Samantha Kingsley, CEO, is presently scheduled lead us in discussion about this successful program we have allied ourselves with this year.

Children First is Sarasota County’s exclusive provider of Early Head Start and Head Start programs offering a comprehensive range of services to more than 600 underprivileged children and their families living in our community. They provide full day preschool, infant and toddler care, nutritious meals and developmental screenings for children ages birth to 5. They also offer parenting skill training and literacy classes, career training, and referrals for housing, food, medical and clothing as well as employment assistance for their families. They are well known for their father’s program and Second time around: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Money Smart courses.

Send Early bird registration to Norma Cohen, chairwoman of the Children First Program at Again, you will receive an e blast for registration closer to the date.

Both facilities featured in this year’s Lunch and Learn programs provide positive solutions for women and families in need. Come to one or both programs to learn what we can do to facilitate change in our community!

By Karen Pariser
Lunch and Learn Program Facilitator

Expand your knowledge with Lunch and Learn 2019

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Our 7th Annual Lunch and Learn programs will be held at the end of January and March this year. We are holding these programs at venues which can hold around 30 folks…since interest and enrollment has increased through the years.

This season Sarasota-Manatee Section NCJW will learn how two not- for- profit local agencies are empowering local residents and families to make life style changes which will afford exciting life changing experiences.

Our first Lunch and Learn is at noon Jan. 30, 2019 at Glasser/ Schoenbaum Human Services Center in the Loevner Conference Room.

Our topic is Turning Former Florida Convicts Lives around through Project 180.
This program is relevant to our section since NCJW supports efforts to reinstitute the vote and increase civil rights for former felons.

Our speaker, Judy Rosemarin, holds a MS in counseling and MSW in social Work. She also holds a BS in Journalism. Judy is the co-author of “Becoming an Exceptional Executive Coach” and is a dynamic and inspiring presenter. Judy has been on TV and radio and was the original New York Post’s weekly “Careers Plus” columnist.

Judy presently runs a support group for the men and women enrolled in project 180. We will learn just how important the support group network is for former convicts who wish to successfully reintegrate into society and what members of the community can do to offer support.

Project 180 offers a residential program with a focus on clean and sober housing, job training, interview practice and social support for men and women trying to reintegrate back into society. Project 180 offers hope, compassion, and skill sets with the goal of successful re-entry into society.

You may early-bird register for this program by contacting Chairwoman Barbara Aferiat at You will be receiving an e-blast closer to the date for registration.

Topic: Turning Former Florida Convicts Lives around through Project 180
When: Noon, Jan. 30, 2019
Where: Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center
Loevner Conference Room
1750 17th Street, Bldg. J-1
Sarasota, 34234

Easy to Support NCJW with the Amazon Smile

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NCJW Sarasota Manatee is a registered organization with the Amazon Smile Foundation, which makes us eligible to receive 0.5% of the purchase on many purchases. Below is information regarding the Amazon program.

Amazon Smile is just like ordering on, except on your first visit you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. For every eligible purchase you make on, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price. (Amazon will not charge any administrative fees or take any deduction from the donation amount, and there is no cost to the charitable organization to participate.)
Just go to the following link:

Click: National Council of Jewish Women Sarasota-Manatee. This registers your eligible purchases with the Amazon Smile program.

It’s that easy!!

By Barbara Aferiat


Purchase a Tribute Card and support NCJW

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Support  NCJW  through the purchase of Tribute Cards.  Sympathy, Congratulations, Honors, Thank  You Notes, Birthday Wishes, Get Well and other acknowledgements can be sent with a minimum contribution of $5.50. Please contact me via email or phone and I will promptly send out a card for you. You may also purchase 6 cards for $25.00. They are available at our meetings and events. Thank you for supporting NCJW.

Debbie Silver Heller,, 941- 993 -1334, 7308 Barclay Court, University Park, FL 34201

Angel Patron event raises over $7k for local programs

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The Sarasota-Manatee Section honors our Angel Patrons with a special event every spring. Angel Patrons are members who donate an additional $75 above the annual dues. All proceeds from the event help in our mission to protect women, children & families in need. This year Barbara Aferiat graciously welcomed us all to her beautiful home for an afternoon of high tea. Our speaker was humorist & comedian Lynn McDonald. Lynn was quite a motivational and entertaining speaker and we truly enjoyed her presentation. She gave each member in attendance a signed copy of her book “If Your Horse Is Dead, Dismount”.

Many of our members wore their finest hats and gloves to go with the theme. We all enjoyed a fun afternoon with delicious tea sandwiches, scones and many other assorted foods and baked goodies provided by some of our members. The event raised $7600 to benefit all our local programs. Many thanks to our angel committee: Joyce Hersh, Barbara Berkowitz, Carol Papish, Marge Ellin, Marilyn Shapo, Phyllis Dreyfuss, Joan Bour, Janet Moses & Barbara Aferiat. We will be keeping you informed of the date and location for the upcoming Angel Patron event. Hope you will consider joining us.


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November 5, 2018
10 a.m. – Noon
NCJW Blankee Bee
Jewish Federation

November 5, 2018
1-2:30 p.m.
NCJW Book Club: THE BRIDAL CHAIR by Gloria Goldreich
Gulf Gate Library

November 14, 2018
10:30 a.m.
NCJW Members Only Luncheon: Dolly Jacobs, of the Circus Art Conservatory will discuss the history and future of the circus
Rosedale Golf & Country Club

December 3, 2018
10 a.m. – Noon
NCJW Blankee Bee
Jewish Federation

December 10, 2018
1-2:30 p.m.
NCJW Book Club: Behold the Dreamers by Imbola Mbue Gulf Gate Library

December 12, 2018
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. NCJW Board Meeting: The Woman Who Smashed Codes Jewish Federation

December 12, 2018
1-2:30 p.m.
NCJW General Meeting: Speaker Harriet Hendel of “The Innocence Project”
Jewish Federation

January 7, 2019 10 a.m.-Noon NCJW Blankee Bee
Jewish Federation

January 14, 2019 1-2:30 p.m.
NCJW Book Club : The Woman Who Smashed Codes By Jason Fagone
Gulf Gate Library

January 16, 2019
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. NCJW Women-in-Power Luncheon: Honoring 4 powerful women who have made outstanding contributions to the Sarasota community
Michael’s on East

January 30, 2019 Noon
Lunch and Learn: Turning Former Florida Convicts Lives Around Through Project 180 —Positive solutions for women and families in need
Glaser/ Schoenbauam Human Services Center, 1750 17th Street Building J-1 Sarasota, FL. 34234

February 4, 2019
10 a.m.-Noon
NCJW Blankee Bee
Jewish Federation

February 6, 2019 Noon
NCJW General Meeting & Luncheon: Speaker Dr. Daniel Stein, Board Certified Neurologist with specialties in Neurology of Cannabis and Psychiatry and Sheri Huminsk, Life Coach, discussing medical marijuana.
The Fountains at Lake Point Woods

February 11, 2019 1-2:30 p.m.
NCJW Book Club: The Pearl That Broke the Shell By Nadia Hashimi
Gulf Gate Library
March 4, 2019 10 a.m. – Noon NCJW Blankee Bee
Jewish Federation
March 11, 2019 1-2:30 p.m. NCJW Book Club: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Gulf Gate Library

March 20, 2019
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
NCJW General Meeting & Luncheon: Speaker Ann Walborn from the MOTE Marine Laboratory and Aquarium discussing “Coral Reefs and our Changing Climate.” Light Lunch served at no charge.
Jewish Federation

March 27, 2019 Noon
Lunch and Learn: Positive solutions for women and families in need—Tour and discussion about need for and growth of early intervention with toddlers/preschoolers whose families need help with them. Children First Address Facility

April 1, 2019 10 a.m.-Noon
Blankee Bee
Jewish Federation

April 8, 2019 1-2:30 p.m.
NCJW Book Club: Mistress of the Art of Death By Ariana Franklin
Gulf Gate Library

April 17, 2019 10 a.m.-Noon
NCJW Board Meeting
Jewish Federation

April 28, 2019
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
NCJW Scholarship Awards Brunch: Presentation of scholarships to non-traditional students working toward completing their degrees
Jewish Federation

May 6, 2019 10 a.m.-Noon
Blankee Bee
Jewish Federation

May 8, 2019
NCJW Installation of Officers Luncheon TBD

May 13, 2019 1-2:30p.m.
NCJW Book Club
Gulf Gate Library

Human Trafficking Awareness exhibit

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Human Trafficking Awareness exhibit and presentation by members of the Sarasota-Manatee section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

PROGRAM: 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 in the Geldbart Auditorium.

EXHIBIT: April 16 – April 26 during Selby Public Library hours in the Selby Rotunda.

Meet the “Someone to Talk To” performers

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This very popular puppet program is presented to first graders in the Sarasota County School System to increase awareness of and identify mental, physical, verbal, and sexual abuse. In 2015 a brand new stage was purchased and last year new more modern full-size, hand-manipulated puppets and a new sound system were added for this delightful production. New puppeteers are always welcome — no experience required, just your inner child.

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