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NCJW Book Club schedule

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The NCJW Book Club has been a successful addition to our programing. The book club meets at the Gulf Gate Livrary from 1 – 2:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. The selections and dates for this year are:

October 9, 2017
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead review by Karen Pariser

November 13, 20107
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles review by Ann Penn with Joan Boar

December 11, 2017
The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer review by Jeri Lipov

January 8, 2018
A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman review by Edith Elson

February 12, 2018
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff review by Lenore Weintraub

March 12, 2018
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf review by Nancy Golden

April 9, 2018
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout review by Susan Girese

May 14, 2018
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett review by Julie Ferar

Contact: Barbara Aferiat 941-923-8160 or barbara@aferiat.com

Take a look and buy a book

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By Barbara Aferiat
Book Group Chair

NCJW will once again partner with JFCS to fight illiteracy in our community with the Take A Look–Buy a Book–Donate campaign. The book collection for 2017 was so successful that NCJW collected over 800 books of the over 2000 books donated!! Thank you for your generous donations!

The books donated this year were distributed to children served through JFCS programs: The Healthy Families, Healthy Fathers, Family Homelessness Prevention, Operation Military Assistance and school-based programs. Books were also distributed to children at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and the police department.

The NCJW book club will again chair the book drive to aid in the fight to end illiteracy here where we live. The joy of owning a book will most certainly have a positive impact on the children.
The scheduled collection of new books for children Pre K to Grade 5 will be in February and March, but books may be purchased earlier from an Amazon Wish list created specially for this program. To purchase a book via the Amazon Wish list simply link your web browser to the following link: https://amzn.com/w/12RWWS8151FX14

Our committee eagerly looks forward to receiving your books at any time; so if you see it, buy it!
If you have any suggestions to help make this an even more successful book drive for children at risk, or you have questions, please do not hesitate to email me at: Barbara@aferiat.com or call: 941-923-8160

Thank you, I know we all feel great knowing we can and we do help to make a difference in our community.

‘Someone To Talk To’ would like you to check them out!

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What is “Someone To Talk To?” you ask. Well, it is a puppet presentation for first graders that gently talks about four different kinds of abuse. Kids — even first graders — know many more things about their world than they did even 10 years ago. On the other hand, there may be experiences to which they are exposed that are wrong or generate fear that to them seem normal since they don’t know any differently or are too afraid to tell someone. The goal is to let the kids know that they need to talk to an adult who would be able to help. The program is presented in Sarasota County schools on Tuesdays starting in January. No memorization of the script is required as the puppet speaking is behind the curtain.

If you are interested, please contact me (Debbie Engleson) at 941-706-2239 or dengleson@verizon.net for more details. It’s an important community service program that has been serving children for many years. We would love to have you join us!

Program to feature Women Inventors

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Join us for our Chanukah Boutique and Program. You will be surprised to learn how many innovative things were actually invented by women!

Our speaker, Jane Glennan, is an educator and actress. She has a passion for history, women’s issues and social justice. Jane has done extensive research on people and movements that have changed the course of American history. She has portrayed Bertha Palmer for a variety of groups including The Roads Scholar Program and presented at the Sarasota Library System’s One Book One Community, and was the creator of The Fairy House Festival at Historic Spanish Point.

This should be an interesting and fun afternoon. Do your holiday, birthday, or anniversary shopping or just spoil yourselves visiting the vendors at the Boutique.

For questions contact Shirley Pollack, shirlbs@comcast.net

Join NCJW for a joint venture with the Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El

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The Bintel Briefs are a compilation of letters to the editor of the Jewish Forward newspaper. They were written by Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century in New York City. Like the Dear Abby column, a Bindel Brief was a Yiddish advice column. The editor would respond to the letter with advice.

The column was started by Abraham Cohan, the editor of Der Forverts (The Forward) in 1906.
It contained anonymously printed readers’ questions and posted replies. Recent Jewish immigrants, predominantly from Eastern Europe, asked for advice on various facets of their acculturation to America, including economic, family, religious and theological difficulties. In Yiddish, bintel means “bundle” and brief means a “letter” or “letters.”

It was a part of some peoples’ lives to such an extent as are radio and television today. It has been the subject of books, essays, a graphic novel and a Yiddish play.

Details to come via eblast closer to date.

For questions, contact: Shirley Pollack, shirlbs@comcast.net

Come join the fun and spread some holiday cheer!

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NCJW will again be supporting our community by gift-wrapping at Barnes & Noble this December.
This is a fun way to raise money for our Community Service Projects and to spread the word of all our various activities. No experience necessary, just lots of enthusiasm. Barnes & Noble supplies the paper; we supply the smiles!

Please consider joining us. Specific dates to follow. To volunteer, please call Carol Papish at (941)925-0333 or cfpap22@gmail.com or Debbie Heller at (941)993-1334 or dsilver810@aol.com

Get involved, join NCJW’s Advocacy Team!

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Save the dates
Saturday, October 28, 6-9 p.m.
Dinner and get together with other sections.

Sunday, October 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Advocacy Workshops, Fort Lauderdale area. Learn about policies and legislators. Meet other NCJW members from across our state

For more information contact:
Linda Geller-Schwartz, State Policy Advocate, lndgellerschwartz@gmail.com or Lauren Brownstein, Vice State Policy Advocate,
For interest in local Advocacy contact Marcia Schweitzer, VP of Advocacy, marcia7032@yahoo.com

Program educates teens on dating abuse

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Several years ago, NCJW purchased a program, called “Dealing with Teen Dating Abuse: Matters of Choice” from the Essex County Section in NJ. This program contains a facilitator’s guidebook and an 18-minute DVD designed as a teaching tool based on well-researched information received from professionals trained in dealing with relationship abuse and domestic violence. The program is suitable for children age 12 -18. It is preferred to show the program to an all male audience or an all female audience for comfort and sensitivity when discussing personal issues. Anita Knisbacher, Marcia DuBrin and Bonnie Sussman had been involved in the Teen Dating program for several years. Recently, Gladys Parker and Nancy Miller joined the program and shared some presentations. The evaluations from these presentations have been positive.

The video chronicles the story of Megan and her boyfriend Matthew. As their romance deepens, Matthew monopolizes Megan’s life, isolates her from her friends and activities, controls her clothing choices, criticizes her intelligence and eventually physically abuses her. At the same time, he repeatedly apologizes and proclaims his love. The guidebook offers many open-ended questions for a discussion after the students view the video.

The messages in this program are:

1. Abuse is never acceptable.

2. Abuse is much more than giving someone a push or a black eye. There is emotional and verbal abuse.

3. Students have choices.

4. It is interesting to note that the Florida Legislature passed a law, effective July 1, 2010, that mandates that teen dating violence and abuse prevention education must be incorporated as part of instruction for students in grades 7-12.

Please contact Bonnie Sussman, sussbon62@gmail.com, 941-309-3444 or Marcia DuBrin, mrdubrin@aol.com, 941-309-3966 if you are interested in this program or if you have any leads where the program can be presented.

Luncheon celebrates 19th Amendment 97th Anniversary

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Seated left to right: Debbie Engleson, Gail Klein, Joyce Hersh, Karen Pariser, Pam Gordon.
Standing left to right: Marion Marshak, Jill Simons, Joan Bour, Marcia Schweitzer,
Greta Roberts, Evie Batten, Vivian Carasso, Diane
Rosenblum and Jan Segal.

The Women’s Equity luncheon celebrated the 97th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving Women the Right to Vote! More than 300 women attended. Main Speaker was Brook Bello, founder and CEO of More Too Life. Brook is a nationally recognized innovative thought leader in the prevention of human trafficking, sexual violence, and sexual exploitation.


IGP helps improve families’ lives in Israel

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By Greta Roberts
Israel Liaison Chair

The Sarasota-Manatee Section made their annual contribution to the Israel Granting Program (IGP) this past June. The works that NCJW supports in Israel are grassroots projects that work to improve the lives of women, children and families in Israel as well as to advance gender equality. As we read the political news from Israel we can understand the great importance these programs have for Israelis.

Specifically, the current programs that are being supported are the RIFIE project at Hebrew University that trains Bedouin woman as early childhood paraprofessionals and a program that serves the needs of women and their children who have left the closed ultra-Orthodox communities in Israel and who find themselves with no skills and no community for the larger society they find themselves in. Additionally, a program called “Hillel: The Right to Choose” is supported, a program assisting women and their children who are victims of trafficking and prostitution. A grant was also given to Israel Hofsheet and their work in training volunteer lawyers throughout Israel to counsel couples looking for marriage alternatives to the increasingly powerful Rabbinate.

These programs are very much in line with the goals of the National Council of Jewish Women. Two new projects that will look to strengthen democracy and civil society in Israel have also been funded. One is “Women Wage Peace” a women’s non-partisan movement with the goal of developing dialogue with women of various communities who wish to work towards resolution on the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The second new and exciting project is the creation of an Alumni Association for the NCJW Women and Gender Studies Program at Tel Aviv University.

A weeklong NCJW leadership study tour in Israel is planned for 2018 and hopefully our section will have leaders able to participate and report back to all of us on the status of our sisters and their families in Israel.