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‘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.

Scholarship brunch honors donors and non-traditional students

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Left to right: Scholarship Chair, Jessica Rogers, Sandy Pass, Rosalie Leon, Carol Papish, Susan Gotlieb, Angelene Koplau (recipient), Joan Bour, President, Rachel Goldman (recipient), Geri Serot, Theresa McMillan (recipient), Michael Loria (recipient), Nicole Schyler (recipient), Deborah Beese (recipient), Christine Pomerleau (recipient), Cyd Charrow, Lauren Brownstein, Co-President, and Cecile Alexander

The National Council of Jewish-Women (NCJW) Sarasota–Manatee Section, dedicated to improving the quality of life for women, children and families, held its 17th annual scholarship brunch, honoring donors and non-traditional student scholarship winners, on April 30 hosted by New College of Florida, on its historic Bayfront campus.

Seventy-four members and supporters of NCJW, including a number of the area’s top philanthropists, gathered to celebrate seven local students in need of financial assistance who have

been awarded non-traditional student scholarships as they return to school after a hiatus.
“I am thrilled that we have so many of us in this room today. For me it means that you understand and value the power of education in transforming lives,” said Jessica Rogers, NCJW’s scholarship committee chair and organizer of this year’s event.

State College of Florida President Carol Probstfeld gave the keynote address and shared details of the collaboration between SCF and New College, along with other area colleges as part of the Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast, or C4.

All seven students gave speeches at the April 30 brunch, thanking donors for their support and sharing how their scholarships have helped ease their financial burdens as they pursue their educational and professional goals.

Sally Yanowitz, longtime supporter of the non-traditional student scholarship program, introduced the Yanowitz Family Scholar, Theresa McMillan, by describing how Theresa’s rare congenital neurological disorder, Moebius Syndrome, has given her the inspiration to obtain a college degree and pursue her interest in writing to help others with differences and help society become more compassionate. Theresa attends the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee where she is majoring in English and is set to graduate in spring 2018. She sees her mission to educate others about this disease and express solidarity with those afflicted with the condition.

Schoenbaum Family Scholarship recipient, Angelene Koplau, currently in her second semester at State College of Florida in the occupational therapy assistance program, said her scholarship has given her the opportunity to focus on her education and family by relieving the stress of her financial burdens. “Without your (Betty Schoenbaum) generous scholarship support (and that of Habitat for Humanity), I do not know what my family and I would do. You are an inspiration to me and I will carry your legacy on by helping others in our community. Someday I hope to be able to impact student’s lives the way you have impacted mine,” said Angelene.

National Council of Jewish Women Sarasota – Manatee Section 2017 Scholarship Committee: Scholarship Committee Chair, Jessica Rogers, Cecile Alexander, Joan Bour, Cyd Charrow, Anne Goldstein, Susan Gotlieb, Rosalie Leon, Carol Papish, Sandy Pass & Geri Serot

How to get the best care for your loved one

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By Bonnie Friedman

Most of us have first-hand experiences when someone is hospitalized and know it can be scary–even terrifying–for the patient and for family and friends. Author and presenter Bonnie Friedman knows the anxiety first-hand. Bonnie lived through it 14 times over 24 years, fighting for her husband’s well-being. On March 7th she will personally share her hard-won wisdom in her talk, Hospital Warrior: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One with all of us. During her time, with us, Ms. Friedman will highlight:

• Communicate effectively with doctors and nurses
• Become an integral member of the care team
• Make the most of what the hospital has to offer
• Know what to do if things go wrong
• Plan for your loved one’s discharge from the hospital

Her presentation will also include information on how to understand the hospital environment and how to navigate its complicated pathways in order to make you a strong, effective champion for your loved one. Each one of us is as critical to that person’s recovery as the doctors and nurses. Our role is different, but vital. In some cases, we can make the difference between life and death.

Hospital Warrior is Bonnie Friedman’s practical guide to advocating for a loved one. It is also a story of love, family and thriving. Hospital Warrior includes checklists, added resources, templates and interviews with doctors and other healthcare professionals who provide essential tips and advice for the reader and for us.

This March Program will take place at Turtle Rock Conference Room at 1:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 12:30. For information, contact Marcia Schweitzer at marcia7032@yahoo.com or text: 302-387-7017 (text only).