Timeline

  • Annual Meeting (June 5): NCJW/CLE members raised a glass and said “Cheers to the (125) Years!” at the 125th Annual Meeting held at Beechmont Country Club as the 2019-2020 officers and Board of Directors were sworn in. The 2019 Roslyn Z. Wolf award was also given to Lake Erie Ink.

  • In partnership with local Jewish community groups, NCJW/CLE led the #CLOSETHECAMPS vigil showing strong support of immigrants/refugees and demanding the closing of inhumane detention centers. Powerful guest speakers included: David Leopold (Immigration attorney at Ulmer & Berne LLP), Dr. Arthur Lavin (local renowned pediatrician) and Natalia Alonso (student and founder of Grassroots Campaign, “los ninos de corsos”).

    WEWS coverage
  • Bus Tour (September 5): Attendees took a ride down memory lane on the NCJW/CLE Time-Travel Bus Tour. The special, NCJW-focused tour was narrated by Phyllis Bravo and touched on Cleveland history and first-hand stories from members. The tour concluded with a shopping spree at Thriftique Showroom.
  • Designer Dress Days (Oct 25-29): Designer Dress Days turned 51! The event was full of fun, fashion and giving back. More than 250 volunteers helped to make this sale exciting and a major source of funding for NCJW’s projects, initiatives and programs.
  • Mindi named Difference Maker: Executive Director, Mindi Axner, was named as one of Cleveland Jewish News’ Class of 18 Difference Makers for her dedication, passion and commitment in the community.

    Lois Zaas Advocacy Lecture (Nov. 21): At the 16th Annual Lois Zaas Memorial Advocacy Lecture, a panel of experts discussed the perils and impact of incarceration on our wider communities
  • YouthAbility Sing-a-long at Eton (Dec. 8): The performing Groups of NCJW/CLE teamed with The Horvitz YouthAbility young adults to provide a joyful holiday sing-a-long to shoppers at Eton.
  • Operation Warm Up / Homeless Stand Down (Jan. 10): NCJW/CLE volunteers helped attendees connect with food, clothing and medical care at The Homeless Stand Down, a community-wide event to provide clothing and services for homeless men, women, and children. NCJW/CLE also facilitated and led a collection of more than 1,000 warm clothing items for the Stand Down.
  • Winter Meeting: Headlines and Hemlines (February 5): From Flappers to Hippies and Edwardians to Millennials, the tenor of the time determined the styles of the era and activities of NCJW/CLE. Sarah Rogers and Sara Hume from Kent State University Fashion Museum took attendees on a trip through the ages.

    CPR Training (February 23): As part of NCJW/CLE’s Acts of Kindness, University Hospital EMT professionals trained more than 125 community members on hands-only CPR.
  • Allison Rose Foundation Allergy Event (March 8): One in three children and 1 in 10 adults have a food allergy, that can result in severe reactions. NCJW/CLE teamed up with The Allison Rose Foundation – a nonprofit committed to changing the lives of food allergy families – for an important event, where audience members learned how to advocate for and support those with food allergies from a panel of trained firefighters and paramedics.
    Link to foundation
  • Terminal Tower lit (April 21) In honor of our 125th anniversary, Terminal Tower lit up the downtown Cleveland in NCJW/CLE’s blue and green.
  • Executive Director Mindi Axner kicks off the “Strong Women. Powerful Voices” series with comedian and actress Susie Essman.
    Watch Susie Essman video
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