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the bulletin fall 2017



THE BULLETIN IS BACK You are reading the first edition of NCJW NY’s revitalized, longtime favorite news magazine, The Bulletin. In this issue and in upcoming issues, you will find articles about community services, advocacy events, and profiles of members and teachers. We will report on special programs and keep you informed about what is to happen in the future and recap highlights of the past season. The Bulletin will be published quarterly and you will find it on NCJW NY’s website or in your mailbox. The Bulletin will replace the monthly Update, but keep each semester’s CLL class listing. You can find the monthly calendar at the reception desk and at many other locations in Council House. We hope you enjoy The Bulletin. Fill us in on any comments or news about programs you want to share. Letters to the Editor are welcome; send them to Lane Silberstein (

THIRD BACK 2 SCHOOL STORE A SUCCESS On August 6th, NCJW NY held its third annual Back 2 School Store. Around 175 children flooded the building, eager to shop for brand new clothes and school supplies, all provided entirely free of charge. When kids return to school free from worry about material needs, their attendance and performance improve. With 20% of New York City’s eight and a half million residents living in poverty, NCJW NY is happy to help as much as we can. The children were assisted by about 145 volunteers, many of whom acted as personal shoppers, helping them pick out and carry their clothes. Our volunteers are always crucial to making the day a success, and we are so grateful for everyone who came out. Their work is its own reward, though, as they get to see first hand the joy that these kids experience while shopping. Check out pictures of the day’s events on our facebook page:


CONGRATULATIONS, MABEL ADER Mabel Ader has just celebrated a landmark anniversary: her 100th birthday. Everyone at NCJW NY congratulates her and wishes her the very best for healthy and happy years to come. She has been a mainstay at Council for longer than anyone can remember. Mabel’s history with the organization is unparalleled. Her mother made her a member 90 years ago at the age of ten, and she has remained active in NCJW all her life. She was a dynamic leader, not only in Manhattan but in the Brooklyn Section, where she served on every possible committee, founded their Thrift Shop and was elected president. She also served on many national committees. When Mabel and her family moved to Manhattan from Brooklyn in 1973, she immediately joined the New York Section. She became an honorary member of the Board of Directors, chaired many Galas, did hands-on work in the Soup Kitchen and Thrift Shop, and chaired Mabel Ader the Fund Raising Committee. Mabel lit up committee rooms with her presence and was respected for her incisive and helpful opinions on whatever topic was being discussed. NCJW NY recognized her leadership by presenting her with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual luncheon in 2012. A very charitable person, Mabel has led a full and active life. She is a graduate of Adelphi College and worked for the Kings County Milk Commission. She married her doctor husband, Ralph, in 1941 and they had 2 daughters, Lorrie Ader and Felice Ostrow. Carrying on a family tradition, they are both Lifetime Members. Mabel is the grandmother of two and great-grandmother of three, who call her GG (for great-grandmother). NCJW NY is honored to have Mabel Ader as a member. Her many friends wish her the very best on this memorable occasion.


Thanksgiving Luncheon Tuesday, November 14th, 12pm to 2pm Holiday Art Show Tuesday, December 5th, 5:30pm to 8pm Hannukah Celebration Thursday, December 14th, 1pm to 3pm



BOOK GROUP by Gloria Goldreich


The Boston Girl







The Bridal Chair

August 31st at 11 by Anita Diamant

September 28th at 11 The Sisters Weiss

The Tin House

October 26th at 11

November 30th at 11

by Naomi Regan

by Janice Steinberg

FRESH PRODUCE Only $8 for a bag of beautiful local fruits and vegetables. To pay and pick up food, see Naomi on the third floor. Cash only. You must order 8 days in advance, in person, following the schedule below: Order on: Tuesday, August 29 Tuesday, September 12 Tuesday, September 26 Tuesday, October 10 Tuesday, October 24 Tuesday, November 7

For Delivery On: Wednesday, September 6 Wednesday, September 20 Wednesday, October 4 Wednesday, October 18 Wednesday, November 1 Wednesday, November 15

Sponsored by the Offices of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal

Frederic Chopin BALABAN Performance and Narration Music of Zimbabwe September 7th September 14th Melodians Take Manhattan September 28th Mario Lanza November 2nd


Popular Standards November 30th


From the Shtetl to the Stage: The Tevye Stories December 28th

Harpist October 26th

Showtunes November 9th HANNUKAH

Kenny Williams Memorial Band December 14th

These events are free and open to the public, thanks to a generous grant from the Gerson Family Foundation. Refreshments are served.

LEGAL COUNSELING We are thrilled to provide free legal counseling through the Mobile Legal Center of New York Legal Assistance (NYLAG) on the following Mondays: August 28th, September 18th and October 2nd. The Mobile Legal Center’s bilingual staff provides free legal assistance on civil issues. Please contact Letitia Maun @ (646) 884-9471 or to schedule an appointment.

HEALTH INSURANCE We are excited to be launching a free biweekly health insurance counseling from the Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HICAP). Do you have questions about Medicare, or meeting the costs of long-term care? Join us every other Thursday at 10am, starting September 14th. Please contact Letitia Maun @ (646) 884-9471 or to schedule an appointment.



Thursday, October 19, 2017 Riverpark: 450 East 29th Street “Through Shapiro’s grace and instruction, she makes the reader share her unswerving belief that the act of writing can transform and shape our vision of ourselves and of the world.” — Salon If you missed last year’s luncheon — and our great speaker Ann Hood ­— we highly suggest you attend this one! Dani Shapiro is a Jewish feminist writer, who studied with noted author Grace Paley, and is the bestselling author of four memoirs and five novels. Her recent book, Hourglass, is a “searing narrative, a love story through-and-through.” It’s about her 18 year marriage to “M,” who traded his career as a successful war correspondent for one as a struggling screenwriter, so that she wouldn’t have to worry about him being on the battlefield. The venue, Riverpark, is owned by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, and serves organic, farm-to-table recipes at a gorgeous location overlooking the East River.


$150 — Individual ticket; $200 — Patron ticket and donation to NCJW NY; $250 — Benefactor ticket and a signed copy of Dani’s new book; $500 — Underwriter ticket, a signed book, and entry to a cocktail reception with Dani in the evening following the luncheon. | Register on the back page of the Bulletin

CELEBRATE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIPPY Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 | 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM The Interchurch Center | 475 Riverside Drive, NYC | 212-870-2200 Join us for a celebration marking the 25th Anniversary of NCJW NY’s collaboration with BronxWorks. At the heart of the success of this fruitful collaboration is the tremendous dedication of educators at BronxWorks, and the support of a caring cadre of committed activists at NCJW NY. Following a light brunch you will hear current and past organizational leaders and both parents and kids who have been participants in the HIPPY program reminisce and reflect on 25 exciting years of the fruitful collaboration between NCJW NY and BronxWorks. There will also be an inspiring video presentation celebrating the legacy of Dr. Avima Lombard who first developed HIPPY in Israel.We look forward to productive future results for children and their families as we continue to partner and keep HIPPY thriving. To RSVP, contact Naomi at or 646.884.9461



FALL 2017 CLL GROUPS & CLASSES BEADING STUDIO Mondays, 10 to 12 | Sep. 11 to Dec. 11 | $35 CERAMICS STUDIO Mondays, 2 to 4 | Sep. 11 to Dec. 11 | $TBD COLLAGE Wednesdays, 1 to 4 | Jan. 18. to Mar. 16 | $205 Donna Levinstone FIGURE DRAWING Fridays, 1 to 3 | Dec. 8 to Dec. 15 | $90 Jon Rettich MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE Tuesdays, 10 to 12 | Sep. 12 to Dec. 12 | $110 Donna Levinstone OPEN STUDIO Mondays, 10 to 12 | Sep. 11 to Dec. 11 Thursdays, 1 to 3 | Sep. 14 to Dec. 14 | $35

PAINTING IN ALL MEDIA Wednesdays, 1 to 4 | Sep. 13 to Dec. 13 | $125 Gene Wisniewski PASTELS Fridays, 9:30 to 12 | Sep. 8 to Dec. 15 | $132 Donna Levinstone STAINED GLASS Tuesdays, 10 to 12 | Sep. 12 to Dec. 12 | $90 Yvette Bendahan WATERCOLOR Wednesdays, 10 to 12 | Sep. 13 to Dec. 13 | $90 Al Bukszpan WEAVING STUDIO Fridays, 10 to 12 | Sep. 8 to Dec. 15 | $80



FELDENKRAIS Tuesdays, 10:30 to 12:30 | Sep. 12 to Dec. 12 | $60 Margot Townsend NIA WISE MOVES Thursdays, 11:15 to 12 | Sep. 14 to Dec. 14 | free Instructors from JCC YOGA Fridays, 11 to 12 | Sep. 8 to Dec. 15 | $50 Donna Levinstone ZUMBA GOLD Mondays, 3 to 4 | Sep. 11 to Dec. 11 | $80 Roger Puckett

ACT UP! ACTING CLASS Thusdays, 3 to 4 | Sep. 14 to Dec. 14 | $100 Jane Seaman ELLIE RESSLER MUSICAL THEATRE Mondays, 2 to 4 | begins Nov. 3 | $25 Mark York INSTRUCTIONAL VOICE Tuesdays, 3 to 5 | Sep. 12 to Dec. 12 | $140 William Lyons Lee TAP DANCE Fridays, 12 to 1 | Sep. 8 to Dec. 15 | $90 Betty Hudson



ASTRONOMY Tuesdays, 12;45 to 1:45 Laird Whitehill BRIDGE Wednesdays, 10 to 12:30 & 2:15 to 4:45 Sep. 13 to Dec. 13 | $130 Steve McCann CLASSIC FILMS - NEW Fridays, 1 to 3 | Sep. 1 & 8, Oct. 27 Dr. Arnold Katz CLL COLLEGE Mondays, 1 to 2 & Tuesdays, 2 to 3 | $10

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH Wednesdays, 9:30 to 10:30 | Sarah Jimenez EMOTIONAL ASPECTS OF AGING Thursdays, 2:15 to 3:15 Bill Toner ENGLISH AS SECOND LANGUAGE Mondays, 10 to 11 Demetrios Siatos MEDITATION Wednesdays, 11 to 12 Richard Goldberg


MEN’S GROUP Tuesdays, 12:10 to 1:10 Howard Fischer MIND AEROBICS Tuesdays, 11 to 12 POP UP MEMORY BOOK - NEW Tuesdays, 2 to 4 | Sep. 12 to Oct. 31 Karen Spica SHORT READS, LONG CONVERSATIONS Wednesdays, 1 to 3 Ruth Taller and Arlene Ossof

SHORT STORY Mondays, 11 to 12 Ruth Taller TECH SOUP 101 Mondays, 10 to 12 Volunteers from Engage JCC WOMEN’S GROUP Mondays, 12:10 to 1:10 Marcia Ostwind

Unless otherwise noted, these discussion classes are free to members, and are offered year-round. NCJW NY will be closed on the following dates: Thursday 9/21, Friday 9/22, Thursday 10/5, Friday 10/6, Thursday 10/12, and Friday 10/13

HEALTHY LIVING September 15th ­— Balancing Mind and Body Through Acupuncture. Erika Prinz Freed, MS, L.AC.,named one of the top 20 best acupuncturists in NYC will conduct a workshop on all of the benefits of acupuncture. October 20th ­— Awareness and Prevention of Elder Abuse. Susan Cohn, LCSW, MPH, will provide information and guidance on services to prevent abuse and maximize safety and well being for older adults. November 3rd ­— Medicare Open Enrollment. This workshop will be led by Eric Hausman who is the lead trainer of the Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance with New York City Department for the Aging. All workshops held in the cafe, from 1 to 2pm.


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