Throughout the year, NCJW West Morris plans a variety of fundraising events. Our goal is to make these events interesting and fun for our members, to provide opportunities for socializing and meeting new people, and at the same time help to raise the funds needed to support our many community service activities. TributesA great way to send congratulations, condolences, get-well wishes. Section Tributes are available for $2.00 each or $15.00 for 10. Contact us for more information.Personal GivingThe annual Personal Giving Campaign provides significant support for our community serviceactivities. The NCJW Prejudice Contest, Marrow Donor Drives, Feelie Hearts for grieving children, support of the Rachel Coalition (MetroWest’s response to domestic violence), support for victims of human trafficking, Homeless Solutions Story Hour, as well as advocacy on behalf of women, children and families—all these depend on the success of our Personal Giving Campaign.For Aspiring Chefs: For all those would-be iron chefs on your gift list, consider givingTranscending Tradition, our terrific compilation of recipes and tips—a great hostess gift for those upcoming bridal showers and other midwinter and spring parties. Just $10 apiece for members; $15 apiece for nonmembers. Chuppah Quilting ProjectOur magnificent, one-of-a-kind chuppah has been used at weddings throughout the area. The gorgeous chuppah is available for rental ($360, including setup and breakdown) by calling (888) 895-3059.
Our Gorgeous Chuppah
Our exquisite quilted chuppah, made by our members, was used in two weddings in late spring. Dorothy & Irv Cohen led the chuppah setup and breakdown crew both times—hats off to them!—and Karen Secular and her husband Doron Grosman also helped with chuppah setup at one of the weddings.
Personal Giving Thank-You Schmooze & Author Talk: Author Spotlights Dangers of Teen Sexting in New Book
Attorney and author Felicia Farber will be the special guest speaker at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section’s 2021 Personal Giving Thank-You Schmooze & Author Talk on Sunday, June 6, at 10 a.m., via Zoom. The event is open to all donors to our Personal Giving campaign.
Tributes: Perfect for Every Occasion
NCJW, West Morris tributes are a wonderful way to send congratulations on an engagement, a wedding, a new baby, a promotion, a graduation, or any other good news. They work as thank-you notes, too. Use our tributes to express sympathy and condolences as well.
Camaraderie & Great Fun at Latke Challenge & Hanukkah Bazaar
Everyone had a great time at our Latke Challenge & Hanukkah Bazaar, held at the lovely home of Sharon & Les Feigin. Latke judges Ilene Dorf Manahan and Donna Gross sampled all the latke offerings. Results? A tie! EXCELLENCE from all entrants!
A Magical Evening
Join us for REZA: The Edge of Illusion, a fund-raiser at the Community Theatre, 100 South St., in Morristown, on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.
Female Torah Scribe Shares Secrets of Her Art with Our Personal Giving Donors
Linda Coppleson, one of only about half a dozen female scribes in the world who are actively engaged in Torah writing, shared the secrets of writing a Torah with donors to our Personal Giving Campaign.
Members and friends of National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section, enjoyed a fund-raising evening out at the Community Theatre in Morristown, when they attended “The World of Musicals.”
I am totally impressed by the beautiful and amazing work that the Section is doing. The new programs and the continuing work to help women, children and families are important and should make all members very proud. I am happy to support these efforts....
Personal Giving Thank-You Brunch to Spotlight ‘A Year in the Life of a Torah’
Linda Coppleson, a soferet (female Torah scribe), will offer fascinating insights into this little-known profession at National Council of Jewish Women, West Morris Section’s Personal Giving Thank-You Brunch. The event will be held on Sunday, June 2, at 10 a.m., at a private home in Denville. Dorothy Cohen and Anne Gorman, both of Denville, are co-chairs of Personal Giving.
‘Ashkenazi Mixology: Jewish-Inspired Cocktails & Noshes’ on Tap Jan. 5
Jeffrey Yoskowitz, co-author of The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods and a chef-entrepreneur at the intersection of food, culture and business, gave an engaging workshop/demonstration for Section members, and family, friends, and neighbors of...
|Throughout the year, NCJW West Morris plans a variety of fundraising events. Our goal is to make these events interesting and fun for our members, to provide opportunities for socializing and meeting new people, and at the same time help to raise the funds needed to support our many community service activities. TributesA great way to send congratulations, condolences, get-well wishes. Section Tributes are available for $2.00 each or $15.00 for 10. Contact us for more information.Personal GivingThe annual Personal Giving Campaign provides significant support for our community serviceactivities. The NCJW Prejudice Contest, Marrow Donor Drives, Feelie Hearts for grieving children, support of the Rachel Coalition (MetroWest’s response to domestic violence), support for victims of human trafficking, Homeless Solutions Story Hour, as well as advocacy on behalf of women, children and families—all these depend on the success of our Personal Giving Campaign.For Aspiring Chefs: For all those would-be iron chefs on your gift list, consider givingTranscending Tradition, our terrific compilation of recipes and tips—a great hostess gift for those upcoming bridal showers and other midwinter and spring parties. Just $10 apiece for members; $15 apiece for nonmembers. Chuppah Quilting ProjectOur magnificent, one-of-a-kind chuppah has been used at weddings throughout the area. The gorgeous chuppah is available for rental ($360, including setup and breakdown) by calling (888) 895-3059.|
A Fun & Inspiring Fund-raiser: A Grand Night at the Museum
As a wonderful fund-raiser for our Section, we’ll be sponsoring a gala Night at the Museum—the Morris Museum—the evening of Saturday, Nov. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. The museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road, in Morristown.
This elegant event—a scavenger hunt with a cultural twist—is open to members, spouses, significant others, prospective members, and friends of the Section. We’ll have a scrumptious dessert & coffee reception, plus a hunt for hidden treasures throughout the museum. You’ll discover and learn about the history of some of the museum’s most treasured pieces.
An evening of high culture and camaraderie, our Night at the Museum promises to be a memorable evening of fun for everyone. Co-chairs are Joy Buchfirer and Rhonda Goldberger, together with Lisa Barta.
Tickets are $50 a person (basic); $65 a person (sponsor); and $85 a person (patron). Please send your check (made payable to NCJW, West Morris) to Rhonda Goldberger, 22 Witherspoon Court, Morristown NJ 07960. For further information about this event, contact Rhonda at firstname.lastname@example.org; 973-631-1517.
‘Fashion Fit Formula’ to Be Spotlighted at Personal Giving Thank-You Brunch
Do you have a closet full of clothing and nothing to wear? Janet Wood Cunliffe of Fashion Fit Formula, addressed this conundrum at our Personal Giving Thank-You Brunch on Sunday, May 22, at 10 a.m., at a private home in Morristown. Everyone who donated to our Personal Giving campaign, under the leadership of Dorothy Cohen and Anne Gorman, was invited to attend. To make a donation to the campaign, contact Dorothy at email@example.com.
According to Janet, the average American woman wears only 20–30 percent of her wardrobe. When she purchases the outfits, she likes the color and style. Yet, after wearing an outfit once or twice she feels frumpy and it gets pushed to the back of her closet. The cycle continues:
Shop Wear Disappointment Unworn Eventually Discard Shop Again Repeat Cycle
This is not only a tremendous waste of financial resources but for many a source of emotional wear and tear.
The current trend in fashion is to dress according to your shape. But if this is the complete answer, why are so many clothes unworn?
There are many elements to the fit of clothing: shoulders, neckline, and the way the material glides over the body, for example. The one thing that has not been considered until now is your bone structure. No amount of dieting or exercising can change that. Once you have reached your adult height, your bone structure does not change. However, the difference in appearance when harmony and balance with your skeletal structure have been achieved is amazing.
The Fashion Fit Formula solution can prevent future buying mistakes. If an outfit is too long, it can always be altered to be made shorter, but if a jacket is too short, do you really want it to wind up in the back of your closet? The best place to shop is in your unworn clothing. Shopping your closet is all the rage these days, and many times a simple change in a hemline, the shortening of a sleeve, or a minor neckline alteration can transform an outfit from merely OK to extraordinary.
Learn how Janet’s Fashion Fit Formula can save you time, money, and aggravation! Here are some examples of simple changes that make a big difference:
THEATER FUND-RAISER MARCH 13
We gathered to see a production of the one-man show “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn,” on Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m., at the Bickford Theatre in the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, in Morristown.
The event, which was a fund-raiser for our Section, also featured an after-theater party at a private home. Coordinating the event was done Lisa Barta.
Growing up as a post-World War II generation Jewish American offered writer-actor-singer-musician Jake Ehrenreich material for plenty of nostalgic satire in “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn.” Essentially a solo performance with live musical accompaniment, Ehrenreich’s autobiographical compilation of stories and song commingles humor and sorrow, characteristic of traditional Jewish folktales.
The son of Polish immigrants who escaped the Holocaust, Ehrenreich spent his youth yearning to be the “all-American kid”–baseball and rock ’n’ roll were his cultural anchors. Ehrenreich’s exploration of his Jewish identity is built on emotional pivot points like this, poking at the sore spots of his family life with the fierce affection that Jews have for one another, then linking each comic anecdote to a more serious theme.
Tickets for this outstanding show were $40 apiece (basic) and $45 (patron). The deadline to order tickets was February 15. For further information, contact Lisa Barta (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Personal Giving Thank-You Brunch & Installation
We held a lovely Thank-You Brunch for donors to our Personal Giving Campaign and the Installation of Officers for 2015–2016. Installing officer Susan Coen, former co-chair of the New Jersey, NCJW SPA Network, toasted our Section’s many achievements over the past year.
Then Peggy Grow, head of the Soothing Paws Program at Morristown Medical Center, and her lovely therapy dog Lilly, a Lab/Golden cross, gave a special presentation about the Soothing Paws Program and what a difference the program makes in the lives of the patients and staff at the hospital. The Personal Giving Campaign was coordinated by Dorothy Cohen and Anne Gorman.
A Memorable Cabaret Night
Everyone had a wonderful evening at our Cabaret Night. The event was coordinated by Lisa Barta, our fund-raising chair. Others who pitched in to make the evening magical were Vicki Williams, Susan Neigher, Dorothy Cohen, and all the performers and exhibitors.
The NCJW, West Morris Section Personal Giving Thank-You Brunch is going to the dogs! Morristown Medical Center’s Soothing Paws™ Pet Therapy representatives Peggy Grow, together with her dog Lilly, and Elizabeth Siccone, with her dog Cid, gave an informative presentation about this wonderful program on Sunday morning, June 14, at 10 a.m., at a private home in Denville. The NCJW, West Morris Personal Giving campaign is coordinated by Dorothy Cohen of Denville and Anne Gorman of Rockaway.
Since the beginning of time, humans and animals have shared a powerful connection. As part of the healing culture at Morristown Medical Center, the hospital has a thriving pet therapy program for patients, visitors and staff. The pet therapy program, called Soothing Paws, provides visits to most areas in the hospital, including the ICU, surgical waiting rooms, pediatrics wards, and the medical and surgical floors. Pet therapy enhances the hospital’s healing culture. A total of 18,000 individuals enjoyed visits from animals and their handlers at Morristown Medical Center in 2014.
Straight from Broadway: NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN, WEST MORRIS SECTION SPONSORED FUND-RAISING OUTING–‘NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT’
Lisa Barta, left, and Marilyn Semer at “Nice Work If You Can Get It” fund-raiser.
National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section, sponsored a fund-raising outing to see the Tony-winning musical comedy “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m., at the Community Theatre, 100 South St., in Morristown.
The outing was open to the public.
It’s the Roaring Twenties and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets Billy Bendix, a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart.
This brand-new musical featured a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved, instantly recognizable tunes, set in a fresh and funny song-and-dance spectacular with a book by Tony winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis) and direction and choreography by three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes). “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” was filled to the brim with classic songs, including “But Not For Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” This sparkling, madcap tale combined laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.