February/March 2023

In this issue...

Annual Repro Shabbat

4th Thursday Movie Night

Kindergarten Festival

Abortion Travel Kit Assembly and Speaker

Our Book Review Recording Is Now Up on Youtube

Purim 2023 - A Feminist Celebration

CCEJ Interfaith Breakfast & Roots of Justice Convening

HugPacks Packing

Caring Corner

Save the Date!

Join Us for Repro Shabbat!

February 17, 6 pm, and February 18, 8:45 am,

Temple Israel, 269 Loma Ave., LB, and Virtual

This meaningful Shabbat is dedicated to the important Jewish value of Reproductive Freedom. NCJW, along with more than 50 co-sponsors, is creating a Jewish movement by carving out a moment to honor reproductive freedom and justice during Shabbat. 

NCJW - GLB & WOC's Advocacy Committee is cosponsoring Repro Shabbat services on Friday at 6 pm with Rabbi Scott Fox at Temple Israel Long Beach, highlighting the importance of reproductive justice. On Saturday at 8:45 am, Rabbi Fox will lead a Torah study of Mishpatim, the Torah portion which forms the basis of the Jewish approach to reproductive freedom. It’s the story of an accidental miscarriage that teaches us much about how Judaism does, and doesn’t, regard the personhood of a fetus. 

Both the Friday service and the Saturday Torah study will be in person at Temple Israel Long Beach and online. For more information, you can contact advocacy@ncjwlongbeach.org.

Repro Shabbat virtual services:

TI's Embedded Livestream

TI's Livestream Web Channel

TI's Facebook Page

TI's YouTube Channel

Saturday Morning Torah Study:


4th Thursday Movie Night:

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Thursday, February 23, 7:00 pm, Zoom

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Tech billionaire Miles Bron invites his friends for a getaway on his private Greek island. When someone turns up dead, detective Benoit Blanc (played by Daniel Craig) is put on the case. This expertly crafted screenplay delivers a real old-school, entertaining and intelligent mystery. All the clues are there if you pay attention to the precise framing of the cinematographer and the hysterical dialogue.

Despite the humor, you still manage to get some emotional depth to all the characters--making them well-rounded and getting your buy-in to discover who the killer is.

We recommend watching the first Knives Out before watching the new one; comparing them would be fun. Glass Onion is available on Netflix.

At our March 23 movie discussion, we plan to talk about Argentina 1985, in which a team of lawyers takes on the heads of Argentina's bloody military dictatorship during the 1980s in a battle against odds and a race against time. The film was inspired by the true story of Julio Strassera, Luis Moreno Ocampo and their young legal team of unlikely heroes in their David-vs-Goliath battle to prosecute Argentina's bloodiest military dictatorship to bring justice to its victims. The film, available on Netflix, won this year's Golden Globe for Best Picture - Non-English Language.

Register for one or both on Zoom

Kindergarten Festival

Saturday, February 25, 8:30 - 11 am

Burcham Elementary School

5610 E. Monlaco Rd., Long Beach, CA 90808

The next K-Fest (Kindergarten Festival) is Saturday, February 25th at Burcham Elementary School. We had such a fun time at Dooley! Join us to see for yourselves!

We again need 10 enthusiastic, vaccinated volunteers to assist and greet pre-K and younger kids and their families while providing maps and schedules of the workshops. Please RSVP by February 22.  

For more information or to volunteer, please call (657) 235-2511 or email communityservice@ncjwlongbeach.org.

Abortion Travel Kit Assembly

Thursday, February 28, 6 pm, AJCC Auditorium

Come at 6 pm and help assemble Travel Kits for Planned Parenthood to give to those traveling

here from out-of-state for an abortion. We’re the 1st to do this locally!

Come at 7 pm and hear Kristin Langlois, Donor Relations Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, as she gives us a boots-on-the-ground update on what’s happening in our area, and how we can meet those needs!

Also, we'll write thank-you notes to the nurses and doctors on the front lines!

Please RSVP to communityservice@ncjwlongbeach.org by February 26 so we can give your name to the front desk security.

Purim 2023 - A Feminist Celebration

Wednesday, March 1, 4:30 pm, Zoom

NCJW is back again in 2023 for another feminist reclamation of the Purim story! As we all know, the Purim story most of us were taught about Queen Vashti and Queen Esther too often focus on their beauty, dismiss their strength, and limit their agency. Last year, we came together to recognize Queen Vashti's brave disobedience and Queen Esther's intentional and courageous decisions and bold actions. This year, we are excited to look closely again. We'll hear from feminist commentators, including NCJW Scholar in Residence Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, along with advocates from across the country, for a feminist Purim celebration! Sign up, grab your drink of choice, and log on to celebrate our heroines and hear our reading and interpretation of the Megillah.

Register Here

CCEJ Interfaith Breakfast

& Roots of Justice Convening

Friday, March 3, 8:30 am - 4 pm

The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach

Our Advocacy Committee is looking for a fourth person to join their table at CCEJ’s Interfaith Breakfast and Roots of Justice Convening, which will be a day of learning, dialogue, and reflection in service of making our community more just and equitable. Would you like to be their guest?

The keynote speakers include Regina Jackson and Saira Rao, co-founders of Race2Dinner, co-authors of the New York Times bestseller White Women: Everything You Already Know About Your Own Racism and How To Do Better, and executive producers of the documentary Deconstructing Karen. The plenary speaker will be George M. Johnson, an award-winning Black nonbinary writer, author, and executive producer.

For more information about the day, click here. To sign up, email Deb Lelchuk at advocacy@ncjwlongbeach.org ASAP.

HugPack Packing

Thursday, March 16, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Alpert JCC Auditorium

Many helping hands are needed, so join us in giving a "hug" to vulnerable children entering the foster care system!

Individually wrapped snacks and drinks are provided, and doing good will feel so great!

All vaccinated volunteers, please RSVP by March 14 to communityservice@ncjwlongbeach.org or call (657) 235-2511.

Attention!! Our Annual Book Review

Is Now Up on Youtube!

Hear the author of

The Story of Jane:

The Legendary Underground

Feminist Abortion Service

Give Her First-Hand Experiences in the Fight for Reproductive Access

You can find the Youtube video here, or find it in our archives here.

The Caring Corner Is Back!

Jeanne Halliday is waiting for your calls and emails! Please let Jeanne know about such things as illnesses, deaths, simchas, honors, etc., in our community.

You can look up Jeanne's phone number or email in the Membership Directory, or you can call us at (657) 235-2511 or email us at info@ncjwlongbeach.org to request a card to be mailed.

Mark Your Calendars...Save the Date!

Thursday, March 2: Board Meeting, 7 pm, Zoom. RSVP here.

Sunday, April 16: "Hot Topics" Panel Presentation and Board Election, 2 pm, AJCC. More info coming soon.


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