Reproductive Justice: Rights & Access at Risk
Monday, February 22, 7 pm, Zoom
NCJW - GLB & WOC is excited to host a virtual panel discussion about reproductive health, rights, and justice with three well-known experts.

Let's learn together how we can be allies and advocates for reproductive justice.
Dr. Michele Bratcher Goodwin, a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine, and founding Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, will discuss the shocking, wrongful criminalization impacting women of color in all aspects of reproductive health and motherhood in the US, as described in her book Policing the Womb.
Nourbese Flint is a Policy Director/Program Manager with Black Women for Wellness (BWW), LA, will discuss Black women’s health issues, and struggles for access to care for low-income and women of color.
Shannon Olivieri Hovis, Director of NARAL Pro-Choice California, will talk about legislative priorities around reproductive justice for 2021.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Jewish Long Beach Barbara Alpert NCJW Endowment.
3rd Thursday Discussion Group
Thursday, February 18, 7 pm, Zoom
Thursday, March 18, 7 pm, Zoom
February: Let's get together to share what you have read and seen related to anti-racism and how it has affected you and the groups to which you belong.

March: What is the new administration thinking about the Equal Rights Amendment? Did you know that Congress has revived the ERA? Were you actively supporting the ERA during the 1970s?
Welcoming the Stranger --
2021 Immigration: Hope for a New Start
Sunday, March 7, 3:00 pm, Zoom
Our Section will observe HIAS Refugee Shabbat with a powerful program of speakers. Join us to hear experts on the status of the new administration's Immigration Bill and its impact on Dreamers, the undocumented, "temporary protected status" recipients, and others; the situation at the US-Mexico border and the current policies regarding refugees and asylum seekers; and opportunities for local and national advocacy.

Speakers include:
  • Jose Serrano is Associate Director of Immigration & Outreach for World Relief Southern California.
  • Sue Kenney-Pfalzer is an attorney and the Director of the Border & Asylum Network at HIAS, where she manages and coordinates cross-border collaboration projects to assist asylum seekers along both sides of the US southern border.
  • Dr. Norma Stoltz Chinchilla is a Professor Emeritus at CSULB and coordinator of the Long Beach Immigration Forum, which advocates for humane, just, and pragmatic immigration policies and helps refugees, asylum applicants, and other immigrants exercise their rights and achieve their goals.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Jewish Long Beach Barbara Alpert NCJW Endowment.
75th Anniversary Birthday Party!
Saturday, March 13, 7 pm, Zoom
2021 is a special year for NCJW Greater Long Beach & West Orange County! Join in the fun as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of receiving our charter in 1946 as part of the National Council of Jewish Women. Our virtual party will feature special entertainment as we kick off a year of marking this major achievement three-quarters of a century ago!

RSVP required. The event is free; donations always gratefully accepted.
Homelessness 411: Resources and Opportunities in Greater Long Beach and Orange County
Sunday, March 21, 4 pm, Zoom
Have you ever wondered: What is affordable housing and how is it funded? How does supportive housing work? What community services are available to help people? How can I get involved? Where can I donate?

Then plan to attend this informative community-wide workshop on housing and homelessness co-sponsored by NCJW - GLB & WOC and the League of Women Voters Long Beach Area. Everyone is welcome!

Speakers will include these experts, among others:
  • Jordan Wynne is the Long Beach Regional Organizer at United Way of Greater Los Angeles, who coordinates and organizes around affordable and permanent supportive housing options in Long Beach.
  • Paige Pelonis is President of the Long Beach Homeless Coalition; founded CityHeART, an arts-based service provider in Long Beach; and works as part of the community engagement team at Century Housing at The Villages at Cabrillo.  
  • Julie Lie is the Food Network Manager for the Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion, an at-large member of the Long Beach Homeless Services Advisory Committee, and a Board member of DAYS Long Beach. 

For further information, click on, email, or phone 657-235-2511.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Jewish Long Beach Barbara Alpert NCJW Endowment.
Recording of Recent NCJW CA Program:
Crisis in California
NCJW CA has shared the link to a recent program, Crisis in California, which highlighted the hardships facing California's women and children in accessing food, housing and childcare and the general economic jeopardy facing women. We encourage you to listen and to pass it along:
4th Thursday Movie Discussion Group
Thursday, February 25, 7 pm, Zoom
Thursday, March 25, 7 pm, Zoom
February: Let's watch The Manchurian Candidate, either the 1962 version or the 2016 version, or both (available on Amazon Prime), and then join us to discuss. it's American neo-noir psychological political thriller about the Cold War and sleeper agents. Among other topics, let's look at how the roles of women and men have changed over the last 54 years!
March: In honor of Women's History Month, let's watch Suffragette (available on Netflex or Amazon Prime), a 2015 British historical drama about women's suffrage in the United Kingdom starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep. Then we'll come together to discuss.
Commemorate January 20th!
Commemorate the historic inauguration of "Mamala Kamala," not only the first female Vice President but the first woman of color to achieve this position!  The work we do at NCJW works toward breaking down barriers. Don't miss the opportunity to own, or gift, this beautiful one-of-a-kind "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" piece of fusion glass art jewelry and mark this historical first for women. Pins and pendants are available for $36 and $50. Purchases can be made via our local NCJW website.
For Goodness Cakes!
Spread Love, Joy, and Frosting
Wouldn't it be fun to bake a birthday cake for a foster child?

For Goodness Cakes is a nonprofit organization that gives underprivileged youth in the foster care system the chance to have a birthday by matching volunteers to bake special cakes just for them. Its mission is to give individual youth one special moment that is about them, helping to nurture optimism and confidence at a critical age. What a wonderful and meaningful opportunity for our Section to get involved.

Here’s how it works: For Goodness Cakes receives requests from nonprofit agencies that work with at-risk youth for cake orders. After you complete an online orientation and quiz, you are accepted as part of the Sprinkle Squad, which allows you to pick a cake-making assignment according to YOUR schedule. To learn more, visit the For Goodness Cakes website at Once you have joined the Sprinkle Squad, please contact Bobbi Horowitz at 657-235-2511 or email
Scholarship Applications Are Now Available
Do you know a deserving Jewish college, university or trade school student?

NCJW - GLB & WOC is now accepting applications for scholarships for Jewish students with 12 undergraduate or 8 graduate credits in college, university or trade school whose permanent residence is in greater Long Beach or West Orange County. Selection is based on financial need, academic standing, Jewish involvement, personal motivation, and past achievements. You can find the application form, along with stated criteria, at

The completed application, personal statement, and necessary recommendations must be received by May 1, 2021. They may be submitted online or mailed to NCJW Scholarship Committee, 6216 E. Pacific Coast Highway, #239, Long Beach, CA 90803. Awards will be announced on June 1, 2021, and are dependent on the number of qualified submissions as well as NCJW’s fundraising for this purpose.

Please consider dedicating your Tributes donations to the Linda Calderón Memorial Scholarship Fund at For more information, contact the chair Linda C. Fox at or 657-235-2511.
Want to Join Our Investment Committee?
We are looking for additional members for our Investment Committee. If you’re interested in money, have an accounting background, or like to follow the stock market, this committee is for you! We meet with Halbert Hargrove, our Investment Advisor at least twice a year. To join us, please contact Judy Leff at or call 657-235-2511.
Mark Your Calendars ... Save the Date!
Thursday, March 4: Board meeting, 7 pm. RSVP for Zoom link.

Thursday, April 1: Board meeting, 7 pm. RSVP for Zoom link.

Sunday, April 25: Honoring Activism: All in the Family Over the Generations with the Manheims, part of our 75th Anniversary Year of Celebration, 1 pm. More information to follow.

Wednesday, May 26: NCJW California Virtual Lobby Day. More information to follow.
How to Reach Us
Email us at, call (657) 235-2511, or send mail to NCJW Greater Long Beach & West Orange County, 6216 E. Pacific Coast Highway, #239, Long Beach, CA 90803. Please add this contact information to your contacts list.