December/January Events!

Shirley Stein Annual Book Review

MECCA by Susan Straight

Monday, January 22, 11 am

The Grand

Monday, January 22, 2024: Shirley Stein Annual Book Review with Susan Straight, author of Mecca, 11 am to 2 pm at The Grand, $48 with a great lunch. Read Mecca beforehand if possible, but the book will be available for purchase there.

RSVP on our website

or you can email

Fourth "Thursday" Movie Night

This month on WEDNESDAY, December 20

6:45 pm, A Member's Home

Join us for a special showing of

Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

There is an $18 charge, since Chinese food will be brought in! RSVP HERE by December 15 for a fun movie discussion and yummy food! Address will be sent after you RSVP.

About the movie: Set almost entirely in a Chinese restaurant, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas  is an offbeat, irreverent musical documentary that tells the story of a group of Jewish songwriters, including Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé, Jay Livingston, Ray Evans, Gloria Shayne Baker and Johnny Marks, who wrote the soundtrack to Christianity’s most musical holiday. It’s an amazing tale of immigrant outsiders who became irreplaceable players in pop culture’s mainstream -- a generation of songwriters who found in Christmas the perfect holiday in which to imagine a better world and, for at least one day a year, make us believe in it.

Don't forget to RSVP HERE or


Look for January movie information on the website - coming soon!

Early Learning and Kindergarten Festival

Saturday, January 20

8 am - 11:30 am

Burcham Elementary School

NCJW will participate in the Long Beach Early Childhood Education Committee and Long Beach Unified School District’s Early Learning and Kindergarten Festival (ELK) on January 20th at Burcham Elementary in Long Beach. We provide volunteers and funds from NCJW’s Denise Berro Kindergarten Festivals Fund toward the backpacks that families receive after attending workshops. 

We are looking for volunteers!

Our volunteers arrive at 8 am through 11:30 am. If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP or click here for more information.

Jewish Film Festival

January 6, 14, 17 - 21, 2024


The Long Beach Jewish Film Festival returns in January 2024 for its 20th year! The Festival kicks off with five great Jewish-themed films plus family and teen movie days (Jan 6,14). Deepen your understanding of the films with special events and guest speakers.

Tickets on sale now!

Click here to purchase tickets

 or to find out more information

If you decide to attend any of the festival movies, let Lisa Raufman know via (or look her up in your Directory) so that an NCJW contingent can sit together!

Volunteer for the Long Beach Homeless Count

Thursday, January 25

Our work to help people experiencing homelessness continues. You can get involved too! Our Long Beach Health Department is seeking 300 volunteers to help conduct the 2024 Point in Time Count, its street count of people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach, taking place Jan. 25, 2024. Contact for more information.

Resource Guide from National:

an Israel Messaging Guide

The following document contains messaging, social media, calls to action, and talking points for the war between Israel and Hamas, as well as its echoes and impacts around the world. NCJW approaches all of our work Jewishly and through the intersections of gender, economic, and racial justice.

NCJW Israel Messaging Guidance (Updated (11/27)

Here are a sample of the topics with direct links:

  1. Top Line Messaging
  2. Policy Positions
  3. NCJW’s Israel Principles and Resolutions
  4. Principle 10. The survival and security of the State of Israel and the establishment of a just and permanent peace are central to the Jewish people and vital to the interests of the United States.
  5. Debunking Problematic Language (e.g. genocide, apartheid state, and settler colonialism is a system of oppression)

War is devastating and we are anguished over the civilian tolls of the war. We value all human life.

Finally, here is a link to watch the extremely powerful UN meeting entitled "Hear Our Voices" addressing the atrocities committed on October 7 on women and children. Our National NCJW President Sheila Katz speaks to the assembly around minute 10.

Mark Your Calendars! Save the Date!!

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024: Board Meeting, 6:45 pm to 9 pm at Alpert JCC.

Call (657) 235-2511 to RSVP.

Thursday, Feb. 1: Board Meeting, 6:45 pm to 9 pm at Alpert JCC.

Call (657) 235-2511 to RSVP.

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024: Early Learning and Kindergarten Festival, 8 AM at Dooley Elementary School. RSVP by email:

Tuesday, April 2, 2024: Long Beach Summit: Shining a Light on Anti-Semitism and Hate, 9 am - 4 pm, CSULB. Cosponsored by NCJW, ADL, and CSULB. Contact for more information.


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