January/February Events!

Shirley Stein Annual Book Review

MECCA by Susan Straight

Monday, January 22, 11 am

The Grand

Come see your friends!! Have a delicious meal!

Meet a successful author who has a special feel for our Inland Empire and its history!

It's about time we had some FUN TOGETHER!!

Click here to download the flyer. And please join us and have a great meal at The Grand -- either

-- Asian-Inspired Salmon with Shitake Mushrooms & Bok Choy in a Sweet Soy Reduction, Served with Rice Pilaf & Chef’s Seasonal Vegetables plus a dessert of Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream

-- Vegetarian Plate - Butternut Squash with Vegetables and Balsamic Glaze Served with Asparagus and Red Roasted Potatoes plus a Dessert of Fresh Fruit

The cost is $48 per person. Read Mecca beforehand if possible, but the book will be available for purchase there.

RSVP on our website

or email programs@ncjwlongbeach.org.

Joyce Greenspan Speaking at a Lunch & Learn Program on ADL and Anti-semitism

Saturday, January 13, 12:15 pm, Temple Beth Shalom

We are proud of our NCJW member Joyce Greenspan who is speaking this Saturday, January 13, at Temple Beth Shalom's Lunch & Learn Program. Joyce, a member of Temple Beth Shalom, is the retired Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League. She will be speaking on the impact of her time working with the ADL as well as ways to reduce acts of anti-semitism.

Services start at 10 am; for the presentation and lunch, please arrive between 12:15 pm and 12:30 pm at Temple Beth Shalom, 3635 Elm Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807.  

Please Help Us at LBUSD's

Early Learning and Kindergarten Festival!

Saturday, January 20, Burcham Elementary School

Saturday, February 3, Dooley Elementary School

8 am - 11:30 am

We need helpers to help the kids and families!

The first Long Beach Unified School District’s Early Learning and Kindergarten Festival is happening on January 20th at Burcham Elementary in Long Beach. We provide volunteers to help register the families, and provide funds from NCJW’s Denise Berro Kindergarten Festivals Fund toward the backpacks that families receive after attending workshops. 

We are looking for volunteers!

We need volunteers from 8 - 11:30 am. Please RSVP ASAP at communityservice@ncjwlongbeach.org, call 657-235-2511, or click here.

4th Thursday Movie Night: Maestro

Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:45 pm, a member's home

From Director Bradley Cooper, Maestro is the towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein and his wife, actress Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. A love letter to life and art, Maestro, at its core, is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love. Starring Academy Award Nominee Carey Mulligan and Academy Award Nominee Bradley Cooper. 

We will gather at a member’s home to watch and discuss this 2023 biographical film. RSVP here or email programs@ncjwlongbeach.org and we'll send you the location. Again, we'll meet at 6:45 pm, and please bring a potluck dish to share with 5 people. We had such a good time last month over dinner, we decided to do it again!

And next month, on Feb. 22, we'll do the same and see Barbie!!

Jewish Film Festival

January 17 - 21, 2024, AJCC

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 info@ncjwlongbeach.org (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, 4:30 am - 10 am

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. For more information, contact communityservice@ncjwlongbeach.org.

Beyond Roe: Intersection of Abortion Access, Economic Justice, and Religious Liberty

Sunday, January 28, 5 pm, NCJW|LA location and virtually

NCJW|LA is thrilled to invite you to join us on Sunday, January 28, at 5 pm for our Beyond Roe Event. This event aims to explore the intersectionality of abortion access, economic justice, and religious liberty.

Through open and honest discussions hosted and facilitated by event participants, we will delve into the ongoing challenges following the overturn of Roe v. Wade in June 2022 and the constant attacks on abortion access across the nation. Our focus will be on understanding the implications of abortion restrictions on economic barriers, cycles of poverty, and the denial of economic mobility. Additionally, we'll examine the complexities of the First Amendment, emphasizing protecting religious freedom and upholding individual rights. We look forward to fostering impactful conversations on these critical issues.


Event Highlights: 

  • Emcee: Gabrielle Brown, Black Women for Wellness Los Angeles
  • Keynote Speaker: Rabbi Mira Rivera 
  • Intimate conversations in smaller groups
  •  A newly curated Toolkit to help hosts facilitate small-group conversations


Learn More and Register

If you want to attend in LA, you'll find the details at Beyond Roe 2024 . 

If you want to participate virtually and locally, we can watch together and share personal conversations at a member's house.

If interested, email advocacy@ncjwlongbeach.org for the location; this may become a pot luck if enough people are interested!

Mark Your Calendars! Save the Date!!

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

Call (657) 235-2511 to RSVP.

Date in February TBD: Field Trip to the California African-American Museum, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, in honor of Black History Month.

Thursday, Mar. 7: Board Meeting, 6:45 pm to 9 pm at Alpert JCC.

Call (657) 235-2511 to RSVP.

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. We need helpers AND contributions!! Contact info@ncjwlongbeach.org for more information.


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