October-November 2023

Don't Miss This Major Advocacy Program:

What Has Happened to

Our Most At-Risk Kids??? 

Tuesday, October 17, 7 pm, AJCC

Come hear what's happening to kids in "the system" (dependency and delinquency systems), what needs to change, and what you can do to help!  Four experts will share their expertise from the front lines, and you'll leave informed and inspired to take action and have ways to get involved! 
RSVP now at the link below! It's less than a week away! 

Then watch the video to see one of the many success stories

for an at-risk youth!

None of the important work of NCJW - GLB & WOC is possible without your support. Please consider a donation in support of this event.



Define It. Discuss It. Defuse It.

Thursday, October 19, 6:30 pm, Zoom

Hadassah West is offering this program:

Join us for a compelling event that brings the community together with thought leaders, educators, and clergy - uniting in the fight against antisemitism.

Distinguished speakers include

-- Dr. Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at the American Jewish University and Executive Editor of the Encyclopedia Judaica

--Frank Meeink, founder of Life After Hate and a reformed skinhead

--Dr. Brandy Shufutinsky, Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values

--Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback, Senior Rabbi of Stephen Wise Temple

Registration: $18 • limited to the first 500 households

Register at events.hadassah.org/AntisemitismAllAround

Fourth Thursday Movie Night

Thursday, October 26, 6:45 pm, A Member's Home

Unapologetic and free-spirited Inez kidnaps her 6-year-old son, Terry, from the foster care system. They set out to reclaim their sense of home, identity and stability in a rapidly changing New York City.


The film explores a Black mother-and-son relationship rooted in unconditional love while also addressing the impact of systemic racism on urban communities. With this effort, Rockwell's screenwriting and film direction constructs a heartfelt narrative of a family's unceasing perseverance and willingness to give.

To register and receive the home address, please RSVP to (657) 235-2511 or email programs@ncjwlongbeach.org.

The November 30th movie will be Casablanca, a 1942 American romantic drama film starring  Humphrey BogartIngrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. Filmed and set during World War II, it focuses on an American expatriate (Bogart) who must choose between his love for a woman (Bergman) and helping her husband (Henreid), a Czech resistance leader, escape from the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Germans. Again, we'll meet at 6:45 pm.

Come Enjoy the Next HugPack Packing

Thursday, November 2, 6 pm, AJCC

Join us as we prepare 150 HugPacks with items appropriate for foster youth in kindergarten through second grade. You will help us do a mitzvah (a good deed) for these vulnerable young children and it will feel so good!


We will also have a chance to write and collect notes of encouragement to place in backpacks during future packings. 

Come enjoy some snacks and great camaraderie, too! We welcome one and all!

An RSVP is required by October 31: leave a message with your name at (657) 235-2511 or email communityservice@ncjwlongbeach.org since a list of attendees must be turned in no later than November 1.

Linda Fox and Sara Millman Silva

Co-Chairs, NCJW HugPacks

MOMS OC Needs Our Help

MOMS OC needs our help! 

First, they need help decorating the classrooms so they are cheerful and teach infants things through colors and shapes. Come and give 2 - 3 hours helping Miss Gabby (alias Wonder Woman!) make the classrooms really special. She provides everything; she just needs our hands (no creativity necessary!). Check MOMS out at www.momsorangecounty.org!

The next decorating day is Monday, Oct. 30, or Tuesday, Oct. 31, between 9 am and 12:30 pm. The next one after that is Thursday, Nov. 30, from 3 pm to 5:50 pm or Friday, Dec. 1, from 12 - 2:30 pm. If one of those days works for you, please send us an email at communityservice@ncjwlongbeach.org. We had a blast and learned so much! Long Beach folks can carpool, or you can meet us there if you are already in Orange County. 

Second, MOMS also needs clothing and equipment donations, and people during the week to help sort incoming donations. Go at your leisure! 

We will also start doing some fundraising for this new project, so stay tuned.

If you're interested in helping out, contact our community service VP Andrea Friedenthal at (657) 235-2511 or email her at communityservice@ncjwlongbeach.org.

Thank You!! And You're Invited!!

Our Big, Annual Membership &

Donor Appreciation Celebration!

November 5, 2023, 2- 4 pm, A Member's Beautiful Home

It’s time to gather together!!!  

Join us for our annual Fall Member Event.


We will celebrate our members and our success! Visit with long-time friends, meet new people and revel in the amazing outcome of our Long Beach Gives Campaign. Come for the camaraderie; stay for the posh nosh and signature drinks, and enjoy the lovely backyard of one of our members.

In addition to delicious food and drink, we will thank all the donors who gave us such great support, explain what this support makes possible, and share what Planned Parenthood is up to. Special guests Steve Gordon, Campaign Chair and Kristin Langlois, Planned Parenthood Donor Relations Specialist, will share their insights.

Please RSVP as soon as you receive your invitation by email, as space is limited. For more information, contact Laurie Arroyo at membership@ncjwlongbeach.org.

Mark Your Calendars! Save the Date!!

Thursday, Nov. 2: Board Meeting6:45 - 8:45 pm, AJCC. All members are welcome! Call 657-235-2511 to RSVP.

Thursday, Nov. 16: Field Trip – Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Meet at 10 am at AJCC for carpooling. Contact programs@ncwlongbeach.org for more info.

Tuesday, Dec. 5: Abortion Comfort Kit Packing, AJCC Auditorium.

Sunday, Dec. 10: Chanukah Party , 10 am - 1 pm at a member's beautiful home. More info to come.

Thursday, Dec. 21: Movie Night “Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas.” 6:45 pm. We will bring in Chinese Food; cover charge TBD.

Monday, Jan. 22, 2024: Shirley Stein Book Review with Susan Straight, author of “Mecca.” 11 am to 1:30 pm at The Grand, price TBD.


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