Program and Education

NCJW/CLE keeps its fingers on the pulse of what’s interesting and important in the community. Our members are involved with planning and providing access to high-profile topical speakers and community events. We’ve brought in an Olympian, award-winning journalists and comedians to entertain and educate members.

Art Series: Members tour the Cleveland Museum of Art with trained facilitators and listen to local experts talk about featured artists.

Book Club: Monthly discussions facilitated by a rotation of group participants. The group reads mostly works of fiction exploring a wide variety of subject matter and styles. For upcoming books and meeting dates, click here. To join, you must be a member and send your current email address to Susan Kahn at

All past book club reads can be found here: NCJW Book Club Reads -2001-2019

Examine Some Things Newish About Being Jewish: Cheryl Gordon, MAT-MSJS, an enthusiastic Jewish educator, returns to facilitate a great series of interesting and compelling topics, over lunch!

NCJW/CLE Major Meetings:

  • Opening Meeting: Kickoff luncheon event featuring well-known celebrity or influencer.
  • The Lois Zaas Annual Memorial Advocacy Lecture: Features experts on timely news topics such as bullying, women’s reproductive rights and other issues-driven topics.
  • Winter Meeting: Luncheon, featuring a gift boutique, musical entertainment and presentation of the Emerging Leader Award(s).
  • Annual Meeting: The year’s closing meeting, highlighting events and accomplishments from the past and installation of new officers and board members.

Understanding the Issues: Through current issues-driven events, NCJW informs members about the challenges that confront women, children, and families in Northeast Ohio. With the wisdom of experts in the field, participants become aware of the problems, possible solutions and actions to be taken. Topics have included social media dangers, reducing gun violence and aging out of foster care.

Women’s Health Series: Dive into a healthier you at intimate events featuring physicians and experts. Some past topics include “What Women Need to Know for a Healthy 2019” and “Time to Tune up Your Sex Drive.” Lecture and light dinner included.