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Who Are We?

  • A group of more than 175 engaged and engaging women, dedicated to tikkun olam (repairing the world).
  • A group of enthusiastic and caring women who enjoy working together to make things better for all.
  • Women in the paid workforce, women working at home raising children, and women doing both.
  • Women of all ages, women of all levels of observance.


FUNDRAISING

Throughout the year, NCJW West Morris plans a variety of fundraising events. Our goal is to make these events interesting and fun for our members, to provide opportunities for socializing and meeting new people, and at the same time help to raise the funds needed to support our many community service activities.

Tributes

A great way to send congratulations, condolences, get-well wishes. Section Tributes are available for $2.00 each or $15.00 for 10. Contact us for more information. National tributes are also available.

Personal Giving

Newspaper Subscription Renewals

If your subscription has expired and you need to renew, just send the check to our treasurer and she will renew it for you. By renewing through our section, half of the subscription money goes directly back to our section. This is a simple, painless and terrific fundraiser for NCJW West Morris.

For Aspiring Chefs: For all those would-be iron chefs on your gift list, consider giving Transcending Tradition, our terrific compilation of recipes and tips—a great hostess gift for those upcoming bridal showers and other midwinter and spring parties. Just $10 apiece for members; $15 apiece for nonmembers. Contact Sharon Feigin ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 973–539–6971) or Lesley Frost ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 973–898–0555) to place your order.

Chuppah Quilting Project

After working for two years to design, appliqué, and quilt a magnificent, one-of-a-kind chuppah, this chuppah is finally done! It made its debut in August when one of our members exchanged wedding vows under this beautiful quilted chuppah at Highlawn Pavilion in the South Mountain Arena in Essex County. This was the first time our chuppah has sheltered newlyweds and their bridal party. The gorgeous chuppah is available for rental by calling (888) 895-3059.

 
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Who Are We?

  • A group of more than 175 engaged and engaging women, dedicated to tikkun olam (repairing the world).
  • A group of enthusiastic and caring women who enjoy working together to make things better for all.
  • Women in the paid workforce, women working at home raising children, and women doing both.
  • Women of all ages, women of all levels of observance.
 
RENT OUR MAGNIFICENT QUILTED CHUPPAH

INTRODUCTION

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Central to a Jewish wedding is the chuppah, or wedding canopy. The public ceremony in whichuppah1-quilt bottomch the couple enters the chuppah is a proclamation by the couple that they are now bonded together as man and wife. The chuppah symbolizes the home to be built and shared by the newlywed couple and their joy and faith in their future together. The chuppah is such an important part of the Jewish life cycle, that when a Jewish baby is born the blessing “may he/she be introduced to the study of Torah, to the wedding canopy, and to good deeds,” is one of the blessings that welcome the baby into the Jewish community.

On the day of the wedding, the couple signs the ketubah (marriage contract) before two witnesses in the kinyan ceremony. In remembrance of the deception practiced on Jacob, who was tricked into marrying Leah before he could marry Rachel, the groom verifies the identity of the bride in the bedekken ceremony, and then lowers her veil over her face. The rest of the ceremony continues under the chuppah.

The bride and groom are welcomed to the chuppah and they share a cup a wine together as the Betrothal Blessings are recited.

 

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New Success Story

Diana Drew Grayson’s Engaging New Tome, ‘Jewish Threads,’

Spins Yarns about Jewish Fabric Crafts

A poignant peace/shalom art quilt and an apples & honey challah cover, both handmade by Donna Gross, and handmade Purim puppets by Lesley Frost are among the extraordinary projects showcased in a new book exploring the world of Jewish fabric crafts and the inspiration behind this imaginative work. Called “Jewish Threads: A Hands-On Guide to Stitching Spiritual Intention into Jewish Fabric Crafts” (Jewish Lights Publishing), the 288-page book presents 30 fabric craft projects, created by talented artisans from throughout the United States and Israel.

            Compiled and written by our co-president, Diana Drew (Grayson), with her husband, Robert Grayson, “Jewish Threads” delves into the backstory of each of the pieces spotlighted in the book—how and why they were made and what sparked the idea for each one. The book itself was inspired by our gorgeous quilted chuppah.

            Copies of “Jewish Threads” will be sold as a fund-raiser for our Section at both our Paid-up Membership Meeting on Nov. 13, at 11 a.m., at Lesley Frost’s home and at a special “Jewish Threads” Book-signing & Latke Exchange Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., at the home of Karen Secular .

            Diana spent a year and a half sifting through a myriad of projects from throughout the United States and Israel, choosing those that reflected deep-rooted connections to Jewish heritage and contemporary Jewish life. Each project had to have a compelling story behind its creation, and fit in with the overall concept of the book as both a volume of stories about artisans’ spiritual intention in making these crafts and a how-to book for novices as well as more experienced needlecrafters.

            “Jewish Threads” is designed to motivate readers to fashion some of the traditional ritual items as well as more contemporary pieces included in the book--individually or in groups--by offering easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions at the end of each of the stories about the fabric artists and their spiritual intention. Most of the projects are relatively simple, and make wonderful gifts.

            Some of the crafts presented in “Jewish Threads,” such as challah covers like Donna Gross’s, have roots in Jewish tradition, while others, including Lesley Frost’s Purim puppets and a knit seder plate for Passover, play off centuries of tradition, while incorporating a contemporary spin. Among the fabric craft techniques represented in “Jewish Threads” are quilting, needlepoint, knitting, crochet, felting, embroidery, appliqué, needle felting, and counted cross-stitch.

            Says Diana, “ ‘Jewish Threads’ brings together the disparate threads of my own life--Judaism and Jewish observance, sewing and knitting, writing and editing--while stitching together the inspiring stories of fabric artists from throughout the United States and Israel. Collectively, these personal stories, and the projects that spring from them, form a patchwork of modern-day Jewish life. The part openings, written by my husband Robert, place these crafts in historical perspective, with tales from the Jewish tradition that give these fabric crafts added resonance today.”

 
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NCJW, West Morris Section, welcomes all women who share our passion, commitment and dedication to mending the world. Join us and find a home among like-minded concerned, caring and committed women.

 


 
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