Dear Members and Friends,
In January 2013, the Israeli writer Iris Eliya Cohen wrote a poem
Mom would wake up early and start rocking,
diapering, washing, cleaning, shampooing, drying, scrubbing, ironing, folding, baking, cooking,
peeling, picking, steaming, boiling, salting, sweetening, sorting,
picking the lice out of our hair,
chopping, grilling and again
cleaning, in between nursing. Till we were two. (By the way: five children.)
Go down, hurry up, walk, run, return, not resting a moment.
Wouldn't sit, on her legs all day. Standing.
And even so when people asked what my parents did
I would say: My dad is a contractor.
Mommy doesn't work.
On Sunday it is Mother's Day. We remember our mothers.
Maxine Bachmayer - President NCJWA NSW
Motherhood should be a time of delight and connection.
Many new parents do not have that village of support needed to raise a child, particularly at this time of increased isolation, anxiety and world challenges.
Mum for Mum’s mission is to recreate the village of supports and to build parents capacity for them and their children to thrive.
On Mother's Day please think of those without support and help us ensure that they don’t fall through the cracks. To donate or give a certificate on behalf of a loved one on Mother’s Day please follow the link https://mumformum.org.au/donate/
Ruth Shteinman, Chair Days for Girls (DfG), organised a Working Bee on 20 April from 4-8, 2 sessions, students earlier, young adults later and of course our usual volunteers. A big thanks to Zoe Guenzl, Youth Group Chair and Social Media coordinator, as well as Kathy Hurwitz, DfG committee member, for her enormous input and for everyone who contributed to make it the productive and successful event it was.
Photos on our website https://ncjwansw.org.au/gallery/
Cuddle Bundles and Pamper Packs
With so many women experiencing so much trauma in their lives, the demand for our Pamper Packs has escalated.
Of late we have been asked to pack for several Ukranian and Afghan babies and their young siblings. We have been including one of our pamper packs of beautiful toiletries and accessories with every delivery, so as to spoil these Mums in some very small way and to let them know they are special and appreciated.
In addition we have a regular order for 15 pamper packs every month from one of the shelters we assist.
As a result we are now totally out of all toiletries, toiletry bags, costume jewellery and fashion scarves.
If you have any toiletry products- perfumes, body lotions, soaps, creams etc that are new and unopened and well within their expiry dates, costume jewellery in excellent condition, toiletry bags and scarves as new, or anything else that would go well in a pamper pack, (excluding candles- as the shelters are concerned about the safety aspect) please think about Cuddle Bundles and the joy that these will bring to their recipients.
They can be dropped off at NCJWA from 16 May.
The generosity of our community has been amazing and we are most grateful for all the baby items and toiletries received thus far. At the moment we are not looking for baby items just for items for our Pamper Packs.
KVELLER.COM NEWS This Rabbi’s Statements on Abortion Rights Are So Spot On by Lior Zeltman 3 May 2022
Back in February, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, Twitter star, writer, former Kveller podcaster, and activist extraordinaire, appeared on “Full Frontal With Sam Bee” to talk about abortion rights in light of the Supreme Court case about Mississippi’s 15-weeks abortion ban.
Unfortunately, with the news about the Supreme Court’s intentions to rule in favor of the ban and overrule Roe Vs. Wade, her brilliant comments from the segment are even more pertinent today.
The sketch, which takes place in a bar, features Ruttenberg, a member of the National Council of Jewish Women‘s Rabbis for Repro network, in conversation with the director of Repro Legal Defense Fund, Rafa Kidvai; reporter Jamie Manson, the president of Catholics for Choice; and Sam Bee. Yes, it’s the old “a Jew, a Muslim, and a Catholic walk into a bar” — except it’s not just funny, it’s also incredibly poignant and a little scary.
The first question Bee asks is how each religion views abortion, and Ruttenberg succinctly and emphatically replies that “in Judaism, abortion is permitted — and where the pregnant person’s life is at stake, it’s required, because the health and well-being of the pregnant person come first.”
Bee and the religious leaders go on to talk about when the soul enters the body, which the Mississippi law argues is at 15 weeks. “The Talmud says that for the first 40 days, the fetus is mere water — that would be about seven to eight weeks of gestation,” Ruttenberg explains, making it clear that there really isn’t religious consensus about this issue.
Ruttenberg also agreed that the Mississippi ban is an infringement on Jewish religious liberties. She wasn’t the only one on the panel to agree, as Kidvai shared that there is absolutely no ban on abortion in Israel, and a recent Pew poll showed that the majority of Catholics believe abortion should be legal.
The South African Film Festival, online across the Australia and New Zealand, opens this Saturday 7 May, with the film Nobody's Died Laughing - celebrating the life and work of South African icon, activist and comedian, Pieter-Dirk Uys.
There is a stimulating line-up of captivating features, intriguing documentaries and powerful short films showcasing South African talent, culture and diversity - in all its colour, richness and complexity.
The South African Film Festival is a not for profit organisation supporting Education without Borders, an education foundation in the townships in the Western Cape. All funds raised go towards supporting this vital work.
Please check out the SFF website. Buy a festival pass and get the word out there. https://saff.org.au
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