2013 - 2014 Biennial Report
We are privileged to share the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) biennial report for July 2012–June 2014. Founded on Hannah G. Solomon’s ambitious vision to organize Jewish women to make a difference in the world, NCJW is proud to continue to take action based on that vision and through the International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW) in 34 countries around the world!
Over the past two years, we have been–and continue to be–on the front lines responding to issues of pressing social and economic justice. We have sparked movements and spurred conversations–across our nation and in Israel.
We Connected and Mobilized Advocates
NCJW advocates spoke out on issues critical to the well–being of women, children, and families that are at the top of the legislative agenda, both locally and nationally.
We tapped into the power of innovative collaborations to heighten the impact of NCJW’s work. We have been the leading Jewish group around many tables and have engaged with Jewish and faith–based organizations on priority NCJW initiatives: reproductive justice, judicial nominations, sex trafficking of women and children, and gender equality and women’s empowerment in Israel.
NCJW advocated on other key policy issues including: re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, raising the minimum wage, rejecting cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), pushing for sensible gun violence measures, and promoting comprehensive immigration reform–all issues that galvanized our national and local grassroots advocates and supporters.
We Increased Accountability while Maintaining Flexibility and Responsiveness
We implemented creative solutions to work faster and better, with clearer focus. The result is a more nimble and inter–connected national organization with an emphasis on core advocacy issues and the flexibility to be more responsive. Our restructured programmatic focus with refined metrics and management systems are integral to performance evaluation, goal attainment, and planning for the future.
We Inspired and Trained Leaders
In 22 states, NCJW’s State Policy Advocacy (SPA) network provided grassroots activists information and training to tackle issues of local and national concern. Through regional trainings across the country, NCJW volunteers were mobilized and educated on advocacy, media relations, and coalition–building. NCJW advocates–from Sacramento to Albany–participated in State Lobby Days. And, on the national level, we provided leadership and advocacy training at two of our signature NCJW events: Washington Institute 2013 and the National Convention 2014.
The Days Ahead
Together, these efforts extended NCJW’s legacy of improving the world through meaningful social change. In the days to come, with mounting challenges to the social safety net, it is even more imperative that we continue to step forward when others retreat and speak out when others are silent.
None of this essential work is possible without the dedication of our members, advocates, supporters and staff–people who believe, as we do, that our work is only beginning. We will remain steadfast and relentless.