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The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
NCJW was founded in 1893 by the pioneering social activist Hannah Greenebaum Solomon.
Explore NCJW’s historical milestones in the organization timeline.
Read “Building A Legacy,” excerpted from the NCJW Journal.
Debbie Hoffmann, NCJW President
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Nancy K. Kaufman, NCJW CEO
Nancy K. Kaufman is the chief executive officer of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
Kaufman has had a distinguished career as a public servant, advocate, and non-profit leader. Prior to joining NCJW, Kaufman served as the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Boston for twenty years, where she led the social justice, Israel advocacy, and governmental affairs agendas for Boston’s Jewish Federation, its agencies and other Jewish communal organizations. She has also held a variety of positions related to health and human services delivery in state and local government and in the nonprofit sector, including being founding executive director of a community action agency and working for the Dukakis administration as deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Social Policy, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, and deputy commissioner of the Welfare Department for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Kaufman is a graduate of Brandeis University and received an MSW in community organization and social planning from the Boston College School of Social Work, as well as a mid-career Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is also a recipient of an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Northeastern University. Among other honors, she received an award for Greatest Contribution to Social Policy from the National Association of Social Workers in 1980, the Alumni Achievement Award from Brandeis University in 2002, and the Woman of Valor Award in 2007 from the Jewish Funds for Justice.
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To schedule an interview with Nancy K. Kaufman, NCJW CEO, please contact please contact Brianne Nadeau at Rabinowitz Communications: 202 265 3000.
Campaigns and Initiatives
NCJW’s campaigns and initiatives champion progressive policies; help improve the lives of women, children, and families through local and federal-level advocacy work; and provide educational resources and action opportunities that enable NCJW members and supporters to maximize their impact as agents of social change.
Learn more about the following domestic and Israel-focused programs:
- BenchMark: NCJW’s Judicial Nominations Campaign
- Higher Ground: NCJW’s Domestic Violence Campaign
- Plan A: NCJW’s Campaign for Contraceptive Access
- Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote Initiative
- Voices for Reproductive Choices
- Israel Granting Program
- Advocacy and Coalition Work in Israel
- Historical Education Work in Israel
NCJW’s Annual Report documents its programs, projects, and financial information.