NCJW’s national events bring together members and supporters from communities across the country, and serve as a place where like-minded individuals can learn, network, and take action for progressive social change. For information about local events, please contact the NCJW section in your community.
Recent and Past Events
NCJW’s 46th National Convention
March 6–8, 2014
St. Louis, Missouri
Hundreds of women from around the country gathered to speak out and make their mark on the future of NCJW. By voting on resolutions that set the stage for the next triennium, delegates delivered their collective voice and took meaningful action on vital issues, including the newly launched anti-sex trafficking initiative. These powerful women continued NCJW history by installing a new slate of directors and officers, including new NCJW President Debbie Hoffmann. In addition, attendees celebrated NCJW’s 120th anniversary and heard from an impressive roster of speakers including: Founder Anna Holmes; Military Sexual Assault Litigator Susan Burke; abortion rights activists Dr. Julie Bindeman, Dr. Shelley Sella, and Dana Weinstein; and Bradley Myles, CEO of the Polaris Project, Malika Saada Saar, Special Counsel on Human Rights at The Raben Group, Holly Austin Smith, a survivor of child trafficking and an advocate against all forms of human trafficking, and Kimberly Ritter, an executive at Nix Conference & Meeting Management who spearheads the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) trafficking initiative — all leading national experts on the issue of trafficking.
Visit our expanding gallery of photos from this exciting event!
The Road to Tomorrow: Women Leading Change
NCJW Mission to Israel 2013
October 10–16, 2013
Thirty-two women joined together for NCJW’s Road to Tomorrow: Women Leading Change Mission to Israel. This special mission celebrated NCJW’s 65-year commitment to Israel with a special educational tour, featuring judicial scholar and award-winning American journalist Dahlia Lithwick as the tour’s scholar-in-residence. Mission participants attended meetings with all levels of Israeli women, explored social justice, political and gender issues in both Israel and the US, and were introduced to the change-making organizations our Israel Granting Program supports.
Check out sights and reflections from The Road to Tomorrow: Women Leading Change NCJW Mission to Israel 2013
The Freedom to Marry: A Special Event to Benefit NCJW’s Israel Program
June 4, 2013
New York, NY
NCJW convened a moderated panel discussion on the need for civil marriage and divorce in Israel for those who cannot or do not wish to be married in a religious ceremony. Four Jewish women leaders, including moderator Shari Eshet, director of the NCJW Israel office; Judy Heicklen, president, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance; Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president, The Rabbinical Assembly; and Susie Gelman, immediate past president, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington offered their perspectives on the need for new policy to change the status quo.
March 17-19, 2013
Omni Shoreham Hotel
At NCJW’s premier public policy event, hundreds of members from across the country gathered together to enhance their knowledge of the issues and challenges facing our country and our world through in-depth briefings by political leaders and policy experts. They heard the voices and stories of those directly impacted by the issues here in the United States and in Israel, shared ideas and experiences and networked with like-minded individuals. Participants also spoke out to their members of Congress in face-to-face meetings on Capitol Hill.
- Eleanor Smeal
- Melissa Harris-Perry
- Sandra Fluke
- Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas
- Kierra Johnson
- Julieta Garibay
This special event celebrated NCJW’s Legacy in Israel: Past, Present, and Future.
Featured guest speaker was Barbara Dobkin, Chair of the Dafna Fund and American Jewish World Service; Trustee of the Dobkin Family Foundation.
NCJW Leaders’ Retreat 2012 — Connect. Collaborate. Create Change.
March 16-18, 2012
Hamilton Park, NJ
NCJW leaders from around the country gathered from March 16–18 in Florham Park, NJ for a weekend of learning and networking at NCJW Leaders’ Retreat 2012. This hands-on leadership training retreat gave current and future NCJW leaders the opportunity to boost their leadership skills to build and grow a successful NCJW section. Gloria Feldt, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (1996–2005), delivered the Focus on Leadership Plenary Keynote address. Hamutal Gouri, Executive Director of The Dafna Fund, delivered the Focus on Israel Plenary Keynote address.
Women’s Mission to Israel
November 2-8, 2011
NCJW women enjoyed a special opportunity to see Israel through the lens of NCJW, including a unique look at Israel’s rich history, current events, and future challenges to grassroots activism and social justice issues.
Visit our expanding gallery of photos from NCJW Women’s Mission to Israel!
“Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later”
October 15, 2011 — Hunter College in New York City
NCJW was a proud sponsor of this day-long conference that brought together three generations to witness, respond to, and analyze present day realities in law, politics, and the confluence of race, class, gender as well as current cases of sexual harassment. Anita Hill was the honoree and keynote speaker, and was joined by prominent scholars, attorneys, journalists, and activists speaking on panels throughout the day. The conference also featured “Speaking Truth to Power,” a performance curated by Eve Ensler. The performance included original works written by Edwidge Danticat, Asali Devan, Eve Ensler, Lisa Kron, Lynn Nottage, Mary Oliver, Kevin Powell, and Anita Hope Smith.
NCJW 2011 Israel Benefit Luncheon
June 21, 2011 – Central Park Boathouse, New York City
NCJW honored Florida State Senator, philanthropist, advocate, and dedicated volunteer: The Honorable Nan Rich, past NCJW national president (1996-1999). The event featured guest speaker Jane Eisner, Editor of the Forward. The Israel Benefit Luncheon celebrates NCJW’s pioneering Israel Program and the continuing partnership of NCJW and US/Israel Women to Women (W2W) to create progressive social change in the lives of Israel’s women, children, and families.
Connect to photos and video from the Luncheon on NCJW’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel. And don’t forget to tune into Jewish Channel news coverage of the Luncheon and read a blog post by an attendee inspired by the event!
45th National Convention
March 3-5, 2011 – Fairmont Hotel, Dallas, Texas
Hundreds of women from around the country gathered to speak out and make their mark on the future of NCJW. By voting on resolutions that set the stage for the next triennium, delegates delivered their collective voice and took meaningful action on vital issues, including NCJW’s new campaign, Voices for Reproductive Choices. These powerful women continued NCJW history by installing a new slate of directors and officers, including new NCJW President Linda Slucker, in addition to welcoming new NCJW Chief Executive Officer Nancy K. Kaufman. Guest speakers included: House Democratic Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi; Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network; and Hannah Rosenthal, US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.
October 8-10, 2010 — Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center, Florham Park, NJ
This year’s Leaders’ Retreat was designed to help NCJW leaders hone their leadership skills, effectively mobilize members, network with colleagues, and obtain the latest news about NCJW’s initiatives. The retreat highlighted NCJW’s commitment to organizational and professional development as a means to achieving its mission. The 2010 Leaders’ Retreat brought together leaders from across the country and took an in-depth look into the most pressing issues affecting local NCJW communities.
To view or download resource materials from this event, please visit the Section Leaders’ Resources area.
NCJW 2010 Israel Benefit Luncheon
June 10, 2010 — Harmonie Club, New York City
11:30am – 2pm
NCJW honored philanthropist, advocate, and dedicated volunteer: Jan Schneiderman, past NCJW national president (1999-2002).
The 2010 Israel Benefit Luncheon also celebrated NCJW’s pioneering Israel Program and the continuing partnership of NCJW and US/Israel Women to Women (W2W). Together, we are creating progressive social change in the lives of Israel’s women, children, and families.
For more information, please email the NCJW Action Line call 800 829 NCJW.
International Council of Jewish Women’s (ICJW)
May 8-11, 2010 — Cape Town, South Africa
At this event, NCJW members had the unprecedented opportunity to step beyond the borders of NCJW and into the global world of NCJW-USA as an affiliate of the International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW). At ICJW’s Quadrennial Convention, Sharon Scott Gustafson – an NCJW leader – was installed as president. Attendees met fellow ICJW members from around the world, heard about ICJW’s important work, and participated in strategizing sessions about ICJW’s future endeavors.
ICJW was founded in 1912 by Hannah G. Solomon, in order to bring her vision of a significant organization for Jewish women to the international stage. Today, NCJW-USA remains the largest of ICJW’s affiliate members throughout the world.
For more information about ICJW, please visit www.icjw.org.
Washington Institute 2010
March 21-23, 2010 – Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
At NCJW’s premier public policy event, members from across the country joined together to enhance their knowledge of the issues and challenges facing our country and our world through in-depth briefings by political leaders and policy experts. They heard the voices and stories of those directly impacted by the issues here in the US and in Israel, shared ideas and experiences and networked with like-minded individuals, and they spoke out to their members of Congress in face-to-face meetings on Capitol Hill.
- Lilly Ledbetter — Equal Pay Champion
- Eve Ensler — Anti-Violence Against Women Champion
- Ambassador Melanne Verveer — Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues
View the brochure and visit NCJW’s Virtual Washington Institute! You’ll find compelling articles from our live-blogging reporters, videos of NCJW members and speakers, and additional information about the key public policy issues featured at the event.
NCJW’s 2009 Mission to Israel
November 3-9, 2009
Turn beliefs into meaningful action…make your passion for Israel come alive. All NCJW members and families are invited to join our mission to Israel.
You are sure to be inspired by NCJW’s contribution to Israel by visiting our Israel Granting Program sites and learning about NCJW’s impact on shaping Israel’s social fabric directly from our coalition partners. Be privy to briefings from key players on Israel’s socio-political forefront and meet the women who are making a difference in Israel. But most of all, warm the hearts of Israelis with your show of solidarity.
If you have any questions or need further information please contact Shari Eshet at: email@example.com