NCJW Welcomes President’s Priorities for Women, Families


February 13, 2013, Washington, DC — The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today welcomed President Obama’s resolve, as expressed in his State of the Union speech, to renew efforts to make progress on several issues important to NCJW’s members. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“President Obama’s resolve to renew efforts to make progress on issues that NCJW members have worked hard on for many years is deeply gratifying. We pledge to redouble our own grassroots efforts to bring these to fruition in the coming year. Promised actions such as passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, enacting immigration reform, working to end gun violence, strengthening voting rights, and ensuring civil rights for members of the LGBT community are welcome news. We were pleased to hear the new push for a $9 minimum wage and universal pre-K as well as his renewed support for Israel’s security – issues NCJW strongly supports.

“Overall President Obama’s focus on policies and programs that will lower the persistently high unemployment rate and promote badly needed economic growth are key to our success in many other areas. NCJW remains committed to a strong social safety net that protects the most vulnerable among us. The details of some of the President’s proposals, particularly Medicare reform, have yet to be spelled out. When they are, NCJW will make its views known in an effort to achieve the greatest progress possible in the current political climate.

“We were inspired by the conviction with which the President laid out his agenda and look forward to partnering on these important issues.”

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.

Contact: Brianne Nadeau


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