"We need comprehensive health care reform for many, many reasons, but the most important is that we need it to save each other's lives. Before the ACA, an estimated 40,000 people died prematurely because they lacked health care. To make that figure a distant memory, we need to get as many people as possible to sign up now for health care coverage through the marketplace."
Read more by NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman in The Huffington Post.
This year, NCJW and Jewish women across the country will be fasting on March 13, the Fast of Esther, to advocate for the immigrant women and families who suffer because of our broken immigration system that divides families and keeps many of our undocumented neighbors fearfully living in the shadows.
We Belong Together, partnering with SEIU and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), is leading a month-long, nationwide women’s action involving daily fasts for immigration reform. NCJW will be leading Jewish women in the fast on March 13.
Learn more and pledge to join the fast>>
"I attended a hearing last week held by the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women...The room was packed and the conversation was serious. The issue at hand was not whether or not abortion should be legal in Israel, but whether the committees that are authorized to approve abortion should be abolished."
Read more from NCJW Israel Director Shari Eshet in the Times of Israel.
The problem of agunot — women who are chained in marriage because they are unable to initiate divorce preceding according to traditional Jewish law — affects thousands of women worldwide and is particularly acute in Israel, where there is no option for civil marriage. As a member of the International Coalition for Agunot Rights (ICAR), we join together to raise awareness of this issue on the Fast of Esther, when we celebrate Queen Esther and her courageous and powerful actions on behalf of her Jewish community. We urge all community leaders to take action and speak out against this violation of human rights.
Learn more and download NCJW’s International Agunot Day Reading.