“Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:18). This clarion call to action has resonated with the Jewish people for centuries and is the guiding imperative of National Council of Jewish Women.
Founded in 1893, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is the oldest Jewish women’s grassroots organization in the United States. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW works to improve the lives of the most vulnerable women, families, and children in the United States and Israel.
NCJW’s 180,000 members carry out the organization’s long tradition of social justice through a powerful combination of community organizing, education, direct service, and advocacy. Through NCJW’s 60 local sections in 30 states and a robust State Policy Advocacy (SPA) network, as well as our Action Teams in an additional 7 states, NCJW works on local, state, and federal issues. Domestically, these affiliates and volunteer leaders partner and collaborate with local organizations on advocacy and education efforts and conduct service work with public schools, local government agencies, human service providers, faith-based institutions, and other non-profits.
NCJW responded actively to the challenges of the last century, aiding immigrants, rescuing children and refugees, pioneering juvenile justice reform, advocating for family leave and child care, protecting reproductive health care, and passing critical civil rights legislation. In Israel, NCJW does its work through a gender lens, empowering Israeli and American women to push towards a more robust civil society. As in the US, NCJW brings our unique Jewish women’s progressive approach to advancing social justice and gender equality.