About Us

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.

Our Network

Since our beginnings in 1893, NCJW has been defined by our members’ commitment to advocacy and community service. Our members work through a grassroots network of sections, where people live their Jewish values every day in their individual communities. They are both deeply intertwined with the mission and message of NCJW and uniquely independent in their outreach to their local communities. Sections help write local and state-wide legislation, some of which later becomes a model in other states or at the federal level; train in the art of community organizing and power-building; lead in opening dialogue on any number of issues of importance to their populations; and run some of the most impressive and relied upon community service projects in the country.

Our sections are our history, but they are also our future. They distinguish us as an organization that can reach across borders and maintain dialogue in increasingly antagonistic times. They lend us our compassion and our purpose and they guide NCJW, in all of their fierce independent leadership, to be better, to work harder, to make a difference where it matters.

You can get involved locally by attending educational and social events, joining program committees, volunteering in community service programs, shopping at resale stores, lobbying with other section members and much more.