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.



Sheila Katz
Chief Executive Officer

Janelle Jenkins
Chief Operating Officer

Stephanie Ann Russell
Associate Director of Operations

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
Scholar – in – Residence

Finance & Administration

Murray Levin
Director of Finance

Vanessa Surles
Associate Director, Finance

Jasbir Kaur
Staff Accountant


Pamela Goldstein
Director of Advancement

Dan Kohl
Director of Stakeholder Engagement

Stephanie McKim
Associate Director, Development and Database Operations

Sarah Flores Shannon
Foundation Relations Manager

Atarah Mark
Development Operations Associate

Engagement & Leadership

Laila Hirschfeld
Director of Engagement and Leadership

Jane Yamaykin
Associate Director, Engagement and Leadership

Kristin Booth
Engagement Manager

Hannah Borison
Engagement Associate

National Campaigns & Partnerships

Rachel Faulkner
Director of National Campaigns and Partnerships

Shira M.  Zemel
Abortion Access Campaign Co-Director

Glenn Northern
Abortion Access Campaign Co-Director

Government Relations and Advocacy

Jody Rabhan
Chief Policy Officer

Talya Steinberg
Associate Director, Government Relations and Advocacy

Smriti Krishnan
Government Relations and Advocacy Manager

Alannah Boyle
Manager of State Policy Advocates



Jake Green
Associate Director, Communications


Israel Policy and Programs

Kalela Lancaster
Israel Program Manager

Eynat Meytahl
Israel Program Associate