Convention 2020

April 23-25, 2020 in Chicago, IL


Fired up and ready to go for Convention 2020, but still have some lingering questions? See more info below!

When is Convention 2020?

Thursday, April 23 – Saturday, April 25, 2020 (see draft agenda)

Where is it?

The Westin Chicago River North – Marriott
320 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60654

What should I expect from Convention 2020?

  • Strengthen your leadership and advocacy skills through interactive training
  • Hear a vision and path forward for NCJW from our new CEO Sheila Katz
  • Learn from amazing speakers on how they’re turning their passion into action
  • Celebrate 125 years of making change happen and envision the next 125 years of what we can accomplish together
  • Vote on bylaws and resolutions that will shape the focus of NCJW for the next three years
  • Network with smart, outspoken, and daring advocates from across the country
  • Connect with the Jewish values that guide our work
  • Experience the dynamic energy of our national movement
  • Return home reinvigorated and inspired to continue your social justice work with new skills, ideas, and knowledge!

Who can attend?

Anyone and everyone! If you’re passionate about social justice and interested in NCJW, Convention 2020 is a great way to get involved and join our movement. Although section leaders are encouraged to attend, you don’t need to be part of a section to join us at Convention 2020.

Who are the speakers?

We’re still gathering the best of the best for this Convention 2020!

Past speakers at our national conferences include Cecile Richards, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Rep John Lewis (D-GA), Sec. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Sally Yates, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Eleanor Smeal, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Eve Ensler.

How much is registration?

  • Full Conference Ticket – $600
  • Shabbat Ticket (Friday and Saturday)– $450
  • Subsidized Shabbat (Friday and Saturday) Ticket – $275
  • Thursday Only Ticket – $120
  • Friday Shabbat Dinner Only – $180
  • Saturday Only Ticket (including Leadership Gala) – $300
  • Friday Only Ticket (Including Friday Shabbat Dinner)– $350
  • Leadership Gala & 125th Anniversary Celebration Ticket – $180
  • Workshop Only Ticket – $125
  • Subsidized Workshop Only Ticket – $36

For more information about ticket options and to register please click here
Your registration does not include a hotel room. Please book your hotel here.

Should I buy a full conference ticket or a Shabbat experience ticket?

  • With both ticket experiences, you will learn new skills at our workshops, hear from big-name speakers leading the charge for social justice at our Shabbat Dinner and Leadership Gala, and celebrate Shabbat with hundreds of progressive Jewish women.
  • The full conference ticket gives you access to three days of action-packed programming, starting with our Opening Plenary and ending with our Leadership Gala. This ticket includes the business sessions, where you’ll also help set the direction for NCJW’s future by debating and voting on our new resolutions and bylaws.

The Shabbat ticket is 24 hours shorter, but will still give you an inspiring NCJW experience. Come for many highlights of Convention 2020 even if you aren’t able to be in Chicago the entire time. This ticket begins on Friday at 2:30 pm after the business meetings instead of Thursday at 2 pm.

Are you offering subsidies?
Every NCJW section in good standing with their national partnership dues is eligible to receive one subsidy for an emerging leader who is also a first-time attendee of an NCJW Convention. The subsidy will cover the full cost of registration. Learn more.

What dates do I need to remember?

  • Last day to purchase recognition book ads is February 28
  • Registration refunds end on March 22
  • Special discounted hotel rate ends on March 30
  • Registration closes on April 5

How do I make a hotel reservation?

  • Book your hotel here
  • Please note the following details about our room block:
    • The Westin Chicago River North has a limited inventory of rooms with two beds. If you need to secure a room with two beds, please book the “Traditional Room, Guest room, 2 double” here as soon as possible. This is the only way to guarantee you will receive a double room with two beds.
    • For any hotel rooms booked under the room type “Group Only, Guest room, King or Double” you will receive the room type available at check-in.
    • There are a limited number of rooms at our group rate for Monday, April 20, Tuesday, April 21, and Sunday, April 27.
    • If you have any trouble reserving your hotel room, please email Samantha Weil with the details of your situation

NCJW has a room block with a special rate. Both a single and double room cost $185 per night (plus taxes and fees).

Which airport should I fly into?

Chicago has two main airports. Both O’Hare International and Chicago Midway International airports are within a 20-mile radius of the hotel. Chicago Midway is slightly closer – both airports offer transit options into downtown Chicago.

  • From O’Hare to The Westin River North: You can take the “L” train via the blue line. Board at the O’Hare stop and depart at the Clark/Lake stop, then walk three blocks to arrive at the hotel. From door-to-door, this should approximately be a 45-minute trip.
  • From Chicago Midway to The Westin River North: You can take the “L” train via the orange line. Board at the Midway stop and depart at the Clark/Lake stop, then walk three blocks to arrive at the hotel. From door-to-door, this should approximately be a 35-minute trip.

Why should I attend the business meetings?

The business sessions are your chance to shape the future of NCJW. Make your voice heard by participating in debates and voting on proposed changes to our resolutions, which set the direction of the organization for the next three years and are guiding principles for NCJW’s public policy platforms. This is your chance to impact the course of our national movement.

What are the business meetings, and how does voting work?

Business Meetings are the Convention 2020 sessions at which official NCJW business takes place, including revision and adoption of NCJW’s bylaws and resolutions. Decisions made at the business session have a direct impact on NCJW’s work for the next triennium. During business sessions, delegates engage in debate, and action is taken.

How do I know if I’m a voting delegate for the business meetings?

In January, we will notify section presidents and executive directors of the number of voting delegates the section is allotted. They will then determine which attendees from the section are voting delegates. In addition, the following are voting delegates: Members at large and NCJW national positions (NCJW Inc. board directors, SPAs, Honorary presidents, Honorary vice-presidents, Honorary Directors, delegates of each section or their alternates, Member-at-Large delegates, State Policy Advocacy chairs and vice-chairs, the United Nations representatives and the chair and vice-chair of the voting meeting). If you are interested in being a national voting member, please contact Leah Singman.

What are bylaws and resolutions?

  • NCJW’s Resolutions embody the organization’s fundamental beliefs and principles. They are a guide to our priorities and actions for the next three-year triennium.
  • NCJW’s Bylaws are a set of rules that help guide our work as an organization.

What accommodations will be offered during Convention 2020 for those observing Shabbat and Ramadan?

We aim to ensure all attendees can participate at Convention.

For those observing Shabbat, please note:

  • Shabbat friendly workshops are available for you to choose from.
  • For those who do not purchase food on Shabbat, breakfast, and lunch on Saturday will be provided. (Shabbat dinner is provided to all conference attendees.)
  • Food will be kosher-style with kosher meals available for those who request it.
  • Shabbat friendly room keys will be available through the hotel.

For those observing Ramadan, we will have food available during non-fasting hours for you.

Additionally, there will be a quiet room for prayer and self-reflection. Please note any additional requests in your registration form.

Who can I contact with further questions?

For general questions, please contact Samantha Weil.