Support the People of Ukraine

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is shocked and horrified by the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces and subsequent humanitarian crisis. We have compiled information and resources as you and NCJW Sections look for ways to be in solidarity with those impacted by this ongoing conflict.

Educate: Learn more about what’s happening in Ukraine via trusted partners like HIAS.

Advocate: NCJW joined a letter in February requesting an immediate 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukraine, which allows people from Ukraine to live and work in the United States while conditions in their home country make safe return impossible. We applaud the Biden administration for granting this request on March 3! Say thanks on social media:

You can also make an emergency donation through our close partners at HIAS, an organization that assists refugees wherever they are. They have been on the ground in Ukraine and in neighboring countries, and are uniquely situated to make a difference – particularly for women and children.

Other refugee resettlement organizations helping to mitigate the crisis in Ukraine include Church World Service.

Donate: If you are able, consider making donations to the below organizations as an individual to support the people of Ukraine.

USAID also has a list of organizations responding in Ukraine to whom you can donate: https://www.cidi.org/disaster-responses/ukraine-crisis/. In addition, Jewish and Israeli organizations are on the ground in Ukraine, working to deliver funds, food, medical supplies, psychological support, and other much-needed supplies and services to the people of Ukraine, including those who have fled their homes, those who can’t escape, and those who have chosen to remain. Consider donating to these organizations, or volunteering your time and supplies as requested.

Build an Economy That Helps Families

  • The issue: Forty percent of women, and women of color in particular, were forced to leave the workforce due to caregiving demands related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health crisis laid bare the lack of structural support and systemic inequalities that have long been present in our nation.
  • The good news: The Build Back Better Act (HR 5376) , seeks to invest in children and families with the goal of providing basic resources to those in need, reducing child poverty, and creating a healthier workforce. It was passed in the House on November 19, 2021 and now moves on to the Senate for a final vote.
  • Our task: Tell the Senate to pass the Build Back Better Act!

*For DC residents, we continue working towards full voting representation in the US Congress. Click here to tell the Senate to make DC a state!

Workers Deserve Paid Sick Days!

More than 30 million workers do not have access to paid sick days, forcing them to choose between caring for themselves and their families and their economic security. The Healthy Families Act (HR 2465 / S 1195), introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), in April 2021, would establish a national paid sick days standard. The bill would allow workers at companies with more than 15 employees to earn up to seven paid sick days each year to use to recover from illness, take care of their families, and seek assistance after incidents of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.

*For DC residents, we continue working towards full voting representation in the US Congress. Click here to tell the Senate to make DC a state!

Prevent Blanket Entry Bans

The issue: President Trump’s Muslim and African Bans — xenophobic entry bans formulated under the guise of national security — kept thousands of families apart.

The good news: On his first day in office, President Biden rescinded the bans. Then, the NO BAN Act (HR 1333) passed the House in April 2021. This important bill would change the Immigration and Nationality Act by outlawing discrimination in the entry of immigrants or nonimmigrants based on religion. It would also put in place key congressional notification and reporting requirements as important safeguards against any future abuses of the authority to suspend or restrict the entry of non-citizens.

Our task: We need to tell our senators to pass the NO BAN Act!

*For DC residents, we continue working towards full voting representation in the US Congress. Click here to tell the Senate to make DC a state!