Our Statement on the Israeli Election Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2022

Media Contact:
Jake Green, jgreen@ncjw.org

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Israelis went to the polls for the fifth time in just under four years. With the results almost tallied, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) CEO Sheila Katz issued the following statement:

“National Council of Jewish Women believes in an Israel where all women, children and families should not just be able to exist, but thrive. And we know this will only be the case when policies center dignity, equity and justice for all Israelis — especially those at the margins of society, like women, Arabs and the LGBTQ+ community.

“We support the electoral process in Israel and respect the outcome of its elections. And, we are deeply concerned by the statements and ideologies of the parties that appear to be forming the next coalition government — particularly the anti-LGBTQ+, anti-women and anti-Arab rhetoric from the parties that make up the Religious Zionism Slate, including Ben Gvir’s Otzma Yehudit party, the Noam party and the Religious Zionism party. NCJW will always stand up for justice, democracy and diplomacy, and we refuse to normalize racism, incitement or discrimination.

“NCJW stands in solidarity with our grassroots feminist partner organizations, leadership cohorts and advocacy coalitions who work tirelessly to advance gender justice and equity on the ground in Israel. We will continue working to advance the rights of women, children and families throughout Israeli society regardless of ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation until an equitable future is realized.”

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NCJW Reacts to Independence Day Gun Violence

WASHINGTON — After the weekend’s massacre in Highland Park, IL, and other shooting incidents, National Council of Jewish Women CEO Sheila Katz released the following statement:

Once again, our country is touched by gun violence. We don’t yet know the true motives behind the Independence Day shooting in Highland Park, IL. But every indication is that hate was a driving factor. That hate, combined with easy access to guns, once again results in tragedy.

Yesterday was a day of unimaginable tragedy for a specific community, but as a nation, we seem resigned to allowing this to keep happening. We barely get over the shock of one mass shooting before the next occurs. And, that does not even cover the countless acts of gun violence that happen every day and barely register in our national consciousness. Even yesterday, as we were just beginning to process the Highland Park shooting, another shooting in Philadelphia marred the holiday weekend.

This can’t continue. The recent legislation passed by Congress and signed by the president is a modest step forward, and we hope it will save lives. But it’s not enough. People will continue to die unless we find a radically different approach.

There are steps like universal background checks that have broad public support that Congress can implement now. And we must consider an assault weapon ban that takes a gun that has no place in the general public out of the reach of those seeking to do harm.

May the memories of all the lives lost yesterday within the Jewish community and beyond be a blessing.

Joint Statement from Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Groups on Chad Meredith

Joint Statement from Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Groups on Chad Meredith

PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION OF AMERICA
NARAL PRO-CHOICE AMERICA
NATIONAL WOMEN’S LAW CENTER
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN
URGE: UNITE FOR REPRODUCTIVE & GENDER EQUITY
CATHOLICS FOR CHOICE
ALL* ABOVE ALL ACTION FUND
PHYSICIANS FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

MEDIA CONTACTS:
PPFA212-261-4433
NARAL: 
NWLC: Olympia Feil, 
NCJW: Jody Rabhan, 
URGE: Kwentoria A. Williams, 
Catholics for Choice: John Becker, 
All* Above All Action Fund
Physicians for Reproductive Health: 

Today, Planned Parenthood Federation Of America, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Women’s Law Center, National Council Of Jewish Women, All* Above All Action Fund, URGE, Catholics for Choice, and Physicians for Reproductive Health released the following statement on Chad Meredith, whom some news outlets have reported could soon be nominated to a federal judgeship on the Eastern District of Kentucky:

“We are in a national abortion crisis. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, states have already moved to ban and restrict abortion access – including Kentucky. We are in this moment because anti-abortion judges were intentionally nominated at every level to take away our fundamental right to abortion – and given his record, we know Chad Meredith would be no exception.

“Chad Meredith should not be nominated to a lifetime judgeship. This is unacceptable at any time, but especially on the heels of six Supreme Court justices taking away a fundamental right from millions of people.”

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 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. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

National Council of Jewish Women Praises State of Israel for Expanding Abortion Access

WASHINGTON — With last week’s decision by the government of Israel to expand women’s access to abortion by making abortion pills more available and changing the requirements that women seeking the procedure appear before a special committee: National Council of Jewish Women CEO Sheila Katz released the following statement: 

“We are grateful to the government of Israel for moving to honor women’s bodily autonomy by making abortion more accessible in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which will rob over 36 million Americans of control over their bodies and their lives by legalizing state abortion bans.”

“Israel has moved in the opposite direction of the United States, voting in large majority to make abortion pills available through its universal health care system, and to exempt most women from appearing before the termination committee that Israelis seeking an abortion have had to consult in person. Abortion access is a Jewish value. Judaism is consistent in its attitude toward abortion — it permits abortion and sometimes requires it when the life and health of the pregnant person is at risk. To see Israel lead the way in this moment is a bright spot in a very dark time.” 

“Certainly, we hope that in the future the Jewish state decommissions the panel altogether, but we rejoice in the opportunity to praise Israel for taking a big step forward at a time when the United States is falling behind. We hope that other countries, including ours, take notice at a time when Israel is living up to its historical aspiration of serving as a light unto the nations.”

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 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. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

Kennedy v. Bremerton Decision is a Dangerous Blow to Religion-State Separation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

June 27, 2022

Media Contact:

Alissa Kaplan Michaels, West End Strategy Team

amichaels@westendstrategy.com

NCJW Calls Kennedy v. Bremerton Decision a Dangerous Blow 

To Religion-State Separation 

WASHINGTON – National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) criticized today’s Supreme Court decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton, a case about a public school coach who violated the religious freedom of students by pressuring them to join his prayers at the 50-yard line at football games.  National Council of Jewish Women Chief Policy Officer Jody Rabhan released the following statement:

“National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) believes that public schools should be inclusive and welcoming places for all students, regardless of their religious beliefs. No student should have to choose between their religious freedom and being part of school activities. But today’s ruling in Kennedy v. Bremerton could force children enrolled in public schools to do just that.

“As Jews in America, we know intimately that religion-state separation is essential to our ability to live and thrive. Yet this decision and two others this term — Shurtleff v. City of Boston (in which justices ruled that Boston could not exclude religious flags from its flag raising program) and Carson v. Makin (which for the first time forces states to fund religious education) — have deeply undermined constitutional law regarding church-state separation. Justice Sotomayor addresses this in her dissent by stating that with this decision, ‘the Court sets us further down a perilous path in forcing States to entangle themselves with religion, with all of our rights hanging in the balance.’ The Court is dismantling the wall between religion and state, and the impact on people — especially children, who practice a minority religion or no religion — cannot be overstated.

“NCJW vows to continue to work with a coalition of diverse religious and nonreligious advocates to fight on behalf of our democratic principles, upon which this country was founded.”

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 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. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.  

 

National Council of Jewish Women Outraged Over Supreme Court Ruling Ending Right to Abortion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 24, 2022

Media Contact:

Alissa Kaplan Michaels, West End Strategy Team

amichaels@westendstrategy.com, 212.864.5374 

National Council of Jewish Women Outraged Over Supreme Court Ruling Ending Right to Abortion

CEO Sheila Katz: ‘NCJW To Continue To Fight’ 

WASHINGTON — With today’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, National Council of Jewish Women CEO Sheila Katz released the following statement: 

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a moral failure. It will put lives at risk. By overturning 50 years of precedent, safe and vital abortion care is now virtually inaccessible to millions of people who need it. In the weeks and months ahead, we will see the devastating impact this ruling will have on human lives. 

“This egregious decision is a direct violation of both our American values and our Jewish tradition. Reversing the protections of Roe defies logic, morality, compassion and the fundamental right of all Americans to practice their religious beliefs without interference from the government.

“In the 13 states where abortion will become immediately illegal, millions of people will have to face the harsh truth that they no longer have control over their lives and their bodies. This decision will forever alter the lives of those who will be forced to remain pregnant, increasing the chances that they will face life-threatening medical complications, poverty and unemployment. And we know from existing data in states where abortion is already virtually inaccessible that this decision will disproportionately impact those who already face barriers to accessing health care, including women, and particularly Black, Indigenous and people of Color, LGBTQ+ individuals, those with disabilities, young people and those working to make ends meet. 

“Abortion bans place greater value on the life of the fetus than on the pregnant person, a violation of both Jewish law and tradition and of American religious liberty. Now, it seems only certain people are entitled to religious liberty, which renders the entire concept meaningless. Today’s decision betrays this most cherished American value. The rights of American Jews and other people of faith who believe in access to abortion, who are the majority of people in this country, have been sacrificed to the overwhelming zeal of one small group that has turned the shield of religious freedom into a sword.

“National Council of Jewish Women advocates will not be deterred. We will continue to fight until everyone can make their own faith-informed decision about their bodies, lives and futures, regardless of who they are or where they live. Now is the time. Forced pregnancy is an explicit violation of our rights as Jews. Abortion access is and always will be a Jewish value, and we are determined to keep fighting, from the streets to the courts, to ensure that everyone has access to the care they need and the ability to make their own decisions for themselves and their futures.”

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 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. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice; and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.