Our Work

Advocacy

Take Action with NCJW Advocacy Campaigns

NCJW has been at the forefront of social change for more than 118 years. NCJW members are outspoken champions for progressive policies at the federal, state and local levels. Over the years, NCJW’s collective voice has changed the world for the better — improving the lives of women, children and families in the US and Israel.

NCJW’s history of social action is based in its powerful grassroots network — in local communities and online. Members all over the country courageously speak out when others are silent, taking a progressive stance on such issues as child welfare, women’s rights and reproductive freedom.

Learn about the myriad ways to get involved in NCJW’s action efforts, including the NCJW Action Center — an action alert network that broadcasts breaking news, legislative information and opportunities to speak out to decision-makers — and take advantage of advocacy resources that make it easy to make an impact.

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery in which victims are used for forced labor or sexual exploitation. Florida is number three in incidences of human trafficking in the US. At NCJW we feel that it is exceedingly important for the entire community to become involved to help eradicate this problem. It is with this thought in mind that we have launched a Human Trafficking Awareness Program.

This program consists of:

  • General awareness via display of Teen Silhouettes in public places and engaging both teens and parents via the distribution of printed material in both English and Spanish. (Possible venues can be malls, movie theaters, open markets, government landmarks, etc.)
  • Scheduled visits to teen groups (Girls’ Inc., Girl/Boys Scouts, Big Sister/Brother, etc.) with Teen Silhouettes and video footage narrated by a teen and followed by a discussion. This program is introduced by a moderator who prompts the audience with specific questions geared toward encouraging a productive discussion.

Voter Engagement 

Our vote is our voice. But efforts to exclude individuals from the electoral process lie at the heart of the effort to increase voter engagement in the United States.

But voter engagement is more encompassing than just voting. It means understanding the issues at stake and encouraging every person to contribute to the political process.

Throughout its history, NCJW has worked to expand voting rights, drive voter turnout, educate on the issues, and engage advocates. Our work continues today, with a renewed focus on developing grassroots networks and leaders to build power in their communities. Our ultimate goal? That every eligible voter is able to register to vote, cast a ballot, and engage in all levels of government in a deep and meaningful way.

Jews for Abortion Access 

Since its founding, NCJW has been a leader in the reproductive health and rights movement, and while much advancement has been made in the past 100 years to legally secure a person’s right to abortion and contraception, there is so much more that needs to be done to truly ensure reproductive freedom for all.

Reproductive health, rights, and justice go beyond the basics of reproduction. It requires us to dig deeper, advocate louder, and love harder. It requires us to center the voices of those who have been marginalized at the center to lead the conversation for social change.

Until every person has the power to make their own informed decisions about their body, sexuality, and future, our work is not over.

Hate Crimes Prevention

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) works to guarantee all individuals live free from violence and persecution. From the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 and beyond, NCJW has been and continues to be on the front lines helping to enact landmark civil rights legislation. Our unique history compels us to protect and defend marginalized communities from acts of hate and bias. That is why we continue to advocate for laws and policies that strengthen hate crime laws and data collection to ensure all communities can live free from hate.

Gun Violence Prevention 

NCJW believes that the nation’s laws and policies should restrict and regulate guns to prevent gun violence. NCJW supports limiting the sale and distribution of firearms and the proliferation of weapons, in order to reduce the number of lives cut short and families destroyed by readily available firearms in the hands of violent perpetrators.

Israeli Granting Program 

In Israel, NCJW does its work through a gender lens, empowering Israeli and American women to advocate for a robust civil society. With our grants to Israeli organizations, participation in advocacy coalitions, policy statements, and our pioneering work in education and research, NCJW is a leader of women’s and gender rights in Israel.  For more than 70 years, we have been supporting women, children, and families throughout Israeli society regardless of ethnicity, religion, and economic status.

Lunch and Learn

These are rotated among members’ homes and feature two yearly advocacy topics of interest to the community. People attending bring their own lunch and get treated to hot and cold drinks and dessert. The mode of presentation varies from video/slides to speakers and/or a combination thereof. These sessions fill up quickly and advanced reservations are necessary.

The featured topics this year are Homeless Families in Florida and Immigration: Where have We Gone Wrong? Please see the events calendar on this website for the specifics of these programs to be held in January and March.

For additional information, please contact NCJW at (941) 342-1855.