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. .
Our members are a motivated and fun collective of thoughtful women connecting with each other and learning together as a community of change-makers.
We make change happen.
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NCJW, Inc., Arizona Section is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
125 years o driving social change is rooted in our faith-based mission of justice for all.
NCJW confronts today's most urgent social and economic challenges facing women, children and families. Powered by the Jewish imperative to ensure dignity for all, we impact policy and advocate to get things done from the State House to the White House. Our Section has been active and successful in the fight against sex trafficking and domestic violence, but in today's political environment our focus is on the urgent need to protect women's rights, especially reproductive health and justice. Our Jewish values teach us that our reproductive freedoms are integrally bound to our religious liberty; we are committed to advancing the goals of reproductive justice so that every person can make their own moral and faith-informed decisions about their body, health and family.
NCJW has had a presence in Arizona since 1920. Since that time, NCJW has played a vital role in making Arizona a viable place to live; our legacy lives on. In Phoenix, we helped start the first synagogue which is now the site of the Plotkin Cultural Center. We were on the ground floor establishing Jewish Family and Children Services. We were involved in starting the Child Crisis Nursery, now part of Child Crisis Center. We worked with staff of the Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Courts to establish the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program here in Arizona. Today we are working to build awareness about human trafficking, domestic violence, teen dating abuse, and gun safety.
In 1893, Hannah G. Solomon of Chicago was asked to organize the participation of Jewish women in the Chicago World’s Fair. When they discovered that duties involved only pouring coffee and other hostess duties, they walked out. Hannah then took matters into her own hands, building on the courageous action and volunteer work she had been leading for years. By the end of the World’s Fair, Hannah and the accompanying delegate body of women had founded the National Council of Jewish Women, changing forever the role of Jewish women and the nature of volunteerism.
Today, over 125 years later, NCJW remains distinct among organizations — courageous, compassionate, powerful, and, above all, pioneering.