For National Council of Jewish Women, advocacy means speaking out about unmet requirements, problems and needs of women, children and families to the local authorities, community leaders, and elected officials. At both local and national levels NCJW advocates for progressive social change.
NCJW members and supporters across the country work with one another, coalition partners, and the NCJW offices in Washington and Jerusalem to take action on a wide variety of domestic and international issues.
NCJW Action Center is the interactive national website link which enables members to take action on the national level to champion progressive policies and to contact elective official on specific issues.
NCJW’s premier national policy conference, held every three years (next event will be in 2016). For three days NCJW members from all over the country are given advocacy training, in depth issue briefings by prominent national leaders, and a chance to use that knowledge to advocate for social change at meetings with members of Congress.
STATE POLICY ISSUES
Our State Policy Advocates (SPAs) follow proposed bills that support our mission in both the Senate and Assembly throughout the legislative session. On occasion, SPAs may even co-write or co-sponsor a piece of legislation and we sign on to support those of our partners as appropriate.
ANNUAL NCJW LOBBY DAY
The Annual NCJW Lobby Day is held in Sacramento over two days every spring. Members have an opportunity to receive advocacy training, briefings on California issues, and a chance to advocate for bills that advance NCJW principles at meetings with their District legislators.
LOCAL ADVOCACY ISSUES
Local advocacy issues such as homelessness, immigrant rights, leadership training, and economic justice.
Mini-Conference is a biennial day-long gathering, usually involving a single important topic such as women’s rights, human trafficking or domestic violence, designed to educate our members and others to a critical issue that needs our attention.
PROMOTE THE VOTE
Promote the Vote is our effort at voter outreach to encourage voting and register voters before elections, particularly young people.
PASTRY AND POLITICS
Pastry and Politics is a gathering of members and the community to learn about public policy from public officials or local experts in a particular area. We are issue-oriented and non-partisan. Our most recent program was a discussion of state and local ballot measures and reproductive health.