For over a century, NCJW has been at the forefront of social change – championing the needs of women, children, and families – while courageously ensuring individual rights and freedoms through programs and projects initiated by our members. What unifies its 90,000 members and supporters around the country is a belief that progressive ideals put into meaningful action can improve the world.
Consider getting involved with NCJW; you can take that action and become a powerful force for change. Our current projects are listed below. Please click on the links for additional information.
The Kindergarten Festivals, initiated through collaboration between the Long Beach Unified School District and NCJW Greater Long Beach & West Orange County Section, are entering their eighth year. These "School Readiness" FREE festivals are aimed at preparing children who will enter kindergarten the following fall and their parents. They provide information about the district, the expectations of kindergarten teachers, workshops about math, reading strategies for parents working with their children, and information about community resources available in the community. In addtion, there are free blood pressue, cholesterol, glucose, and dental screenings.
Each pre-kindergarten student receives a backpack funded by our Section’s Tikkun Olam monies and the Denise Berro Kinder-garten Tribute Fund and then filled with LBUSD-donated school items.
On the day of each Festival, our NCJW volunteers register families on site, hand out backpacks and provide support services as needed.
In December, JFCS provides us with the names of needy families. We purchase clothing and games for the children and provide a gift certificate for a local grocery store to the adults.
Mishloach Manot (Gift) Baskets
For Purim, baskets are assembled and delivered to members who are “under the weather.” The baskets, filled with Kedem wine, fruit and nuts are delivered together with our best wishes.
Thanksgiving Tea "For the Child"
Thanksgiving-related food items are collected for needy families in the Long Beach area.
Hugpacks: Our Project to Benefit Foster Children
Long Beach Section in California provides “hugpacks” for foster children in our community. The project, started 13 years ago, was so named because we would like to give each and every child a loving hug. Three times a year, one hundred backpacks are provided to children from different grade levels, ranging from elementary through high school.
We collaborate with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (LACDCFS). Our enthusiastic members decide on the contents, shop, pack, and deliver the hugpacks to the LACDCFS and social workers distribute them to the children. The packs are filled with school supplies, books, gender-specific hygiene items, dental supplies, snacks, scientific calculators, and age-appropriate games or toys. We also include a “good luck” note from NCJW.
We have received letters from social workers, the Director of the LACDCFS, and from some of the foster children, expressing their appreciation for filling some of their needs, and, most importantly, for caring about them. One high school girl expressed, “I didn’t know what Jewish was and now I know they are people who care.”
Senior Intergenerational Purim Luncheon
Every Purim we prepare and host a luncheon at the AJCC for seniors from the surrounding area. AJCC Pre-School children help with their handmade table decorations and entertain the seniors with their enthusiastic singing of Purim songs.
"The generous support that the Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS) receives from NCJW allows us to provide career counseling services and emergency financial assistance to individuals and families in need. We value our partnership with NCJW and appreciate the help they provide each year with registration for our annual Race With a View. The support of NCJW helps JFCS achieve our vision of healing the world, one person, and one family at a time."