The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century — championing the needs of women, children, and families — while courageously taking a progressive stance on such issues as child welfare, women’s rights, and reproductive freedom.


That pioneering spirit continues to this day. Informed by Jewish values — and our understanding that these values have universal appeal — the National Council of Jewish Women is nothing less than the voice of, the place where women from across society come together to make the world at large and their communities, in particular, a better place. NCJW embraces women of diverse backgrounds and temperaments, thinkers and doers, who want to play a part at the local, national, and even global level. Yet, all who come to NCJW share this: a belief that progressive ideals put into action can improve the world. NCJW is the most potent, most effective, most satisfying place where you can take that action and become a positive force for change.

In 1893, Hannah G. Solomon was asked to organize the participation of Jewish women in the Chicago World’s Fair. When Hannah and her recruits discovered that participation meant pouring coffee and performing other hostess duties, they walked out. Hannah then took matters into her own hands, building on her years of volunteer leadership and the momentum of the women’s walk-out. 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. Every year NCJW delegates get together to build upon our advocacy skills to advance social change for child welfare, women’s rights, domestic violence and the epidemic of human trafficking.

 NCJW Sacramento Section Original Charter, 1959


NCJW Sacramento Section Founding Charter, 1959










Founded just 28 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, NCJW became involved in civil rights as early as its 1908 National Convention. Stunned by violence against blacks and race riots in Springfield, IL, NCJW urgently called for federal anti-lynching laws. By 1940, NCJW had condemned racial discrimination as a "danger to the unity and solidarity of the nation." But it was not until after World War II that NCJW was drawn completely into the civil rights struggle. That war, fought against fascism, racism, and anti-Semitism abroad, inspired a new generation to intensify the challenge to racism and discrimination at home.

NCJW joined wholeheartedly in the struggles of the 1950s and 60s, assisting those fighting segregation, working to promote equal opportunity, and supporting federal civil rights legislation. NCJW also engaged in an introspective process that examined the dual role of Jews as a minority that felt a special responsibility to resist discrimination against others while being part of a larger majority that enjoyed the advantages of white skin.

NCJW members supported all the major civil rights legislation of the era and many participated in "Wednesdays in Mississippi," a series of weekly meetings that brought black and white northern women to the South to meet with their counterparts to learn of conditions and open a dialogue on civil rights issues. NCJW became a leading player in Women in Community Service (WICS), an interracial, interfaith, intercultural coalition organized to recruit and screen low-income women for the Job Corps, which enabled young women to move out of poverty through educational and training programs. WICS also demonstrated that black and white women could work together. One reader wrote to the NCJW Journal from Mobile, AL, to credit the effort with achieving "an entirely new interracial interplay...women of both races are working side by side, sharing the problems and joys of this project."

In 1978, NCJW was the only Jewish organization to support the affirmative action side in the Bakke case involving higher education admissions policies. As the Supreme Court grew more conservative, NCJW joined with other organizations to speak out on the more egregious decisions and support laws to overturn them where possible, including the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Members lobbied for the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and helped launch a virtual revolution in the treatment of Americans with physical and mental disabilities by barring discrimination in such areas as employment, public accommodations, and transportation.

After many years of leadership in the struggle to strengthen and expand federal hate crimes legislation, NCJW celebrated passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 with President Obama at the White House. The law expands the definition of a hate crime to include those violent offenses motivated by the victim's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, or disability, and assists local law enforcement agencies in fighting bias-motivated crimes.

NCJW continues its civil rights tradition by working to end discrimination based on sexual orientation. Ending the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy that prevents gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military has been a top priority. Still awaiting passage are the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which would bar job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and the Respect for Marriage Act, which would end discriminatory treatment of legally married same-sex couples by the federal government and repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed in 1996. In the meantime, NCJW sections across the country are weighing in on the fight to extend marriage equality to gay and lesbian couples at the state level. In1964 an NCJW Journal editorial writer asked, "As for you and me, one day we will ask each other: Where were you during the great civil rights drives?" NCJW can answer, now as then, "We were there on the frontlines, and we still are."

Today, NCJW continues to work for quality, comprehensive child care, early childhood programs, and school-age programs that are affordable and accessible for all. We were proud to play a role in supporting passage of $2 billion in funds for the Child Care Development Block Grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009.

Mission Statement

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.


The National Council of Jewish Women will work on behalf of the following priorities:

I. Advance the Well-being and Status of Women

II. Advance the Well-being of Children and Families

III. Enhance the Quality of Jewish Life

IV. Ensure and Advance Individual and Civil Rights

V. Support a Secure Israel and the Well-being of All Its People


These principles are fundamental beliefs of the National Council of Jewish Women. They are basic to and inherent in all specific resolutions.

PRINCIPLE 1 Individual liberties and rights guaranteed by the Constitution are keystones of a free and pluralistic society and must be protected and preserved.

PRINCIPLE 2 Religious liberty and the separation of religion and state are constitutional principles that must be protected and preserved in order to maintain our democratic society.

PRINCIPLE 3 Human rights and dignity are fundamental and must be guaranteed to all individuals.

PRINCIPLE 4 All individuals have the right to live in a world at peace.

PRINCIPLE 5 A democratic society and its people must value diversity and promote mutual understanding and respect for all.

PRINCIPLE 6 Discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity must be eliminated.

PRINCIPLE 7 Equal rights and equal opportunities for women must be guaranteed.

PRINCIPLE 8 The continuity of the Jewish people must be assured from generation to generation through Jewish education, culture, values, and respect among all streams of Judaism.

PRINCIPLE 9 The survival and security of the State of Israel and the establishment of a just and permanent peace are central to the Jewish people and vital to the interests of the United States.

PRINCIPLE 10 A democratic society must provide for the needs of those unable to provide for themselves.

PRINCIPLE 11 Human services must be coordinated, comprehensive, accessible, and sufficiently funded.

PRINCIPLE 12 An educated and informed public is fundamental to a democratic society.

PRINCIPLE 13 The protection and preservation of the environment are vital to a sustainable future. PRINCIPLE 14 A democratic society depends on the collective efforts of the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors and is strengthened by the commitment and contribution of volunteers.


Within these priorities, the National Council of Jewish Women endorses and resolves to work for the following resolutions:

I. Advance the well-being and status of women

We endorse and resolve to work for:

I.1 Laws, policies, programs, and services that protect every woman from all forms of abuse, exploitation, harassment, and violence.
I.2 Comprehensive, quality services for women’s health supported by equitable and sufficient research and funding.
I.3 Comprehensive, confidential, accessible family planning and reproductive health services, regardless of age or ability to pay.
I.4 Employment laws, policies, and practices that provide equal pay and benefits for work of comparable worth and equal opportunities for advancement.
1.5 Representation, participation, and involvement of women in all aspects of the democratic process.
1.6 Laws, policies, and practices that improve the economic status of women.

II. Advance the well-being of children and families:

We endorse and resolve to work for:

II.1 Laws, policies, programs, and services that protect every child from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence.
II.2 Environmental laws, policies, and programs that promote the health of children and families.
II.3 Quality public education for all, utilizing public funds for public schools only.
II.4 Comprehensive services and policies that enable all children to succeed in school.
II.5 Comprehensive, medically accurate, age-appropriate sexuality education in public schools.
II.6 Quality, comprehensive child care, early childhood programs, and school-age programs that are affordable and accessible for all.
II.7 Laws, policies, and employment practices that allow workers to meet both family and work responsibilities.
II.8 Laws, policies, and programs that provide a level of services and income that meet basic human needs while encouraging self-sufficiency.
II.9 Equitable fiscal and tax policies that ensure sufficient revenues for basic human needs and economic security.
II.10 Quality, comprehensive, confidential, nondiscriminatory healthcare coverage and services, including mental health, that are affordable and accessible for all.
II.11 Laws, policies, programs, and services that promote wellness.
II.12 Research and funding for advances in medicine.
II.13 Laws, policies, programs, and services that address the needs of older adults and protect them from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence.
II.14 Laws, policies, and programs to restrict and regulate firearms and prevent gun violence.
II.15 Consumer protection laws that promote and enhance public health and welfare.

III. Enhance the quality of jewish life:

We endorse and resolve to work for:
III.1 The elimination of anti-Semitism.
III.2 Religious and cultural freedom for all Jews.
III.3 The advancement of religious pluralism through understanding, cooperation, and respect among all streams of Judaism in Israel and the Diaspora.
III.4 The acceptance, fair treatment, and participation of Jewish women in all aspects of Jewish life, according to their individual beliefs.

IV. Ensure and advance individual and civil rights:

We endorse and resolve to work for:

IV.1 The enactment and enforcement of laws and regulations that protect civil rights and individual liberties for all.
IV.2 The protection of every female’s right to reproductive choices, including safe and legal abortion, medically accurate information, access to contraception, and the elimination of obstacles that limit reproductive freedom.
IV.3 The protection of every individual’s right to privacy.
IV.4 Laws and policies that provide equal rights for same-sex couples.
IV.5 The abolition of the death penalty.
IV.6 The recognition and protection of children by the legal system and the provision for their unique needs.
IV.7 The prevention and elimination of censorship of educational resources and the promotion of historically factual and scientifically accepted public information.
IV.8 Equal opportunity for all in the public and private sectors through programs such as affirmative action.
IV.9 Comprehensive, humane, and equitable immigration and naturalization laws, policies, and practices that facilitate and expedite legal status for more individuals.
IV.10 The historically accurate study of the Holocaust and other acts of genocide as part of the regular curriculum in all schools.
IV.11 The elimination of genocide.
IV.12 Election laws, polices, and practices that ensure easy and equitable access to the electoral process and that every vote counts and can be verified.
IV.13 The elimination of human trafficking.

V. Support a secure Israel and the well-being of all its people:

We endorse and resolve to work for:

V.1 Policies and programs that promote peaceful co-existence within Israel and between Israel and its neighbors.
V.2 Diplomatic, economic, and military assistance to Israel by the United States.
V.3 Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
V.4 Efforts that counter attempts to delegitimize Israel.
V.5 The empowerment of all women in Israel and the advancement of their status and rights.
V.6 Policies, programs, and services that promote the well-being of all children in Israel.
V.7 Policies and programs in Israel that promote pluralism, inclusion, and equality for all its people.

NCJW Sacramento Section
Board Officers and  Directors

Anne Eisenberg

Pat Sturdevant
Recording Secretary, Section Policy Advocacy Chair

Karen Soskin

Beryl Michaels
Immediate Past President

Barbara Baran
Advocacy & Education Co- Chair
(State SPA Vice-Chair)

Elena Friedman-Weiss
Member at Large

Laurel Hollis
Member at Large

Eileen Jacobowitz
Member At Large

Leslie Levitas Martin
Member At Large

Claire Lipschultz
National Director
Advocacy & Education Co -Chair
(State SPA Chair)

Naomi Rice
Member At Large

Shirley Rosenbloom
Member At Large

Jodie Weber
Member At Large

June Wiaz
Member at Large

Karen Ziskind
Member At Large

National Councils of Jewish Women

National Council of Jewish Women
New York Headquarters
475 Riverside Dr., Suite 1901
New York NY 10015
Tel: (212) 645-4048
Fax: (212) 645-7466
Email: action@ncjw.org

National Council of Jewish Women
Washington Office
1707 L St. NW, Suite 950
Washington DC 20036-4206
Tel: (202) 296-2588
Fax: (202) 331-7792
Email: action@ncjwdc.org

National Council of Jewish Women
Israel Office
School of Education, Room 267
Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus
Jerusalem, Israel 91905
Tel: 972-2-5882-208
Fax: 972-2-5813-264
Email: msncjwi@mscc.huji.ac.il

National Council of Jewish Women
San Francisco
2000 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 411
San Francisco CA 94109
Tel: (415) 346-4600
Email: info@ncjwsf.org

National Council of Jewish Women
Los Angeles
543 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90036
Tel: (323) 651-2930
Fax: (323)651-5348
Email: info@ncjwla.org

National Council of Jewish Women
Long Beach
3801 E. Willow Street
Long Beach CA 90815
Tel: (562) 342-6164
Email: lcf64@charter.net

Jewish Organizations

Jewish Federation of Sacramento Region
2130 21st Street
Sacramento CA 95811
Tel: (916) 486-0906
Fax: (916) 441-1662
Email: Federation@jewishsac.org

The Jewish Voice
Elissa Provance, Managing Editor
Jewish Federation of Sacramento Region
Tel: (916) 486-0906 Ext. 304
Email: EProvance@jewishsac.org

Sacramento Hadassah

Congregation Bet Haverim (Reform)

Congregation Beth Shalom (Reform)

Congregation B'nai Isarel (Reform)

Mosaic Law Congregation (Conservative)

Or Rishon (Reform)

Central Valley Holocaust Educators' Network
PO Box 601165
Sacramento, CA 95860
Tel: (916) 335-7217
Email: info@cvhen.com

Government Offices

The White House

U.S. Senate

U.S. House of Representatives

California State Senate

California State Assembly