Israel

NCJW is committed to the survival and security of the State of Israel and the establishment of a just and permanent peace as central to the Jewish people and vital to the interests of the United States. NCJW maintains an office in Israel that serves as a link between the organization and Israeli society and carries out a programs of action within Israel on a variety of public policy issues — mirroring NCJW's interests and efforts in the United States.

NCJW's vital work in Israel aims to find alternative options to religious marriage and divorce, fight gender segregation in the public sphere, advocate for women in the peace process, combat sex trafficking and address status issues that affect women. Through its Jerusalem office, NCJW works with coalition partners to promote women's rights, civil rights, tolerance and coexistence, the well being of women, children and families and US support for Israel.

Locally, our Israel Affairs Committee promotes the work of NCJW in Israel through programs, discussions, coalition building, actions and advocacy. If you are interested in joining the committee, Contact: Joan Gorfain:  joan@ncjwsac.org

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NCJW's Israel Programs At-A-Glance

NCJW has been a leading organization in supporting Israel for more than 66 years, helping to lay the groundwork for important social change efforts in Israel. We are now witnessing the evolution of Israeli society as more and more women demand their fair and equal rights amidst serious challenges to those rights. NCJW has long been committed to advancing women’s status in Israel by helping women to develop a stronger voice at all levels of society.
Read Article: Israel Program at a Glance 2014 Letter

Abortion – Wake the Sleeping Tiger

Abortion. It’s Israel’s little secret and it has been until recently, through a pact of silence between the women’s organizations and the religious parties around the Don’t ask, don’t tell idea. Just as a reminder despite not having separation of religion and state, in contrast with the U.S., Israel has some of the most liberal abortion policies in the world. Just to name a few: There is no parental consent policy for minors, there is no age of gestation limit, and abortion services are now covered for all women up to the age of 33 pretty much. What is the catch?
Read article: Abortion – Wake the Sleeping Tiger, Times of Israel June 2 2014

NCJW Board Calls for Civil Marriage in Israel

April 3, 2013, New York, NY — The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has called on the government of Israel to adopt a system of civil marriage and divorce. The NCJW board of directors released the following statement:

“NCJW is committed to the letter and spirit of respect for democratic values and civil liberties. The monopoly of authority given to Orthodox rabbinical courts in Israel regarding issues of personal status, particularly marriage, weakens rather than strengthens the state itself by causing disunity, disrespect for the law, and even hostility among Israelis and between Israel and Jews abroad. In addition, twenty percent of the Israeli population is made up of members of minority groups whose marriages are similarly governed by the religious authorities of each faith, and who, as a result, face marital issues of their own. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens are denied the right of marriage solely based on issues of religion.
Read Article: Topical Statement on Marriage and Divorce in Israel 2013

Talking Points for the Israel Granting Program (IGP)

1. What is NCJW’s Israel Granting Program?

NCJW’s Israel Granting Program supports grassroots projects throughout Israel that work to improve the lives of women, children, and families through women’s empowerment and progressive social change. Over the past 66 years, NCJW has continuously strived, through its granting programs, to meet the current needs of Israel’s civil society.
Read Article: GP Talking Points FY 2015

Report of Israel and International Sub-Group of the NCJW, Inc. Trafficking Working Group

September 16, 2013

The focus of effort was how Israel and countries around the world address the problem of human trafficking (HT). The international aspect of this work centers on recent and planned future activities of International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW), which is a member of the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons.
Read article: Sternlieb Israel ICJW HT Report