NCJW Sacramento Speaker Series

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In May 2019, the NCJW Sacramento launched its inaugural Speaker Series. Topics included the “Me Too” movement, and You Be the Judge, a dynamic interactive civic engagement event. We also explored white privilege within the Jewish community and its institutions and told the story of pioneering California women who joined the struggle for political equality. We launched a new series of events in late 2019: “Find out what you can do. Act your conscience” and continued to host discussions on critical issues that affect our communities.

Visit NCJW Sacramento’s events page for dates, times, and registration details for upcoming Speaker Series events.

Speaker Series committee meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Contact Laurel Hollis for more information about attending a committee meeting.

Introducing the NCJW Action-Oriented Homelessness Subcommittee!
Building on the success of our recent Speaker Series event, we are forming a new group to take an active role in addressing homelessness, a critical issue in our community. We are looking for people to join our team! Learn more and join our subcommittee.


Learn more about our previous Speaker Series events:

  • Empowering information was presented on October 15, 2023 during Not Just for Older Adults – Let’s Talk About End-Of-Life Planning which featured speakers Chaplain Meg McClaskey, Chaplain and Bereavement Counselor at UC Davis Hospice and Ryan Spielvogel, Medical Director of End of Life Option Act Services for Sutter Health.
  • On September 10, 2023, Homelessness in Sacramento: Focus on Housing featured a roundtable discussion on housing and homelessness featuring key players in the Sacramento region.
  • During The Future of Sacramento’s Climate Begins Today, held on February 28, 2021, NCJW Sacramento, in a partnership with environmental advocacy groups, discussed how each of us can be an active local advocate for climate change.
  • Dr. Robert Nelsen, President of California State University Sacramento (CSUS), and Blake Young, CEO/President of the Sacramento Food Bank, raised awareness about the number of people who need help feeding their families during Hunger In Our Community held on March 9, 2021.
  • Shifting attitudes and enabling social change is the goal of Ruah Nashit -The Woman’s Spirit and “ltach-Maaki” Women Lawyers for Social Justice. Women’s lack of power isn’t just gender inequity: it puts children at risk, leaves women vulnerable to domestic violence and human trafficking and traps them in a cycle of financial instability. These two organizations in Israel are working to empower women to achieve economic self- sufficiency and equal participation in political policy decision making. During An Exploration of Gender Equity in Israel, advocates Tamar Schwartz and Netta Loevy shared the progress their organizations are advancing to grow the feminist impact in Israel.
  • California “Justice” Ballot Propositions, September 22, 2020 – featuring a panel on the California November election ballot initiative to reinstate affirmative action statutes.
  • Local legislators and commission members spoke about the movement to reform police during Re-envisioning Public Safety and Policing in Sacramento. View the webinar recording of the event held on August 23, 2020.
  • Jill Wine-Banks, MSNBC commentator and author of The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President in our video conferencing based event Obstruction of Justice: A Conversation with Jill Wine-Banks. View the webinar recording of the event held on July 28, 2020.
  • Prevention: The Cure for Gun Violence, held on March 1, 2020, brought national organizations’ local representatives (the Brady Campaign) as well as speakers from local groups: Pastor Joy Johnson (Sacramento Area Congregations Together), Dr. Bill Durston (Americans Against Gun Violence) and two college students representing the youth-driven movement, March for Our Lives.
  • Anna Molander gave an eyewitness account of the appalling conditions in which children, migrants and refugees are being detained in San Antonio during Humanitarian Crisis for Immigrants – Continues.