There is a place that shares your ideals-a place where women believe in their heads and in their hearts that things can and should be better. It is the National Council of Jewish Women.
For over 100 years, NCJW has been at the forefront of social change- championing the needs of women, children, and families- while taking a progressive stance on issues like child welfare, women’s rights, and reproductive freedom. And now, with progressive ideals facing their greatest challenge in a generation, it’s even more important that courageous, compassionate women find a place to come together and take a stand. NCJW embraces women of diverse backgrounds and temperaments, thinkers and doers who want to play a part at the local, national and even global levels.
What unifies our 90,000 members and supporters around the country is a belief in what NCJW stand for- the belief that progressive ideals put into meaningful 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.
We invite you to join us.
Why should you join? To have a real impact on the lives of women, children, and families of all backgrounds and to have a strong voice in public policy. Membership is a rewarding experience, and your tax-deductible membership dues will help us turn our beliefs into action.
We are a volunteer organization that works through research, education, advocacy, and community service to improve the quality of life for all woman, children, and families. Membership is open to you regardless of your race, religion, or gender. You will find something to learn and contribute no matter what your interests, needs, age, or availability. Reach outside of your busy daily life and serve others alongside friendly people with similar interests. Your membership in and support of NCJW enables us to provide financial and volunteer assistance to our many community service programs, as well as advocate for and empower those who are disadvantaged, abused, or who cannot speak for themselves. Your generosity is very much appreciated not only by us but also by the many whose lives are improved through our efforts.
History Came to Life at Paid-Up Membership
We had a lovely Paid-Up Membership Brunch in November at the home of Lesley Frost. Debra K. Westmoreland, curator of the Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall, spoke movingly about “Women’s Suffrage in New Jersey,” telling stories of some of the early suffragists and their struggle to win women’s right to vote. Introducing Debbie was our own co-president, Susan Neigher, dressed up as her grandmother—white gloves and all—telling the fascinating story of her grandmother’s life as a lead-in to the talk on the struggle for women’s suffrage.
Members also heard from our other co-president, Diana Drew Grayson, and her husband, Robert Grayson, co-authors of a new book inspired by our gorgeous quilted chuppah (see Presidents’ Message, page 2). The book, Jewish Threads: A Hands-On Guide to Stitching Spiritual Intention into Jewish Fabric Crafts (Jewish Lights Publishing), features 30 Jewish fabric craft projects, including two by Donna Gross and one by Lesley Frost.
Among those on hand for this fun-filled event were Ellen Nesson, Mim Willinger, Donna Gross, Susan Waldman, Ellen Levy, Sheira Greenwald, Lesley Frost, Diana Grayson, Stella Hart Grayson, Robert Grayson, Michele Kriegman, Marlene Ginsberg and Lisa Barta.