NCJW NY was founded more than 120 years ago by smart and passionate women who had no outlet for their industrious minds. Their goal was to empower individuals in need while improving and enriching their lives. Times have certainly changed but the spirit of NCJW NY has not. The staff and volunteers of NCJW NY work tirelessly to advance social justice through our three-pronged program of community-based social services, education, and advocacy. The following is a listing of highlights from NCJW New York’s long and rich history.
The National Council of Jewish Women was founded in 1893 at the Parliament of Religions at the World Fair’s Colombian Exposition in Chicago by Hannah Greenbaum Solomon. At its last session, this resolution was passed:
RESOLVED: That we Jewish women, sincerely believing that a closer fellowship will be encouraged, a closer unity of thought and sympathy and purpose, and a nobler accomplishment will result from a widespread organization, do therefore band ourselves together in a union of workers to further the best and highest interests of Judaism and humanity, and do call ourselves the “National Council of Jewish Women.” This organization shall have branches in as many cities and towns as possible, and these branches shall be known as Sections.
NCJW New York Highlights