NCJW NY’s Advocacy Leadership Committee

National Council of Jewish Women New York (NCJW NY) has a long and rich history of speaking out to educate the public on vital issues and influence legislators to implement progressive policies. Since its founding in 1894, NCJW NY has provided a voice for the voiceless and worked to address economic and social inequality. NCJW NY has been a leading voice in the fight against sex trafficking, child labor, sweatshops, and domestic violence.

Today, NCJW NY’s Advocacy Leadership Committee (ALC) is a multi-generational, interfaith group of women committed to affecting social change. We are diverse, from all different professions and walks of life, bringing varied skills and points of view to the Committee’s endeavors. In partnership with NCJW NY’s professional staff, ALC volunteers work to educate the community and to affect policy at the local, state, and federal level.

The ALC serves as leaders and conveners of a wide network of grassroots advocates. Toward this end, the ALC organizes panel discussions, film screenings, salons, and lobby visits. Committee members have an opportunity to develop an expertise in one or more issues of their choosing; to take a leadership role in setting the advocacy agenda; and develop the strategy to achieve the goals we set.

While NCJW NY is committed to seeking social justice through the lens of Jewish teachings and values, our work is non-sectarian and our issues are universal, affecting people of all races, religions, and walks of life.

Current areas of focus include:

  • Anti-Sex Trafficking
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Economic Justice, with a focus on Hunger and Nutrition
  • Gender Equality, with a focus on Economic Equality
  • Immigration and Refugee Rights

Join Us

The Advocacy Leadership Committee needs your ideas, your skills, your energy, and your voice! To get involved, email Yael Reisman, Director of Outreach and Engagement at NCJW NY or call her at 646-884-9462, or Pamela Kling Takiff, Chair of the Advocacy Leadership Committee.


Upcoming Events

Screening of I Am Jane Doe

June 12, 2017, 6:00pm at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, NYC
I Am Jane Doe chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of Village Voice. It is a heart-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America.

Past Events

Voices for Choice Panel Discussion

May 9, 2017, 6:00 pm 
An evening of education and conversation on the current realities of reproductive justice in New York City and State. Learn about the work of NCJW NY’s reproductive justice advocacy efforts and the unique perspective of NCJW NY in the fight for reproductive justice as a progressive faith-based organization. Expert speakers will discuss how we can all work together to protect the rights of women.

Lobby Day in Albany 

April 5, 2017
A delegation of volunteer advocates joined NCJW NY on a day of advocacy in Albany to urge state legislators to pass key reproductive justice legislation – the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act.  In addition, advocates discussed the scope of sex trafficking in our state, and the need for more services and support for victims and survivors.

God of Vengeance

March 2017
NCJW NY hosted a talkback on sex trafficking after the Off-Broadway performance of this controversial 1907 Yiddish play about a Jewish family who owns a brothel.

Stories of Courage

January 2017
A discussion with bestselling author Isabel Vincent, who wrote Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced into Prostitution in the Americas, and Lori Cohen, Director of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at Sanctuary for Families, about sex trafficking in past and present.

Judicial Intervention

October 2016
A panel discussion co-sponsored by the law firm Duane Morris and featuring The Honorable Judge Toko Serita of the Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court; Rachel Lloyd, Founder and President, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS); Julina Guo, Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow, Sanctuary for Families; and John Temple, Chief, Human Trafficking Response Unit, New York District Attorney’s Office.

Interfaith Passover Seder

April 2016
A small-plate Seder exploring modern day slavery in our midst, led by Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer of Romemu and the Reverend Adrian Dannhauser, Associate Rector of Church of the Incarnation.

In Our Backyard

January 2016
A film screening followed by a conversation with filmmaker Danielle Rose; Carol Smolenski, Executive Director at ECPAT USA; and Iryna, a sex trafficking survivor.

Sex Trafficking and Pornography: Making the Connection Visible 

October 2015
A presentation featuring Dr. Gail Dines of Wheelock College and Culture Reframed; Dr. Holly Atkinson, Distinguished Medical Lecturer and Medical Student Advisor at CUNY School of Medicine and former Director of the Human Rights Program in The Arnhold Global Health Institute at Mount Sinai; and Lori Cohen, Esq., Director of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at Sanctuary for Families.

To learn more about sex trafficking here in New York City and throughout the United States, visit the We Were Slaves website.

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#tbt to this Fall 1989 edition of our seasonal Bulletin, advertising a sale at our old location.

Did you know we still have a thrift shop operating on the east side? Check it out:
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May 25th  ·  

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NCJW NY joined Food Bank for New York City and other agencies who work to feed New York's hungry this morning on the steps of City Hall to demand $22 million for Emergency Food. We are proud to work with Food Bank for NYC as we work together to end hunger in our city! #EFAPHELPS ... See MoreSee Less

‪Proud to join with food pantries and soup kitchens at City Hall to fight for $22M for #EFAPHelps.‬

May 24th  ·  

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Our Spring Gala on April 25th was an incredibly successful event! The feeling in the room was joyful and electric as more than 300 supporters came together to celebrate the vital work of NCJW NY and to toast the accomplishments of our honorees, raising more than $570,000. Each of our "Woman Who Dared" honorees -- Victoria Cook, Wesley Mittman LePatner, and Stacey Reiss -- made insightful and heartfelt remarks about what it means to dare in one's life. And our Hannah G. Solomon Award honoree, Immediate Past President Karol Todrys, inspired the crowd, describing her work with children and urging us all to take action in service to others. ... See MoreSee Less

Our Spring Gala on April 25th was an incredibly successful event! The feeling in the room was joyful and electric as more than 300 supporters came together to celebrate the vital work of NCJW NY and t...

May 22nd  ·  

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NCJW NY is extremely proud to have been part of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, Physicians for Reproductive Health, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for the 2017 Repro Freedom Day of Action in Albany! We spent the day meeting with state legislators advocating for the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act, which would ensure that the women and families of New York State get the crucial healthcare they deserve! #CCCA #RHA #ReproHealthNY

Want to get involved with our reproductive justice work? Reach out to Yael Reisman at or Aviva Zadoff at! Together, we make our voices heard!
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It's time for New York to lead by passing the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act! #ReproHealthNY

May 17th  ·  

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