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:
Reproductive and Economic Justice for Women: NCJW NY’s advocacy focuses on education and direct advocacy efforts to create opportunities for all to thrive. We believe that prosperity and justice go hand-in-hand rather than in opposition to one another.
What is Economic Justice: Economic justice is a component of social justice and welfare economics. It is a set of moral and ethical principles for building economic institutions, where the ultimate goal is to create an opportunity for each person to establish a sufficient material foundation upon which to have a dignified, productive, and creative life. Economic justice is the idea that the economy will be more successful if it is fairer.
What is Reproductive Justice: Reproductive Justice is the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities. NCJW NY recognizes the right of people of all genders to access safe and supportive reproductive healthcare.
NCJW NY is proud to launch ProTruth®, a campaign and a movement to fight against the deceptive and harmful tactics of fake clinics, also known as “crisis pregnancy centers,” in New York City.
Fake clinics look and sound like real women’s health centers, but they are often unlicensed and volunteer run, with no doctors or medical professionals on site. Very simply, the goal of fake clinics is to prevent individuals from obtaining abortion care and other reproductive healthcare, using tactics such as lying about abortion and its health effects, intentionally delaying a person’s decision-making, and emotionally manipulating patients.
We believe it is unacceptable for any person to be manipulated or lied to about their body. To follow our campaign, follow ProTruth on Facebook, Twitter, and on Instagram at @iamprotruth, sign up for our ProTruth mailing list, and visit www.protruthny.org for an interactive map and other information.
Our Recent Past Events
COVID-19 and Crisis Pregnancy Centers: A Virtual Advocacy Day for Reproductive Justice
July 23, 2020
When COVID-19 hit New York, many organizations, including reproductive health care clinics, had no option but to cut back on services or close down completely. This public health crisis has disproportionately impacted marginalized communities, especially Black and Brown women, and forced those in need of healthcare to seek other options. Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs), the frontline service arm of the anti-choice movement, capitalized on this moment to advance their agenda. The Pro-Truth coalition conducted research across the state and found that many of these fake clinics used the fear surrounding the COVID-19 crisis to coax more people into their doors. Attendees learned about this research and also how to take action.
NCJW NY and Reproductive Rights: An Evening of Learning and Action
January 30th, 2020
Along with JOFA (the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance), this event allowed participants to learn about the Jewish perspective on reproductive rights and choice, find out about pending Sex Ed and Crisis Pregnancy bills; and hear about NCJW’s Pro-Truth initiative. Then, participants took action by writing letters to fellow New Yorkers, asking them to contact their state representatives to vote for these progressive bills.
Exposing the Lives of Crisis Pregnancy Centers: A Film Screening of Lifehouse and Panel Discussion
January 14th, 2019
Attendees saw the film Lifehouse, created and directed by Heba Elorbany that takes viewers behind internships at so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” exposing them to the deceptive tactics these clinics use to manipulate women and mislead them about their pregnancy options.
Not On Our Watch: The War Against Sex Trafficking
October 22nd, 2019
The Advocacy Leadership Committee hosted NCJW NY supporters at a performance of Katie Capiello’s piece, One Click Away, which speaks frankly about the trafficking of young girls on the internet, and exposes the ease with which young people can be lured into the world of sex trafficking.