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.


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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.

To get involved in our advocacy work, email Aviva Zadoff, Director of Advocacy and Volunteer Engagement at azadoff@ncjwny.org.

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