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

Check back soon!

Past Events

One Click Crimes

Monday, October 16, 2017 at Cardozo Law School
Up against a multi-billion dollar industry, trafficking victims and their advocates find themselves on a collision course with judges, special interest groups, websites like, and a law intended to protect Internet freedom. We hosted a panel of noted lawyers and activists for a discussion of the challenges faced by trafficking victims and their advocates seeking justice. 

Screening of I Am Jane Doe

June 12, 2017 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.

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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Did you know it is illegal for a woman to end her own pregnancy in New York? Or that the state laws on abortion are more restrictive than the federal law as decided by Roe v. Wade?

Join NIRH on November 29th for a discussion on the fight to decriminalize self-managed abortions—when a woman decides to end her own pregnancy, she should not be investigated, prosecuted, or imprisoned!

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November 15th  ·  

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Join NCJW NY for our Fall Membership Event featuring Abby Stein!
The event is free for members; $15 for non-members.
To RSVP, contact Yael Reisman at or 646-884-9462.

Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist. She was born and raised in a Hasidic family in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and is a descendent of Rabbi Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidic Judaism. In that world, Abby has been working to raise support and awareness for trans rights and those leaving Ultra Orthodoxy. Her story has been covered in publications such as The New York Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Jewish Daily Forward, Daily Mail, The Daily Dot, Haaretz, and Refinery29. She also appeared on NBC, Fox News, CNN, Huffington Post Live, Showtime, and more. In 2016, Abby was named by The Jewish Week as one of their "36 Under 36" emerging Jewish leaders. Abby is currently studying gender studies and political science at Columbia University.
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A Conversation With Abby Stein

December 4, 2017, 6:00pm - December 4, 2017, 7:00pm

Join NCJW NY for our Fall Membership Event featuring Abby Stein! The event is free for members; $15 for non-members. To RSVP, contact Yael Reisman at or 646-884-9462. Abby Stein ...

November 13th  ·  

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Tomorrow, November 14th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Senator Liz Krueger is hosting a Reproductive Health Act Public Forum, co-sponsored by NCJW NY. This event will be held at CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium (365 5th Avenue) and will include a panel of speakers and advocacy tabling.
Senator Krueger, Martha Plimpton, and other prominent advocates will discuss the importance of modernizing New York State law, in the face of federal threats, to ensure that abortion will remain safe, accessible, and legal. Join us to learn how you can get involved and what you can do to help pass the Reproductive Health Act in 2018

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November 13th  ·  

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