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Washington Weekly E-Newsletter

September 15, 2017
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NCJW Offices are closed September 21 and 22 in celebration of Rosh Hashanah.

There will be no Washington Weekly next week.

Shanah tovah u’metuka — Wishing you a sweet and happy New Year.

May this be a year of peace, happiness, blessings, and justice.

Table of Contents

  1. Capitol Hill Updates
  2. NCJW Resources & Opportunities
    1. Exciting NCJW Opportunity to Pilot Courageous Conversations!
    2. Save the Date: NCJW Monthly Advocacy Webinars
    3. Take Action to Say #NoMuslimBanEVer
  1. NCJW Sign-On Letters and Amicus Briefs

This week NCJW signed on to two coalition letters.

Capitol Hill Updates 

Highlights include:

  • Immediate Threat to the ACA Underway
  • Refugee Admissions
  • Legislation Introduced to Expand Child Care

Check out the Capitol Hill Updates here!

Tip: Pull language and action ideas from Capitol Hill update to send to your NCJW section and networks.

 

NCJW Resources and Opportunities

  1. Exciting NCJW Opportunity to Pilot Courageous Conversations!

NCJW is launching a brand new Courageous Conversations six-month pilot. Over the course of the pilot, 8-12 NCJW members will be trained on how to have courageous conversations with Jewish individuals in their social or community networks with whom they disagree on various issues, using faith as a shared value.

The application to take part in the pilot is now open!

Applicants must be an NCJW member to apply, and we are seeking a diverse group in terms of age, geography, and experience, to pilot these courageous conversations. The application will close on Friday, October 13. 

Click here for more information about the goals, responsibilities, and expectations of participating in the pilot. Apply now!

  1. Save the Date: NCJW Monthly Advocacy Webinars

Starting in the new Jewish year, NCJW is launching a monthly webinar series on leadership skills. Join us to learn how to advance social change through advocacy, organizing, and media. These skill-based webinars will be scheduled the third Wednesday of the month at 1pmET and 7:30pmET. 

Our first call will be Understanding Power though Advocacy, Organizing, & Activism on Wednesday, October 18 at 1:30ET and 7:30ET. 

As a bonus: we want your help to decide a name for the series. Take the poll today to vote for the name that inspires you the most! Poll closes on Wednesday, September 20th.

Mark your calendars today and be on the lookout for the upcoming registration link.

Contact Ari Conrad at ari@ncjwdc.org for further details and questions.

  1. Take Action to Say #NoMuslimBanEver

NCJW has endorsed #NoMuslimBanEver, a grassroots awareness and mobilization effort campaign to oppose President Trump’s refugee and Muslim ban leading up to when the ban will be argued at the US Supreme Court on October 10. Click here to join events, plan your own, and find other ways to get involved.

In or near DC on October 10? Join NCJW and others for a mass mobilization in front of the Supreme Court. If you plan to attend, email Faith Fried at faith@ncjwdc.org.  

NCJW Sign-On Letters and Amicus Briefs

Sign-On Letters

  • On September 7, NCJW joined 43 organizations on a lettersupporting an amendment that would fund the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s efforts to collect equal pay data.
  • On September 12, 350 organizations including NCJW sent a letterorganized by the National Immigrant Justice Center opposing the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, which would make it much easier to detain and deport immigrants who are or who appear to be Hispanic.

Visit bit.ly/NCJWAdvocacy for the sign-on letters and amicus briefs signed by NCJW this year. 

Tip: Share NCJW ideas and resources to other leaders across the country on this listserv by sending an email to ncjwaction@googlegroups.com!

Visit NCJW Advocacy Resources folder for past copies of Washington Weekly, NCJW Poster Templates, and more.

 

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Shabbat Shalom. Edith Windsor, LGBTQ pioneer, died this week at 88. We are so proud to have honored Edie at NCJW Washington Institute 2016 with the prestigious Social Action Award. By suing the federal government in the landmark case US v. Windsor, she paved the way for marriage equality across the country. May her memory be for a blessing, and may her words spark in all of us the desire to be more empathetic, more compassionate human beings.
We’re organizing a once in a lifetime trip to Israel – will you be a part of it?
Irma’s effects are far from over – let’s use our own grassroots power to help other grassroots organizations in Florida!
NCJW In The News

 Jewish Retirement Homes Still Without Power As Heat Rises In South Florida
September 13, 2017: FL – Forward
Thousands of Jewish seniors across South Florida are still without power due to the after-effects of Hurricane Irma. Broward County commissioner Nan Rich, former president of the National Council of Jewish Women, said: “…since we have a huge senior population in Broward County with large numbers of nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, they should be next on the list of priorities, because they are the most vulnerable in our community.”

green_arrow.gif Low Turnout Worries Voters But Gave Hope to Democratic Mayoral Challengers
September 12, 2017: New York, NY – City Limits
New York City primary elections were this past Tuesday, and NCJW-NY’s Upper West Side location served as one of the many voting sites across the city! #PromoteTheVote
 Trump is heartless and cruel
September 5, 2017: Los Angeles, CA – Jewish Journal
In an op-ed, Rabbi John Rossove talks about the president’s decision to end DACA, and cites all of the Jewish organizations that spoke out against it – NCJW included.
 Sen. Murray Introduces Bold, Comprehensive Child Care and Early Learning Bill to Bring Down Costs of Child Care in Washington State and Across the Country
September 14, 2017: Washington, DC – Website of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
The Child Care for Working Families Act will ensure parents aren’t forced to pay more than they can afford for child care – and NCJW is mentioned as one of many organizations that support of the bill.
The president gets to decide how many refugees the United States will accept each year – and his deadline for this crucial decision is just two weeks away. SPEAK OUT.
Exciting opportunity – just in time for the holidays!
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is launching a brand new six-month pilot called Courageous Conversations! Over the course of the pilot, 8-12 NCJW members will be trained on how to have courageous conversations with Jewish individuals in their social or community networks with whom they disagree on various issues, using faith as a shared value. The application to take part in the pilot is now open! Applicants must be an NCJW member to apply, and we are seeking a diverse group in terms of age, geography, and experience, to pilot these courageous conversations. The application will close on Friday, October 13. Click here for more information about the goals, responsibilities, and expectations of participating in the pilot.