The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

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Advocacy In Action Archives

SCREENING AND DISCUSSION OF EQUAL MEANS EQUAL

The Definitive Documentary Film on the Status of Women in America Click here to view and print flyer. National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section (NCJW BCS) is co-sponsoring a screening of the movie Equal Means …

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How are YOU celebrating Voter Registration Day?

Today is National Voter Registration Day! To honor this day, we’ve put together some resources to help guide your efforts to promote and protect the vote. There’s never been a more crucial time …

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CLOTHESLINE PROJECT ON THE GREEN

On September 13, 2017 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (rain date: September 20), YWCA Bergen County healingSPACE is hosting its Clothesline Project on the Green in Hackensack across from …

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WEAR ORANGE

Wear something Orange, Friday June 2, in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day. It’s a simple way to make an important statement.

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REMEMBER TO CAST YOUR VOTE ON JUNE 6, 2017

Primary Election for New Jersey Governor and other Offices.

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NCJW 47th NATIONAL CONVENTION MARCH 23 TO 25, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NCJW 47th NATIONAL CONVENTION – MARCH 22 – 25, 2017 Over 300 impressive, articulate, passionate women representing 42 sections attended the NCJW 47th National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Many …

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BERGEN COUNTY NCJW MEMBERS JOIN ESSEX FOR POWERFUL LUNCH AND LEARN

On Thursday, January 26 ten NCJW BCS members attended a Lunch and Learn sponsored by NCJW Essex County.  Not only did we have a fabulous lunch, but we heard a …

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NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN BERGEN COUNTY SECTION WOMEN JOIN WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON

In the pre-dawn hour of 4:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, five somber yet determined National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section members boarded one of the two buses …

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JEWISH COMMUNITY RELEASES STATEMENT OF VALUES ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

January 11, 2017 — Today, on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) joined 29 national and local Jewish organizations to issue a statement of guiding values on ending human trafficking. Citing the ancient …

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LUNCH & LEARN: THE INFORMATION VOID – A DISCUSSION OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EDUCATION

Thursday, January 26, 2017. 12:00-2:00 pm (snow date: Thursday, February 2, 2017.) Join NCJW’s Essex Section for a Special Lunch and Learn, co-sponsored by Bergen County Section. The event commemorates the Anniversary of …

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NCJW Endorses Women’s March and is Mobilizing Jewish Women’s Support

Dear NCJW Leaders: After much thoughtful deliberation, NCJW is pleased to announce our support for the  Women’s March on Washington . We are working with the organizers to ensure a substantive and inclusive event …

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Remembering them – Sandy Hook Memorial

REMEMBERING THEM:  A COMING TOGETHER IN PEACE AND IN HOPE ON BEHALF OF GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS The Bergen County Brady Chapter, plus co-sponsors NCJW Bergen County Section, the Central Unitarian …

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REMEMBERING THEM: A COMING TOGETHER IN PEACE AND IN HOPE ON BEHALF OF GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS CO-SPONSORED BY NCJW BCS

Click here to download flyer Please join us Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 for a vigil, to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the death of the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School, the victims of the …

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NCJW BCS EVENT FEATURED ON NCJW CAPITAL HILL UPDATES. GRASSROOTS SPOTLIGHT

Click here and scroll down — NCJW Capital Hill Updates, November 18, 2016. Close to 300 individuals  and more than 40 partner organizations turned out for NCJW Bergen County’s November forum “ LGBT Equality: Out Work has Just Begun .” Panelists discussed the impact of the election and the importance …

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NCJW BERGEN COUNTY SECTION IN THE MEDIA

Northern Valley Press featured NCJW Bergen County Section and its forum on “LGBT Equality: Our Work Has Just Begun” in its November 14, 2016 edition. Click here or on image to read the full article.

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NCJW DENOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF ANTI-SEMITIC WHITE SUPREMACIST AS WHITE HOUSE CHIEF STRATEGIST

Click here to read  our statement  urging the president-elect to reverse his decision to appoint Stephen Bannon as White House chief strategist. We hope you’ll share this far and wide. November 14, 2016, …

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NCJW BCS CO-SPONSORS POST-ELECTION FORUM

It’s Over. Now What? Interpreting the Election Results: Prospects for the New Administration and Congress with Jeff Mendelsohn, CEO, Israel Seminar and Executive Director, Foundation Stone Institute 7:30 pm, Wednesday …

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TIME TO GET OUT THE VOTE!

Register to Vote and get out and VOTE! Think your vote doesn’t matter? Think again! Not registered to vote, or know someone who isn’t? Register today. Click here to  Register to Vote.  Voter registration …

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TEANECK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Thursday night, November 3 – Sunday night, November 6, 2016 Activism: Making Change remains the theme of the festival that has put Teaneck on the map. Gun control, a woman’s …

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LGBT EQUALITY: OUR WORK HAS JUST BEGUN

Click here to view and print flyer. Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Refreshments/Business Meeting at 12:30 pm, Program at 1:15 pm Temple Emeth, 1666 Windsor Road, Teaneck, NJ. Open to the public at no charge. NCJW advocates tirelessly to protect the …

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD 100 YEARS STRONG

This month marks the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood! Thank you for providing quality, compassionate reproductive healthcare for a full century — may you go from strength to strength! #100YearsStrong

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BERGEN COUNTY SECTION SPONSORED SCREENING OF “TRAPPED”

On Thursday, September 15th National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section, along with NJ NOW, the Reproductive Committee of the Unitarian Church of Ridgewood and the NJ Abortion Access …

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PLEASE JOIN US FOR SCREENING OF “TRAPPED”

On Thursday, September 15 NCJW BCS, along with several other Women’s Reproductive Rights Organizations in Bergen County, will be co-sponsoring a screening of Trapped, an award winning documentary which premiered at …

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VOTE IN THE PRIMARY ON TUESDAY, JUNE 7

National Council of Jewish Women members know that democracy is not a spectator sport. So let’s run, walk, drive, bike, skate or stroll to the polls and exercise our fundamental …

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WE WORE ORANGE ON JUNE 2

Members of NCJW Bergen County Section joined the millions to end gun violence in America. They are united and believe there must be change so they wore orange on June …

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Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness on Super Bowl Sunday

NCJW BCS, as a member of the  NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking , is hoping to raise awareness about the perils of trafficking, a form of modern day slavery. During Half Time (HT) of the Super Bowl …

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JANUARY 14TH OF EACH YEAR DESIGNATED “HANNAH G. SOLOMON DAY” IN NEW JERSEY

To commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Hannah G. Solomon, founder and inaugural president of the National Council of Jewish Women, a joint resolution, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader …

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NCJW ENDORSES HUMAN TRAFFICKING DAY

As a member of the  New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking , NCJW Bergen County Section supports national efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking. Our goal is to enhance community understanding of this form of …

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IMMIGRATION DETENTION: UNJUST AND IMMORAL

On Tuesday, December 15th, the National Council of Jewish Woman of Bergen County held a Lunch and Learn Study Group presentation at Temple Emeth in Teaneck, New Jersey. After lunch …

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WE REMEMBER SANDY HOOK

The vigil on December 14th to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School, sponsored by the Gun Violence Prevention Coalition of Bergen County in partnership with NCJW Bergen …

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NCJW OUTRAGED BY ATTACK ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD

NCJW Calls on Political Leaders to Stop the Rhetoric and Work to Prevent Gun Violence November 28, 2015, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today expressed outrage over the attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released …

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CANDLELIGHT VIGIL AND MEMORIAL SERVICE

Click here or on image to download and print flyer Three Years Have Passed Please come honor the memory of the victims of The Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre Monday, December 14th, 7:30 – 8:30 pm Central Unitarian Church, 156 …

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AFFLUENCE AND POVERTY: A TALE OF TWO BERGEN COUNTIES

AFFLUENCE AND POVERTY: A TALE OF TWO BERGEN COUNTIES was presented recently as a community forum. Attending were over 250 interested and involved NCJW members, social service personnel and others …

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AFFLUENCE AND POVERTY: A TALE OF TWO BERGEN COUNTIES

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 12:30 pm Temple Emeth, 1666 Windsor Road, Teaneck, NJ Attend our panel discussion and become informed about the problems of hunger, homelessness and the lack of …

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BRAIDING CHALLAH: UNITING THE COMMUNITY

NCJW BCS WOMEN JOINED THE NORTHERN NEW JERSEY GREAT BIG CHALLAH BAKE Entering the Rockleigh Country Club the evening of Thursday, October 22, we were assailed by a wall of …

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NORTHERN NEW JERSEY GREAT BIG CHALLAH BAKE

Click here:  WE KNEAD YOU . Thursday, October 22, 6:30 pm. Click for directions:  Rockleigh Country Club, 26 Paris Avenue, Rockleigh NCJW BCS is partnering with Sharsheret, Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, Hadassah, Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, Lubavitch on the Palisades and The Rockleigh to connect …

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LIZ ABZUG TO SPEAK ON WOMEN, POWER AND POLITICS IN TODAY ’S COMPLEX WORLD

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm Temple Emeth, 1666 Windsor Road, Teaneck, NJ Click here to print flyer. We are honored and delighted to welcome Liz Abzug, daughter of the late Bella Abzug, the …

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COMING TOGETHER IN THE PURSUIT OF JUSTICE AND HEALING

People of all backgrounds and ethnicities came together on Monday night, June 22, 2015, on the steps of the Hackensack (NJ) Court House to mourn the deaths of the nine …

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NCJW PARTNERS WITH MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR ‘SAFER NJ” POSTCARD CAMPAIGN

At our May 19 General Meeting, we invited Sarah Nanus, the local group leader from the NJ Chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America, to speak about …

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ARE YOU READY TO PROTEST CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY? AND STAND UP FOR GUN SAFETY!

Did you know that a bill is now working its way through the House of Representatives that would make it legal for anyone with a concealed carry permit from any …

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READ ALL ABOUT NCJW’S LEADERS’ RETREAT 2015

and how Bergen County Section brought the Power of Advocacy to Capitol Hill Click on PHOTO ALBUM For digital resources of the Power Point presentations, such as Financial Health & Compliance and Jewish Values, …

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NCJW BCS MEMBERS ATTEND NORTH JERSEY PUBLIC POLICY NETWORK FORUM ON “GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA: THE ACHIEVABLE SAFE SOLUTIONS”

On March 19th 2015 an important panel discussion on Gun Violence was held at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, sponsored by a grassroots organization for change called the New Jersey …

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Gun Violence in America The Achievable Safe Solutions

Please mark your calendar to attend the North Jersey Public Policy Network forum entitled “Gun Violence in America: The Achievable Safe Solutions” on March 19th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm (social …

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SENATE STATE GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO MOVE A BILL TO PROCLAIM HANNAH G. SOLOMON DAY

NCJW Bergen County Section, in the person of BCS’s Advocacy Chair, Bea Podorefsky, had the honor and privilege to deliver testimony at a hearing of the Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation …

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NOT IN OUR COUNTRY! NOT IN OUR STATE! NOT IN OUR TOWN!

On Friday, January 16, 2015, a delegation of our members joined The New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking to commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness Month. To download & print flyers, click on:  HalftimeChallenge 2015 info  and   HT Challenge flyer 2015

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING: THE BEAT GOES ON

January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Some mayors have declared January Human Trafficking Month. While our general meeting in November 2013 educated and informed our section of the scope of …

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NCJW BERGEN COUNTY SECTION REMEMBERS NEWTOWN SCHOOL SHOOTING VICTIMS

Reflecting everyone’s heart-felt emotions, the weather was dark and chilling on a Sunday evening, December 14, 2014, when approximately 75 gun violence prevention activists, including members of NCJW Bergen County Section, …

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ADVOCACY IS ACTION. GET INVOLVED

Advocacy Workshop Lindsay Morris, NCJW’s Grassroots Advocacy Manager in Washington DC, visited BCS on December 9th to conduct an Advocacy Workshop for our members. Twenty-five women braved the rainy elements …

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COME HONOR THE MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE NEWTOWN MASSACRE

Members, friends, and general public invited to bring flashlights and join vigil to remember the 20 children and 6 adults who were shot to death two years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary …

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MILLION MOM MARCH FOUNDER COMES TO ENGLEWOOD

At a meeting on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, hosted by Carole Benson, Donna Dees-Thomases, founder of the grassroots movement known as The Million Mom March came to inspire and galvanize 30 concerned people from …

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JEWISH STANDARD ARTICLE: NCJW IMMIGRATION PANEL DECRIES “BROKEN SYSTEM”

Participants praise President Obama’s executive action Lois Goldrich, Jewish Standard . Published: 28 November 2014 President Obama’s recent speech on immigration — and his decision not to deport some 5 million people — most …

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300 PEOPLE ATTENDED TIMELY PANEL DISCUSSION ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

The hall of Temple Emeth in Teaneck was packed at the November 18 General Meeting, when over 300 people attended a Panel Discussion on Immigration Reform: An American Dilemma. Many …

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NCJW BERGEN COUNTY SECTION PRESENTS A Panel Discussion Immigration Reform: An American Dilemma

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 12:30 PM Temple Emeth , 1666 Windsor Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666 CLICK IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT FLYER CLICK IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT …

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THE RISK IS TOO GREAT TO STAY HOME: VOTE TO SAVE LIVES ON NOVEMBER 4!

This November we urge you to learn the positions of the candidates on your ballot.  Specifically, what are their views on our five advocacy issues? GunViolence Prevention HumanTrafficking ImmigrationReform VotingRights Women’sHealth/Reproductive …

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MEMBERS CAME TO THE FAIR AND SIGNED UP FOR ADVOCACY & COMMUNITY SERVICES

At our General Meeting on Tuesday, September 16, members and guests were greeted by representatives from our Advocacy and Community Services committees and invited to our Community Services and Advocacy …

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HOBBY LOBBY: WOMEN’S HEALTH AND REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE

Many of our members have been dismayed and alarmed by some of the recent Supreme Court rulings. The Hobby Lobby ruling denies women employees insurance coverage for birth control by …

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VOTING RIGHTS CALL – H.R. 3899 THE VOTING RIGHTS AMENDMENT ACT OF 2014

Julie Fernandez, a senior policy analyst, spoke at the Washington office of National Council of Jewish Women concerning the Amendment Act of 2014 and what it proposes: • (1) States …

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FROM GIRL TO LEADER A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY

On Tuesday, August 26, members of our section gathered at Bergen Community College with YWCA of Bergen County, The League of Women Voters, The Women’s Rights Information Center, Bergen County …

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“NOT ONE MORE” Gun Violence Prevention Postcard campaign

Members of NCJW Bergen County Section joined the Bergen County Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the Bergen County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence to drop off “Not One More” postcards at Rep. Garrett’s Glen Rock office on Monday, July …

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CHANGE STARTS WITH ACTION

Join a special interest group and bring about the changes you care about.     Women’s Health/Reproductive Justice     Voting Rights — register new voters and protect voting rights   …

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POLITICS AND PASTRIES MEETING March 25

If you are inspired to make your voice heard on issues and challenges affecting our community and new legislation for better laws, please join our advocacy group at our next …

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NCJW BCS Participates in Mitzvah Mall

  On Sunday, January 26, NCJW BCS participated in the Mitzvah Mall held at Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, NJ.  This annual event is sponsored by the Temple’s Social Action …

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Tenafly Mayor presents proclamation to NCJW Bergen County Section

At the Tenafly Borough Hall on Tuesday, January 14th, the National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section was presented with a proclamation in observance of January Human Trafficking Awareness …

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Teaneck Deputy Mayor presents proclamation to NCJW Bergen County Section

At the Teaneck Town Council meeting on Tuesday, January 7th, members of the National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section received a proclamation in observance of January Human Trafficking …

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Frank Huttle III, Mayor, City of Englewood, New Jersey presents proclamation to NCJW Bergen County Section

“I was honored to present the National Council of Jewish Women with a proclamation for Human Trafficking. Here with Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle and Bea Podorefsky, Chair of Human Trafficking NCJW.” …

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NCJW BCS receives Human Trafficking Awareness Month Proclamation

On Friday, January 10th, members of the National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section Human Trafficking committee, Beatrice Podorefsky, Elaine Pollack and Marcia Levy, received a proclamation in observance …

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NCJW BCS Members at Candlelight Vigil

Despite overwhelming odds, a stalwart group descended on St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Teaneck on Saturday, December 14, to remember the twenty-six who lost their lives a year ago in Newtown, CT. …

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Our members meet Scott Garrett, U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s 5th congressional district

On December 2, 2013 Ann Levenstein, Gladys Laden, Elaine Pollack and Roselyn Altman met with Congressman Scott Garrett at his office in Glen Rock.  We told him about NCJW and …

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING/MODERN-DAY SLAVERY IN BERGEN COUNTY

Human Trafficking – Modern Day Slavery, the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, was the subject of our general meeting in November. To a crowd of over 300 NCJW BCS members, invited …

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AFFORDABLE CARE ACT 101

Read: HEALTHCARE.GOV: The Health Insurance Marketplace is Open!WHITEHOUSE.GOV: What Obamacare Means for YouHHS.GOV: How the healthcare law is making a difference for the people of New Jersey • Now that the Health Insurance Marketplace is open, 901,289 uninsured and eligible New Jerseyans have access to affordable care. Open enrollment began October 1, 2013, coverage …

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Our four Advocacy Issues

NCJW Bergen County Section has chosen to follow four advocacy issues closely this year. They are: Human Trafficking Reproductive Choice Gun Violence Prevention Affordable Health Care Our goal is to …

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING — MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

As members of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking, NCJW Bergen County Section was invited to attend the Amicus Brief (Friend of the Court) hearing at the Federal Courthouse …

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Gun Violence Prevention

The Gun Violence Prevention committee got off to an exciting start this year. As a co-sponsor of the  Bergen County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence , our members were involved and supportive of a variety of initiatives. …

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At Bergen County courthouse, new rooms to safeguard domestic-abuse victims, handle kids

WEDNESDAY MAY 29, 2013, 7:02 PM BY   ALLISON TROBIANO STAFF WRITER THE RECORD Domestic violence victims awaiting hearings in the Bergen County courthouse now have a place to go to avoid encountering …

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NCJW BCS WOMEN ATTEND “STAND UP FOR GUN SANITY” RALLY

Several women from NCJW BCS together with coalition partner Bergen County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence stormed Trenton on April 30th to attend New Jersey Senate Law and Public Safety Committee hearings. Together …

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Environmental Justice Tour

A group of women from our section had an opportunity to experience first hand, examples of environmental degradation when they participated in an environmental justice tour of Port Newark, the …

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Copenhagen Conference on Climate Control

As an International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW) representative to the United Nations, Fran Butensky attended an important briefing on climate change. This subject and the environment have been the …

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NCJW BCS Year of the Environment- Rabbi Lawrence Troster Speaks to NCJW BCS

Environment, from Generation to Generation-Creating an Environmental Legacy.” The section is actively engaged in encouraging informed, active participation in promoting the sustainability of the planet. Our section was privileged to …

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Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Human Trafficking Rally 1-11-13

As part of the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, our members participated in a rally in Trenton on January 11th to advocate against Human Trafficking and to support legislation sponsored …

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