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  • Jewish Women’s Conference allows women to let down their hair

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 5, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    The fourth annual Jewish Women’s Conference of Southern California, held March 1 at UCLA’s Covel Commons, proved a fertile testing ground for women’s issues today, drawing nearly 200 women of all ages and religious backgrounds to a daylong female-centric confab. Sponsored by the...

  • Rags or riches? NCJW/LA thrift stores offer vintage treasures

    January 7, 2015 | 11:57 am

    On any given weekday, Bob Klausner can be found at a number of regional thrift stores looking at the most interesting and salable art, overlooked designer handbags and finest of silver. Bob isn’t a vintage dealer or an eagle-eyed bargain hunter, though he embodies all of those...

  • We Were Bold for Reproductive Justice: Rallying with the Be Bold Road Trip

    By Maya Paley

    August 15, 2014 | 12:46 pm

    This blog post was originally posted on the NCJW Insider Blog.

    I spent this past Saturday at the first stop of the All Above All Be Bold Road Trip, a national campaign to speak out for reproductive justice and bring attention to the need to guarantee abortion coverage for low...

  • Paid Family Leave: Celebrating in CA and Working for Change for the Rest of the Country

    By Maya Paley

    July 1, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    "Family leave, childcare, flexibility—these aren’t frills. They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses—they should be the bottom line." --President Obama, June 21, 2014

    According to the Pew Research Center, the United States ranks last of the OECD countries in...

  • My 10 years of freedom: From human trafficking victim to survivor and advocate

    June 9, 2014 | 10:22 am

    It has been 10 years since I have been free, flying like a bird! In the mid-1970s, at the age of 15, I was sold for $200 to a man who I supposed to be working for, which was not true. He was my trafficker. I was kept in his house for more than five years against my will.  During...

  • Channeling Purim’s Esther, Jewish women fast for immigration reform

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 13, 2014 | 12:04 pm

    While many devout Jews across the United States and elsewhere observed the pre-Purim tradition of fasting on Thursday, March 13, more than 200 Jewish women and men are going without food today for a different cause: immigration reform.

    This year, members and supporters of the...

  • Shulamit Nazarian: A “Keeper of Culture” Who Pushes Our Buttons

    By Maya Paley

    June 28, 2013 | 12:47 pm

    I’d been wondering for a while about the Shulamit Gallery. What was behind this place that focused on Israeli and Iranian art but had opened up its space to events that allowed for dialogue on political and social topics? Last Monday I attended an event in the beautiful gallery...

  • Jewish groups praise Senate on Violence Against Women Act

    February 14, 2013 | 4:36 pm

    Three Jewish groups praised the U.S. Senate's reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and urged the House of Representatives to follow suit.

    The Senate on Tuesday approved by a 78-22 vote the bill that would reauthorize the act first passed in 1994 for another five...

  • Heeding religious groups, Obama administration tweaks contraception mandate

    February 1, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    The Obama administration simplified its definition of religious groups that would be exempt from allowing staffers contraceptive coverage.

    The proposed rule change, posted for comment Friday through April 8, also proposed a mechanism to provide contraceptive coverage for...

  • Jewish groups push for action on gun control

    December 18, 2012 | 9:16 am

    In the wake of the shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., Jewish groups are looking to build alliances and back legislation to strengthen gun control laws.

    Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), said his group is assembling a...

  • Jewish groups ready to weigh in as Supreme Court considers same-sex marriage

    December 11, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    With public acceptance of same-sex marriage growing, liberal Jewish groups are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the Defense of Marriage Act that they have long opposed.

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases related to same-sex marriage: an appeal of a...

  • Jewish Women’s Conference: Putting women first

    By Susan Freudenheim

    November 14, 2012 | 2:42 pm

    The talk at the second annual Jewish Women’s Conference of Southern California focused not so much on the Jewish part, as on the women’s part. Some 300 women (and one man — a devoted husband, perhaps?) filled the ballroom of UCLA’s Covel Commons on Nov. 11 for a series of sessions...

  • The War on Women or the Women on War?

    By Maya Paley

    July 17, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    Is there a war on women? Is this an exaggeration or is it reality? I wonder if I’ll ever know considering that most of the reporting about women in this world is conducted by men.

    Look at our US election coverage this year, for example. When it comes to print media (as published by...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION—Jews Respond: Nancy K. Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women

    June 29, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    “The US Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a huge victory for women and families across the country. This ruling means that women, seniors, children, young adults, the poor – in fact, the vast majority of the population—will reap the benefits...

  • How Jewish groups became involved in the contraception coverage debate

    February 14, 2012 | 2:39 pm

    What were the Jews doing becoming so involved in a debate over contraception?

    It was a question that more than Jewish official asked themselves over recent months as tensions between the Obama administration and leaders of the Catholic Church rose to the boiling point over the issue...

  • Bullying of LGBTQ teens discussed at NCJW event

    By Ryan Torok

    May 31, 2011 | 6:59 pm

    During a panel discussion at the National Council of Jewish Women’s (NCJW) Los Angeles office in April, education experts highlighted the pervasiveness of bullying in schools, saying a disproportionate number of gay and lesbian students are victims.

    As a result, gay and lesbian...

  • Reform, NCJW slam failure to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

    December 14, 2010 | 10:50 am

    Two Jewish groups expressed regret at the U.S. Senate’s failure to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays.

    A repeal of the policy, which requires the discharge of gay servicemen and servicewomen who reveal their orientation, was attached to a defense spending...

  • Jews Face Awkward Court Fight Position

    By James D. Besser

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The political brawl over the replacement for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who announced her resignation last week, could be the most bitter since Justice Clarence Thomas' 1991 confirmation battle.

    And that free-for-all, which liberals and conservatives alike predict...

  • Model Volunteer

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In many ways, 26-year-old Deborah Jennings is typical of the young volunteers at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) in the Fairfax district. She's a passionate, college-educated individual who volunteers four to eight hours each week for Talkline, a counseling hotline...