NCJW is Guided and Inspired by Jewish Values
Our work has shifted over the last century in response to the most pressing challenges facing not only Jewish women but all vulnerable women, children, and families.
What is the National Council of Jewish Women?
NCJW, founded in 1893, changed forever the role of Jewish women and the nature of volunteerism.
In 1893, Hannah G. Solomon of Chicago was asked to organize the participation of Jewish women in the Chicago World’s Fair. When Hannah and her recruits discovered that participation was not substantive, but would consist of pouring coffee and other hostess duties, they walked out. Hannah then took matters into her own hands. She built on the courageous action and volunteer work she had been leading for years. By the end of the World’s Fair, Hannah and the accompanying delegate body of women founded the National Council of Jewish Women—the oldest women’s volunteer and grassroots organization in the United States.
NCJW is the oldest Jewish women’s grassroots organization in the United States.
Our Utah section of NCJW is part of 60 sections, made up of local advocates in 30 states
NCJW Utah Section members are outspoken champions for progressive policies at the federal, state and local levels. Over the years, NCJW’s collective voice has changed the world for the better—improving the lives of women, children and families in the US and Israel.
Do you know an organization that might wish to partner with our NCJW Utah Section?
NCJW Utah Section is committed across the board to working in partnership and collaboration with other organizations that include local establishments, public schools, local government agencies, human service providers, faith-based institutions, and other non-profits, as well as elected officials holding positions in a multitude of offices.
*We use ‘women’ expansively to include anyone who identifies with this term, which may include cis women, trans women, and gender-nonconforming women. We are also committed to creating space for our genderqueer and non-binary advocates and invite them to join us to participate as their full authentic selves as core partners in this work.