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What’s Title IX Got To Do With Me?

By Julia Alford, NCJW Legislative Intern June 23rd marked the 44th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Title IX is often associated with athletics as the law mandates that girls and boys have equal opportunities to play sports. But Title IX is more than just sports, it helps to advance and protect both women and girls in 10 keys areas: access to higher education, athletics, …

Back 2 School Stores Back in Action!

From Pittsburgh to St. Louis to Long Island, NCJW sections are in full swing of Back 2 School store fun – and just in time for many kids in need starting school in August! Andrea Glickman, Executive Director of Pittsburgh section, shares with CBS News the importance of the project: “These kids are going to get everything they need – supplies, clothing, outerwear – to start the school year on equal footing with their peers …

Righting the Wrongs: Referencing the Injustices That Drive My Activism for Abortion Access

Many NCJW advocates have their own point of reference as to why they feel compelled to work for abortion access, whether a personal experience or one observed through the eyes of a friend or family member. My own fight for abortion access has been fueled by what I experienced trying to start a family with my husband years ago as strangers in a new land. It was the summer of 2008 and I was pregnant—very …

Not Worth a Gamble

Preface: This story was originally published as part of the Jewish Daily Forward’s series Silent No More: Forward Readers Tell Their Abortion Stories. Carol Consalvo is the NCJW Arizona State Policy Advocacy Chair. In her words: The decision in Roe v. Wade was such an important event in my lifetime. I grew up in the 1950’s when getting pregnant before marriage was not socially acceptable. If one did make the mistake of having unprotected sex, …

Holding the Floor for Justice

By Kate Friedman, NCJW Legislative Intern I sat in the Eisenhower Executive Building screening room, stunned, as families who had lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting filled the room. I was invited to attend the official White House pre-screening of Newtown, a moving documentary about the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting on December 14, 2012, and its aftermath. I arrived expecting the audience to be Washington, DC-based colleagues I might recognize, and …

Turning Prayers for Orlando into Action

By Madeline Budman, NCJW Legislative Intern On the Sunday morning following the Capital Pride Parade, I slept in and woke up with glitter still on my face. Stickers and handouts I had collected while I marched with NCJW and theReligious Action Center of Reform Judaism at the festivities were scattered around my room. My afterglow from this celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community was cut short as …

Trafficking will remain a Jewish problem as long as we commodify women

This piece was adapted from a Purim-themed sermon delivered at Congregation Beth El on March 18, 2016. The plight of women trafficked from Mexico to the United States has been the focus of much of my work this past decade at Sanctuary for Families, New York’s largest provider of services to victims of domestic violence, sex trafficking and other forms of gender-based abuse. Because of Sanctuary’s role in helping Mexican victims recover from their abuse, …

A Gift of Life

If you were at Washington Institute in 2013, you might remember me. I was one of the women sitting behind the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry table calling out to you, “Would you be interested in swabbing your cheek to save a life?” Back then, I had just finished my time as a legislative intern in the NCJW DC office and was inspired to volunteer in honor of Elissa Froman z’’l, who was, at …

Why North Carolina’s New Anti-Transgender Law Matters – to Everyone

One month ago the North Carolina state legislature passed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. The bill was then signed into law by Governor Pat McRory. This Act, known informally as HB 2, seeks to “provide for single-sex multiple occupancy bathroom and changing facilities in schools and public agencies and to create statewide consistency in regulation of employment and public accommodations.” HB2 is dangerous and offensive. This law doesn’t just allow for discrimination based …