Mission & Resolutions

NCJW’s faith in the future and belief in action are reflected in its mission statement:

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.

In the United States

In the US, NCJW’s work includes:

  • BenchMark: NCJW’s Judicial Nominations Campaign
  • Plan A: NCJW’s Campaign for Contraceptive Access
  • Higher Ground: NCJW’s Domestic Violence Campaign
  • Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote
  • Voices for Reproductive Choices: NCJW’s Emergency Initiative

In Israel

NCJW has been a leading organization in supporting Israel for more than 60 years, helping to lay the groundwork for important social change efforts in Israel. We are now witnessing the evolution of Israeli society as more and more women demand their fair and equal rights amidst serious challenges to those rights. NCJW has long been committed to advancing women’s status in Israel by helping women to develop a stronger voice at all levels of society.

Today, strategic efforts like the Israel Granting Program and NCJW’s advocacy and coalition work continue in this spirit of education and empowerment — helping to advance the lives of women, children, and families and ensure Israel’s future.


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, building 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 had founded the National Council of Jewish Women, changing forever the role of Jewish women and the nature of volunteerism.

Today, 118 years later, NCJW remains distinct among organizations — courageous, compassionate, powerful, and, above all, pioneering.


As an organization on the forefront of social change for 120 years, one of the keys to NCJW’s success is strong and strategic leadership. NCJW is governed by a Board of Directors which sets the policy and direction of the organization, contributes to the achievement of programmatic goals, and fulfills a variety of fiduciary responsibilities. NCJW is a also leader among leaders, serving as an active member of several prestigious alliances and councils.

Learn more about NCJW’s accomplished Board of Directors and various affiliation relationships.

NCJW San Antonio

Advocacy Contact for
National – Sheryd Jackson
Book Buddies Chair – Joyce Sheiness
Bulletin & Treasurer – Debby Zucker
Corresponding Secretary – Renee Sabel
CRC Rep – Olga Kauffman
Israeli Contact for National &
Public Affairs Chair – Janet Neuenschwander
Financial Secretary – Linda Levy
Membership – Cathy Pottorf
Membership Team – Laraine Pofsky 

Programming – Mindi Silver-Weiss
Program Support Contact for National –
Marlene Eichelbaum
Publicity – Nancy Gerson
Recording Secretary – Lori Stockstiel
Section Contact – Ruthie Wurzburg
Technology & Website – Rhonda Grimm
Trafficketed Teens – Marcia Waldgeir
Transitions Chair – Lee Markman
Trashy Book Club – Susan Butler
Ursula Kaplan 

If you are interested in being part of the “NCJW Team,” please contact Ruthie Wurzburg at ruthiewurzburg@gmail.com.