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National Council of Jewish Women of Australia

 

The National Council of Jewish Women Australia or NCJWA is a philanthropic and service organisation for Australian Jewish women with sections across the country (www.ncjwa.org.au).

It was founded in 1923 in Sydney by the late Dr Fanny Reading MBE, then affiliated to the International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW), representing over one million Jewish women worldwide. The ICJW had representatives speaking on behalf of women’s issues at the UN in Paris, Geneva, Vienna and New York, and, in 1929, became affiliated to the National Council of Women of Australia (NCWA). We advocate with NCWA on women’s issues and interests both locally and nationally.

NCJWA has around 2000 women members who come together to explore common interests, serve their communities, and engage with local, national and international sections. The focus is on service and philanthropy in Australia and Israel. As an affiliate of the ICJW, NCJWA connects with women in 50 countries around the world, which gives us a voice in the highest levels of world government and at human rights agencies worldwide. It is a place for diverse views and consensual action, a place for discussion and debate, a place for exploration and commitment.

We have active sections in Canberra, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth. Our national and Israel projects bring change to our communities and women in Israel. On the national level, we aim to make the world a better place for women and children. In Canberra, we provide an opportunity for women from our community to come together.

We support worthy causes in Israel, such as the Haifa Rape Crisis Centre, as well as providing support for local charities. Since 1987, NCJWA’s Scholar-in-Residence program has been a vehicle to bring outstanding Jewish women to Australia to raise the profile of women’s issues. Past Scholars have included Deputy Attorney-General of Israel, Judith Karp; Leah Rabin (wife of then Defence Minister Yitzhak Rabin); and Professor Alice Shalvi. In 2010, the NCJWA Scholar-in-Residence was eminent Israeli lawyer and activist for women’s and children’s rights, Dr Sharon Shenhav.

We invite Jewish women in Canberra and the surrounding communities to participate in the activities of the Canberra Section of NCJWA. It is a means for Jewish women in and around Canberra to come together for companionship, inspiration and enjoyment while making a difference through our fundraising efforts. Our local section has been active since 1955, four years after the formal founding of the ACT Jewish community. We organise various functions, some for women only, others open to the wider community, including social meetings, individual and panel speakers on a range of topics, film nights, social outings, and other interesting events. If you would like to attend an event, please keep your eye on the weekly Grapevine email or HaMerkaz journal.

 

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Sun, 29 November 2020 13 Kislev 5781