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National Council of Jewish Women of Australia


NCJWA is a philanthropic and service organisation for Australian Jewish women with Sections across the country ( Founded in 1923 in Sydney by the late Dr. Fanny Reading MBE. NCJWA focuses on both Australia and Israel, and its many Sections across the country are involved in a range of programs.

It is affiliated at both national and international level to women’s NGOs which work for improvements in human rights. NCJWA Australia supports a number of worthy causes in Israel, such as the Ilan Foundation for Handicapped Children, the Haifa Rape Crisis Centre and scholarships for Ethiopian female students at the University of Haifa. Through the Jewish National Fund it also raises funds for various projects around Israel linked to environmental and water issues.

We also provide support for local charities and undertake interfaith outreach. NCJWA’s Scholar-in-Residence program has since 1987 been a vehicle to bring eminent 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.

Canberra’s Jewish women are invited to participate in the activities of the Canberra Section of NCJWA. It is a way for Jewish women in this city to come together for companionship and enjoyment while making a difference through our fundraising efforts.

The 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, such as social meetings in private homes, speakers, film nights, outings to restaurants, and other interesting events.



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