The National Council of Jewish Women of Canada is a voluntary organization which, in the spirit of Judaism, is dedicated to furthering human welfare in the Jewish and general communities Locally, Nationally and Internationally. Through an integrated program of education, service and social action, the organization helps to fulfil unmet needs and to serve the individual and the community.
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
President’s Message, August 2019
As we begin another year of NCJWC , there is much excitement. We have a vibrant organization that continues to grow.
With the establishment of Simcoe County Section this past year, there has been much interest from other communities around the country to establish an NCJWC section. There is no other organization like us. For over 120 years, NCJWC has been a pillar in Canada.
The Canadian government recognized us at our 120th anniversary as an organization of National historical significance. The Government of Canada has recognized the historical significance of NCJWC to the country’s landscape. Because 44 St. George was our headquarters for so many of our formative years as we established a real presence in Canada, it is fitting that there is now a permanent installation of a plaque describing our significance from the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and Parks Canada at this location.
There is no doubt that NCJWC has a wonderful, rich history. Today we are still strong, concentrating our efforts on the pillars on which we began – service, education and social action.
Over the years, NCJWC ‘s tentacles have been far reaching across the country. Today, we have 5 active sections. Each section’s programs and services reflect the needs within their unique community.
Today we work to educate those in our community about the threat of human trafficking, not only for those from abroad but here at home.
We continue to work across the country to educate Jewish individuals and couples on the benefits of genetic screening.
We are strong advocates of organ and tissue donation. We help to educate the Jewish public that organ and tissue donation is permissible and encouraged under Jewish Law.
We speak loudly against antisemitism and racism of all kinds. Our commitment to really making a difference within our communities by helping women, children, families, the disadvantaged, seniors and new immigrants continues to be of primary importance, and we advocate on behalf of these groups when the need arises. We will continue to be relevant in our ever-changing world.
We are a strong force on the international stage by being the only Canadian affiliate of International Council of Jewish women, an organization with over 30 affiliate countries working to make a difference at the UN and World Jewish Congress. We add our voice to help those who cannot advocate for themselves.
Our effect is felt in Israel, where we support ALUMA, a social service agency in Tel Aviv that helps those dealing with trauma in their lives.
Yes, NCJWC is a force, continuing to work tirelessly to promote social justice, freedom, equality and tolerance, while engaging in meaningful projects to impact our communities. Through our collective energies and enthusiasm, we are committed to making a positive impact. This drive, coupled with our members’ enthusiasm, shall propel us into the future to meet and take advantage of opportunities that are set before us.
I am so proud to be the President of this powerful, STRONG National organization whose legacy forges the path on which we will continue our work.
Debbie Wasserman, President