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.
Chanukah 2021 Message from the President of NCJ
Chanukah 2021 brings us to the second year of a Covid-style Chanukah. Last year, most of us resorted to zoom get togethers or meetings with family and friends in chilly garages or front porches. This year, many of us are taking the next step to meet in person over Chanukah. We may not have the crowds of old, but even small gatherings with loved ones are a dream come true. The vaccines have brought new hope to all of us.
NCJWC continues our online outreach.
On Oct 12th , we hosted a webinar entitled Journalists Defending Human Rights: A Global Challenge. This high-quality event with a panel of 3 renowned global journalists was led by an iconic moderator, Peter Donolo. The recording of this event is available on our website ncjwc.org.
On October 17th, we held our AGM and had Prof. Irwin Cotler as our keynote speaker. Dr. Cotler is the International Chair of The Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Remembrance and holds the position of Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism for our federal government. Cotler’s presentation The Durban Legacy of Hate: 20 Years later – What Needs to be Done resonated with us and encouraged NCJWC to do more to fight this constant battle of antisemitism. To this end, a focus group was formed to investigate how to direct our efforts as a national organization.
Besides our involvement with ICJW we are now active members of the women’s division of the Commonwealth Jewish Council. This Council works to unite Jewish women leaders from around the world on areas of commonality. Through our recent association with the Commonwealth Jewish Network, we have learned about an international campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence” (November 25-December 10) encompassing International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25) and culminating on December 10th, World Human Rights Day. Linda Steinberg, who sits on the CJN Social Action Committee brought this international event to our attention. Partnering with Auberge Shalom, we are presenting a social media blitz during this campaign to highlight the reality of Gender-Based Violence within our country. Auberge Shalom, a non-profit organization in Montreal for women in abusive relationships and their dependent children, was founded in 1989. It is a shelter and resource centre for women and children impacted by domestic violence. The centre is welcoming to the community at large but was created with a special mandate to serve the Jewish community in response to the 1984 murder of a Jewish woman, Donna Kertzer Rose, by her husband. This act of conjugal violence spurred the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, Montreal Section into action. It seemed bashert that NCJWC should partner with this wonderful centre and renew our special connection.
Join us on Thursday, December 14th at 7pm EST, for a webinar entitled Netflex’s Maid : Is this a reality for Canadian Women? The webinar will focus on an in depth look at Gender-Based Violence and will feature two counsellors from Auberge Shalom. Registration will be forthcoming.
Every 4 years, ICJW Herczeg Jerusalem Seminar takes place in Israel. This year, for the first time, this seminar was shared internationally through Zoom. The topic was Resilience and Opportunities: Feminine Leadership in Uncertain Times. The seminar is an opportunity to create dialogue and discussion on issues related to gender equality, to strengthen Jewish identity, to provide tools for Jewish leadership in ICJW affiliates, and to strengthen the connections and partnerships between the various communities. The day was full: excellent speakers on a variety of topics. The ICJW executive meeting was held the next day. Representing our affiliate on the ICJW executive, I am always impressed by the women that are involved in this organization. The advocacy that this group does internationally is phenomenal.
On February 1, 2022, NCJWC and the Commonwealth Jewish Network, will be co-sponsoring a webinar on Women and Leadership. Be on the lookout for information on how to ‘zoom in’ coming to your inbox prior to the event.
NCJWC continues its commitment to affect positive change while engaging our members. Please plan to participate in our events. Be proud of your involvement in our organization.
Happy Chanukah to all,