Nasrin Sotoudeh has been unjustly imprisoned in Iran for over two years. National Council of Jewish Women of Canada partnered with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute to present this outstanding film of her life as part of an international effort to free her. The panelists for the Q&A included Professor Irwin Cotler, the movie’s producer and writer, and Ms Shaparak Shajarizadeh, an activist now living in Canada whom Nasrin helped to escape.
You are invited to click here to watch, on YouTube, the panelists discuss the making of the film, its importance and answer audience questions.
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.
Spring 2020 Greetings from the President
Spring has arrived. The early spring flowers and blossoms on the trees are slowly developing as we see new life unfolding day by day. Although Covid is still in our midst, we are beginning to see light at the end of this long dark tunnel. The change in season, bringing more and more of us outside, coupled with the vaccine rollout, will hopefully bring positive changes for all of us.
This Covid-19 experience is generally perceived as a negative occurrence, wreaking havoc on all our lives.
The last year, however, has given us all time to pause and rethink how we live and what is important to us.
NCJWC, as well as all our Sections across Canada, has not rested during this pandemic. Rather, we have all found new ways to stay connected and relevant.
NCJWC had an amazing Fall lecture series using Zoom technology focusing on Women and Justice. We have been able to connect with all our Sections on a regular basis, sharing ideas and joining together for programs. At the end of April, our Israel Project, ALUMA, previously known as IFCA, will be featured as a special Zoom program. One of the therapists will enlighten us on the work being done at the centre and what our association with the clinic over the last 50 years has meant and continues to mean to them. Visit our website at ncjwc.org to find the zoom link to this event on Sunday April 25 at 11am EDT.
In May, we will be featuring Canadian Jewish Women who have made a difference. Look for these people on our NCJWC facebook page.
Our involvement with ICJW (International Council of Jewish Women) has continued to be a priority for NCJWC. Recently many of us participated in the sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) which took place from 15 to 26 March 2021. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, CSW65 took place in a hybrid format with mostly virtual meetings. ICJW co-sponsored a fabulous webinar entitled Women Speak Up!!!
NCJWC has also recently become a member of the Commonwealth Jewish Council. A new group has been formed to represent the Commonwealth Jewish women’s voices. I have joined the steering committee and hope to have more information for you as we get started. By forming alliances with other countries, together we can tackle larger world problems and can hopefully be impactful.
I miss the in person contact with all my Council friends. I am thankful, however, that through technology we can still maintain our connections and continue to be a true force within our communities.
Wishing you all continued good health. Looking forward to a return to normal times.