Edmonton Section was one of the first Canadian Sections of NCJWC, having been established in 1920.
As well as their support for numerous causes in the Jewish and general communities, Edmonton Section has been instrumental in developing and assisting programs that recognize and address the needs of children, women and seniors.
In the past, the Edmonton Section oversaw studies and lobbied the Provincial government about the importance of education at the kindergarten level. As a result of Edmonton Section’s efforts, the Alberta Government decided to include kindergarten as part of the public school system.
In 1954, Edmonton Section founded the Jewish Senior Citizens’ Centre (formerly known as the Golden Age Club). It was the first formal program of services to Edmonton Jewish Seniors, and it is still very active today in the community providing programs for those 55 years and older.
In 1963, Edmonton Section helped to start and fund the Norwood Head Start Program, now called the Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre, a pre-school program, which helps children prepare for school, and is focused on child development for children aged three to five years old.
Currently, Edmonton Section is still very active and is involved in ongoing projects in the community, including:
- Talmud Torah Parents Auxiliary Program helping children-in-need.
- Aviv Israeli Folk Dance Association (AIFDA) for children-in-need.
- Jewish Family Services SMART (Seniors Making Age-Related Transition) Program, for seniors that need help in the community.
- Camp Gan Israel – to help children-in-need for those attending day camp.
- Prevention of Family Violence – assistance to shelters to help women-in-need in Edmonton and the surrounding areas.
- ALUMA – the Counselling program in Israel that needs financial support from across the country.
- Human Trafficking Awareness.
- Genetic Disease and Organ Donation Awareness.
- Other programs and informational sessions as the need arises.
Edmonton Section is proud to be affiliated with the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, and, in turn the International Council of Jewish Women. Edmonton Section believes in the empowerment of women and providing education, advocacy, and community service at a local level, as well as assisting the other sections across the country to achieve their potential.
The newest section of NCJWC in Simcoe County was established in November 2018 and is attracting a diverse group of women living in various communities including Innisfil, Barrie, Angus, Collingwood, Oro-Medonte, Orillia and Midland and Bracebridge. We strive to hold regular social events so women living in these diverse communities can meet and enjoy the company of other Jewish women living outside of the Greater Toronto Area.
A few of our past and present programs:
- We host a monthly online book club
- A bi-monthly speaker series (postponed due to pandemic but to begin again in spring 2023)
- Participated in various events to raise awareness of trafficking in human persons
- Created a library and cozy area in the Barrie Women’s and Children’s shelter
- Provided appropriate winter clothing for the students of at a specific SCDSB school (winter 2020 & 2021) & provided snacks as food programs had been cancelled due to the pandemic
- Partnered with Canadian Federation of University Women of Barrie for International Women’s Day 2021
- Organizedbike rides, hikes, yoga & meditation sessions, a cooking demo & a mahjjong and canasta games day
- Partnered with PJ Library and hired a PJ Library connector to bring young families together in a social context
- Participated in Mitzvah Day 2022 by partnering with Fill A Purse for a Sister Campaign, collecting and filling gently used purses with personal items to be distributed to women in need
NCJWC Toronto has been a catalyst for engaging Jewish women in addressing the needs of the vulnerable through education and social action since it was established in 1897. In 1922, the first Council House was opened at 44 St. George Street. In 1964, NCJWC Toronto moved to 4700 Bathurst Street where our volunteers spent 56 years working together within the Jewish and general community to effect positive change by addressing social problems. In 1984, NCJWC Toronto Foundation was created and the Bathurst-Prince Charles Apartment Building was opened. The Bathurst-Prince Charles is an integrated, fully-accessible housing project with affordable housing for seniors combined with independent accommodation for the disabled.
In February 2020, NCJWC Toronto moved to a new home at 890 Sheppard Avenue West, where it continues to carry on its mission.
Some of our current programs include:
- The Passover Food Drive, now in its 40thyear, which provides volunteer-delivered food boxes to the elderly and vulnerable in the GTA.
- The Toronto Jewish Quilting Project, where volunteer quilters meet weekly to create quilts by hand for women diagnosed with cancer.
- The Betel Buddies Program which matches NCJWC Toronto volunteers with clients of the Bernard Betel Centre for telephone companionship to alleviate loneliness and isolation in the senior’s population.
- Kick off to Camp which raises money and provides funding to purchase a new pair of running shoes for children in poverty who are subsidized to attend summer camp.
- L’Chaim/Wellspring Cancer Support Groups which supports newly diagnosed cancer patients and caregivers.
- One Voice which brings together faith leaders to address domestic violence.
- Human Trafficking Awareness which educates community members about the perils of human sex trafficking.
- TAP, Teaching Awareness through Puppetry, which teaches school aged children about difference through the use of puppets.
- Mitzvah Day, an annual international event that mobilizes our volunteers to address social justice through social action.
- NCJWC Toronto is a proud supporter of NCJWC’s National project in Israel, ALUMA, which provides support to families in crisis in Israel.
- Ongoing social and educational programs on zoom and in person to engage and educate our members, volunteers and the community at large about important social issues impacting community.
Please join us!
Robin Gofine, MSW, LL.B
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, Toronto
Unit 1, 890 Sheppard Ave. W.
North York, Ontario, M3H 6B9
The National Council of Jewish Women of Canada – Vancouver Section is guided by the ethical principles of Judaism, to further human welfare in the Jewish and general community, locally, nationally, and internationally. It provides an integrated program of education, advocacy, service, and social action.
302-950 West 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
Winnipeg Section was founded in 1925 and for many years served as the Head Office for NCJWC. As well, many women from Winnipeg Section have served as president of NCJWC.
Winnipeg Section is dedicated to serving the needs of the Jewish and general communities through service, education and social action.
Our continuing programming includes:
- Mitzvah Day – Winnipeg Section coordinates Winnipeg’s participation in International Mitzvah Day, as well as running our own mitzvah program
- Women’s Health Education – annual lectures on issues of women’s health
- Mishloach Manot packages for clients of the Winnipeg Jewish Child and Family Service
- Organ donor awareness programming
- Backpack program – providing backpacks for children whose families are working with JCFS
- Human trafficking awareness programming
- Book club
- and much more….
In the works…
- Regular needlework circle
- Developing relationships with more organizations to grow Mitzvah Day
Support our section, and purchase a beautiful Magen David necklace from jeweler Hilary Druxman: https://hilarydruxman.com/products/53n1-ncjw
Visit: ncjwcwinnipeg.org for more information on Winnipeg Section.
PO Box 68065
Winnipeg, MB R3L 2V9