The Refugee Crisis and Human Trafficking Explosion throughout the Middle East and Europe: Jews, Muslims, and Christians join forces in refugee assistance and human trafficking prevention.

Reception, Video Screening and Panel Discussion with IsraAID's:

Chief Operating Officer - Navonel Glick (Voni)

Emergency Medical Team Leader - Dr. Iris Adler

Global Partnership Director - Yotam Polizer

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
12:00pm - 1:30pm    

Jewish Family and Children's Services, 2150 Post Street, San Francisco.

Admission is free. Please RSVP

Find more information about IsraAID HERE.

The Struggle for Women's Justice under the Jewish Law in Israel

Presentation and Discussion Featuring

Susan Weiss    

Executive Director                                     Center for Women's Justice in Jerusalem

Monday, March 21, 2016
12:30pm - 2:00pm                                National Council of Jewish Women Office, 2000 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 411, San Francisco

Find more about Susan Weiss HERE                     

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Asalem & A Conversation on Marriage, Divorce, and Other Trials Faced By Women in Israel

Sunday, March 6, 2016, 
3:00pm- Film Screening, 5:30pm- Presentation and Discussion

The Jewish Film Institute, 145- 9th st, San Francisco  

Description:In Israel, rites of passage - including conversion, marriage, and divorce- are the sole domain of the Orthodox Rabbinate. The Orthodox rabbinical courts are the only bodies in Israel with the power to settle a divorce. Part of that process involves a gett (the document that releases a wife from marriage). In order to obtain a gett and finalize a divorce, some Jewish women have been compelled to give up parental rights or pay large sums of money.Join us for a screening of the celebrated film Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, which tells the story of one woman's pursuit of a gett, followed by a presentation and conversation with the New Israel Fund's May Pundak, Israeli civil rights attorney and activist.
We will learn about the state of marriage and divorce in Israel, as well as a new campaign by NIF's New Generations (young adult group) calling on Israel to enact legislation guaranteeing marriage equality in Israel.
This event is sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women and New Israel Fund, in partnership with Congregation Emanu-El, Congregation Rodef Sholom, Shalom Bayit, the Jewish Film Institute, Sherith Israel, JCRC, and The Kitchen.

Closing Event: Panel Discussion & Honoring the Teen Poster Contest Winners

February 10, 2016
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Library

At this event we honored the winners of the 2016 Teen Poster and Writing contests. Youth from across the Bay Area will gathered to share experiences in anti-trafficking advocacy and prevention.Youth speakers shared at the event how you can help fight human trafficking in your own back yard and rescue the victims. There were many special performances, including one from the Regent Collective Dance Company from Notre Dame High School.
Download the Teen Poster Contest rules and application HERE
Download the Teen Writing Contest rules and application HERE

Film Screening of Not My Life & Panel Presentation

January 13,2016

Our Lady of the Visitacion Catholic School San Francisco

Inspiring anti-trafficking awareness program of the National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco (NCJWSF) in collaboration with U.S. Fund for UNICEF gathered more than 200 parents, teachers and students at Our Lady of the Visitacion Catholic School San Francisco! Following the screening of Not My Life documentary, NCJWSF Board member, Federal Judge Marianna Warmee, NCJWSF Executive Director, Antonia Lavine and Chandni Jain from U.S. Fund for UNICEF presented about modern day slavery in the Bay Area.

The Advanced Israeli Model to Fight Human Trafficking: How Israel Joined The Front Runners

January 14, 2016
Jewish Community Federation                            

Dr. Shmueli, Israel’s National Anti-trafficking Coordinator, presented about the successful complex of anti-trafficking policies and legislative solutions that lead to the ranking of Israel as one of the leading nations in the global fight against modern-day slavery.  Dr. Andy David, Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, introduced Dr. Shmueli and addressed the audience.
Download event flyer HERE

The Global Fight Against Human Trafficking: International and Comparative Perspectives

January 14, 2016
San Francisco Jewish Community Center, Kanbar Hall

Over 250 people- law enforcement, city officials, non-profit victim service providers, local social justice activists and community members- attended this special reception and program featuring the Consul General of Germany, Stefan Schlueter, the Consul General of Mexico, Dr. Andres Roemer Slomianski, and the Israeli National Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, Dr. Merav Shmueli, as we explored important and fascinating issues such as:
*How are these nations addressing human trafficking in their own countries and what can we learn from their comparative anti-trafficking models? 
*What are the most important international aspects of trafficking here in the Bay Area? 
Mingle with diplomats of Mexico, Germany and Israel while enjoying the cuisine of each country and gaining insight into the international nuances of anti-trafficking.  

For additional resources provided by Dr. Shmueli click HERE
Download the event flyer HERE 

Kick-Off Press Conference & Modern-day Abolitionist Award Ceremony

January 12, 2016, 
San Francisco City Hall, Room 408

Top government officials and law enforcement presented about their anti-trafficking priorities. We also honored the recipient(s) of the 2016 Modern-day Abolitionist Award. Speakers included the following officials:
• Acting United States Attorney, Northern District of California, Brian Stretch
• San Francisco Mayor’s Director of Violence Prevention, Diana Oliva-Aroche
• San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon
• Regional Representative for the United States Secretary of Labor, Elmy Bermejo
• San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang
• Homeland Security Special Agent in Charge Ryan Spradlin
• Northern California Regional Intelligence Center Director Mike Sena
• Health and Human Services Regional Administrator Robert Garcia
• SFPD Deputy Chief TBA
• California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Special Assistant on Human Trafficking, 
Monica Ramirez

NCJW San Francisco in the News

We are excited to be featured on J. Weekly highlighting our history and work fighting human trafficking with our partners at the Jewish Coaltion to End Human Trafficking.

Pictured Below:
Rachel Unger - Chair of NCJWSF Next Generation
Antonia Lavine - Executive Director of NCJWSF
Jeff Rosen - Santa Clara County DA

2015 Awards Luncheon, Board Installation & Annual Meeting

Sunday, May 31, 2015 | Presidio Golf Club

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2015 Awards Luncheon last Sunday!

We honored our award recipients for their outstanding achievements and celebrated our 115 years of compassionate and courageous community service! 

Photo: Margarita Nikolova

The Presidio Golf Club was packed with over 100 guests, among them were leaders of our partnering community-based organizations, city agency representatives, community advocates, and local legislators. Congressman Michael Honda and Supervisor Jane Kim sent congratulatory letters on the occasion of our celebration. Senator Mark Leno honored our award recipients with special certificates of recognition.

Rabbi Doug Kahn's highly inspirational and uplifting Keynote address was momentous! You can see it attached HERE.

To top off our event we presented our guests with  a copy of the brilliant NCJW-SF 115-year history book authored by Victoria Cooper.

We congratulate our officers and directors on their installation and look forward to a very successful term of our newly elected Board.

Thank you to all of our fantastic sponsors and everyone in attendance!

Center for Women and Girls Youth Empowerment Mentoring Program                        Volunteer Training

May 16, 10am-4pm | 1099 Sunnydale Avenue, SF

Learn more about the rich experience of mentoring and the fascinating dynamics of human trafficking at this training for prospective volunteers. Open to anyone who has a general interest in human trafficking and/or would like to learn more about NCJWSF’s exciting new mentoring program. 




NCJW San Francisco Receives a Special Award for the founding of CASA San Francisco

At a ceremony on May 13, 2016, Board President, Dena Gardi and VP, Linda Kurtz were presented with the special award to NCJW San Francisco for the creation of CASA's (Court Appointed Special Advocates) San Francisco chapter.

NCJW San Francisco receives Champion for Social Change Award

 NCJW SF 2016 Washington Institute Delegation with the  Champion for Social Change Award

NCJW SF 2016 Washington Institute Delegation with the Champion for Social Change Award

On March 14, 2016 at NCJW Washington Institute in DC our section was presented with the prestigious Champion for Social Change Award. NCJW San Francisco President, Dena Gardi and Executive Director, Antonia Lavine, received the award. We were honored together with all California sections of NCJW for our work on human trafficking prevention through the implementation of the NCJW co-sponsored SB 1193, a law which helps victims and survivors access protection and service.

Congratulations to all members of our excellent anti-trafficking team for the high recognition of  their achievements in combating modern-day slavery!

NCJW San Francisco at 2016 NCJW Washington Institute

On March 12-16, 2016 NCJW San Francisco Board President, Dena Gardi, Executive Director, Antonia Lavine, Development Chair, Teddi Silverman, Next Generation Chair, Rachel Ungar and section members Stefana Morgan and Julie Matlof Kennedy attended 2016 NCJW Washington Institute and participated in the various workshops and sessions of this important gathering of NCJW activists from across the U.S. 

For information about the forum's program and award recipients click HERE

NCJW San Francisco Delegation marched with over 300 National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) members and supporters in a silent procession from the US Supreme Court to the US Capitol to deliver hundreds of pocket Constitutions and signed notes to Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley asking senators to ‪#‎DoYourJob‬and move forward the process of filling the US Supreme Court vacancy in a fair and timely manner.

Click HERE to see the video.

On March 15th, NCJW San Francisco delegation lobbied at Capitol Hill together with all NCJW California delegations, asking our representatives, Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi to support legislation addressing reproductive and voting rights, homelessness and human trafficking.  

Order a free copy of our newly published history book!


"The Story of NCJW San Francisco Section: 115 Years of Courage, Compassion, and Community Service"

by Victoria Cooper

If you wish the book to be sent to you, we ask that you donate $10 to help offset shipping and handling costs.

You can also pick up a copy of the book at our office at 2000 Van Ness Suite 411, however please call first to make sure we are available at (415) 346-4600.

If you wish the book shipped, please fill out the form below and click submit, and we would greatly appreciate that you also donate to cover costs. Of course you are not limited to $10 and any more will go to support our programs such as fighting human trafficking!

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2015 Lobby Mission in Sacramento, April 20-21

We lobbied for A Stronger California Advocates Network’s four pillars:

  • Ensure fair pay and job opportunities;
  • Expand access to affordable, quality early childhood care and education;
  • Support family-friendly workplaces; and
  • Build economic security by addressing poverty.

NCJW-SF Representatives Participated in the UN Commission on the Status of Women 59th NGO Forum in New York

NCJWSF’s Policy Chair, Robin Brasso, Board President, Antonia Lavine, Board Member, Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, and Next Generation Member, Stefana Morgan joined the team of local women activists participating in the UN Commission on the Status of Women 59th NGO Forum this year. The Forum takes place from March 8 (International Women’s Day) to March 20, 2015 in New York. It gathers representatives of government agencies and non-governmental organizations from all regions of the world to discuss gender equality, women empowerment, violence against women and other women issues.

This year, NCJW San Francisco Section co-sponsored one of the parallel events of the forum: "Combining Government, Civil Society, and the Tech Industry to Fight the Hidden Epidemic of Human Trafficking in San Francisco and Beyond", which was presented on March 11th at the Church Center of the United Nations in New York in collaboration with the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women (SFDOSW) and San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT). 

At this event, Antonia Lavine, NCJWSF Board President and SFCAHT’s Coordinator spoke about the collaborative and multidisciplinary approach in combating human trafficking in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Other panelists in this event were: Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, President of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women and NCJW SF Board Member; Emily Murase, Executive Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women; and Marnie Webb, Caravan Studios. The panel presentation was followed by workgroup sessions with the participants. 

Click HERE for a full program of the event. Download HERE the information about all events organized by the SF Department on the Status of Women at the UN CSW 59th NGO Forum.

NCJW-SF Representatives Visit NCJW's Headquarters in New York to Discuss Anti-Trafficking Work

 Ilene Anesini, COO, NCJW Inc., Antonia Lavine, Board President NCJWSF, Nancy Kaufman, CEO, NCJW Inc., Emily Murase, ED, SF Department on the Status of Women, Robin Brasso, Policy Chair, NCJWSF_NCJW Inc.'s Headquaters in NY_March 10, 2015

Ilene Anesini, COO, NCJW Inc., Antonia Lavine, Board President NCJWSF, Nancy Kaufman, CEO, NCJW Inc., Emily Murase, ED, SF Department on the Status of Women, Robin Brasso, Policy Chair, NCJWSF_NCJW Inc.'s Headquaters in NY_March 10, 2015

In addition to participating in the UN CSW59-NGO Forum, Robin Brasso and Antonia Lavine visited NCJW’s Headquarters in New York to meet with our national CEO, Nancy Kaufman (in blue), and her dedicated team. Antonia and Robin also met with representatives of the International Council of Jewish Women to discuss aspects of the Section’s anti-trafficking work. Stay tuned for further information on our representative’s visit to New York.

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