2017 Awards Luncheon
June 11, 2017, 11:30am - 2:00pm
Presidio Golf Club, 8 Presidio Terrace, San Francisco (free parking)
Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, 11th Senate District, was elected to the California Senate in 2008. During his tenure in the Legislature, Senator Leno has fought for better schools and access to higher education, foster youth, a cleaner and sustainable environment, affordable health care, improved transportation and renewable energy, safer streets and equal rights for all Californians... MORE
2017 Award Recipients
Amy Rassen is a recognized leader in non-profit management with extensive experience developing and overseeing highly complex non-profit organizations. For the past 40 years, Amy has pursued her vision of social justice... MORE
Lynn Burrows Bunim currently serves as Director – Special Projects for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). Following a forty-year career in government and community relations at “the phone company”, commencing with Pacific Telephone and concluding with AT&T, Lynn brought her coalition building and public policy experience to WIPP.. MORE
Linda Kurtz is a member of NCJW SF Section since 1982 and recipient of the 2012 Hannah G. Solomon Award. Representing NCJW she specialized in issues of family safety working with Shalom Bayit and JFCS Task Force on Domestic Violence, and California Family Action...MORE
Dena Gardi is a SF native and lives in San Francisco with her husband, John, three children and a big, happy dog. She is a graduate of SF State University and holds an elementary teaching credential. She taught briefly, then, entered the corporate world... MORE
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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
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
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,
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.
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.
A Forum on Global and Domestic Issues and Actions
November 16, 2016
Over 120 participants gathered to discuss advanced policies and practices on the status of women in the workforce at this important conference hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco and the Consulate Generals of Israel and Mexico.
The forum was co-sponsored by the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women & Shalom Bayit.
Click HERE to view photos and learn more about the Conference.
NCJW San Francisco Presents at Congregation B'nai Emunah
November 11, 2016
NCJW San Francisco Executive Director, Antonia Lavine, Vice President, Linda Kurtz and Administrative Assistant, Sarah Lapidus attended a meeting of Congregation B'nai Emunah's sisterhood to inform the audience about NCJW current programs and actions. Antonia Lavine presented on the anti-trafficking collaborations coordinated by NCJW SF and our work on women issues in partnership with the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the Consulates of Mexico and Israel.
NCJW National Executive Meeting
September 19-21, New York
The NCJW section executive directors from across the U.S. gathered for a national meeting in New York headquarters to discuss the strategic planning implementation process lead by NCJW, Inc. and the future priorities in our work. NCJW San Francisco Executive Director Antonia Lavine attended the gathering. Stay tuned for more information about the strategic implementation plan and action.
NCJW San Francisco Co-sponsors a Benefit Screening of "Persona Non Grata"
On September 10, 2016 NCJW SF co-sponsored a benefit screening of the film "Persona Non Grata," which tells the story of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who saved over 6,000 Jewish lives during World War II.
Hosted by the Nichi Bei Foundation, the benefit screening was followed by a panel including Cellin Gluck, director of the film, Mandoka Sugihara, granddaughter of Chiune Sugihara; and survivors of the Sugihara transit visas. The reception after the film featured musical entertainment by the Murasaki Ensemble Trio and delicious food, wine, and sake.
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
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!
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.
NCJW-SF Representatives Visit NCJW's Headquarters in New York to Discuss Anti-Trafficking Work
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.