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Sharing for a Better World

Co-Sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco and Consulate General of Israel

Inside Kenya

Join us January 13-22, 2019 for an exciting nine-day journey to learn about Israel's international development programs through an extraordinary interactive experience!

Click HERE to learn more & apply for the trip.

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The Global Fight Against Human Trafficking: Delegation of Law Enforcement & Judicial Officials to Israel

A Project of the National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco in Collaboration with the Israeli Consulate General 

November 4-9, 2017 Israel

We express our gratitude to the 10 courageous man and women, tirelessly fighting human trafficking from their powerful positions, for joining the NCJW SF sponsored Law Enforcement & Judicial Delegation to Israel, and to our partners from the Consulate General of Israel for a wonderful collaboration in envisioning and planning this extraordinary project!

In 5 unforgettable days, the delegation of two California Superior Court Judges, the District Attorneys of Alameda and Santa Clara Counties, the Police Chief of Oakland and Assistant Police Chief of San Francisco, the U.S. Marshal, the First Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Assistant U.S. Attorney Law Enforcement Coordinator for the Northern District of California and a Federal Administrative Law Judge of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, met with Israeli counterparts in the Knesset, Supreme Court, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Attorney General's Office, Police Forces and visited shelters, advocacy groups, and clinics to learn first hand about Israeli model of combating human trafficking and assisting the survivors. We are proud of being the force to enable this great exchange of advanced law enforcement and judicial practices and to lay the foundation for future collaboration between the professionals and volunteers in fighting modern-day slavery. We are deeply grateful to our generous donors and look forward to continuing annually this outstanding project!

Women in the Workforce Conference. Global & Domestic Perspectives.

Hosted by:
The National Council of Jewish Women &
The Consulate Generals of Israel and Mexico  

Co-sponsored by:
California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls &
San Francisco Department on the Status of Women

Featured Israeli Guest Speaker: Mariam Kabha, Commissioner of Social Equality, Ministry of Labor  

November 16, 2016, 8:30am - 3:30pm African American Art & Culture Center San Francisco

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.

Welcome and opening remarks were presented by NCJW SF Board President Dena Gardi, U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Regional Representative Elmy Bermejo, San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang, and the Consul Generals of Israel and Mexico. The Master of Ceremonies was Emily Murase, Executive Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women. 

Keynote Speakers:

San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy and San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White delivered inspiring keynote speeches presenting about their careers and personal stories of getting involved in their specific professional fields.

Featured Speakers and Moderators included also:

Guadalupe Gómez-Maganda, Head of Gender Equity Unit in the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Roberta Steele, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Regional Attorney, San Francisco District Office; Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, Executive Director, CA Commission on the Status of Women; Andrea Shorter, President, San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women; Fabiola Kramsky, Founder & CEO of Tuiris, Inc.; Breanna Zwart, Google Access Strategy Team and Commissioner, SF Commission on the Status of Women.

Afternoon workshops:

  • Equal Pay and Equal Employment Opportunities

  • Safety Net and Protection in the Workplace

  • Integration of Minority Women in the Workforce

  • Women in Technology

The participants in the conference voted to approve a resolution with recommendations for improved policies on women in the workforce and agreed to continue their collaborative work in the future. The plenary of the conference created a task force consisting of representatives of the organizers to work on developing a mechanism for regular meetings of the partners. Stay tuned for information about further actions associated with this collaborative initiative. 

Download the full program HERE.


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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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Jewish Family and Children's Services, San Francisco

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

Find more information about IsraAID HERE.

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

March 21, 2016

National Council of Jewish Women, San Francisco

Presentation and discussion featuring Susan Weiss, Executive Director, Center for Women's Justice in Jerusalem.

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  

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, 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. Learn about the work New Israel Fund and National Council of Jewish Women are doing to achieve marriage equality in Israel.

This event is sponsored by the NCJW San Francisco and NIF, in partnership with Congregation Emanu-El, Congregation Rodef Sholom, the Jewish Film Institute, Shalom Bayit, Sherith Israel, and The Kitchen.

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

January 14, 2016
Jewish Community Federation Boardroom

At this event, sponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking, 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

From the Holocaust to Darfur - Stanford

September 19, 2014

Hillel, Koret Pavillion at the Ziff Center, Stanford University - 565 Mayfield Avenue, Stanford

Discussion about genocide refugees in Africa and around the world with the speakers: Mark Hetfield (CEO and President HIAS), Joyce Kanja (Country Director, Chad HIAS), and                                        Ahmed Adam (Sudan Advisor,                                                Columbia University).

From the Holocaust to Darfur - San Francisco

September 18, 2014

African American Art & Culture Complex - 762 Fulton St., San Francisco

Discussion about genocide refugees in Africa and around the world with the speakers: Mark Hetfield (CEO and President HIAS), Joyce Kanja (Country Director, Chad HIAS), and                                         Ahmed Adam (Sudan Advisor,                                               Columbia University).

The Bay Stands With Israel Rally

Sunday, July 3, 2014, 12:00 pm

Civic Center, San Francisco

Three thousand people joined the Bay Stands With Israel rally to show their support to Israel and peace. Thirty-eight organizations, including NCJW San Francisco Section, co-sponsored the rally.

                                      Photo credit: Miri Ekshtein.