Nancy Kaufman to NCJW, and why I like this organization
12/17/2010 - 12:57
James Besser

JTA's  Ron Kampeas has a nice profile of Nancy Kaufman, who'll take the reins at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) in January, and it reminded me why I like this organization.

In a communal world where so many groups try to be all things to all people or chase issues on the basis of what they think will appeal to big contributors, NCJW knows what it's core mission is – women, children and families and the issues relating to them – and sticks to it.

Most Jewish groups can't seem to resist the temptation to get into the Israel business, which is great for fundraising but creates a kind of communal clutter; NCJW's focus is unapologetically domestic.

And a time when “social justice” is used as a slur by the Glenn Becks of the world, NCJW proudly proclaims its devotion to the cause – which probably explains the loyalty of its membership, coming as it does from a still-heavily-progressive Jewish community.

Go, Nancy, go!

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Thanks, Jim, for the plug--I look forward to sitting down with you when I arrive in NYC. I am very excited about joining the NCJW team and while we are "unapologetically" focused on women, children and families and the pursuit of social justice --that focus (as Shari Eshet points out)is not only domestic but also in Israel as well!
As the director of NCJW's Israel Office, I too am thrilled about Nancy Kaufman's coming on board as our new CEO. NCJW has had an Israel program since 1947- a year before the State of Israel was created, making it NCJW's longest running program. Mirroring our work in the United States, we have stood by Israel's women, children, minorities and immigrants for over 63 years and intend to continue doing so, going from strength to strength, with Nancy Kaufman at the helm. Shari Eshet Director, NCJW Israel Office
You're right, I apologetically say 'thanks.'
In the well-written tribute, I suspect that Mr. Besser meant to have the third paragraph read: "...NCJW's focus is UNapologetically domestic."