National Council of Jewish Women

Jewish Groups Back Obama On Gun Control Initiatives

01/06/2016 - 11:06

Washington — Jewish groups praised new executive actions by President Barack Obama to reduce gun violence.

President Barack Obama shedding tears as he talks about the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. JTA

11 Jewish Groups Join Call For Congress To Accept Syrian Refugees Into U.S.

11/17/2015 - 19:00

Washington — Eleven Jewish groups are among 81 that sent a letter to Congress members urging them not to roll back plans to accept Syrian refugees into the United States.

Mark Hetfield, HIAS CEO

Commanded To End Trafficking

10/13/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As Americans and as Jews, we have a special relationship to slavery. As Americans, we know our country fought a terrible civil war to end trafficking in humans. And we know that it took another 100 years to ensure basic civil rights to those freed from bondage in 1865, but denied basic human rights until the 1960s.

Nancy K. Kaufman

Time To Take A Stand Against Sex Trafficking

02/16/2014 - 19:00

“I go to the mall and look for young girls. I stop one and tell her she is very pretty. If she looks me in the eye and says ‘thank you!’ I move on. If she lowers her eyes, shuffles her feet and demurs, I know I’ve found my prey.”

Jewish Women's Group Head Among 100 Arrested At Immigration Protest

09/11/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Sammie Moshenberg, director of Washington operations for the National Council of Jewish Women, was among more than 100 activists arrested Thursday at an immigration reform demonstration at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington.

As Fiscal Cliff Looms, Jewish Groups Fight Cuts, Stay Quiet On Taxes

12/30/2012 - 19:00

What will be cut? And who will pay?

These are the two facets of the "fiscal cliff" debate in Washington, as President Obama and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives wrangle over what mix of cuts and revenue increases should be part of a deficit reduction deal.

Jewish organizations have been vocal during the budget debate, but some key groups are focusing their advocacy mostly on the threat of cuts to programs they hold dear while staying out of the heated fight over taxes.

The deficit and the Pinocchio Test

 With the federal budget Topic Number One on Capitol Hill and the prospects for serious cuts to critical programs growing by the day as a Tea Party-driven House Republican caucus flexes its muscles, today's Washington Post Fact Checker column offers a useful reality check.

Jewish Groups Worry Over Domestic Budget Cuts

02/14/2011 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish groups expressed concerns about proposed Obama administration cuts in poverty assistance, but praised the U.S. budget for preserving aid to Israel.

The White House's proposed budget, released Monday, projects cuts in programs such as heating for the poor and in blocs of money funneled to the states for social programs, and increases funding for education and for "clean energy" development.

Obama budget a huge problem for Jewish social justice groups, but will they fight?

A Jewish community that relies on federal, state and local government programs to help fund a wide range of health and social services is about to feel the repercussions of a budget fight in Washington that will almost certainly result in severe cuts; the only question is, how severe.

Yesterday President Obama presented his $3.7 trillion budget outline that includes substantial cuts in a number of programs long favored by Democrats. Education and health would get more under the Obama plan; anti-poverty programs would get clobbered.

Groups Regret Fair Pay Act Failure

11/18/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish groups expressed disappointment in the U.S. Senate's failure to pass an enhanced equal pay act.

The Paycheck Fairness Act, passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last year, would have enhanced the 1963 Equal Pay Act, one of the first civil rights acts, to restrict the criteria employers use to justify pay differentials and to eliminate caps on discrimination lawsuits, among other measures.

Business groups opposed the law, saying its measures were burdensome and costly.

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