The Robin Brasso Social Justice Initiative
Fighting for Reproductive Freedom

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Post-Abortion Care Package Initiative

Since March 2023, NCJW SF has partnered with local communities to make care packages which are given to people experiencing abortions and other physically and mentally difficult procedures in the Bay Area. This initiative grew from NCJW SF’s desire to express our support for reproductive rights and reproductive healthcare access. The care packages contain comforting and helpful items, including chocolates, tea bags, instant hot packs, maxi pads, and notes of support. Volunteers also make care packages for healthcare providers and clinic staff.

The care packages have been donated to local reproductive health clinics, including:

  • Planned Parenthood San Francisco
  • Planned Parenthood Walnut Creek
  • SF General Women’s Options Center
  • San Mateo General Hospital
  • FPA Women’s Health in Berkeley, Modesto, and Sacramento

Reporter Yonatan Greenberg described NCJW SF’s efforts in an article for The J. Read the article here.

Thank you to Congregation Am Tikvah San Francisco, Congregation Beth Am Los Altos, and Peninsula Temple Beth El San Mateo for your collaboration!

Photos by Stuart Yusem.

Harnessing Our United Strength: Mobilizing, Staying Informed, and Advocating for Reproductive Rights and Healthcare

June 14, 2023
4:00 pm–5:30 pm

Via Zoom

On June 14, 2023, we learned from experts across the country about efforts to protect reproductive rights. We heard from different NCJW sections about what they are doing to secure reproductive healthcare access and justice for all.

Congressman Eric SwalwellCongressman fo California’s 14th District

Civia TamarkinFeminist Journalist and Filmmaker; NCJW Scottsdale President

Amy Kuo HammermanFeminist, Community Organizer, and Activist; Missouri State Policy Advocate for NCJW St. Louis

Rebecca CormackAdministration and Programs Coordinator, NCJW San Francisco

Shira ZemelAbortion Access Campaign Co-Director, NCJW (National)

Gail ChalewEditor and Activist, NCJW Greater New Orleans President

Moderator: Bethany Golden, RN, CNMClinician, Consultant, and Lecturer


June 29, 2022
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Via Zoom

In anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade, we felt compelled to act.  We marched for reproductive justice across the Bay Area. We joined the national rallies in DC. We brought together a panel of experts specializing in various fields to discuss the practical, faith and policy aspects of reproductive justice. 

Our featured speakers in this timely panel discussion were:

Assemblymember  Cristina Garcia
Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus
Author of AB2320, which would establish a pilot program in five counties to provide and direct funds to primary care reproductive services providers

Bethany Golden
Experienced Nurse-Midwife
Doctoral Fellow at the UCSF’s Institute of Abortion Care Training and Member of the California Future of Abortion Council

Rabbi Nancy Kasten
Member of Reform Rabbis for Repro and
Author of “As a Rabbi, Helping Pregnant Texans Get Abortions Has Never Been More Important”

The panel discussion was moderated by: 

Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi
President of the San Francisco Public Library Commission and Vice President for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the University of the Pacific

Watch below the recording from this event: