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NCJW Washington Institute 2019

April 7-9, 2019

The NCJW San Francisco delegation attended Washington Institute 2019 to learn from experts, strengthen our advocacy skills, connect with activists from across the country, and storm Capitol Hill to meet with our lawmakers and their staff on critical issues.

This year’s Washington Institute showcased advocacy programs and efforts from across the country. This Advocacy Showcase was an opportunity to highlight an advocacy program or initiative and present it to our peers in a marketplace of ideas. It was also a chance to view the amazing efforts of our network and gather ideas of programs, projects, and legislative advocacy that we can implement back home.

We were pleased to have the opportunity to showcase the Human Trafficking Awareness Teen Poster and Writing Contest.

A delegation of Israeli feminists also attended Washington Institute 2019 and we benefited from hearing about their experiences and advocacy.

The NCJW San Francisco delegation went to Capitol Hill to lobby for qualified and diverse judicial nominations, gun violence prevention, voting rights, and abortion access.

We met with the offices of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Kamala Harris, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to express our views on these important issues.

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 2016 Washington Institute

March 12-16, 2016


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


Marching with over 300 National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) members and supporters, the NCJW San Francisco Delegation, participated in a silent procession from the US Supreme Court to the US Capitol. Participants delivered hundreds of pocket constitutions and signed notes to Senator Chuck Grassley, Chair of the Senate Judiciary, asking senators to #DoYourJob and move forward with the process of filling the US Supreme Court vacancy in a fair and timely manner.


On March 15th, the NCJW San Francisco delegation lobbied at Capitol Hill together with all NCJW California delegations, asking representatives, Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi to support legislation addressing reproductive and voting rights, homelessness and human trafficking


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-SF Representatives Visit NCJW’s Headquarters in New York to Discuss Anti-Trafficking Work

March 9, 2015

In addition to participating in the UN CSW59-NGO Forum, On March 9, 2015, 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.