March/April 2022
Washington Institute 2022: Leading Together
Early Registration Deadline: March 20
Washington Institute 2022 is a reimagined opportunity for new and seasoned advocates from National Council of Jewish Women to come together in Washington, DC. Over three days, we will learn new skills and tools, advance our collective mission, and make our voices heard. It all culminates in The Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice on Capitol Hill – sending a powerful message that we are committed to the fight to ensure a just future.

Hurry: Early-bird registration for Washington Institute closes March 20, and the more costly regular registration closes April 22! Going in person is so much fun, but we all have the chance to attend virtually this year!  Registration for both in-person and virtual attendance is at

More information about this exciting opportunity for everyone — wherever you are on your justice journey (new or seasoned) — can be found on the national website or by contacting our Section leadership at 
Sunday, March 20, 1 PM, Alpert JCC
Celebrate the whimsy of Purim and bravery of Queen Esther and Mordecai with crafts, games, body art, LOTS of hamantaschen, and a special performance from Joseph Derry’s Theater of Magic! Children ages 2 – 8 will have a blast learning about the meaning of Purim through music and play! Bring your children, your grandchildren, and your neighbors! And come see us at the NCJW table!

To learn more about this exciting upcoming event, click here.
4th Thursday NCJW Movie Club
Thursday, February 24 and March 24, 7 pm, Zoom
March 24: Don't Look Up is both laugh-out-loud and disturbing. The 2021 apocalyptic black comedy stars an ensemble cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Cate Blanchett, and Meryl Streep. It tells the story of two astronomers attempting to warn humanity about an approaching comet that will destroy human civilization. The impact event is an allegory for climate change, and the film is a satire of government, political, and media indifference to the climate crisis. It warns us that while we may have the means, the smarts, and the technology to at least attempt to save the human race and the Earth itself, it's our worst instincts that are going to do us in. You can view this film on Netflix.

April 28: The Tender Bar 
J.R. grew up captivated by his father’s voice, a NYC disc jockey who vanished before the little boy spoke his first word. At age eight, suddenly unable to find The Voice on the radio, J.R. turned in desperation to the bar on the corner, where he found a rousing chorus of new voices. The alphas there taught, tended, and fathered him by committee — taking him to the beach, to ballgames, and ultimately into their circle. Torn between his mother’s example and the lurid romance of the bar, J.R. tried to forge a self somewhere in the center. Time and again the bar offered shelter from failure, rejection, heartbreak — and eventually from reality. You can view this film on Amazon.

Join Our Abortion Justice Working Group
For too long, the narrative in this country about abortion and religion belies the Jewish story: in Judaism, abortion is not only permitted, but sometimes required. National Council of Jewish Women, along with our allies and partners, has launched a new Jewish movement for abortion justice: 73 Forward. Our section has begun to explore programming options for this campaign, and our Advocacy Committee would like to form a working group. 

If you’d like to help us plan educational programs, advocate for legislation, and/or mobilize organized actions in support of reproductive rights, health, and justice for all, please email 

We’ll be scheduling our first working group meeting soon, and we’d love to have you join us in the fight! 
Join Our New 2022 Voting and
Elections Working Group
Voting and elections are a top priority for our Section. We are forming a working group to help plan and lead Section voting and election efforts through the November 2022 election. Topics to be explored include voter registration, Vote Forward letter writing, partnering with organizations like the League of Women Voters, and voting access for marginalized communities.  

Let us know if you’d like:
(a)  To be part of the working group, 
(b)  To help with voter registration and/or Vote Forward, or 
(c)  More information on how best to participate. 

We need you and your ideas! Contact the chairperson, Chana Ham-Rosebrock, via or leave a message for her at (657) 235-2511
Make a Difference Day Is Back!
Sunday, May 22, 11 am – 4 pm
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
Save the date! NCJW is participating in the annual community-wide Make a Difference Day. We’ve made some changes to keep everyone safe and comfortable, so our morning kick-off get-together will be outdoors at Marine Stadium in Long Beach. Lots of exciting new projects this year! Choose from great projects (for kids too!) impacting vets, the homeless, seniors, LGBTQ, the disabled, kids in shelters, organic gardening, food scarcity, doing onsite repairs, helping animals, tree planting, and Meals on Wheels. The list goes on and on!

The organizers also need project leaders, who will get complete support and a 2-hour training/orientation. Most projects require very little upfront time, just talking to the on-site people and then connecting with your project’s volunteers during registration in May. For more information, contact our VP of community service Andrea Friedenthal soon at to share your skills, and she’ll match you up with something that’s right up your alley!

And ... If You Want to Help Some Afghan Refugees Waiting near LAX for Placement

Andrea is also in touch with volunteers who are currently helping several Afghan families temporarily housed at the Homewood Suites near LAX waiting for final placements. The refugees' many needs change day by day, but they definitely need good people to step up right now! If you would like to help out, contact Andrea at or leave a message at 657-235-2511.
Mark Your Calendars...Save the Date
Thursday, April 7: Board meeting, 7 pm. RSVP for Zoom link; all members welcome!

Thursday, May 5: Board meeting, 7 pm. RSVP for Zoom link; all members welcome!

Thursday, May 12: HugPack packing, 6 pm, AJCC

Sunday, May 22: Make a Difference Day. Contact Andrea Friedenthal at for details.

Sunday, June 12: Charter Day and installation, a brand-new celebration! Watch for more information soon.

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