NCJW Greater Houston Section
National Council of Jewish Women’s Mission Statement reflects our faith in the future and belief in action. We are a grassroots, volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century. NCJW is a nationwide, volunteer organization that, with the Greater Houston Section’s more than 700 members, turns progressive ideals into action through advocacy campaigns, social commitment and safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Inspired by Jewish values, we strive for social justice by improving the quality of life for our communities.
NCJW Greater Houston Section (GHS) helps change lives with hands on community service projects and advocacy efforts throughout the Greater Houston Area. Issues we address in our community include early childhood education, domestic violence, and most recently, period poverty.
We serve the community through our Back 2 School Store, AVDA Emergency Client Assistance Fund, HIPPY graduation celebration, community service partner scholarships, and homeless and foster youth educational programs and services. NCJW GHS social justice programs provide education and legislative advocacy on issues that affect and impact women, children, and families in the areas of children’s rights, economic justice, healthcare, human trafficking, reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, and gender related violence.
We are in our schools, our courthouses, our State Houses, on the phone and in the trenches working towards changing lives every day.
In 1893, Hannah G. Solomon of Chicago was asked to organize the participation of Jewish women in the Chicago World’s Fair. When Hannah and her recruits discovered that participation was not substantive, but would consist of pouring coffee and other hostess duties, they walked out. Hannah then took matters into her own hands, building on the courageous action and volunteer work she had been leading for years. By the end of the World’s Fair, Hannah and the accompanying delegate body of women had founded the National Council of Jewish Women, changing forever the role of Jewish women and the nature of volunteerism.
Today, after more than a century, NCJW remains distinct among organizations — courageous, compassionate, powerful, and, above all, pioneering.