Who We Are and Our Mission

National Council of Jewish Women, Arizona, is a valley leader in progressive social justice reform. Our grassroots organization of volunteers and advocate turn progressive ideals into action to drive transformative social change.

NCJW confronts today’s most urgent social and economic challenges facing women, children & families. Our mission is to safeguard human and civil rights, and improve the quality of lives across all communities. To ensure the dignity of each individual, we strive to impact policy from the State House to the White House.

In today’s political environment, we advocate for reproductive justice, gender equity, ending sexual and domestic violence, humane immigration policies, voter rights, civil rights, and racial justice.

NCJW has been a presence in Arizona for 100 years.  Our organization played a vital role in starting the first synagogue, now the site of the Plotkin Cultural Center, establishing Jewish Family and Children Services, the Child Crisis Nursery, which now is part of Child Crisis Center, and the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program here in Arizona.

Today we are developing our most ambitious project, Ruth Place, a sexual violence trauma recovery center.

With a broad-based agenda that works across diverse communities, NCJW remains distinct among organizations — courageous, compassionate, powerful, and, above all, pioneering.

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NCJW AZ 2021 – 2022
Board Officers and Directors

*New Position

**New Board Member

***Immediate Past President


Civia Tamarkin

Vice Presidents

Communications – Jen Rogers**
Development – Barbara Lewkowitz**
Legal Affairs – Allison Kierman
Marketing – Pam Gerber

Recording Secretary

Susan Schesnol***

Events Director*

Jan Aver

Directors At Large*

Anita Malik**

Gale Stam**

Julie Gunnigle**

Jane Strauss**

Judith Rosenthal**

Louise Zirretta

Meaghan Kramer**

Molly Stryer**

Paula Weitzenberg**