A Faith in the Future. A Belief in Action...

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.


Keeping up to date

May 5 , 2024

Please join us at Irondequoit Country Club on Sunday, May 5th for our 2024 Recognition Event honoring Hannah G. Solomon Award Recipient Karen Morris and NCJW GRS Woman of the Year Amy Stein. Doors open at 10:30…. 

Susan B. Anthony House Tour

Sunday, April 14th at 11 am

Join us for a tour of the Susan B. Anthony House on Sunday, April 14th at 11 am, and “Exercise Your Writes” by joining in a letter writing campaign within the …. 

Thursday, April 18th at 6:00 pm

Get tickets now to join us for Sisters in LAW, a new play by Jonathan Shapiro, based on the book by Linda Hirshman exploring the relationship between Ruth Bader Ginsburg  and Sandra Day O’Connor   ….

About Us

Get Your Own Coffee!

In 1893, Hannah G. Solomon of Chicago was asked to organize the participation of Jewish women at the Chicago World’s Fair. When she discovered that participation only consisted of pouring coffee, she walked out and, by the end of the World’s Fair, had founded the National Council of Jewish Women, changing forever the role of Jewish women and the nature of volunteerism.

The Greater Rochester Section was founded just one year later in 1894, in keeping with Rochester’s long tradition of feminism and the fight for equal rights. NCJW, GRS remains committed to improving the lives of our fellow Rochesterians through advocacy, education, and philanthropy.

Join Us

Turning Progressive Values Into Action

As a member of NCJW Greater Rochester Section you will be connected to a growing network of courageous and compassionate individuals who work together to improve the quality of life for women, children and families every day. We join with 180,000 other advocates nationally to make our voices heard in New York, Washington DC and Israel as we fight for social justice. As an organization, we take action and work together to be a positive force for change.


Our Voices - Our Collective Power

For over 125 years, NCJW, GRS has championed issues affecting women, children, and families. NCJW is committed across the board to working in deep partnership and collaboration with other organizations that include local establishments, public schools, local government agencies, human service providers, faith-based institutions, and other non-profits, as well as elected officials holding positions in a multitude of offices.