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

NCJW confronts today’s most urgent social and economic challenges facing women, children and families. Powered by the Jewish imperative to ensure dignity for all, we impact policy, advocate for justice, and support the community. Your voice has never been more essential, and our voices together make a meaningful difference in the world.


Keeping Up to Date


Events – Annual Luncheon Journal

A beautiful virtual Journal was produced for the NCJW BCS Annual Luncheon. The Journal gives details about the organization’s many activities and illustrates the strong support of members and friends.

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ACROSS GENERATIONS: The Impact of the Roe Decision

Thursday, August 7, 2022, 7:00 pm, Zoom

Bergen County Section is calling on women of all generations to come together for the first in a series of Courageous Conversations about the impact of the Roe decision. “Does the decision really bring us back to the abortion horrors of the late 1960s and early 1970s?” “Does it foreshadow the future loss of protections for others as well?”

The one-hour Zoom event will be led by the Honorable Loretta Weinberg, Majority Leader of the New Jersey State Senate (retired), who will be joined by Helen Archontou, MSW, LSW and CEO of the YWCA Northern NJ, and Lil Corcoran, LPC and Executive Director of the Women’s Rights Information Center. Gabrielle Beck, one of our 2022 NCJW scholarship recipients, will serve as moderator. Participants are encouraged to join in the conversation by sharing their own personal stories, experiences and questions so that we may all realize, energize and mobilize. Registration required.

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October 20, 2022, November 17, 2022, March 16, 2023, March 30, 2023, April 27, 2023, June 1, 2023, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Teaneck, NJ

After the resounding success of eight prior seasons, we are inviting you to join us for our ninth season of the outstanding New Jersey Symphony “Play the Masters” and help NCJW BCS at the same time. It’s an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon with other members and friends and also support programs for people in need. There are six performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark on Thursday afternoons. Transportation by motor coach is included in the price for all six concerts. Bus will leave from Temple Emeth in Teaneck at 12:30 pm and return by 4:30 pm. For more information, dates and details of a special Anniversary Concert with Yo-Yo Ma, click here. Deadline is August 1st. Please print Order Form and send with your credit card information or a check made out to NCJW BCS to Emily Wilkins, 14 Carol Drive, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632.

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Checks for events should be made payable to NCJW BCS and mailed to NCJW BCS, 75 South Washington Avenue, Bergenfield NJ 07621.
Please write name of event on memo line.

 Stay Up to Date

Council Connections Newsletter

Be sure to stay up to date with all of our current news, meetings and activities. View our newsletter here!


Here's Our Calendar

Need to check out meetings and important dates? Here's where you can see all events at a glance!

We hope to be in-person from April. However we will determine each event as we move forward. Please note that Board Meetings and General Meetings are usually held on Tuesdays once again. Board meetings are scheduled for 9:45 am in person, 10 am on ZOOM. General meetings are scheduled for 12:30 pm.

 Women in Action

Serving the Community


NCJW BCS Officers installed at Annual Luncheon

The NCJW BCS Officers for 2022-2023 were installed at the Annual Installation and Awards Luncheon.
Honorary President Bea Podorefsky
Honorary Vice President Bari-Lynne Schwartz
Co-Presidents Elaine Meyerson, Ina Miller-Silverstein
Vice Presidents:
Administration Marilynn Friedman
Advocacy/Education Paula Star, Ginny Wasserman
Community Services Flora Perskie, Linda Walden
Fundraising Joan Cooper
Membership Joan Ornstein
Thrift Shop Fran Einiger, Hilary Eth
Treasurer Liz Roditi
Recording Secretary Norma Goldsmith

Photo shows Officers present at the Luncheon: L-R: Elaine K. Meyerson, Norma Goldsmith, Ina Miller-Silverstein, Flora Perskie, Linda Walden, Virginia Wasserman, Fran Einiger, Joan Cooper, Bari-Lynne Schwartz, Joan Ornstein and Marilynn Friedman. Photo credit: Hillary Viders


NCJW BCS in the News!

Bergen County Section participated in the NCJW Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice at the US Capital in Washington on May 17 and was featured prominently in the Washington Post. Pictured above (L-R) are leaders Carole Benson, Elaine Meyerson, Linda Walden, Joan Ornstein, Ina Miller-Silverstein, Elizabeth Halverstam, Marilynn Friedman and Peggy Kabakow.

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Read The Forward Article
Read The Jewish Insider Article


We are once again awarding several college scholarships to young Jewish women who are graduating from Bergen County public high schools and are planning to attend a four-year college or university this September. This is a longstanding NCJW BCS program which recognizes outstanding graduates and helps defray the increasing costs of higher education. Among the criteria which may be considered are academic achievement, significant leadership involvement in school and/or community activities, and financial need.

Scholarships were presented at our Board Meeting on June 7, 2022.

Scholarship Recipients (L-R): Hayley Leopold, Erinn Rebhun, Ariana Altman, Gabriella Goldberg, Brooke Ackerman, Jessica Ilin, Bailey Topfer, Gabrielle Beck, Isabel Dubov, Leehe Peleg.

 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.

In 1923, fourteen women in Bergen County, NJ carried on Hannah's tradition and formed the Bergen County Section of NCJW to make a difference in their community. Today, with 1,000 members, NCJW BCS remains an active part of the fabric of Bergen County, committed to providing non-sectarian community service, advocacy, education and philanthropy.


 Join Us

Turning Progressive Values Into Action

As a member of NCJW Bergen County 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 Jersey, Washington DC and Israel as we fight for social justice. As an organization of 1,000 members, we take action and work together to be a positive force for change.

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The Heartbeat of NCJW Bergen County Section

Join our network of caring and compassionate volunteers and make a difference in the lives of women, children and families in Bergen County. NCJW Bergen County Section offers a wide range of opportunities that fit any schedule and interest. Whether you have an hour or two or a few days a year to offer or if you would like to help on a weekly or monthly basis, we have a place for you. Whether you’re passionate about empowering women, mentoring children and families or cheering older adults, there are opportunities for you.

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Our Voices - Our Collective Power

For nearly 100 years NCJW BCS has championed issues affecting women, children and families. From the White House to the local Town Councils, NCJW has always been a vocal force in shaping bold progressive public policy. Whether you're passionate about reproductive freedom, gender equity in US and Israel, voter rights or other progressive causes, you’ll get a chance to work toward federal, state and local policies that mean the most to you. All it takes is five or ten minutes to call or email a legislator, an hour or two a month to plan social justice programs, a day or two each year to march in a virtual or in-person rally or an hour to attend a monthly educational program. Your voice combined with thousands of other voices makes a difference in creating a more equitable and just world.

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 Council Thrift Shop

More Than Finding Bargains - The Lifeblood of Our Mission

Who doesn't love a bargain? We've got plenty of them at our Council Thrift Shop. But did you know that our Thrift Shop is one of the most effective ways we generate funds to help the community? It's true! At this time we are only accepting “gently used” household items and SEASONAL clothing that is wearable and in good condition. For your health and safety, we've had the Thrift Shop professionally cleaned and sanitized. We follow all of the current CDC and New Jersey State guidelines: social distancing, wearing masks, and handwashing.

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