Jewish NGO Project: UNRWA Textbooks

Joan Lurie, ICJW Representative to the UN in New York, reports on the meetings of the Jewish NGO caucus to discuss UNRWA textbooks at the UN during May 2018, and on her campaign to raise awareness on this issue with Ellen Fawer of Jewish Women International. At the London ICJW Executive Committee meeting in November, […]

ICJW 2018 Resolutions

The International Council of Jewish Women, assembled in Sydney, Australia, at its Quadrennial Convention in May 2018, passed five resolutions about current events that are of concern to their members around the world. Sustainable Development Goals ICJW reaffirms its support for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly as they pertain to women’s rights to […]

ICJW Inaugurates New President

Penelope Conway was invested as President of the International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW) at their Quadrennial Convention in Sydney, Australia, on May 30, 2018, by outgoing President Robyn Lenn OAM. Penelope is the third British woman to lead this worldwide organization during its 100 year history. Over the next four years, she looks forward […]

Inspiration at our Convention in Sydney

Female Jewish leaders from 16 countries around the world enjoyed ICJW’s inspiring 3-day Quadrennial Convention in Sydney, Australia in May 2018. The theme of the Convention was Evolving Beyond Tradition – the Impact of Women’s Perspectives and Developing Roles. Female role models from Australian political life were among the keynote speakers and guests at the […]

High Commissioner for Human Rights Reports on Progress

Fran Butensky, one of ICJW’s representatives at the UN in New York, attended a meeting at UN HQ with the out-going High Commissioner For Human Rights on May 11, 2018. This one hour meeting with Zeid Ra’ad Al was his last with the Human Rights Committee in New York because his term as High Commissioner […]

The Question of Palestine: 70 Years After 1948

ICJW’s representatives at the United Nations in New York attended a presentation by the Committee on the Exercise of Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People at the UN on May 17 and 18, 2018. This forum was organized in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolutions 72/11 and 72/13. Its purpose was to mark the anniversary […]

Cultural and Inter-Religious Cooperation in Hungary

Dr. Katalin Pécsi-Pollner reports from the Esther’s House Association for Jewish Culture and Feminist Values in Hungary.   Checking School Books Against a background of increasing anti-Semitism and Holocaust revisionism in Hungary, Esthers House has an important role to play in monitoring new Hungarian schoolbooks for 5th to 12th grade students. At the request of […]

Women of Action in South Africa

The Union of Jewish Women South Africa (UJW) is committed to bettering the lives of all South Africans, offering them freedom from the constraints of poverty, loneliness, lack of education, unemployment and hunger.  Myra Goldenbaum reports on some of the on-going success stories from their smaller branches. East London Members of this branch spent time […]

New Community Center in Colombia

In 2017 the Fundación Amigos De La Comunidad Golda Meir set up the Golda Meir Community Development Center (CDC) in Colombia, which is now attracting 180 children, 90 adults – mostly mothers who are heads of households – and 70 seniors to the Center each week. They are providing an oasis of support in the middle […]

Hand in Hand with the League

The League of Jewish Women in the UK runs a “Hand in Hand” welfare rota, offering hand and arm massages to elderly people in hospitals and residential homes, often to people with dementia. Massaging hands, wrists and arms is for many elderly people the only form of physical contact that they have with another person.  It […]