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 […]

Taking Women to the Theater in Brazil

The League of Jewish Women of Brazil (Liga Femenina Israelita do Brasil) has a long-standing tradition to celebrate International Women’s Day. In March 2018 we brought a group of 35 women to the Municipal Theater, to thank them for their work as volunteers helping children and needy mothers in the communities of Cantagalo, Pavão-Pavãozinho.   Lilian […]

Visiting the Jews of Croatia

ICJW President Robyn Lenn OAM visited the Union of Jewish Women, in Zagreb in November 2017. The Union of Jewish Women is the oldest organization in the Jewish community, established in year 1887, and they were active during World War II, trying to save children in the camps by sending packages of food and medicine. After […]

Swiss Jewish Women’s Association Marks 150 Years

The Jewish Women’s Association of Bern, Switzerland, celebrated its 150th anniversary in November 2017. Chairwoman Karin Rom reports that the affiliate is actively involved in working for the welfare of members of their community, and particularly visiting older members in their homes. They organize the refreshments for Kiddushim in the synagogue and other social activities […]

Pluralistic Activism in Prague

During  2018, the Czech Council of Jewish Women has been part of a democratic pluralism project for national minorities, supported by the US National Democratic Institute (NDI). It currently includes participants from the Jewish, Roma, Muslim and African communities from 4 countries: Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia.   As reported in E-Links 2017, the goal […]

CSW62 Outcome Document and Gender & Human Rights Advocacy

Madeleine Brecher, ICJW Representative to the NGO/CSW in New York reports on their meeting on 19 April 2018 to discuss the CSW62 Outcome Document and how to find advocacy opportunities for Gender & Human Rights issues. The April meeting was divided into two parts: • The Gender and Human Rights Panel featuring: 1. Thierno Adenhof, Associate […]