NCJW, Colorado Section is the oldest women’s philanthropy group in Colorado. Founded in 1893, we are 125 years old and still going strong.
Today, NCJW Colorado Section is a grass root organization of volunteers advancing social change through advocacy and community service. We use a Jewish lens to bring activists and volunteers together in our communities across generations. We build leaders in our community and strive for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding rights and freedoms in the US and Israel.
Our Section is one of 60 sections in the organization and our voices join 220,000 other powerful voices from 30 states making progressive change in Colorado and beyond.
“Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:18). This clarion call to action has resonated with the Jewish people for centuries, and is the guiding imperative of National Council of Jewish Women.
What makes NCJW unique and extraordinarily effective in the universe of social justice organizations? We are about advancing social change through a faith-based Jewish lens, bringing together activists across generations and across the country. We create alliances and provide leadership both within the Jewish community and across all faiths and racial and ethnic groups to give voice to our common causes.
As the first and most progressive Jewish women’s organization in the United States and in Colorado, NCJW is and has always been a leading voice for justice. In every decade since our inception, NCJW has prioritized the most pressing issues of the moment – from providing for the needs of immigrant women and children in the early 1900s, to enhancing children’s education through a magic bus which evolved into the Denver Library mobile, to providing books for underprivileged preschoolers, to providing rides to seniors which evolved into RTD’s call a ride program. More recent struggles we have addressed include combating sex trafficking, mental health check ups, promoting equal pay for women, voting rights, advocating for a fair and independent judiciary, immigrant and homeless rights, protecting reproductive health, rights and justice and helping underprivileged school children through our adopt a school program.