Mission Statement

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.

The South Cook Section

Our members are involved in numerous programs and projects that reflect the values of NCJW and with the goal of improving the quality of life for women, children and families. In the past 10 years, our Section has contributed approximately $500,000 to over 15 social service programs that positively impact families and individuals in our community.

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Who We Are

We are advocates, tutors, readers, art appreciation volunteers, local agency board members, actors and singers who entertain special needs populations, supporters of local emergency shelters, lunch servers, donors, event planners, and so much more. We welcome your participation and feedback on how South Cook Section can serve your membership, community service and volunteer needs.

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Membership

Today, with progressive ideals facing their greatest challenge in a generation, it is more important than ever that courageous, compassionate women find a place to come together and take action. Sign up today and become a member of the South Cook Section. Make friends forever while giving back to others.

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History

The history of the NCJW South Cook Section began in 1921 in Chicago Heights, Illinois. That year, the Jewish Ladies Aid Society of Beth Israel Synagogue joined with the National Council of Jewish Women, Chicago Heights Section. The primary purpose was to provide Jewish religious education to the children of families living in the community.

For the next 20 years, they functioned as a sisterhood for the synagogue. Additionally, NCJW was actively involved in community activities and political action.

Local Administration

Leadership - South Cook Section is a recognized entity of the National Council of Jewish Women, Inc. The president and board of directors are elected by the membership at large. Governance is described in the Section bylaws.

Recognition Awards - The South Cook Section honors outstanding service by its members with several awards: Hannah G. Solomon Award, Iris Dreyfuss Volunteer Recognition Award, NCJW Emerging Leader Award, Special Volunteer Award, Outstanding Service Award, and the Behind the Scenes Supporter.