What We Do
We are volunteers who turn progressive ideals into action. NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for families, and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
NCJW continues to support the following programs:
• Teacher Mini-Grants: NCJW provides grant opportunities for OPS teachers for equipment and supplies outside the district budget. Grants will be awarded in January, 2021.
• School Supplies for Jackson Elementary School: Every fall, NCJW raises funds to purchase backpacks and school supplies for EVERY student at Jackson Elementary School, which is located in the heart of downtown Omaha. The backpacks and supplies are delivered the first day of school, and are often the only access students and families have to these types of items.
• “Keep them Warm” Campaign: In October 2020, NCJW found a larger than normal need for winter gear for OPS students. With assistance from Temple Israel and Beth El synagogues, as well as through our membership, NCJW was able to donate warm coats, gloves, hats, and funds to three OPS schools with students in dire need. In all, more than 20 bags of new and used items were provided to Kellom, Jackson, and Castelar elementary schools. The students and administration at these schools were extremely thankful to NCJW for this gift.
• Support for Friedel Jewish Academy: NCJW provides an annual gift to the Friedel Jewish Academy. Typically, this donation is used to subsidize field trips. However, due to the pandemic, this year the gift helped support onsite projects and supplies.
• RAFT Website and Information for Teens: Resources Available for Teens (RAFT) Omaha is a directory of resources available for area teens, covering all aspects of mental and physical health from safe and reliable resources. RAFT is updated regularly and requires consistent oversight from NCJW to ensure information is accurate and up-to-date.
• Rose Blumkin Senior Home: COVID-19 has created new challenges for the staff and residents at the Rose Blumkin Senior Home. In an effort to create safe opportunities for residents and families to connect during this difficult time, NCJW is purchasing two large screen smart televisions which can be used to stream live events such as Temple Services and for FaceTiming relatives outside the home during quarantine, as well as for watching shows and movies.
• Voting and Women’s Rights: NCJW Nebraska works alongside our national counterparts to advocate for women’s rights, reproductive freedoms, and public affairs. Especially in this election year, NCJW has been very busy behind-the-scenes meeting with candidates and lobbying for access to affordable healthcare, women’s issues, and more.