Since 1980, women’s history has been celebrated nationally in the month of March. Women’s History Month was developed to challenge stereotypes about women’s roles in history and as an innovative way to create equality in classrooms. The stories of ordinary and extraordinary women have been brought into thousands of schools and communities and provide resources and inspiration for learning about women’s history throughout the year. Historically, Jewish organizations have taken this appointed time to reflect on women’s issues. Below are organizations which advocate and educate on behalf of women on a daily basis.
Jewish Women’s Archive
The mission of the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) is to uncover, chronicle, and transmit to a broad public the rich history of American Jewish women.
JOFA works to expand the spiritual, ritual, intellectual, and political opportunities for women within the framework of halakhah.
National Council of Jewish Women
The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century — championing the needs of women, children, and families — while courageously taking a progressive stance on such issues as child welfare, women’s rights, and reproductive freedom.
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism is the largest synagogue based women’s organization in the world. As an active arm of the Conservative/Masorti Movement, they provide services to 600 affiliated women’s groups in synagogues across North America.
Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist organization of America
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer women’s organization, whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society.
Women of Reform Judaism
Women of Reform Judaism is the women’s affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, the central body of Reform Judaism in North America. Established in 1913, WRJ now represents more than 65,000 women in over 500 women’s groups in North America and around the world.
Bais Chana Women International
Provides Jewish educational programs for women
A full-time college in Jerusalem for advanced Jewish learning designed to inspire Jewish women to maximize their potential
Jewish Women’s Health
The Hilchot Niddah Guide for Medical Professionals
Jewish Women International
Dedicated to ending violence against women
An apolitical, nationwide organization dedicated to the advancement of women within the framework of Jewish Law
Brings insights and practices from the study of gender and Judaism to the Jewish community
Modern Jewish Mom
Helping Jewish moms make Jewish homes
A Jerusalem-based learning community for women
Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!
A values-based, experiential and transdenominational Jewish program that aims to strengthen the self-esteem and Jewish identity of adolescent girls in grades 6-12