National Council of Jewish Women of Australia

Jewish Women for a Just World

NCJWA is a Jewish feminist organisation committed to promoting social justice and the rights of women in all aspects of their lives. At a National level we do this through advocacy, education and community building.

About National Council of Jewish Women of Australia

With a focus on women’s advocacy in Australia, NCJWA is unique in Australia today, in that no other Jewish women’s organisation in this nation has a comparable mission. Working for Australian Jewish Women as Australians, as Women and as Jews, NCJWA understands that our identities are diverse and complex, engaging in programs and conversations that stretch the expanse of the community. Our Jewish identities include Judaism as religion and culture and see the position of women around the world (including Israel) as tied to our own. As an affiliate of the International Council of Jewish Women we connect with women of fifty countries around the world, and through this we have a voice in the highest levels of world government and at human rights agencies worldwide.

NCJWA is a place for diverse views and consensual action, a place for discussion and debate, a place for exploration and commitment. Our many Sections across the country are involved in a range of programs. Sections are active in Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. Sections are the Members of the National organisation.

Our projects  bring change to our communities, our country and our world. In short, our aim is to make the world a better place.

Featured Talks & Events

Event description

(about this collaboration)

 Join NCJWA and NIF Australia for a three-day intensive interactive workshop empowering women’s voices in our community. We will have the opportunity to learn with leading American and Israeli voices on a variety of topics to help women feel more confident sharing their opinions whether in writing, on a community board or around the Shabbat dinner table.

No prerequisites required but you are encouraged to come with questions and an open mind.

We hope you’ll join us for all three sessions, but it’s not compulsory.

Two tickets available:

  • $36
  • Free for under 25s and low income



Sunday 7th November

11:00am – 12:30pm AEDT

(10:00am – 11:30am AEST / 8:00am – 9:30am AWST)


with NIF US Media Director Elisheva Goldberg

Breakdown the essential elements required for persuasive writing and how to get published in a newspaper or magazine.

Elisheva Goldberg is the Media and Policy Director at the New Israel Fund. She previously served as a political advisor to former Israeli Foreign Minister and co-opposition leader Tzipi Livni, and prior to that was an analyst at Molad: The Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy and an Assistant Editor for Open Zion. She has written for The Daily Beast, The Forward, The New Republic, and The Atlantic, and is currently a contributing writer to the magazine Jewish Currents.


Monday 8th November

7:30pm – 9pm AEDT / 6:30pm – 8:00pm AEST / 4:30pm – 6:00pm

with Hamutal Gouri from the Kiverstein Institute

We will discuss why storytelling is central to social change efforts and explore diverse storytelling tools – from appreciative inquiry, to basic storytelling templates and visions stands”. We will have a chance to practice in small groups and explore the tools that best work for us.

Hamutal Gouri is Founding Director of Impact Storytelling: consulting, training, and storytelling for social change. Hamutal is a cultural critic, lecturer, consultant, and storyteller for social change. Hamutal has expertise in organisational, program, resource, and leadership development; gender audits and mainstreaming; diversity, inclusion, and intersectional approach to social transformation.

Hamutal served as Executive Director of the Dafna Fund, Israel’s first and only feminist fund. She continues to serve as a consultant to foundations as an expert on funding with a gender lens. Hamutal is a senior fellow at the Kiverstein Institute.

She teaches a course on Gender, Leadership and Action in Civil Society Organizations at the Rothberg School for Overseas Students at the Hebrew University. Gouri holds a BA in English Literature and Inter-disciplinary Studies, and an MA (Cum Laude) in Cultural Studies from the Hebrew University.


Tuesday 9th November 

7:30pm – 9pm AEDT / 6:30pm – 8:00pm AEST / 4:30pm – 6:00pm AWST

with Women Wage Peace activists Yasmin Rubin-Cooper and Avital Brown

Hear from two activists from Israeli-based Women Wage Peace to learn about their grassroots organisation campaigning for Israeli and Palestinian women to have a place at the negotiating table.

Yasmin Rubin Cooper is a certified social-organisational psychologist and has extensive experience in social change, strategic planning and promoting partnerships. Yasmin serves at Sheatufim as the Director of a Collective Impact initiative working to reduce gender based domestic violence. In previous positions Yasmin served as professional manager in Shatil (New Israel fund) – an infrastructure organisation for civil society – and as human resource manager in the School for Leadership Development in the IDF. Yasmin led numerous projects,  developing knowledge, tools and methodologies for creating social impact, and has broad experience in consulting, training and capacity building for managers, teams and partnerships in the public and social sectors.

As a peace and feminist activist Yasmin is a member of Women Wage Peace movement, and was a member of the board and the steering commeettee of the movement.  Yasmin holds a first degree in Psychology, and a second degree in social-industrial psychology.



Avital Brown is the co-founder of PosiTeam Consulting and Training, established to assist high tech organisations to cope with management challenges. She works with Palestinian high tech companies to help them boost their capacity and reach the Israeli and global markets. Brown served as a director of training in a high-tech company in Canada, and was the Head of Hebrew Department at Emanuel School, Sydneyl.

Brown has also been an active member of Women Wage Peace (WWP) since its early days and is presently a member of WWP steering committee. Her two sons and son-in-law served in the front line in Tzuk Eitan during the 2014 Gaza War, which motivated her to join WWP with the utmost determination and faith that peace is possible. Avital holds a first degree in T.E.S.L, and a second degree in Educational Technology.


If you have any questions, please contact

Sharon Berger –

Melinda Jones –

We look forward to seeing you there,

NCJWA and NIF Australia

President’s Report

Why Peace is a Woman’s Issue