NCJW Responds to Anti-Semitic Attacks in New York

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is alarmed by the increase in violent hate crimes targeting the Jewish community in New York. The following is a joint statement from NCJW and NCJW’s New York sections (New York, Brooklyn, Rockland County, Lakeville,...

What’s for Lunch?

We have all suffered from them, maybe liked some, and certainly discarded plenty. The bane and blessing of every childhood are those school meals that generally get little public attention. However, for over 30 million schoolchildren, many of whom may be getting 50...
Hiddur Mitzvah

Hiddur Mitzvah

It’s a special mitzvah to beautify and lend special significance to each mitzvah we perform. The rabbis dubbed this “hiddur mitzvah,” the enhancement and illumination of a commandment. Our talented life member, Lesley Frost, exemplified this practice by working with...
Alternatives to Plastics

Alternatives to Plastics

As we consider reducing our use of plastics, paper, cardboard, and glass are probably the first alternatives that come to mind and each raises questions we should consider. Production of new paper and cardboard starts by cutting down trees and this impacts the amount...

Recycling Plastics: Is It a Viable Business Model?

This question was not on the radar before China stopped taking our plastic trash. The Chinese ban has been copied by other countries and the US is left with an enormous supply of potential recyclable material. We are motivated to put our plastics in the recycling bin...

Plastics: From Sea to Shining Sea

Photos of seals struggling to survive with plastic rings around their necks, and turtles pierced by plastic drinking straws or drowning in discarded fishing nets are horrific and have spurred efforts to clean up the plastic pollution that exists worldwide. Many of us...