Special Events

The Women Who Dared Luncheon, honoring Susie Gelman

Please join us for the Women Who Dared Luncheon Monday, March 14 at 12:30 PM ET. (If you are already registered for Washington Institute 2016, your fee includes your luncheon ticket.)

We are excited to announce that NCJW’s distinguished Woman Who Dared Award will be presented at Washington Institute 2016 to Susie Gelman, who is known for her groundbreaking advocacy to raise awareness about civil society issues in Israel.





Social Action Award dinner honoring Roberta Kaplan and Edith Windsor

Come hear Roberta Kaplan and Edith Windsor speak at the Social Action Award dinner Monday evening, March 14.

Don’t miss this incredible evening!
We honor Edith Windsor’s courage in suing the federal government and Roberta Kaplan’s brilliant work as her attorney challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act before the US Supreme Court. The resulting court decision in the landmark case US v. Windsor ruled that banning federal benefits for same sex married couples was unconstitutional — and paved the way for marriage equality in this country. Invocation to be delivered by Rabbi Deborah Waxman President and Presidential Professor of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.





Elections 2016: What’s At Stake For Women Opening Plenary

Hear from political insiders about the critical issues at stake at our first plenary on Sunday, March 13, 1:30 PM ET.

Our Sunday afternoon plenary features NPR national political reporter Mara Liasson, a former White House and congressional correspondent who has covered six presidential elections, as well as Washington Post national political reporter Janell Ross, who has previously covered a range of social issues including race, politics, poverty, immigration and labor for The National Journal, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Huffington Post among others, and senior politics editor Jackie Kucinich of The Daily Beast. The program will be moderated by Jane Eisner, Editor-in-Chief of the Jewish Daily Forward and veteran of the Philadelphia Inquirer where she served as editorial page editor, syndicated columnist, City Hall bureau chief, and foreign correspondent.

Past recipients of this special award include MSNBC commentator Melissa Harris-Perry; The Honorable Nancy Pelosi with her daughter Alexandra Pelosi; Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards; women’s health champion Susan F. Wood, Ph.D.; The Honorable Judge Frederica Brenneman with her daughter Amy Brenneman; former ACLU president Nadine Strossen; civil and women’s rights activist Dr. Dorothy Height; Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; and Lilith Magazine editor-in-chief Susan Weidman Schneider.



Cross Examination: Courts in Israel and the United States

It isn’t just in the US that the judiciary has an impact on every aspect of life. In Israel, too, courts matter. Come to this eye-opening plenary on Monday, March 14, at 4:15 PM ET

Leading experts — including Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate Magazine and Susan Weiss, executive director of the Center for Women’s Justice — will explore the similarities and differences between the two judicial systems through the lens of NCJW’s policy concerns.




Day On The Hill

Come with us to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, March 15, from 9:00 AM ET to 2:00 PM ET as we visit our Senators and State Representatives and lobby for legislative change.

This is your chance to put your passion for social justice to action! Following the hill visit are the Congressional Awards and Closing Program of Washington Institute 2016.