About

Washington Institute 2022 is a reimagined opportunity for new and seasoned advocates from National Council of Jewish Women to come together in Washington, DC*. Over three days, we will learn new skills and tools, advance our collective mission, and make our voices heard.

It all culminates in The Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice on Capitol Hill – sending a powerful message that we are committed to the fight to ensure a just future.

With so much at stake for abortion access, voting rights, childcare, equal pay, and the integrity of the federal courts, it's more important than ever for Jewish people and allies to join forces and build collective power for change.

This is a powerful conference for everyone.

Wherever you are on your justice journey (new or seasoned), our network of activists, advocates, and leaders across the country is a community you can rely on. We’re learning together. We bolster each other’s success and create more powerful change. Join us for Washington Institute 2022.

* Opportunities for virtual participation available.
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Opening Blurb

Washington Institute 2022 is a powerful conference for everyone on their justice journey! Whether you’re passionate about NCJW’s education, community service, advocacy work, or all of the above, this conference is for you.

Join us from May 15 - 17 as we take Washington, DC by storm!


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Join Us From Home

Join Us From Home

Experience the power of Washington Institute virtually! From the opening session through our closing at The Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice, you’ll have the opportunity to hear directly from changemakers on the frontlines, learn with like-minded advocates in virtual workshops, and gain skills to effectively promote change in your local communities.

The following sessions will be available virtually. For more details on each, see the Conference Agenda above.

Sunday, May 15

  • 1:30pm-3:15pm ET: Welcome to Washington Institute: A Conversation on Creative Changemaking and CEO Keynote
  • 3:30-6pm ET: Choose Your Interactive Session
  • 8:30pm-9:45pm ET: “Oh God, A Show About Abortion” & Dessert Reception

Monday, May 16

  • 1pm-2:45pm ET: Identity & Oppression: Navigating Antisemitism in Social Justice Work
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm ET: Communities of Practice: Speed Networking
  • 7:30pm-10pm ET: We Are All Champions of Change: An Evening of Celebration

Tuesday, May 17

  • 9am-11:30am ET: The Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice

The Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice


For too long, the American narrative about religion and abortion has ignored Jewish voices — and it’s past time for that to end. Washington Institute culminates in The Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice on Tuesday morning — our opportunity to raise our voices to make it clear that enough is enough.

See more information here.

Description

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Washington Institute 2022 is the perfect opportunity to:

  • Hear from diverse, prominent, political leaders and changemakers
  • Learn how to do more effective education, direct service, and advocacy work to transform your communities
  • Connect with and build lasting relationships with NCJW leaders, advocates, and allies from across the nation
  • Receive interactive training on diversity, equity, and inclusion, giving you more tools for effective action
  • Deepen your knowledge of the most pressing issues facing women, children, and families
  • Experience the dynamic energy of our nation’s capital at this pivotal moment
  • Make your voice heard at The Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice
  • Reenergize and ignite your passion for the work ahead
  • Leave with real and meaningful skills, ideas, tools, and partners to create change
Pricing

FAQs

Who will be speaking at Washington Institute 2022?

Our dynamic speakers will be shared soon. You can expect to hear from diverse, prominent, political leaders and changemakers.

Some of our past speakers include: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Edith Windsor, Melissa Harris Perry, Lilly Ledbetter, and more.


If I’ve already been to a Washington Institute, should I come to this one?

Each Washington Institute includes new information, speakers, and opportunities to engage in our current moment. This year, we are focused on building our collective power as a force for change. We welcome folks who are brand new to NCJW and those who have been with us for decades. We’re stronger together, and we’ll work together to transform our communities.


What are the ticketing options?

$495: Early bird in-person rate (Register by March 20).
$575: In-person rate after March 20
There are in-person ticket options for day passes and individual sessions.

$300: Virtual, recommended rate
Pay-what-you-can ticket options available to ensure price is not a barrier to participation

Please see the Pricing section for more details.


What is included in a virtual conference ticket?

The virtual conference ticket gives you access to the plenary sessions, The Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice, and some virtual workshops and networking opportunities. Sessions will be recorded and you’ll have access to them after the conference.


Can I register a group of people at once?

You may register for the conference as yourself and purchase as many tickets as you need in one transaction. Once the transaction is complete, you can transfer each ticket to your group members individually. They can then accept the ticket and complete their registration profiles.


How can I purchase additional registrations?

After registering, please use your custom link in your confirmation email to access your account page and the virtual lobby. Once accessed, follow these next steps:

1. Visit “My Profile”.

2. At the right side of the page, you will see the total amount of tickets you own and the "Buy Tickets" button.

3. Then, they will be redirected to the Registration Form again, but their registered account will remain the same. Therefore, they can choose which tickets they want to buy and the credit card payment option.


Who should I contact if I have questions about registration and the hotel?

Please email the Washington Institute planning team at ncjw@3pillars.co.


Where is the conference? How do I reserve my hotel room?

We’re taking Washington, DC by storm! More specifically, we’ll be meeting at a hotel in the heart of downtown. For security purposes, we are not sharing the name of the hotel publicly, but when you register for the conference, you will receive the hotel details and instructions on how to reserve your room at our discounted rate of $249 per night.

While we’d love to see you in person, there are opportunities to join us online from where you are.


What are the details on the schedule?

Our planned schedule will be released soon! In the meantime, you can expect our programming to begin Sunday, May 15 at 1:30pm ET and wrap up on Tuesday, May 17 around 1:00pm ET.

The schedule will include:

  • Interactive workshop trainings to further develop your leadership, advocacy, service, and DEI skills
  • Sessions on how to become more effective changemakers, navigate systems of oppression and our identities in our work, and celebrate leading visionaries championing core issues
  • The Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice on Capitol Hill – an essential moment to make our collective voices heard


Are we lobbying lawmakers this year?

Unfortunately, due to COVID and additional security following the January 6 Capitol attack, the buildings on Capitol Hill are not open to the public. We are disappointed that lobby visits logistically can’t be a part of Washington Institute, and very excited to be hosting The Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice as part of the conference. SPAs and Sections are welcome to contact your lawmakers to see if they’ll meet you outside near their offices (this is a creative way we meet with lawmakers face to face in DC). We are also inviting lawmakers to come to the hotel and join us for Washington Institute.


Do you have a cancellation policy?

Because we understand that making plans in advance right now is tricky, we are happy to provide a 100% refund on registration fees (minus $18 for processing) until March 28. Any cancellation requests received from March 29 - April 25 will be 50% refundable (minus $18 for processing). No refunds will be provided after April 26.  All cancellation requests must be made by contacting ncjw@3pillars.co.

What are your COVID safety practices?

We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our community. We are consulting with experts and staying current on official national and local recommendations, and taking measures to ensure your well-being. 

All participants are required to be vaccinated and boosted. Rapid testing will be available on-site.

More safety practices and masking policy will be shared closer to the conference. As planning proceeds, we will continue adapting to updates to official public health recommendations and keep you informed every step of the way.

Recognition Book

Washington Institute is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the powerful contributions of our advocates, sections, leaders, and changemakers.

Create a meaningful tribute in the Washington Institute 2022 Recognition Book. We can design it for you, or you may create your own.

Deadline to purchase an ad and submit your content is Friday, April 29.

Opportunities include:

  • Premium ad (prominent placing and design; 100 words or less - 7" x 7"): $1,800

  • Full page ad (100 words or less- 7" x 7"): $1,000

  • Half-page ad (50 words or less 6.25" x 3"): $500

The Recognition Book will be produced in a digital format for easy accessibility and some printed copies may be available upon request.

Questions? Reach out to development@ncjw.org.

Apply For Scholarship

Apply for the Emerging Leader Scholarship  for one FREE in-person registration to Washington Institute 2022

Click below for more details and to apply today.





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Bans Off Our Bodies DC Mobilization
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11:30 AM
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4:00 PM
15
Hannah's Hangout
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10:00 AM
End
9:45 PM
Meet the Connecting for Impact Fellows and Other Changemakers
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11:00 AM
End
12:00 PM
Meet Your Fellow Changemakers
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11:00 AM
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12:00 PM
Lunch: DC Food Trucks
Start
11:30 AM
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1:30 PM
Welcome to Washington Institute: A Conversation on Creative Changemaking and CEO Keynote
Start
1:30 PM
End
3:15 PM
Dana Gershon
Ilana Kaufman
Jocelyn Frye
Julie Matlof Kennedy
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner
Laura Monn Ginsburg
Melanie Campbell
Sheila Katz
Beyond Emailing Your Senators: Disrupting Your Advocacy Practices
Start
3:30 PM
End
6:00 PM
Gloria Pan
Paloma Arroyo
Breaking the Burnout Cycle: Strategies for Organizational and Personal Wellness (Virtual Workshop)
Start
3:30 PM
End
6:00 PM
Rosita Choy
Building the Future of Feminist Activism Together with NCJW’s Connecting for Impact Fellows
Start
3:30 PM
End
6:00 PM
Hamutal Gouri
Orit Sulitzeanu
Zameret Hershco
Building Transformational (Not Transactional) Relationships
Start
3:30 PM
End
6:00 PM
Sam Sittenfield
Enhancing Your Advocacy Practices: Digital Organizing, Coalition Building, and Grassroots Engagement (Virtual Workshop)
Start
3:30 PM
End
6:00 PM
Cedric Lawson
Eddie Chavez Calderon
Meg Simons
Making Direct Service More Meaningful: Exploring Volunteer Models (Virtual Workshop)
Start
3:30 PM
End
5:15 PM
Sonya Weisburd
You Can Lead from Any Seat: Find the Right One
Start
3:30 PM
End
6:00 PM
Beth Gansky
Your Justice Journey Begins Here
Start
3:30 PM
End
6:00 PM
Deitra Reiser, PhD
"Oh God, A Show About Abortion" & Dessert Reception
Start
8:30 PM
End
9:45 PM
Alison Leiby
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Breakfast
Start
8:00 AM
End
9:00 AM
Hannah’s Hangout
Start
8:00 AM
End
8:00 PM
Breaking the Burnout Cycle: Strategies for Organizational and Personal Wellness
Start
9:00 AM
End
11:30 AM
Rosita Choy
Enhancing Your Advocacy Practices: Digital Organizing, Coalition Building, and Grassroots Engagement
Start
9:00 AM
End
11:30 AM
Cedric Lawson
Dahlia Rockowitz
Meg Simons
Make Your NCJW Section The Place To Be: The Art & Soul of Gathering
Start
9:00 AM
End
11:30 AM
Beth Gansky
Making Direct Service More Meaningful: Exploring Volunteer Models
Start
9:00 AM
End
11:30 AM
Mira Smith
Sonya Weisburd
We Testify: Storytelling for Reproductive Justice
Start
9:00 AM
End
11:30 AM
Beth Vial
Kenya Martin
Your Justice Journey Builds Here
Start
9:00 AM
End
11:30 AM
Deitra Reiser, PhD
Lunch
Start
11:30 AM
End
1:00 PM
How to Take Your Passion and Make Change with TED Speaker, Dr. Georgette Bennett
Start
12:00 PM
End
1:00 PM
Dr. Georgette Bennett
Combatting Contemporary Antisemitism: In Our Coalitions, in Our Communities, and in Our Country
Start
1:00 PM
End
2:45 PM
Dana Gershon
Deborah Lipstadt
Kristen Clarke
Tema Smith
Yolanda Savage-Narva
Communities of Practice for Virtual Attendees
Start
3:15 PM
End
4:15 PM
Communities of Practice: #CourtsMatter
Start
3:15 PM
End
4:45 PM
Kristy Wesson
Communities of Practice: 73 Forward: The Next Chapter of Abortion Justice
Start
3:15 PM
End
4:45 PM
Glenn Northern
Shira Zemel
Communities of Practice: All Section Presidents
Start
3:15 PM
End
4:15 PM
Eileen Jacobowitz
Harriet Nezer
Communities of Practice: Connecting for Impact Fellows
Start
3:15 PM
End
4:45 PM
Ela Alon
Naomi Schneiderman
Rafah Anabtawi
Communities of Practice: Direct Service
Start
3:15 PM
End
4:45 PM
Amanda Stein
Communities of Practice: Executive Directors
Start
3:15 PM
End
4:15 PM
Communities of Practice: Open Discussion Space
Start
3:15 PM
End
4:45 PM
Communities of Practice: Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote
Start
3:15 PM
End
4:45 PM
Cathy Cantor
Communities of Practice: State Policy Advocates
Start
3:15 PM
End
4:45 PM
Communities of Practice: All Section Presidents (Virtual Attendees)
Start
4:15 PM
End
5:15 PM
Communities of Practice: Section Presidents - from Sections without staff
Start
4:15 PM
End
6:45 PM
Eileen Jacobowitz
Harriet Nezer
Communities of Practice: Section Presidents and Executive Directors
Start
4:15 PM
End
6:45 PM
Darien Arnstein
Ellen Alper
Champions of Change: An Evening of Celebration
Start
7:30 PM
End
10:00 PM
Dana Gershon
Julie Matlof Kennedy
LaTosha Brown
Laura Monn Ginsburg
Renee Bracey Sherman
Sheila Katz
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Breakfast
Start
7:00 AM
End
8:30 AM
The Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice
Start
9:00 AM
End
11:00 AM
Abby Stein
Annie Lewis
Bishop John Selders
Cherisse Scott
Fatima Goss Graves
Heather Booth
Jamie Manson
Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife
Naomi Less
Rabba Sara Hurwitz
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
Rabbi Deborah Waxman
Rabbi Dov Linzer
Rabbi Hara Person
Rabbi Jill Jacobs
Rabbi Joshua Fixler
Rabbi Kelly Levy
Rabbi Mira Rivera
Rafa Kidvai
Representative Andy Levin (D-MI)
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Representative Haley Stevens (D-MI)
Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA)
Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY)
Representative Judy Chu (D-CA)
Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-CA)
Rev. Erika Forbes
Sung Yeon Choimorrow
Symone Bailey
Yael Benvenuto Ladin
Hannah’s Hangout Open
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11:00 AM
End
2:00 PM
Speakers
Main Stage Session
The Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice Speakers
Workshop Trainers
And more!
Conference Agenda

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Speakers