January 2023 Newsletter


Cocktails and Tales
Thursday, January 12, 5-6:30PM

Local romance novelist Lainey Davis recently contributed to a romance anthology with all proceeds going toward supporting an abortion access fund. Join NCJW Pittsburgh as we host Lainey, who went from traditionally 9-5 employed to flexibly self-employed, full-time author! She will discuss her writing process and themes, offer a reading, and answer all our burning questions. To come for a rolicking good time, complete with cocktails, mocktails, and snacks, register HERE.

Working Moms Support Group
Thursday, January 19, 7-8:30PM

Working Moms Support Groups are back!  These are free, in-person groups that include free childcare (limit 6 kiddos), snacks, tea, support, networking, and more! Set your calendar for every third Thursday, 7-8:30 PM. Our groups are facilitated by experienced therapist Cortney Seltman, whose passion for building incredible group experiences is not one to miss. Spread the word! Register HERE.

Save the Date: Repro Shabbat 2023
Weekend of February 16-19, 2023

2023 will be the first Repro Shabbat since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and put abortion access at stake for millions of people. It’s more important than ever for us to come together to honor our wisdom and pave the way forward in the Jewish fight for reproductive freedom. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details on our weekend packed full of events. Get more information HERE.

The Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) will now allow Mifepristone, one of two drugs in used in medication abortions, to be sold in local drugstores or chains. Prior to this change in regulation, the drug had to be dispensed by clinics, doctors, or a few mail-order pharmacies. Patients will still need a prescription from a licensed heath provider, and the drugstores will need to adhere to some speciaized requirements to become certified.

Mifepristone blocks a hormone necessary to sustain pregnancy and is officially authorized for use in the first 10 weeks of a pregnancy by the F.D.A., although scientific studies show it is safe up to around 13 weeks and is prescribed by many providers up to that time.

Do you care about equitable access to medication abortion? Let your local pharmacies and chains you want them to offer Mifepristone.

Interesting read (5 minutes):  Biden’s efforts to protect abortion access hit roadblocks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County will hold THREE Special Elections in the coming month:

  • District 32, to replace Anthony DeLuca. Election will be on Tues. Feb. 7
  • District 34, to replace Summer Lee. Election date has not been confirmed
  • District 35, to replace Austin Davis. Election date has not been confirmed

ALL registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, in these districts are eligible to vote in the special election.

Check out the work of our friends at League of Women Voters Pittsburgh HERE to learn more about these special elections.


Interested in participating in a voter study?

A team from the University of Pennsylvania, the Committee of Seventy, and League of Women Voters PA is engaged in research trying to understand how to reduce the number of rejected mail ballots in Pennsylvania and is looking for volunteers to go to their county board of elections to collect information that is needed for the study. Volunteers must be a registered vote in the county where they are collecting data and be willing and able to travel to their county board of elections, potentially spending a few hours there on a weekday. Because the research should represent the experience of voters in all 67 counties, volunteers from smaller counties are particularly needed.

Please complete THIS FORM if you are interested in supporting this effort. Thank you for helping make democracy work for everyone!

Did you participate in our winter break MomsWork selfie challenge?

Watch HERE how MomsWork moms covered child care during winter break. Did you know there’s an average gap of 60 weekdays between what schools schedule off and how much PTO parents get? That's impossible, but working moms live this impossibility every day.

We can change this. Share the video and tag your representatives in your post (find them here). Ask what they’re doing to make things better for working families, because we deserve so much better.


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The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century. Inspired by the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (“healing the world”), NCJW courageously takes a progressive stance on issues such as child welfare, women’s rights, and reproductive freedom. And we encourage everyone—people of all faiths—to join us.

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