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Empire State Building lights up to celebrate NCJW

December 8, 2003
Empire State Building Tribute to NCJW
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The Empire State Building was illuminated by the organization’s colors of blue and green, on the nights of December 8 and 9, 2003, as a special tribute to the 110th anniversary of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). Image courtesy of Wired New York.

The Empire State Building offered a special tribute to the 110th anniversary of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), when it was illuminated by the organization’s colors of blue and green, on the nights of December 8 and 9, 2003.

The illumination marked the founding of the Council at the Jewish Women’s Congress held at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The New York section of NCJW took a strong role in its early years sending volunteers to Ellis Island to look after the welfare of single Jewish women who arrived alone in the New World. Today, with 90,000 members, NCJW continues to advance Jewish values by working for social change, acting nationally to improve the quality of life for women, children, and families, and to advance individual rights and freedoms.

To learn more about the NCJW, visit Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia.

See also: This Week in History for February 28, 1935, May 9, 1894, September 4, 1893, and November 15, 1896.

Source: www.ncjw.org/html/News/PressReleases/031204/.

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