We welcome our friend and colleague, Sheila Katz, to the show!
Sheila Katz is the CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), a network of 180,000 advocates across the U.S. and Israel advancing the rights of women, children, and families. Since her start as CEO, Sheila has overseen the founding of the “Rabbis for Repro” campaign, building a network of over 1,000 Rabbis and Jewish clergy promoting reproductive health, rights, and justice. Additionally, under Sheila’s leadership, NCJW has made advancing anti-racism efforts at the national and local levels a priority, showing the intersectionality of racial justice in all of the organization’s main advocacy issues.
Sheila holds an M.S. in teaching from Pace University and B.A. in politics from Ithaca College. Sheila was named by the Jerusalem Post as one of 2020’s 50 most influential Jews in the World and was named by the Center for American Progress as one of 2020’s faith leaders to watch. She sits on the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University.
We talk about reproductive rights, religious freedom, and how that intersects with abortion access. We also talk about the rise of hate in our country, in particular antisemitic violence and harassment, and what we can be doing to push back.