Members of the Bergen County section of the National Council of Jewish Women took part in women’s marches in Morristown and Manhattan last weekend. NCJW members have marched en masse for goals ranging from the idealistic to the pragmatic. Usually it’s a mixture of both — they have marched for the right to vote, the choice about when to give birth, family leave, and equal pay, among others.

“Jewish women across the country will march to proclaim our values,” Nancy Kaufman, CEO of NCJW, Inc. the local group’s national organization, said last week. “We will march against the racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia actively promoted by this administration. We will march against the cruelty of this administration’s agenda — cuts to the safety net now and attacks on Medicare and Social Security sure to come. We march to empower and energize ourselves and others for the battles still to come.”

According to Marilynn Friedman, pictured, “I’m standing up for a better America, I’m so proud to be with my sisters on this wonderful day of making our voices heard.”

The National Council of Jewish Women is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.