Repro Shabbat lifts up reproductive freedom as an inherently Jewish issue in a nationwide initiative led by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). This year, we will be collecting period products through an online drive, then come together to package them for distribution to women living in transitional housing.
Did you know that period supplies are not covered by most federally funded public assistance programs, and that as a result, one in four people struggle to purchase period supplies due to lack of income? Help address period poverty by participating in the JCC’s online period products drive. All supplies collected will be packaged into period packs and distributed to women living in transitional housing.
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More About Repro Shabbat
Proposals to limit or block access to reproductive health care in most states reflect a specific Christian definition of the beginning of life, and limit everything from accessibility to basic menstrual care products to the termination of pregnancy, even in instances where Jewish law not only permits, but even requires it.
Repro Shabbat takes place annually on the Shabbat when we read Parshat Mishpatim in the Book of Exodus, because it contains the verses commonly used as the foundation of Judaism’s approach to reproductive health, rights, and justice. It is a nonpartisan effort designed to educate our community about reproductive health issues (including dignity and access to menstrual care, birth control, and fertility treatments), destigmatize abortion as an aspect of necessary healthcare, and support bodily autonomy and religious freedom. Learn more here.