A quick look at NCJW/Essex activities, programs and members.

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Adrienne Lewin, VP Membership

When I first learned about the work of NCJW/Essex a decade ago, I wanted to sign up for everything! The organization was the philanthropic equivalent of a five-tool player in baseball or a triple threat in theater, except instead of being able to hit, field, act, sing and dance, NCJW/Essex allowed me to explore volunteering from different angles.


While the goal was - and is - to improve the lives of women, children and families, there are ways to learn new topics or skills, to dive into and advocate for important issues facing our state and the country, and plenty of ways to have fun with likeminded people, all with the spirit of tikkun olam. Over the past 10 years, I’ve done a little bit of everything, and it has enriched my life in myriad ways.


An NCJW/Essex membership brings many benefits, whether you’re advocating for issues like reproductive rights and antisemitism legislation, volunteering at Mitzvahs-in-a-Minute or catching up with friends at Card Party. You are receiving Snapshot because you are an NCJW/Essex member, and there will be more member-only communications during the year. I am excited to share additional membership changes to ensure continued involvement and ease of maintaining ties to NCJW/Essex.

First, why pay retail when you can get a bargain? Beginning with Opening Event this fall, all our paid programs will be offered with member and non-member rates. Members will also receive priority access to register for these programs. What you save attending just a few events during the year pays for the $54 annual membership!

We are also pleased to introduce automatic renewals for annual membership when paid online. Available soon, you will just click a box for auto-renewal, and your membership will renew one year from the date you sign up. No more follow-up emails and calendar reminders to keep your membership current. Annual memberships expire each July 1, so if you join this spring, you also receive three months of membership as a bonus. 


Now is also a great time to consider gift memberships to NCJW/Essex. What better way to acknowledge a birthday, graduation, retirement or other milestone than by bringing new members to our organization?

Spread the word, and we all look forward to an active, growing NCJW/Essex membership for years to come! 

~ Adrienne

Calendar Snapshot

April 4 - Advocacy in an Hour - Stop Jewish Hate Postcard Writing

April 9 - Speaking Up for Those Who Can't: An Interfaith Gathering Against Sexual Assault

April 15 - Eskow Volunteer Awards Application Deadline

April 18 - Flower Arranging for Your Passover Table

April 23/24 - Passover - Office Closed

April 25 - Mitzvah-in-a-Minute: Celebrate Women Drop Off Deadline

April 29/30 - Passover - Office Closed

May 6 - UPDATED DATE: Knitting Circle (last one of the Spring)

May 7 - Card Party!

May 20 - 2024 Golf Invitational

June 3 - SPECIAL Books & Bites: Mahjong at Mara's (in person with author Debra Green)

Save the Date - June 11 Installation & Awards Luncheon

Tuesday, May 7

10 am - 4 pm

Crestmont Country Club

Card Party is one of the best days on the NCJW/Essex calendar and one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. A fun day with friends for you means we can continue our work improving the lives of women, children and families in Essex County and safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. 

RSVP Today 

Monday, May 20

Mountain Ridge

Country Club

Celebrate with NCJW/Essex at our 20th Annual Golf Invitational – a wonderful day with good friends, great golf and amazing experiences all in support of our mission to improve the lives of women, children and families in Essex County.

More Information & Register Here 

Speaking Up for Those Who Can't: An Interfaith Gathering Against Sexual Assault 

Register Here

NCJW/Essex is proud to be a co-sponsor this event.

Tuesday, April 9

7:30 pm - 9 pm

South Orange

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. To honor the victims of October 7, we will gather as a community, interfaith groups joining together, to give voice to those who were silenced, call for the release of those still being assaulted and begin the work of healing. Led by a diverse group of interfaith leaders, including those from our area and Israel, the event will conclude with concrete ways you can make an impact on behalf of sexual assault victims and survivors.

Center for Women Snapshot

FTI Consulting Gives Back to CFW

FTI Consulting's Roseland's office sought a local organization to help during Women's History Month. After a few phone calls and conversations, they settled on the Center for Women!

FTI organized a collection by their employees of personal care items including shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotions and more. Their committee chairs dropped off more than 50 bags which have been given to our CFW clients.

Thank you to FTI Consulting!

Fill the Freezer Returns!

Parents of the Early Childhood Center at JCC MetroWest partnered with NCJW/Essex to prepare meals for 10 clients of the Linda and Rudy Slucker Center for Women. Bringing back the Fill the Freezer program after a years-long hiatus, the inaugural group prepared soup, lasagna, garlic bread and a dessert for the families to enjoy, all while learning about the CFW and volunteer opportunities with our Section. Thank you to Melissa Berger for organizing!

CFW Director Patty Kremen talked with participants about the challenges facing our CFW clients and thanked our volunteers for helping to ease their burdens with a prepared meal. The JCC parents also learned about NCJW/Essex’s advocacy initiatives and ways to volunteer, including at our signature Back 2 School Store, as well as the benefits of membership.

Additional Fill the Freezer events a joint effort among the CFW, membership and volunteer outreach are planned in April at Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston and in May at Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills. For more information, email Adrienne Lewin.

Celebrate Women: Baubles, Bangles & Beads

Our annual Celebrate Women Mitzvah-in-a-Minute will once again benefit our Center for Women clients. We are asking for gently-used accessories such as pins, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, jewelry pouches, jewelry boxes, and scarves.

There's still time to drop off any items you wish to donate at the NCJW/Essex Office. Please drop by no later than Thursday, April 25. (Note - the office is closed on April 23/24 for Passover.)

Member and Volunteer Snapshot

A Purim "Hug" Together with Hillel

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar, complete with everything from feasts to costumes to wine. We got the party started with a Mitzvah-in-a-Minute to pack Purim baskets for local college students. Filled with treats, noisemakers, masks and homemade hamantaschen, one of our attendees called the baskets “a holiday hug.” Before we got to work assembling baskets, Rebekah Adelson, Director of Hillel of Greater MetroWest NJ, inspired a great conversation about what it means to be Jewish today and the ongoing fight against antisemitism. This was our third collaboration with Hillel so far this year, and we are looking forward to growing this partnership.  

Pickleball - Round #2

Back by popular demand, NCJW/Essex took over the pickleball courts at Center Court in Chatham on March 14 for our second indoor pickleball round robin. Among the dinks and lobs and put aways was much laughter and fun. Congratulations to our winners:

1st Place: Michelle Sachs and Lisa Haaker

2nd Place: Lori Gelman and Elisa Madorsky

3rd Place: Andrea Mintz and Melissa Hames

Advocacy Snapshot

PACK (Post Abortion Care Kits) at Temple Emanu-el

More than 50 people attended the latest PACK (Post Abortion Care Kits) event on March 17 at Temple Emanu-el in Westfield. The group assembled 300 kits for the Cherry Hill Women's Center and Pilgrim Medical Center in Montclair and heard from Jasmine Winters and Eiko LaBoria from the Women's Center as well as Elle Kotopoulos from Pilgrim Medical. The speakers shared stories and information and answered questions from a rapt audience.

Thank you to PACK co-chairs Paula Green, Jessica Zirkel-Rubin and Marlene Tuch, and Phoebe Pollinger, Reproductive Rights chair, for expanding our initiative into the community, working so closely with our partners, spreading awareness and educating the public about NCJW/Essex and our mission.

Thursday, April 4

Making Your Voice Heard: Stop Jewish Hate

Stop Jewish Hate postcard writing continues. Over 100 cards were distributed last month, in our new Advocacy to Go initiative, as we continue to pressure elected officials to address rampant, violent and dangerous antisemitism here and across the country. Please join us for our next Advocacy in an Hour postcard writing session this THURSDAY April 4. Click here to register!

Period.Project in the Community

Period. Project once again took part in First Thursday at the Montclair Art Museum. Thank you to Jeanne Gordon, Ruth Ross and Lyn Rosensweig for being there and letting the community know about this important work.

Click here if you would like to learn more about a Time of the Month Collection.

NCJW/Essex Snapshot

Welcome Jackie Davidson,

Manager, Engagement & Community Impact

Jackie joined NCJW/Essex last month as our Manager of Engagement and Community Impact, a new title that reflects changes recommended by the Board Task Force. Her role includes supporting our volunteers, promoting the benefits of NCJW/Essex in the community, and working with members of the Executive Committee to create and execute a diverse range of programs.

She brings strong organizational, editing and communications skills to this position, along with a background working with volunteers and mentees. Jackie’s professional experience also includes running her own businesses and working as a certified American Sign Language interpreter.

Jackie’s email is and her work hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 am – 4 pm. Stop by and say hello!

Get Ready for the Back 2 School Store

Activity around the Back 2 School Store is ramping up! Volunteer registration is just about a month away, and here are a couple things we’re thinking about to get ready:


  • Background screenings are required for all volunteers who participate in the in-person shopping day (Sunday, July 28). Great news! If you volunteered in person at the 2023 Store last July, you DO NOT need another background screening. If you were not able to join us last year, you can complete a background screening by clicking here

  • Many of the children and families who visit the Back 2 School Store speak Spanish, so we are seeking volunteers who speak Spanish as well to make this the best experience possible.

Eskow Awards Deadline - April 15

There's still time for graduating high school seniors in Essex County to apply for the Eskow Volunteer Awards! All material - a short essay, recommendations from teachers and volunteer agencies - is due on Monday, April 15. The $500 prizes will be announced in May.

Click Here for Eskow Award Information 

Snapshot from the Archives

Card Party: Throwback to 2023!

Memories of one of the most fun days on the NCJW/Essex calendar! Don't miss your chance to be part of this year's Card Party. Gather your group and RSVP now!



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