in this issue: President’s Message page 2 Slate of Officers page 3 Advocacy in Action page 6 Women’s Workshops page 7 Spring Programs Volunteer Opportunities page 8-9 page 12 SPRING 2015 NCJW/ESSEX T NCJW/Essex Launches Impact Finance A Steppingstone to Success his spring NCJW/Essex is piloting a new program designed to support income-generating ideas to help women get on their feet and take the next steps to success. Impact Finance will advance small loans to women looking to improve their economic and personal stability. Loans of up to $1000 will be awarded to women who are on a path to income growth through employment, entrepreneurial ventures or professional certification programs. The program is by referral only through the NCJW/Essex Center for Women and other partner agencies. “Impact Finance is an opportunity for NCJW/Essex to engage in a form of social investing,” explains Lila Bernstein, chair of the Impact Finance Committee. “We have undertaken an exciting mission to help fill a need in our community that has been made more acute by the current economic climate. Assisting women to achieve some measure of economic and personal stability is a tangible and direct way to deliver societal change.” Loans through Impact Finance carry no interest but have the expectation of repayment. Trained volunteers serve as loan officers and provide a continuing oneon-one relationship to help women set up a payment schedule and utilize the funds in the most effective manner. “Impact Finance gives women a unique opportunity to accomplish something they may have envisioned for themselves but did not have the means to pursue,” says Deborah Legow Schatz, President of NCJW/Essex. “A loan of this nature can have a lasting impact, boosting a woman’s ability to generate income and improve the situation for herself, her children and her family.” For more information about Impact Finance, please contact Sue Wasserman, Director of Community Services, [email protected] or (973) 740-0588. Impact Finance is partially funded through a generous donation in honor of Marilyn Markovitz. “What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of MLK Day, NCJW/Essex volunteers helped prepare food and served lunch at Christine’s Kitchen in West Orange. Pictured (l to r) are Dawn Seewald, Chair of the MLK Event, volunteer Eliza Kollin, Lauren Scher,Vice President of Volunteer Outreach and Robin Kollin, Chair of Mitzvah-in-a-Minute. Pictured (l to r) are volunteers Zach and Ben Minion and Jeremy Steinman. CONTACT & CONNECT Executive Office 973-740-0588 • NCJWessex.org C athy Silverman, Executive Director [email protected] G ail Sample, Office Manager [email protected] NCJW Volunteer Outreach 973-740-0588 x22 • volunteerNJ.org D ina Stambler, Director of Membership Outreach and Volunteers [email protected] Center For Women 973-994-4994 • centerforwomenNJ.org [email protected] Jill Kapleau, Center for Women Coordinator [email protected] LIKE US ON BULLETIN The Bulletin of NCJW/Essex is published by the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120, Livingston, NJ 07039 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2014-2015 Deborah Legow Schatz, President Penina Barr, Carla Boden, Karen Cherins, Anita S. Cohen, Nancy Cohen, Paula Green, Shari Harrison, Rita Isaacs, Leslie Lavinthal, Andrea Leff, Lauren Scher, Marjorie Zucker Message from the President A s I am writing this message, there is snow on the ground and the winds are howling just outside my door. By the time you read these words, spring will be in the air and Pesach just around the corner. As the seasons change, I hope you will find the NCJW/Essex calendar refreshing! It is jam-packed with something for everyone – a day at the 9/11 Museum, a Golf Invitational, a Mitzvah-in-a-Minute project, a Card and Mah Jongg Party, Women’s Workshops and our Installation of officers. But there is one event in particular that I’d like to encourage you to mark on your calendar. On the evening of April 30th, NCJW/Essex is hosting a Dessert and Dialogue with nationally renowned speaker Lauren Hersh. Lauren is the Director of AntiTrafficking and Advocacy at Sanctuary for Families, New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence. As one of the country’s foremost experts on human trafficking, she was recently featured in the excellent PBS documentary, “A Path Appears.” This evening with Lauren is our first program in support of EXODUS, NCJW’s Anti-Sex Trafficking initiative. For more than one hundred years, NCJW/Essex has worked tirelessly for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Right now our energies are truly needed to help combat the extensive – and under-recognized – trafficking happening in the United States and in our own backyards. Raising awareness through events like our upcoming Dessert and Dialogue is only a first step, but a necessary one. Through the efforts of NCJW/Essex and the work of our partners in the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, you can expect to hear more about the fight against human trafficking. If you’d like to be a part of that burgeoning effort, I look forward to hearing from you at [email protected] We’d love to have you on board. STAFF Cathy Silverman, Executive Director Diane Apter Lisa Blumert Susan Fass Michele Freidus Jill Kapleau Pat Kremen Heidi Neuberg Gail Sample Dina Stambler Barbara Sunberg Sue Wasserman Newsletter Editor: Lisa Blumert Newsletter Design by Rudisill Graphic Design The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) 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. Portero.com Supports Career Closet Portero.com, the leader in pre-owned luxury goods, is delighted to support the NCJW/Essex Career Closet, believing strongly in its initiatives to assist women to present themselves effectively in job interviews and in the workplace. Portero.com’s generous donation of designer handbags and shoes will help the Career Closet in assisting women to build a lifetime foundation of success as they embark on a career or re-enter the workplace by increasing confidence and style. Portero (www.portero.com) is the ultimate online destination for pre-owned luxury handbags, jewelry and watches. Established in 2004 with headquarters in New York City, Portero has provided unparalleled access to some of the most treasured brands, including Hermes, Chanel, Rolex, Cartier and more and is the leading marketplace for authentic pre-owned luxury goods. Portero can be found using the following social media sites: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Portero; Twitter: @porteroluxury Instagram: @porteroluxury; and Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/portero. –2– Slate of Officers for 2015-16 Deborah Legow Schatz President Shari Harrison Executive Vice President Paula Green Vice President of Advocacy Leslie Lavinthal Vice President of The Center for Women Rita Isaacs Vice President of Communications Anita S. Cohen Vice President of Fund Development LauraSue Steinman Vice President of Membership Jordyn Blackburn Vice President of Programming Lauren Scher Vice President of Volunteer Outreach Nancy Cohen Treasurer Sharon Spindel Assistant Treasurer Patti Nathan Financial Secretary Penina Barr Recording Secretary Barbara Hauser Corresponding Secretary Celebrate the Women of NCJW/Essex with a Tribute Two ways to purchase an NCJW/Essex tribute in honor of the incoming or outgoing Section officers and the award recipients: • Call the NCJW/Essex office, 973-740-0588 • Order online at ncjwessex.org –3– Celebrate the Women of NCJW/Essex Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 7:00 pm Cedar Hill Country Club, Livingston, NJ $55 per person 2015 Installation and Awards Evening Join us for a fabulous evening. Celebrate our outgoing officers and welcome our new slate of officers. Honor our award recipients, socialize and partake in a wine bar, dinner and dessert. Watch for your invitation in the mail! The Installation and Awards Evening is sponsored by Ellen and Donald Legow through a generous donation to the NCJW Legacy for the Future Endowment Fund. Diane Beni Paula Green Emerging Leader Award Service to Section Award S A ince 1999, Diane Beni of Maplewood, NJ, has contributed countless hours and talents to NCJW/Essex, most notably for the Teen Dating Abuse Project (TDA). Passionate about working to prevent domestic violence and seeing young audiences as the place to start, Diane serves as a presenter and trainer for TDA and has also served as chair of the committee. She was recently instrumental in developing a video for TDA entitled, “Crossing the Line.” s a relatively new face to NCJW/Essex, Paula Green of South Orange, NJ, is proof positive that you can work full time and integrate meaningful volunteer activities into your life. It wasn’t long ago that a friend introduced her to the Back 2 School Store and after several years of involvement, including co-chairing the Child Recruitment Committee, she has emerged as a leader for the event, serving as co-chair in 2014 and again this year. Her leadership doesn’t stop there. In addition to working on such projects as Moving Forward, Mitzvah-in-a-Minute and the Investment Sub-Committee, Paula serves as Recording Secretary for the NCJW/Essex Executive Committee and Section Board. Paula accomplishes all of this while working full time managing her husband’s busy pulmonary medicine practice in West Orange. It is Diane’s broad spectrum of activities as a volunteer that has earned her the Service to Section Award. In addition to TDA, Diane has been on the House Tour and Nominating Committees, served as chair of Volunteer Recognition during the Centennial Celebration, co-chaired Installation last year and is currently co-chairing the Golf Invitational and the day at the 9/11 Memorial. “I am excited about being involved and staying involved,” said Paula. “At NCJW there is a genuine desire to work together to improve the lives of women and their families. What I’ve learned is that changing just one life can impact many lives. It pays itself forward.” “I am honored to be recognized with this award,” said Diane. “I volunteer for NCJW because I believe in its mission and goals. I love the work and the women are truly wonderful.” Phoebe Pollinger Hannah G. Solomon Award A mong her many interests, Phoebe Pollinger of Montclair, NJ, is an avid lover of the arts and an outspoken voice for reproductive justice. At NCJW/Essex she has channeled her passions and made a difference on a community level, earning her the distinction of the Hannah G. Solomon Award. Phoebe first joined NCJW/Essex in 1996 to work on the Focus on Art Show, and then extended her work in community arts by serving as President of Studio Montclair and a founding chair of the Montclair Arts Council. Since then she has taken a leading role in grant writing for NCJW/Essex and the Back 2 School Store, served on the Advocacy, Personnel Practices and Project Evaluation Committees, and was vice chair of the Nominating Committee. Advocating for reproductive justice, Phoebe served on the board of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of NJ and chaired two important community events for NCJW/Essex: Roe at Risk in 2014 and Roe & Religion in 2015. “Throughout my professional career on Wall Street, I supported the advancement of women in our collective efforts to overcome the discrimination we consistently faced,” remarked Phoebe. “In my retirement, both NCJW and other community organizations have afforded me more opportunities to work for what I believe in - women’s equality and the value of the arts. How lucky can you get?!” –4– Salute the Honorees Slate of Officers and Section Board for 2015-2016 Contribute to the 2015 NCJW/Essex Tribute Journal Annual Installation and Awards Evening Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 7:00 pm Cedar Hill Country Club, 100 Walnut Street, Livingston, NJ Select One Page Size...............................................................Contribution .....................Back Cover (4.5”w x 7”h)...............................................$750 .....................Inside Cover (4.5”w x 7”h).............................................$500 .....................Full Page (4.5”w x 7”h).....................................................$250 .....................Half Page (4.5”w x 3.5”h)................................................$150 .....................Business Listing....................................................................$ 75 (include name, email address, telephone, website) .....................Name Listing........................................................................$ 36 Deadline For Ad Copy and Contract Is May 4, 2015. All ads must be paid at the time of contract submission. Two ways to submit your journal ad: 1.Email to [email protected] 2.Mail to: NCJW/Essex Ad Journal, 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120, Livingston, NJ 07039 What to submit: 1.This ad journal contract (retype the info if submitting by email) 2.The text of your ad 3.Optional: Digital images. For best results, please submit images as an attached file – not as an image embedded in the email. For best print quality, images must be at least 300 x 300 pixels at the size you specify. PLEASE NOTE: All ads will appear in black and white. We are not responsible for typographical or grammatical errors and cannot guarantee photo reproduction quality. Name Telephone # Email Address Mailing Address My check, payable to NCJW/Essex, is enclosed PLEASE CHARGE TO MY: Card # VISA MASTERCARD AMERICAN EXPRESS (CIRCLE ONE) Expiration Date Print name of Cardholder Signature of Cardholder Contributions are tax deductible as provided by law. Thank you for your support. NCJW/Essex, 70 S. Orange Ave. Suite 120, Livingston, NJ 07039 –5– Security Code Advocacy In Action Israel Granting Program NCJW/Essex sponsored “Roe & Religion” in January as the nation noted the 42nd anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision ensuring a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion. A panel of religious leaders had a lively discussion about the ways in which moral decisions are made within each religion represented and how the decision in Roe v. Wade is supported by religious tenets and not in opposition to them. The program was co-sponsored by many community organizations. NCJW/Essex has designated its giving to the Israel Granting Program to support a special project of the NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education: Training Bedouin Women for the Workforce as Educators in the Pre-School Sector. This unique project empowers Bedouin mothers who wish to work outside the home by training them for paraprofessional work and placement in the early childhood education sector in their communities. The Israel Granting Program is designed to address the critical challenges facing women in Israel today and emphasizes empowerment and leadership programs for women and girls as well as gender equality. Eye on Israel Dessert and Dialogue ~ An Evening Event ~ Combatting Sex Trafficking in New Jersey, the United States and Beyond with guest speaker Lauren Hersh. Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:00 pm See page 8 for details! NCJW/Essex for Advocacy You can be a part of our next A-List ad! Speak Up. Speak Out. Join the A-List for Advocacy Join the NCJW/Essex A-List for Advocacy and share the voice of America’s largest NCJW section. Help to raise awareness in the community about state and federal issues critical to our membership. Our series of full page advertisements in the New Jersey Jewish News is designed to inform and educate readers as well as communicate our collective views. As a member, you will be listed in the ads as a champion of issues important to women, children and families. It’s easy to become an A-Lister! A $54 annual donation will place your name in bold as an “Advocate Plus.” An $18 annual donation will place your name as an “Advocate.” Visit ncjwessex.org, click on “Advocacy” or call (973) 740-0588 and add your voice! Dianne Chirls, Israel Affairs Chair NCJW has been working with Atzum, the Taskforce on Human Trafficking in Israel, to advocate for more stringent laws regarding sex trafficking. A bill was introduced recently by MK Zehava Galon which would criminalize the act of trafficking in Israel. The following scenario provides a glimpse into the world of a victim of sex trafficking: Marika left the Ukraine planning to work in Tel Aviv as a waitress. Though she had heard stories of girls being trafficked and sold into prostitution, she believed she was safe because she had arranged the job through a recruitment agency which even planned her travel route: she would fly from Kiev to Vienna, change planes and fly to Cyprus where she would board another plane for Cairo. Once in Egypt she would be driven to Tel Aviv. She knew something was wrong when she landed in Egypt and a Russian man met her at the airport. He led her to a car where three other frightened women were sitting. The driver dropped the women off at a village where Bedouin guides ordered them to start walking across the Sinai Desert. They walked for two days. After being smuggled into Israel, Marika was purchased by a pimp for $10,000 and told that she would be his property until she worked off a $20,000 debt. She began working off that debt that evening. Fortunately, international trafficking into Israel has been almost completely eradicated, and stories like Marika’s are rare, but traffickers have turned inward now, looking for vulnerable Israeli women and girls. Watch for an update in a future Eye on Israel column on the results of the bill to criminalize human trafficking. –6– Women’s Workshops Fee for each workshop is $7 (free to NCJW members). Inquire about eligibility for reduced fees. All workshops take place at NCJW/Essex offices unless otherwise noted. Life Skills Targeting the Job for You Thursday, May 7, 2015 10:00 am – 11:30 am Lynne Robbins, MA, an experienced career counselor, will lead a workshop to help participants focus on choosing the right career path. Job Search Strategies Thursday, May 14, 2015 10:00 am – 11:15 am Lynne Robbins, MA, an experienced career counselor, will help participants discover effective ways to find positions in today’s job market. lth a e H & ss e n l l We Coping with Loss Tuesday, March 24, 2015 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm Losing someone we love happens to all of us. Join Judith Zucker, LCSW, with post training in Hospice and Palliative Care, to talk, share and learn coping skills that will help support you or your family member through these difficult times. The Medicare Advisor: Helping You to Manage your Healthcare Expenses in Retirement Thursday, April 16, 2015 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Are you or someone you know turning 65 this year? Join Dan Katzeff, CLTC, for an educational overview of Medicare to help you make informed decisions. He will cover the ins and outs of Medicare while making it easy to understand. Divorce and Mediation Thursday, March 26, 2015 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm Learn how to navigate through your marital separation, divorce or post judgment issues making the best use of your time and money. Joanna D. Brick, Esq., an experienced divorce attorney and Bonnie Jerbasi, Esq., an experienced divorce mediator, will help guide you through this difficult process and present the best options for your family situation. Learning to Say “No” When You Have To: Communicating Honestly but Nicely Thursday, May 21, 2015 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm Melanie Lester, MSW, will explain how to handle situations when saying “No” to the request, while at the same time saying “Yes” to the relationship. Perfect Your Banking Skills Wednesday, April 8, 2015 10:00 am – 11:30 am Sandy Martin Zente, Vice President, North Livingston Territory Sales Manager, and other representatives of Valley National Bank Management, will inform you how to make and stick to a budget, balance your checkbook and increase savings. Using Mental Imagery for Distress Tuesday, June 16, 2015 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Amy Kruvant, LCSW, BCIA, will present a workshop on how to use your inner resources to become an active partner in your own health and wellbeing. The focus will be on mental imagery exercises. ly Fami s r e t t a M College Admissions 101 Wednesday, April 15, 2015 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm Janet Berger, an independent college counselor in her own practice, will discuss what is important in the college admission process, how to make your child the strongest applicant possible, which credentials are more important than others, and how to find the best college environment where your child will thrive. There will be ample time for questions. Your Financial Options Thursday, May 14, 2015 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm Monica Kaden, MBA, ASA, will give you financial choices best suited for your needs. Which is best for you – stocks, bonds, cash or other investments? Be aware of your options. Buying or Leasing a Car Tuesday, June 9, 2015 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm Jarrett Konner, Sales Manager at Konner Chevrolet, will lead this informative session on what to look for when shopping for a car – buying vs. leasing, new or used, warranties and service. Opportunities for questions and answers will be provided. al i c n a Fin fairs Af Having Problems Going to Sleep or Sleeping Through the Night? Wednesday, June 24, 2015 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm Jacqueline Morgado, a registered polysomnographic technologist at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, will discuss good sleep hygiene and different sleep disorders. Buying and Selling Online for Beginners - Using Ebay and Other Websites Wednesday, June 17, 2015 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm Joe Zonfrilli, owner of Cash in Your Closet, will present this question and answer workshop on how to buy and sell online. Register for all programs online, by phone or by mail. Online: centerforwomenNJ.org • Phone: 973-994-4994 Mail: Use registration form on page 15 and send to NCJW/Essex, 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120, Livingston, NJ 07039. –7– Spring Programs Dessert and Dialogue Lunch and Learn Medical Research and Medical Ethics: My Body, My Consent ~An Evening Event~ Please join us for an afternoon with Paula Bistak, DMH, Executive Director of the Human Subjects Protection Program at Rutgers University. The story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor young black woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1951 at John Hopkins Hospital and whose cells were used without her knowledge to develop the first immortal cell line known as HeLa cells, was chronicled in the award winning book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Our speaker will discuss the ethical issues involved in the use of tissue taken from patients during diagnostic procedures. She will also explore legal, regulatory and social safeguards that exist today to protect patients’ rights, and whether such safeguards prevent rights violations akin to those experienced by the Lacks family. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm Temple Emanu-El 264 W Northfield Road, Livingston, NJ Members $18; Nonmembers $25. Includes a buffet lunch. Pre-registration required by Friday, April 24, 2015. Space is limited. Call the office at (973) 740-0588 with your reservation or register online at www.ncjwessex.org Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:00 pm Combatting Sex Trafficking in New Jersey, the United States and Beyond Speaker: Lauren Hersh Our dynamic speaker Lauren Hersh is the Director of AntiTrafficking & Advocacy at Sanctuary for Families, New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. Previously Ms. Hersh was the New York Director of Equality Now and prior to that served as the chief prosecutor of the sex trafficking unit at the Brooklyn district attorney’s office. Congregation B’nai Jeshurun 102 South Orange Avenue, Short Hills, NJ $15 for members and nonmembers. Co-sponsors: Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ Temple Emanu-El of West Essex Sisterhood Rachel Coalition Lunch and Learn is sponsored in honor of Ellen Lynette through a generous gift to the Legacy for the Future Endowment Fund. A Day at the 9/11 Memorial Museum Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Join us for a 60-minute docentled tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The tour will examine authentic artifacts to help us understand what happened on 9/11, how people responded in the aftermath of the attacks, and the history and rebuilding of the World Trade Center. Decks, Dots & Delectables! NCJW/Essex invites you to the 2015 Card and Mah Jongg Party & Luncheon Bridge, Canasta, Maj Jongg and other games Monday, April 27, 2015 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Crestmont Country Club 750 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, NJ Light Breakfast, Sumptuous Lunch, Desserts and Snacks Fantastic Boutique Shopping from some of the best vendors in the area! Transportation is on your own. Meet in front of the museum for 11:30 am tour. After the tour, attendees can remain to see other parts of the museum. (Note: once you leave the museum there is no re-entry.) Limited space available. Registration deadline: Monday, April 6, 2015 Fee: $42 for members; $45 for nonmembers To register: please visit www.ncjwessex.org or call (973) 740-0588. Cost: $75 Patron; $100 Benefactor Not a game player? $50 Lunch and Shopping Only Space is limited. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Please remember to bring your bidding boxes, canasta racks and mah jongg sets. We wll supply cards, pads and pencils. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 16, 2015 For more information or to register, please visit ncjwessex.org or call (973) 740-0588. Card and Mah Jongg Party Chairs: Penny Sherry and Robin Abrams Boutique Chairs: Robin Abrams and Terry Hecht –8– Spring Programs Chase Away the Winter Blues! Enter our Spring 2015 Raffle and you could be a winner! NCJW/Essex Golf Invitational It’s time to buy your 2015 Raffle Tickets! Every raffle ticket you purchase gives women, children and families a chance to live better lives by providing workshops, computer classes, peer support, career services, financial and legal guidance and more. Join us on Monday, June 8, 2015 at Preakness Hills Country Club Wayne, New Jersey Contact the NCJW/Essex, (973) 740-0588 for further details. This year we have five fabulous prizes! Take a chance and chase the winter blues away – the more tickets you buy, the more chances to win! Books and Bites • $1500 Gift Certificate to Julius Oksenhorn Fine Jewelers • • • • $1000 Gift Certificate to Pro Travel $500 Gift Certificate to Millburn Florist $500 Gift Certificate to Short Hills Mall $350 Gift Certificate to Broadway.com Tickets are $25 each or 6 tickets for $100. Purchase tickets online at ncjwessex.org. Tickets will be mailed upon receipt of payment. The drawing will be held at the Annual Installation and Awards Evening on June 2, 2015 at Cedar Hill Country Club, Livingston, NJ. You need not be present to win. For more information, please call (973) 740-0588. Raffle license #: RA-3555 ID# 262-4-28682 Celebrat ing 15 Year s 15th Annual Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon April 28, 2015 “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou This is Maya Angelou’s autobiography. She explores her turbulent years in Alabama with her grandmother and her brother. She works through her struggles to free herself and in her search for independence, finds her voice and uses her words to make the world a better place. Tuesday, May 26, 2015 “Life Drawing” by Robin Black A couple leave their memories and the city to escape to a quiet life in the country where they can pursue their interests in art, painting and writing. Their lives aren’t as tranquil as they had envisioned and their marriage is haunted by old jealousies and marital infidelities, as a new neighbor moves into the empty house next door. Tuesday, June 23, 2015 “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd This book presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom and the desire to have a voice in the world. The central characters are followed over 35 years as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. $6 per session for members $15 for series of three for members $10 per session for nonmembers Raising Awareness About Domestic Violence Sunday, May 17, 2015 Livingston Memorial Oval Livingston, NJ 5K Run – 9:30 am 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk – 10:15 am Visit www.rachelcoalition.org to register. For more information, contact [email protected] Politics and Pastry Tuesdays, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm April 21, May 19 NCJW/Essex Conference Room The place to discuss current events and politics! Bring a dairy kosher-style brown bag lunch; we provide coffee and a nosh. Members only. No fee. No advance registration necessary. –9– Professional Networking Event a Huge Success T he Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women, in association with Comcast Spotlight, held an inspiring professional networking event in December hosted by the DCH Professional Women’s Association at DCH Auto Group in Maplewood. A panel of professional women discussed their individual career paths and strategies for balancing work with family and personal needs. Attendees had an opportunity to practice networking skills, brush up on fashion trends with a representative from Bloomingdale’s and win fabulous door prizes. The event offered women an opportunity to network and become informed about career opportunities with Comcast Spotlight as well as improve their skills in making good first impressions in the business world. “Thank you for including me in this event. It was informative and provided food for thought.” Consultant Anne Wargo (standing) stressed the importance of planning, preparation and practice in helping attendees develop their plan for success at the NCJW/Essex Center for Women networking event. A group of dedicated volunteers participated in the NCJW/Essex Mitzvah-in-a-Minute Holiday Shop and Wrap to help brighten the holidays for children in need. All gifts were delivered to children in the foster care system. Mitzvah-in-a-Minute is sponsored by a generous gift to the Legacy for the Future Endowment Fund by Ruthann and Herb Fish. RISE Workshops: Tuesday, May 26th: POSITIVE SELF AFFIRMATIONS Identify your positive traits and become your own cheerleader. Tuesday, May 12th: GOAL GETTING Learn to set goals and make positive changes in your life. Fee is $15 per workshop or $30 for three workshops. Inquire about fee reduction. Single session workshops held at NCJW/Essex office, Livingston, NJ, from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm RISE Institute Life in transition? What now? RISE Institute can help you figure out the next steps. You will learn how to achieve your goals and transform your fears; improve your coping skills; gain strength from past experiences; learn how to make healthy decisions and recognize and extinguish self-defeating thoughts. Tuesday, May 19th: TRANSFORMING FEAR Use your fears in a healthy way to reach your full potential. – 10 – Preregistration is required for all RISE programs. To enroll or for more information: (973) 994-4994 or register online at www.centerforwomenNJ.org Register to Volunteer at the 7th Annual Back 2 School Store! Sunday, August 2, 2015 T he 7th Annual NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store (B2SS) is only a few months away! On August 2, 2015, more than 675 economically disadvantaged children will proudly walk through the doors of the one-day-only store that NCJW/Essex sets up just for them. The children are identified and invited through 32 local social service agencies. Experience the joy of helping a child at the Back 2 School Store! With the help of volunteer “personal shoppers,” the children “shop” at no cost to them for brand new clothes, school supplies and personal care items to help them start the school year off on the right foot. All volunteer registration is online. All volunteers must be NCJW/Essex members in order to participate. Volunteers on Sunday, August 2nd must be 17 years of age or older. Teenagers may accompany an adult to volunteer during set-up (July 27, 28, 29) and take-down (August 3, 4, 5). For online registration, please visit ncjwessex.org and click on the link to Back 2 School Store 2015 volunteer registration. 2015 NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store Co-Chairs: Paula Green Lesley Greenstein and Leslie Lavinthal Please direct any questions to Dina Stambler, NCJW/Essex Director of Membership Outreach & Volunteers [email protected] or 973-740-0588. HELP WANTED Strong, able-bodied young adults (high school seniors, college-age or older) to work at the Back 2 School Store on the following dates: Monday, July 27 Tuesday, July 28 Wednesday, July 29 Monday, August 3 Tuesday, August 4 Wednesday, August 5 All helpers will be generously compensated. For more information, please call 973-740-0588. Habla Español? We need Spanish-speaking volunteers for Sunday, August 2nd. Please contact Dina Stambler, [email protected] or 973-740-0588. Volunteer Opportunities For all volunteer opportunities please contact Dina Stambler, Director of Membership Outreach and Volunteers, at [email protected] or (973) 740-0588 x22. Creative Hands Creative Hands is a needlework program where members knit and crochet everything – sweaters, hats, booties, afghans and baby sets – that are then donated to nursing homes, hospitals, homeless shelters, women’s shelters and children’s clinics. We are always looking for new volunteers. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the NCJW/ Essex office. NCJW/Essex provides yarn and instructions, however donations of usable yarn, especially baby yarn, and clear heavy plastic bags (the ones that sheets, comforters and curtains come in) are always greatly appreciated. Let’s Talk Current Events! Local,…National,… International! There’s no shortage of news these days and the residents at Jewish Federation Housing in South Orange and West Orange look forward each week to a lively discussion of current events with two facilitators from NCJW/Essex. If you like engaging with senior adults, this is a hands-on volunteer opportunity to generate discussion on topics such as politics, elections, world affairs, the economy or the breaking news of the day. Our facilitators work in pairs and receive on-the-job training, tips on current events resources and support as needed. All that’s required is an interest in current events and an open mind! If you want to enrich the life of senior citizens – and be enriched in return – this is an ideal volunteer opportunity for you. Sign up to volunteer as your schedule permits. Empty Bowls No More Are you looking for a community service project that fits into your schedule? Come join the Empty Bowls No More Committee. The committee is responsible for collecting and delivering nonperishable food items, which are then donated to Christine’s Kitchen in West Orange. This committee is growing and we are looking for new members. Mitzvah-in-a-Minute Baby Bundles! Calling all kids! Join us on Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at Temple Emanu-El of West Essex in Livingston for Baby Bundles, a community service project for the children and grandchildren of NCJW/Essex members. Children (five years old and older) along with an accompanied adult will help bundle diapers, socks, blankets and other baby items that will be donated to new parents in need at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. Teen Dating Abuse Assistant Facilitator Teen Dating Abuse (TDA) volunteers are a dynamic group of people who have been trained to go into the high schools in Essex County to make students aware of the warning signs of abuse in teen relationships, how to recognize them, safely end the relationship and learn about healthy relationships. Two volunteers, one Presenter and one Assistant, are needed for each class. Training to become an Assistant is held at different times during the year at the NCJW/Essex offices in Livingston. A preliminary interview and NCJW membership are required to participate. Please call or email if you are interested in signing up for the next training – date to be determined. Women’s Workshop Assistants The Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women is looking for volunteers to be workshop assistants on various evenings from 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm for our Women’s Workshops. We also need assistants for workshops held in the mornings and afternoons. Ensure smooth functioning of events by accepting payments, taking attendance, introducing speakers and greeting participants. Training will be provided. Volunteer Spotlight - Donna Grunstein Donna Grunstein of North Caldwell, NJ, will tell you that she is a more well-rounded individual because of her 25 years of volunteering at the NCJW/Essex Center for Women. Committed and dependable, Donna spent two days a week in the early days of the Center for Women, and now continues to volunteer one day a week. “I don’t get a paycheck but I get payback,” says Donna, reflecting on how she has broadened her horizons by interacting with women whose paths may otherwise have never crossed with hers. “Each day I volunteer I leave with a deep feeling of having helped women in the community through NCJW.” Outside of volunteering, Donna pursues her flair for clothing design, having created a huge collection of haute couture fashions since 1990. A former dancer, she enjoys keeping fit by working out with her self-created “Donna’s Dance Walk” to oldies music. But each day that she works at the Center for Women, whether it is reaching out to women to remind them of workshops or fielding calls for programs offered at the Center, she gives a bit of herself to help another and gets a little something in return. “I smile more, I cry more, I love more,” she says. “For this I thank NCJW for giving me a very full life.” – 12 – Donor Opportunities “ Give Until It Feels Good! The act of giving is a very personal endeavor and as individual as each of us. Some of our NCJW/Essex members share why they give: “ As a member of NCJW for over 60 years, memories of working with outstanding women in so many different areas continue to impact my life. I soon realized that being a volunteer also bears the responsibility of keeping NCJW fiscally sound. We are all surrounded by wonderful projects and programs that need our support, and being a member of Chai Circle enables me to do this and continue to make a difference in the lives of so many. – Marjorie Weil, Chai Circle Supporter ” Chai Circle: Members of Chai Circle enjoy the benefits of attending NCJW/ Essex events and programs throughout the year. Various levels of giving are available with a minimum annual gift of $5000. Chai Circle participants may also underwrite a specific project of NCJW/Essex. “ In supporting NCJW/Essex, seeing the return on my ‘investment’ is truly rewarding. The programs, skills and opportunities that NCJW provides enable women, children and families to improve their lives financially, socially and emotionally. It is money well spent! – Joan Gabin, Legacy for the Future Supporter ” Legacy for the Future: Participants in the Legacy for the Future Endowment Fund are recognized in relevant NCJW/Essex promotional and educational materials. As a donor, you also have the opportunity to establish a Legacy for the Future Tribute Fund in honor or in memory of a named individual. Participation requires a minimum contribution of $10,000, payable over five years. Donations of cash, securities, charitable trusts, and other assets are welcome. Life Long Learning NCJW/Essex is proud to cosponsor, along with the JCC MetroWest Center for Adult Enrichment, this continuing education program featuring courses taught by university professors. To register visit www.jccmetrowest.org/lifelonglearning, call (973) 530-3474, or contact Joanne Bramnick, [email protected], (973) 530-3414. Season pass for NCJW/Essex and JCC members: $80 Guest Pass: $100. Make checks payable to JCC MetroWest and send to 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052. Anyone age 55+ may participate. Gotcha! Snapshots that Made History Monday, April 6: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Member: $12 Guest: $15 Saint Barnabas Lecture: Oh My Aching Back Tuesday, May 12: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm No Fee Among the Olive Pickers Tuesday, April 14: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Member: $12 Guest: $15 Three Bogeyman of English Literature Tuesday, May 19, 26 and June 2: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Member: $15 Guest: $20 The Industrial Revolution Monday, April 20: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Member: $12 Guest: $15 400 Years of Western Sculpture Wednesday, April 29 and May 6: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Member: $24 Guest: $30 Passion of Puccini Monday, June 8, 15: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Member: $24 Guest: $30 NCJW/Essex provides so many wonderful programs that help others. I love knowing where my money is going and to see that it is making a difference. I have included NCJW in my estate plans because I want to ensure its future and to know that there will always be funds to allocate where there is the greatest need. – Audrey Gaelen, Planned Giving Supporter ” Planned Giving: In the interest of ensuring that women, children and families have the important services provided by NCJW/Essex well into the future, planned giving creates a legacy that extends the benefits of your generosity for years to come. Include NCJW/Essex in your estate plans and be acknowledged today for a commitment to tomorrow. NCJW/Essex has designed a range of ways for you to contribute and provide financial support for women, children and families in need and at risk. To discuss our many and varied donor options and choose the donation opportunity that’s right for you, please contact Executive Director Cathy Silverman, (973) 740-0588, [email protected] ncjwessex.org. NCJW/Essex is recognized as an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Contributions to it are tax deductible to the full extent provided by the law. Membership Life Members Taryn Berelowitz Marjorie A. Berkley Terry Felper-Giordano Holly Gehrie Chelsey Goldman Ruth Anne Kamins Caren Shapiro New Members Charlotte Abberman Stephanie Bader Carrie Bobroff Caryn Epstein Lisa Erman Sandie Garfinkel Debra Goldsmith Judith Haberman Alice Hirsch Debbie Locke Tanya Minott Deva Raheja Julia Schneider Shari Stark Linda Tarr Jane Vargas (as of 2/26/15) – 13 – The Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women Computer Classes Computer training is available to all women. Fee: $85 for each class. Inquire about eligibility for reduced fees. Courses include: Intro to Windows, the Internet and Email; Intro to Microsoft WORD; Basic EXCEL, POWERPOINT, Outlook; Intermediate WORD and EXCEL; Quick Books. Schedule is as follows: Intro to WORD Pre-requisite: Intro to Windows or previous experience Learn to use the word processing software Microsoft WORD. Become familiar with all the icons on the ribbon so that you will be able to create and save documents, move and copy text, set margins, reformat documents and more. Session 1: May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 Tues/Thurs 9:00 am - 11:00 am Session 2: June 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17 Mon/Wed 9:00 am - 11:00 am Intermediate WORD Pre-requisite: Intro to WORD or WORD experience Topics covered include mail merge, templates, styles, tables, headers, footers, tabs, etc. April 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 Mon/Wed 9:00 am - 11:00 am Basic EXCEL Pre-requisite: Intro to WORD or WORD experience Learn to use the spreadsheet program, Microsoft EXCEL. Learn to create, edit and format worksheets; enter and edit data and text, perform calculations, create and copy formulas, and more. May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 Mon/Wed 9:00 am - 11:00 am Intermediate EXCEL Pre-requisite: Basic EXCEL or EXCEL experience. Become more proficient in the use of EXCEL. Topics covered include database capabilities, more advanced calculations, and graphs. Spring Dates to be determined Mon/Wed 9:00 am - 11:00 am PowerPoint Pre-requisite: Intro to WORD or WORD experience Learn to use Microsoft PowerPoint. Find out how to create presentations made up of a series of slides. Be creative and add animation, sound and graphics. Session 1: April 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 Tues/Thurs 9:00 am - 11:00 am Session 2: June 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 Tues/Thurs 9:00 am - 11:00 am Peer Support Groups Fee for each group is $45 Come to a safe place to discuss your feelings with other women in similar life circumstances. Each discussion group is led by two trained facilitators for six sessions. Groups will begin on the following dates and meet from 7:30 pm 9:00 pm unless otherwise noted: Tuesday, April 14: Widows Wednesday, April 15: Young Widows Thursday, April 16: Women Coping with Separation and Divorce Thursday, April 30 (DAYTIME) 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Widows Rainbows No Fee A support group for children, ages 5-12, grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis such as death, separation, divorce, or other painful transitions. Rainbows is a ten-week program that meets on Monday evenings. We are currently registering children for the Fall Session. Call (973) 993-4994 for dates and additional information. Outlook Pre-requisite: Intro to WORD or WORD experience Learn to use Outlook which integrates email, address books and calendars in one place. April 7, 14, 21 Tuesdays 11:15 am – 1:15 pm If you do not see what you are looking for, please let us know. We are always forming new classes. CFW is a grantee of the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Division on Women. Programs are underwritten by contributions to the NCJW/Essex Legacy for the Future Endowment Fund by the following supporters: Audrey and Norbert Gaelen (Legal Assistance for Women and Teen Dating Abuse); Susan and Walter Schenker (Women’s Workshops); Jill and Alan Johnson (Career Closet); The Schofel Family (Job Readiness Program) and Sylvia and Saul Seltzer (Computer Lab). Additional funding is provided by United Way of North Essex (RISE); Susan and Richard Kogan (Rainbows); The Patrina Foundation (Moving Forward); Nancy & Robert Eskow (RISE); Eileen Fisher (E2E) and an Essex County Community Development Block Grant (Job Readiness). – 14 – Now accepting spring/summer clothes only. The Career Closet of NCJW/Essex appreciates donations of new or gently used women’s career appropriate attire and accessories. We will be accepting suits, slacks, skirts, jackets, blouses and cardigans in sizes 14 through 28 only. We are in need of shoes, size 9 1/2 and up, handbags and costume jewelry. The Career Closet is located at 349 East Northfield Road, Suite LL-1 Livingston, NJ. Donation Date: Tuesday, April 7 10:00 am - 12:00 noon Three Easy Ways to Register: Phone Online Mail centerforwomenNJ.org (Center for Women) Complete the registration form. Mail to NCJW/Essex 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120 Livingston, New Jersey 07039 NCJWessex.org (NCJW/Essex) 973-740-0588 (NCJW/Essex) 973-994-4994 (Center for Women) No fees will be returned unless the program is cancelled. Name______________________________________________________________________________________ Member Non-member Address___________________________________________________Town_______________________________Zip_________________ Telephone #__________________________________________ Email________________________________________________________ Check Enclosed (made out to NCJW/Essex) Credit Card: Name on Card__________________________________________________ Card Type___________Number_______________________________________________Exp.__________________ Sec. Code___________ NCJW/Essex Program Pre-Registration Event Date Members Nonmembers Please Indicate Name 9/11 Memorial Museum April 22 # members @ $42 ea: # non-mem @ $45 ea: Card & Mah Jongg Party April 27 # of patrons @ $75 ea: # of benefactors @ $100 ea: # for lunch/shopping only @ $50 ea: # of patrons @ $75 ea: # of benefactors @ $100 ea: # for lunch/shopping only @ $50 ea: Lunch & Learn April 29 # members @ $18 ea: # non-mem @ $25 ea: Dessert & Dialogue April 30 # members @ $15 ea: # non-mem @ $15 ea: Installation & Awards Ceremony June 2 # members @ $55 ea: # non-mem @ $55 ea: April 28 # members @ $6 ea: # non-mem @ $10 ea: Books & Bites May 26 # members @ $6 ea: # non-mem @ $10 ea: June 23 # members @ $6 ea: # non-mem @ $10 ea: All 3 dates # members @ $15 ea: Women’s Workshops Please specify workshop name and date A-List Advocate # members (free): # non-mem @ $7 ea: # members (free): # non-mem @ $7 ea: # members (free): # non-mem @ $7 ea: $18 annual donation $18 annual donation Advocate Plus $54 annual donation $54 annual donation Center for Women Programs Program Peer Support Groups RISE Workshops - specify date(s) Details/Dates Fee Total Fee # attendees @ $45 ea: May 12: Goal Getting $15 per workshop; $30 for three workshops May 19: Transforming Fear May 26: Positive Self-Affirmations Rainbows Please inquire about reduced fees if needed 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Six sessions beginning on: April 14: Widows April 15:Young Widows April 16: Women Coping with Separation and Divorce April 30: Widows (daytime: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm) Dates to be determined Computer Classes Specify class name and starting date Total Fee Members & Guests Call the office for dates: (973) 994-4994 # attendees @ $85/class # attendees @ $85/class # attendees @ $85/class – 15 – Total Enclosed: $ Save the Date! Watch the NCJW/Essex website -- Details to come! Make a donation in honor of someone or in memory of a loved one and it will be formally acknowledged with a beautiful card to the recipient of your choice. Call (973) 740-0588 or make a tribute online by visiting www.ncjwessex.org. Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Opening Event with Special Guest Shiza Shahid Co-Founder and Global Ambassador of the Malala Fund The Malala Fund represents Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist who was shot by the Taliban for her campaign for girls’ education. Brooklake Country Club 139 Brooklake Road, Florham Park, NJ Mark Your Calendar! Are you getting important emails from NCJW/Essex? To be on our email list call (973) 740-0588 or send us an email: [email protected] Address Service Requested 70 South Orange Avenue Suite 120 Livingston, NJ 07039 973.740.0588 NCJWessex.org Dated Material CALDWELL, NJ 07006 PERMIT #376 U.S. POSTAGE PAID NON-PROFIT ORG.
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