“What are you doing for others?” NCJW/Essex Launches Impact

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
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
“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
Pictured (l to r) are volunteers Zach and Ben Minion and
Jeremy Steinman.
Executive Office
973-740-0588 • NCJWessex.org
athy Silverman, Executive Director
[email protected]
ail Sample, Office Manager
[email protected]
NCJW Volunteer Outreach
973-740-0588 x22 • volunteerNJ.org
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]
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
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
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.
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.
Slate of Officers for 2015-16
Deborah Legow Schatz
Shari Harrison
Executive Vice President
Paula Green
Vice President of
Leslie Lavinthal
Vice President of
The Center for Women
Rita Isaacs
Vice President of
Anita S. Cohen
Vice President of
Fund Development
LauraSue Steinman
Vice President of
Jordyn Blackburn
Vice President of
Lauren Scher
Vice President of
Volunteer Outreach
Nancy Cohen
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
Celebrate the Women
of NCJW/Essex
Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 7:00 pm
Cedar Hill Country Club, Livingston, NJ
$55 per person
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
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
“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
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?!”
Salute the Honorees
Slate of Officers and Section Board for 2015-2016
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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!
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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
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.
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.
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.
H &
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
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.
Fami s
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
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.
Fin fairs
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
Buying and Selling Online for
Beginners - Using Ebay and Other
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.
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.
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
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
15 Year
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.
Professional Networking
Event a Huge Success
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:
Identify your positive traits and become
your own cheerleader.
Tuesday, May 12th:
Learn to set goals and make positive
changes in your life.
Fee is $15 per workshop or $30 for three
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:
Use your fears in a healthy way to reach
your full potential.
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Preregistration is required for all RISE
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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
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.”
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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
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
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
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]
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.
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)
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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
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Intermediate WORD
Pre-requisite: Intro to WORD or WORD
Topics covered include mail merge,
templates, styles, tables, headers, footers,
tabs, etc.
April 8, 13, 15, 20, 22
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Pre-requisite: Intro to WORD or WORD
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
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Intermediate EXCEL
Pre-requisite: Basic EXCEL or EXCEL
Become more proficient in the use of
EXCEL. Topics covered include database
capabilities, more advanced calculations,
and graphs.
Spring Dates to be determined
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Pre-requisite: Intro to WORD or WORD
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
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.
Pre-requisite: Intro to WORD or WORD
Learn to use Outlook which integrates
email, address books and calendars in one
April 7, 14, 21
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).
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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:
(Center for Women)
Complete the registration form. Mail to
70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120
Livingston, New Jersey 07039
(Center for Women)
No fees will be returned unless the program is cancelled.
Name______________________________________________________________________________________ Member Non-member
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
Date Members
Please Indicate Name
9/11 Memorial
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:
Please specify
name and date
# 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
Peer Support Groups RISE Workshops - specify date(s)
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
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
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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
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
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