$100 for $100 Event Benefits Families NCJW/Essex Center for Women

“$100 for 100” Event Benefits Families from the
Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women

Fifteen children from eight different families identified by the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women attended a very special shopping event on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Union, NJ. Sponsored by Joyal Capital Management Foundation, Inc., the “$100 for 100” event helps young people in need during the holidays and gives them the opportunity to shop with a generous gift of a $100 gift card. Children enjoyed hot chocolate and donuts while shopping for sporting equipment, clothing, ice skates, boots, and hundreds of other items throughout the store.

The “$100 for 100” began at a single store in 2008 and has grown to be an interactive community giving event which has expanded to 12 states and benefits more than 12,000 children each year. At each event, the Joyal Foundation provides gift cards to 100 children in need who have been nominated by members of the community or community agencies.

NCJW/Essex was included as a partner organization thanks to Matthew Stadtmauer of Summit, New Jersey, the state’s Lead Volunteer for “$100 for 100.”  Stadtmauer’s mother, Trudy Elwood, was an active member of NCJW/Essex and impressed upon him the importance of the organization’s advocacy work for women, children and families. “It was a natural fit,” says Stadtmauer, who adds that with each child who comes in to shop, his hopes for the program are realized.

The NCJW/Essex Center for Women, which offers career services, computer classes, workshops for women and support programs, was honored to partner with the Joyal Foundation for the second year in a row. “The generosity of the Joyal Foundation is truly inspiring,” comments Patty Kremen, Career Services Manager at the Center for Women. “It is wonderful to see how much joy it brings to children and families. Parents are able to grant wishes to their children and children feel exhilarated and empowered to be able to choose the items they really want.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Andrea Spielman (right), is pictured with her three children, Gianna, Ava and Tommy, along with Patty Kremen, Career Services Manager at the NCJW/Essex Center for Women. The children attended “$100 for 100” at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Union, NJ.

#EndDemand: Fighting Sex Trafficking

A special evening event, #EndDemand: Fighting Sex Trafficking – Our Children at Risk, was held in late November at Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston, NJ, and featured a dynamic discussion with a distinguished panel of speakers. The panel helped to shine a light on the motivations of those who promote sex trafficking, what New Jersey is doing to combat trafficking, what social service agencies are trying to do to help those who have been caught up in the web of trafficking and, most importantly, what can be done to combat this horrific problem.

“Human trafficking is modern day slavery, asserted Lauren Hersh, moderator of the panel and co-founder of World Without Exploitation. “It is the fastest growing human enterprise in the world because the profit is high and the risk to exploiters is low.” Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle of the NJ General Assembly, 37th district concurred, noting that human trafficking, and in particular sex trafficking, is a “debasement of our common humanity.” In 2013, Rep. Huttle sponsored bipartisan legislation in New Jersey, the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection, and Treatment Act.

Attendees came away with a new found determination to join the fight to eradicate sex trafficking. NCJW/Essex is seeking participants to spearhead new efforts to bring this issue to light and educate the community and our children. “Awareness of the issue is a start,” said Sharon Falkin of West Orange, NJ who attended. “I want to encourage our legislators to take bold steps against traffickers.”

This program was co-sponsored by local organizations who share the goal of eradicating sex trafficking including: Temple B’nai Abraham of Livingston, the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the Reform Jewish Voice of New Jersey, Hadassah of Northern NJ, Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, Monarch Housing Associates, Church Abolition Network, Covenant House, Jewish Women’s Foundation, World Without Exploitation, NCJW Bergen County Section and NCJW West Morris Section.

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Carol Cohen, (second from left), Chairwoman of the NCJW/Essex Anti-Human Trafficking Committee, is pictured with (from left): Nicole Bryan, PhD, Principal Investigator & Strategic Advisor, Human Trafficking Research, moderator Lauren Hersh, co-founder of World Without Exploitation, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle of the New Jersey General Assembly, 37th District, and Jayne Bigelsen, Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives at Covenant House, NY.

#EndDemand: Fighting Sex Trafficking

The effects of sexism and misogyny are far reaching and their most terrifying manifestation is sex trafficking. How has the internet made it easier for men to exploit girls and women for sex? What compels men to abuse women in this way? Is there a justification to legalize prostitution? How can we combat sex trafficking in our own communities?

Join the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) for a dynamic discussion featuring a panel of speakers with experience in helping victims and combatting sex trafficking — #EndDemand: Fighting Sex Trafficking – Our Children At Risk — on Wednesday evening, November 30, 2016. The program will be held at Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 Northfield Road, Livingston, NJ, at 7:00 pm.

This Dessert and Dialogue will feature a distinguished panel of speakers who will shine a light on the motivations of those who exploit girls and women and promote sex trafficking, what New Jersey is doing to combat trafficking, what social service agencies are trying to do to help those who have been caught up in the web of trafficking and, most importantly, what can be done to combat this horrific problem that exists right here in the United States.

Our panel of speakers, with experience in helping victims and combatting sex trafficking includes: Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle of the New Jersey General Assembly, 37th District, Jayne Bigelsen, Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives at Covenant House, NY, and Nicole Bryan, PhD, Principal Investigator & Strategic Advisor, Human Trafficking Research. The panel will be moderated by Lauren Hersh, co-founder of World Without Exploitation.

The goal is for attendees to come away with a new found determination to join the fight to eradicate sex trafficking. NCJW/Essex welcomes participants to spearhead new efforts to bring this issue to light and educate the community and our children. One tangible effort already underway is a collection of art supplies for the Art Therapy Program at Covenant House to help victims of sex trafficking. Any art supplies are welcome, such as markers, scissors, adult coloring books, paint, paint brushes, construction paper and play dough, and can be dropped off the night of the program.

“#EndDemand: Fighting Sex Trafficking – Our Children At Risk” is being co-sponsored by Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston, the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the Reform Jewish Voice of New Jersey, Hadassah of Northern NJ, Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, Monarch Housing Associates, Church Abolition Network, Covenant House, Jewish Women’s Foundation, World Without Exploitation, NCJW Bergen County Section and NCJW West Morris Section.

Pre-registration is required. The program fee is $15 per person and includes coffee, tea and desserts.  To register, please call 973-740-0588 or visit www.ncjwessex.org.

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