You Can Help Empower Children as they Return to School

Marking our 15th Anniversary in 2023

Donate to the Back 2 School Store

Click below for donation options and to see what your support will provide the kids.

Volunteer at the Back 2 School Store

July 30, 2023

Volunteers guide each child through the store as they shop for their own items,  prepare personalized packages to be be distributed to our partners.  Contact Angie Benedict, Membership Manager for more information.

You Make a Difference

Since 2008, the B2SS has served more than 10,000 children in Essex County. This year, approximately 1,000 children will receive a NEW and FREE outfit (shirt, pants, and winter jacket), underwear, socks, hat and gloves, and a new backpack filled with school supplies, personal care items and books. 

Hundreds of community volunteers will participate in a meaningful day of in-person direct service on July 30, 2023, led by our all-volunteer committee that works year-round to shop, prepare and run the store.

Sponsor the Back 2 School Store

Click below for our sponsorship packet or contact Alison Haight, Director of Development for more information.

“We are thankful every day and feel fortunate to have friends in the community who are helping us to promote growth, development, and well-being of children, families and communities. We are so lucky to have NCJW/Essex as a community partner.”
Family Intervention Services

Thank You to Our Amazing 2023 Grantors, Sponsors, Corporate and Individual Donors


Audrey Gaelen and the Gaelen Family Resource Center 


Kearny Bank Foundation 

Cestone Family Foundation 

The Johnson Family 

Popular Bank Foundation 

RBC Wealth Management 


Judy Wais Tabak & the Tabak Fass Book Nook

The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation 

Gebroe Family Foundation 

Gerson Family Foundation 

Girls Helping Girls. Period.

Tradeweb Markets LLC

Jon Ben Snow Memorial Trust 

Sharon Levine Corzine 

Stacey Rudbart

The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation


Gerald Ritzer 

Scudiery Family Foundation 

Rotary Club of Livingston

South Orange Elks

Rotary Club of the Caldwells 

Einhorn, Barbarito, Frost and Botwinick, PC

Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC


SBC Interiors, Sara Chwatt

Susan Claman

Elizabeth Brandwein Cohen & Gerald Cohen

Diane Freedman

Randi & Stuart Geffner

Ruth Hutter 

Ellen Hyman

Nadine Milberg

Sharyn Model

Deborah Legow Schatz

Sharon Uchitel

Valley Bank

Sue and Jon Wasserman

In-Kind Donors


Essex County Community Transportation Program 

Two Men and a Truck 

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center/RWJ Barnabas Health

Honor Roll

Hope Atlas

Beth Berns

Debi Blitz

Susie Botwinick

Maximize Boutique

Renae Brauner-Douglen

Joan Bucholtz

Tammy Buren

Cindy Charney

Citizens Philanthropic Foundation 

Joanne Davison

Bari Ecker

Dorie Eisenstein

Sharon Falkin

Sandy Fein

Karen Feinblatt

Mildred Feldstein

Sheila Figman Eule

Beth Fink 

Pamela Fishman 

Nancy N. Freedman

Terri Friedman

Miriam Frolow

Stacey Gold

Sue Goldberg

Jennie Goldsmith Rothman

Judith Goldstein

Jeanne Gordon

Alison Haight

Miriam Haimes

Alison Handler

Toby Harwood

Gabrielle Herman

Lisa Hipscher

Rita Isaacs

Amy Ipp

Karen Irlando

Tema Javerbaum

Allison Kalsched

Bernard Kashmann

Melissa Kaufman

Claire Keyles

Madeleine Koenig

Susan Kogan

Arlene Kollin

Nancy Korde

Danielle Kurlander


Judy Kuskin

Amy Levine 

Abby Levinson

Lisa Less

Felice Londa

Susan Lubalin

Michael Mandelbaum

Isabel Margolin 

Michael & Jennifer Markovitz –

Charitable Fund 

Leslie McCafferty

Jeremy Medow

Marion Medow

Deborah Miller

Andrea Mintz

Patricia Nathan

Carol Nelson-Felzenberg

Susan Novin

Mandi Perlmutter

Judith Peskin


Roberta Rabin

Beth Randall-Branigan


Lisa Rosenbaum

Claudia Sandonato

Lisa Santola

Susan Sarver

Nancy Sasso

Marsha Schaffer

June Schechner

Jackie Schein

Janet Schwartzbard

Randi Sellinger

Kari Shron – Third Grade

Girl Scouts of North Caldwell

Susan Shusman

Amy Smith 

Cameron Sparrow

Hope Tafet

Bonnie Tessler

Sheri Trugman

Cynthia Vallario

Susan Weissman

Madge Wilson

Sue Wishnow

Linda Wolk

*Donor List Current as of August 3

2023 Back 2 School Store Steering Committee

Susie Botwinick, Elizabeth Brandwein Cohen, Danielle Kurlander, Co-Chairs 

Jodi Arsht, Melissa Berger, Jordyn Blackburn, Julie Cohen, Jen Dany, Deb Eckstein, Erica Facktor, Sherri Fendelman, Marissa Fishman, Stacy Gold, Rachel Greenberg, Gabrielle Herman, Tara Heyderman, Phyllis Jacobs, Sandy Katz, Abby Levinson, Lauren Markon, Sydra Miller, Andrea Mintz, Patti Nathan, Bess Oransky, Lori Rosenbaum, Jennie Goldsmith Rothman, Stacey Rudbart, Michelle Sachs, Laurie Schuftan, Mara Silber, Judy Wais Tabak, Helaine Wallach

"B2SS is a day of joy for the children, families, and volunteers, and the joy is contagious. You cannot help but smile. NCJW/Essex recognizes that helping and being helped are part of one continuum - and that during our lives, everyone needs both."
NCJW/Essex Volunteer