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 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 


Judy Wais Tabak & the Tabak Fass Book Nook

The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation 

Gebroe Family Foundation 

Gerson Family Foundation 

Girls Helping Girls. Period.


Sharon Levine Corzine 


Gerald Ritzer 

Scudiery Family Foundation 

RBC Wealth Management 

Royal Bank of Canada 

Rotary Club of Livingston

County of Essex


Sue and Jon Wasserman

Robert & Lori Gelman Charitable Fund 

Sharyn Model

Nadine Milberg

In-Kind Donors


Essex County Community Transportation Program 

Honor Roll

Hope Atlas

Beth Berns

Debi Blitz

Renae Brauner-Douglen

Joanne Davison

Bari Ecker

Dorie Eisenstein

Sharon Falkin

Karen Feinblatt

Mildrend Feldstein

Beth Fink 

Miriam Frolow

Judith Goldstein

Lisa Hipscher 


Rita Isaacs

Tema Javerbaum

Bernard Kashmann

Claire Keyles

Madeleine Koenig

Amy Levine

Michael Mandelbaum

Michael & Jennifer Markovitz Charitable Fund 

Jeremy Medow

Deborah Miller

Andrea Mintz

Citizens Philanthropic Foundation

Beth Randall-Branigan

Lisa Rosenbaum


Susan Sarver

Nancy Sasso

Marsha Schaffer

June Schechner

Jackie Schein

Janet Schwartzbard

Randi Sellinger

Cameron Sparrow

Bonnie Tessler

Sheri Trugman

Cynthia Vallario

Susan Weissman

Madge Wilson

*Donor List Current as of May 25

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