The 4 Ps of March at NCJW/Essex

Some people associate the “4 Ps” with marketing.  This March at NCJW/Essex it meant something different.  Read on… 


Back by popular demand, NCJW/Essex took over the pickleball courts at Center Court in Chatham on March 14 for our second indoor pickleball round robin. Among the dinks and lobs and put aways was much laughter and fun.


NCJW/Essex got a head start on Purim celebrations with a Mitzvah-in-a-Minute in partnership with Hillel of Greater MetroWest NJ. We gathered to assemble Purim baskets filled with treats for local college students preceded by an inspiring conversation about Jews on campus and much more! Chag Purim Sameach indeed!

PACK (Post Abortion Care Kits)

More than 50 people attended the latest PACK (Post Abortion Care Kits) on March 17 at Temple Emanu-el in Westfield. The group assembled 300 kits for Cherry Hill Women’s Center and Pilgrim Medical Center in Montclair and heard from Jasmine Winters and Eiko LaBoria from the Women’s Center as well as Elle Kotopoulos from Pilgrim Medical The speakers shared stories and information and answered questions from a rapt audience. Thank you PACK co-chairs Paula Green, Jessica Zirkel-Rubin and Marlene Tuch for continuing to find ways to expand this program. 

Preparing (food)

NCJW/Essex teamed up with parents of the Early Childhood Center at JCC MetroWest to prepare meals – soup, garlic bread, dessert – for 10 clients of the NCJW/Essex Center for Women. This marked the return of our Fill the Freezer program where volunteers spend a few hours cooking and packaging ready-to-heat and serve options for our clients and learning more about the work of the CFW and NCJW/Essex. Thanks to Melissa Berger for organizing and to all who stirred, chopped and participated!

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