The Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women
Receives Block Grant from Essex County
LIVINGSTON, NJ, March 22, 2018 – The Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women received a $9,678 block grant from the Essex County Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment, Division of Housing and Community Development. The grant will go towards expanding the programs offered by the NCJW/Essex Center for Women, which have helped thousands of women with computer skills, job searches and personal guidance.
Pictured (l to r) are George Serio, Director at Essex County Division of Housing and Development, Armando B. Fontoura, Essex County Sheriff, Beverly Trust and Barbara Hauser, both of Livingston, NJ, Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive, and Isabel Margolin of Montville. Trust, Hauser and Margolin are volunteer co-chairs of the NCJW/Essex Career Closet, which assists economically disadvantaged women in obtaining career attire appropriate for the workplace. Sue Wasserman, Director of Community Services for NCJW/Essex commented, “We are very excited about the opportunities that this grant will give to the Center for Women and the various programs that fall under its umbrella.”
For more information about the Center for Women please visit www.centerforwomenNJ.org, or call (973) 994-4994. Programs are nonsectarian and open to all women, regardless of religion.
“Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity”
NCJW/Essex Dessert and Dialogue to Feature
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf – Author, Activist, Social Justice Advocate
The National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) will present a special evening event, Dessert and Dialogue, featuring author Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, on the evening of April 25, 2018. The program will be held at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, 432 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ, at 7:00 pm.
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf is a leader in the movement to make feminine hygiene products affordable, and accessible. Her work to end the “tampon tax” and advocate for legislation that addresses the lack of menstrual equity in our communities has put her on the map as one of the nation’s “badass menstrual activists” by the publication Bustle. Menstrual equity is, in Weiss-Wolf’s opinion, a “gateway issue for feminism” and one that is intensely relatable by all women.
NCJW/Essex operates a community service project called “The Period.Project” which collects and distributes feminine hygiene supplies to local agencies and clients of its Center for Women. “Our community service work has shown us that more needs to be done to address the often overlooked issue of menstrual equity,” says Shari Harrison, President of NCJW/Essex. “We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Weiss-Wolf to educate us and inspire us to continue engaging on this important issue.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Jennifer Weiss-Wolf. Writer, activist, social justice advocate, will be the speaker at an upcoming NCJW/Essex Dessert and Dialogue
Local Dentist Offers Services and New Beginnings for
Clients of the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women
Greg Scheier, DDS, of Scheier Dental Group in Millburn, NJ, knows that a smile goes a long way. He and his associate, Samantha Shapiro, DMD, have generously donated their services to help clients from the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women gain their confidence by obtaining dental work that they would otherwise be unable to afford.
“I wholeheartedly believe in kindness and giving back to the community and what better way to show that than by getting involved with NCJW/Essex,” said Dr. Scheier. Last spring he was introduced to Patty Kremen, Career Services Manager at the NCJW/Essex Center for Women, which helps women in transition who may be looking for a new job, starting a business or recovering from a loss. “I learned about the life-changing work that is happening at the Center for Women and it is very much aligned with causes I believe in,” explained Dr. Scheier. “These are women who, for one reason or another, have come upon difficult times and I am thrilled to be able to help them make such a major, positive difference in their lives.”
Dr. Scheier and Dr. Shapiro have provided a variety of dental work for clients including routine dental exams, cleanings, x-rays, root canals, fillings and veneers, valued at over $20,000. “It’s a good feeling to know that what we can offer can make such a difference in someone’s life,” reflects Dr. Scheier. “Everyone on our staff feels good about making such a positive impact on the lives of these women.” As Dr. Scheier looks ahead, he anticipates expanding his pro bono work to continue to help clients of the NCJW/Essex Center for Women.
“Our clients cannot always afford costly but necessary dental work and will often put other expenses first, such as electric bills and food for their families,” explains Ms. Kremen. “Our clients who have benefitted from Dr. Scheier’s generosity have brighter smiles and greater confidence, which impacts their ability to obtain jobs. We know when we send our clients to the Scheier Dental Group they will be treated with the utmost respect and their dental care will be of the highest quality. It is an extraordinary partnership.”
The NCJW/Essex Center for Women offers many types of support programs for women in transition including career services, a Career Closet, computer training and self-empowerment programs. The experienced and knowledgeable staff helps create a personalized program that fits each woman’s individual needs, providing a safe place to go for help and support as their lives continue to change and improve.
For more information about the NCJW/Essex Center for Women, all (973) 994-4994 or visit our website, www.centerforwomennj.org.
PHOTO CAPTION: Samantha Shapiro, DMD (left) and Greg Scheier, DDS, of Scheier Dental Group in Millburn, NJ, got involved with NCJW/Essex because they believe in giving back to the community.
NCJW/Essex Lunch and Learn
Featuring Jay Lassiter
~ Opioids in New Jersey: A Tragic Reality ~
NCJW/Essex is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn – Opioids in New Jersey, a Tragic Reality– featuring Jay Lassiter, writer, political consultant, and social justice advocate, and the host/author of the podcast “Heroin Uncut.” The program will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, NJ.
A database of opioid deaths in New Jersey found that at least 1,900 people died in 2016 from opioid overdoses in a crisis that has blanketed the state. Lassiter will offer a blunt, honest exploration of how opioids have tightened their grip on New Jersey and what can be done about it. “Everyone talks about the opioid crisis getting more and more out of control, but too few really understand how we got to this point in the first place,” says Shari Harrison, President of NCJW/Essex. “This program will address the conditions that allowed the opioid problem to take hold and the legislative and community-based actions that are needed to address the problem.”
Throughout the year, NCJW/Essex Lunch and Learn programs provide an opportunity to hear interesting speakers in an informal setting. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, and includes a buffet lunch. To register, please call (973) 740-0588 or visit www.ncjwessex.org.
PHOTO CAPTION: Jay Lassiter. Writer, political consultant and social justice advocate, will be the speaker at the upcoming NCJW/Essex Lunch and Learn, Opioids in NJ: A Tragic Reality.