Order Your Custom NCJW/Essex Face Mask Now – All Orders Due by July 6

We have special limited edition NCJW/Essex face masks available only until July 6! For every mask you purchase, part of the proceeds go directly to NCJW/Essex to help support our programs and services on behalf of women, children and families in Essex County. 

These are difficult times for many, help us make a difference. 
Stay healthy, and thank you for supporting NCJW/Essex! 

To purchase face masks, click here now. 

Direct link to purchase:

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Voting Resources You Need Now!

Thank you for your commitment to voting and getting out the vote. Remember, the deadline to Vote By Mail for the New Jersey primary is July 7! Please see below for resources.


Read about the False Narrative of Vote By Mail Fraud here.

Find your polling place or county election officials here.

Vote By Mail New Jersey hub, found here, has all the information you need to successfully vote in the 2020 elections.

Ready to make *real* change? Join the NCJW/Essex Get Out the Vote Committee! Email Stephanie Abrahams, Director of Advocacy, at for details.

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Help Write Backpack Notes for the 2021 NCJW/Essex Mobile Back 2 School Store

Due to continuing public health concerns, we will be unable to have our usual “hands-on” volunteer experience this year for the Back to School Store (B2SS).  Instead, we will be having a Mobile B2SS, which includes distributing backpacks full of school supplies and personal care items to the children we serve. Our goal is to provide items for 1,000 children this year!

Here is where we need you! We would love to include personal notes to each child who will receive a backpack wishing them a great new year in school. Please help create uplifting “Backpack Notes” that will bring a smile to a child’s face. The notes can be simple or elaborate, and feel free to make several since we need 1,000 of these notes!

Instructions for “Backpack Notes”:

1. Click here to print the backpack note page.

2. Write a message – please be sure the message is unisex and appropriate for any child in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Wondering what to say in the note? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Can’t wait for you to rock this super cool new backpack next school year. Have a great summer!
  • Hope you enjoy all of the goodies inside this awesome new backpack. Have a blast this summer and a great school year!
  • This school year is going to be awesome! Hope you love your new backpack and all of the cool stuff inside!

3. Decorate with your own markers/crayons – you can even add stickers if you want!

4. Mail the completed “Backpack Notes” to the NCJW office (or drop off during business hours by Thursday, July 8:
NCJW/Essex B2SS, 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120, Livingston, NJ 07039

We will place the notes inside the backpacks as an unexpected surprise for the children receiving the backpacks.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Thank you!

Susie Botwinick and Sherri Fendelman
NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store Volunteer Co-Chairs

Lauren Tabak Fass, Rachel Khedouri, and Lori Gelman
NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store Co-chairs

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Eastman Building Management building re-opening requirements letter

June 15th, 2020

Good Day Everyone,

As we begin to prepare for a new normal in the workplace, we wanted to update you on the steps we have taken to safely prepare the building for your return.  Just to be clear, this is a long letter but please take the time to read through it as its filled with important information to keep everyone updated & safe.

Eastman Management has been working diligently on virus spread prevention measures to ensurethe wellbeing of our tenants. We recognize our tenants’ concerns and fears about returning to the workplace and we want to share the steps we are taking to provide a safe operating environment for the return of your staff and customers.

Many of the actions we are taking  require the partnership, support, participation and cooperation of our tenant communities and property management team to ensure that the re-entry procedures and requirements outlined below are communicated to your teams and visitors.

Some key points:

· Wearing facial coverings or masks in common areas is required.

· Wearing facial coverings masks within tenant spaces is recommended but the decision to wear masks is up to the tenant in each situation.

·  Social distancing requirements will be strongly enforced in all common areas.

· Where feasible, we are making as many areas touchless as we can.

· We are cleaning and sanitizing common areas, door handles, stair railings, elevator buttons, common furniture, common doors, etc. on a frequent basis.

Common Area Daily Sanitization

Building management has cleaned and sanitized all common areas of the building –  this includes all high touch surfaces in the atrium, cafeteria, dining seating areas, conference rooms, hallway corridors, door entrances handles/knobs/push bar, elevators,  staircases, etc. These areas have been cleaned at a level often referred to as “deep cleaning,” a level that was highly recommended, especially if there was a positive COVID-19 related contamination. Eastman Management decided to do this high-level cleaning as an extra precautionary action to ensure everyone’s safety, not due to any related contamination.

Also, we removed heavy fabric seating and reduced the amount of seating and attempted to separate seating where possible. We will monitor this and make updates as appropriate. All outdoor seating is being wiped down daily. The above common areas as mentioned have all been cleaned and sanitized with recommended sanitizers on a daily basis, 5 days per week, and we will continue to follow this schedule.

Our janitorial staff are following the recommended guidelines on proper cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces in public spaces and restrooms, as well as increased frequency of cleaning. As more current guidelines are issued, we will modify our cleaning protocols accordingly.

Building Entries & PPE Requirements

To help prevent the spread of this virus, we have installed hand sanitizer stations at most building entries. We have also installed signage to indicate that all tenants/clients/guests are required to wear proper PPE equipment, which is primarily masks, but may include gloves or other equipment as appropriate.

We want to emphasize that the requirement for wearing masks or facial coverings, particularly in common areas, is required for the protection of the health and safety of everyone.

Those that do not comply with the mask wearing policy will be noted and brought to the attention of their Manager/Owner of each office and will be asked to leave the building. Please help us enforce the mask wearing policy by notifying your team and visitors that masks are required in all common areas (i.e. hallways, entryways, bathrooms, cafes, conference rooms) of the building.

Ensure you wear a mask or facial covering in the Café, otherwise they will refuse to offer you food service.

Building Elevators

We will be adding “safe distance” signage to all elevators to ensure people comply with safe distancing guidelines. We encourage occupants to use the stairs or enter and ride the elevator car one or two at a time.


Where feasible and if permitted by the Township of Livingston, stair doors are being modified to have “hold open” features that will close automatically in the event of a fire alarm.


Restroom toilets that are not being utilized have been flushed regularly. It is recommended that your coffee/ice and water machines, if applicable, be flushed. If they have not been used for over 30 days, we suggest you contact your service provider. Sinks, toilets, and urinals that are not automatic are being updated with  automatic, touchless equipment.  In the majority of bathrooms, soap dispensers are being changed to automatic dispensers. Where space in the counter or sink does not permit automatic soap dispensers, we have ordered wall mounted automatic soap dispensers.

We are also exploring options to (a) reduce occupancy or close off every other sink; (b) close off every other urinal; (c) add attachments to the bottom of doors to allow for opening and closing without touching.

Common Conference Rooms

Please be aware, common conference rooms will be used on a limited basis and will follow rules as required in the common areas.  The building’s conference room(s)/lounge area must be scheduled with Property Management (Contact us via the following; Slavka Gonda; Slavkag@eastmancompanies) so we can check for availability.

Café and Cafeteria Seating

The café has remained open the entire time with limited service. The café vendor is enhancing service as occupancy is increasing. We have ordered plexiglass for the counters and floor stickers designate safe distancing. Regarding the café’s seating areas, we are continuously monitoring what government regulations are permitting. When restaurants and cafés are allowed to re-open for indoor seating, we will follow current CDC guidelines for distancing and occupancy along with extensive cleaning.

Fitness Center

The fitness center is closed until further notice. Once the government allows fitness centers to open, we will monitor how other gyms are operating  during the first two weeks. We will then finalize our plan and determine the best ways to provide a safe environment to re-open. This will not apply, however, for the private one-on-one training that occurs and is provided by Nikki Gnozzio of The Junction Body Works.

Air Quality – HVAC Units

Our team has performed a considerable amount of preventative maintenance on the property’s HVAC systems.  We have replaced the filters in all HVAC systems and fresh air units.  In the coming weeks when the newer MERV 13 filters arrive, where applicable, we will replace the air filters. 

As building occupancy increases, we will also be increasing outdoor air flow. The purpose of increased outside air flow is to provide enhanced air exchange dilution of the occupied office spaces.

Building Standards – COVID Spread Protection Measures

We acknowledge the new challenges that are ahead of us, and we appreciate that it has been a huge adjustment period for everyone. We want to make sure, whether you continue to work on site, or when you and your team members return, that the working environment is safe and pleasant. We strongly encourage you, your staff, clients, and guests to follow the directions and guidelines we have put in place. To accomplish this goal, we need your partnership and support in spreading the building’s new social distancing message to all employees, clients and visitors. It is also imperative that you alert Building Management immediately if you are notified that someone in the building has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. We will do our part to ensure this information will be kept confidential to comply with privacy laws.

Communication – COVID-19 Related

In our efforts to keep you informed, we will continue to issue updates on the latest information we receive regarding COVID-19 prevention. We are fully committed and prepared to handle any new COVID-19 preventative cleaning and sanitization procedures recommended.

Returning to the Building

1. We are asking tenants to keep us informed as to when employees will be returning to the building – whether just a few employees are returning, or if your entire office will be working in the  building.

2. If you need any assistance with modifying work areas (i.e.: plastic shielding, sneeze/cough barriers) receptionist area desk, furniture cubes, floor markings etc.), please contact the Property  Manager, Shea Nelson ( or Property Coordinator, Slavka Gonda ( as we have vendor resources that can possibly help you wherever possible.

3. Make sure your staff has masks or facial coverings and sanitizer for your own office space areas. Let us know if you would like assistance to help source  these materials. We will gladly assist, but please understand, our stock and availability are changing on a daily basis.

4. Please remind your team members and any visitors to comply with the  various requirements we’ve outlined in this letter.

A. Wear face masks or facial covering

B. Social distance

C. Observe elevator occupancy

5. Please make sure sick employees stay home and anyone exposed to the virus quarantines at home per their health care professionals and the CDC recommendations Inform us if anyone that has been on site and deemed to be COVID-19 positive so we can coordinate with your office for a deep cleaning at your cost, as well as, a deep cleaning of all common areas.  Again, ALL names and companies will be held in strict confidence.

Please be aware the above information is subject to change depending on State of New Jersey guidelines & mandates.  We look forward to having you all return to 70 South Orange Ave! Thank you, and please remain safe and stay healthy.


The Team at Eastman Management

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Mobile Back 2 School Store biggest day yet!

Today was the Mobile Back 2 School Store’s biggest day yet of deliveries! Volunteers delivered school supplies and so much more to 8 of our partner agencies including Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp.Family Promise of Essex County, and Neighborhood Child, reaching 224 kids! A huge thank you to all of the team members at our agency partners, without you this effort wouldn’t be possible!

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Phase 1 of the Mobile Back 2 School Store is complete!

Phase 1 of the Mobile Back 2 School Store is complete! We are proud to have equipped 1,000 children with backpacks, school supplies, toothbrushes, toothpaste, games, face masks, and socks all thanks to our incredible sponsors, our amazing volunteers, staff members and agency partners. A special thank you to everyone whose donations made this possible. WE DID IT! Please consider a donation to the B2SS to keep the effort going, and stay tuned for Phase 2!

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Join Ruth’s Revolution. May Her Memory Be a Revolution #Ruthless

My heritage as a Jew and my occupation as a judge fit together symmetrically. The demand for justice runs through the entirety of Jewish history and tradition.

 – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

We were devastated by the loss of Justice Ginsburg, and we mourn with America. Few people have so irrevocably altered the lives of so many. Ideas that once seemed so radical, today are common sense because of her efforts – chief among them equal protection of the law and what that means for the most vulnerable among us, including women, children and families.  

But we cannot simply mourn. Our heritage demands that we take action to honor her legacy.  

Let’s do this. 

1. Justice Ginsburg always chose her words carefully from her early years as a lawyer arguing landmark cases to her powerful dissenting opinions from the bench of the US Supreme Court, and finally, her dying wish to her granddaughter that her seat not be filled until the next president is sworn in.  Together let’s ensure her seat is filled only after every vote is counted.  Sign the petition here and text RBG to 50409 to have Resistbot automatically send signed letters to your Senators urging them to keep her seat vacant.

2. There is a custom in many Jewish communities that, at the end of a shiva period, mourners take a walk around the block to symbolically mark the end of an intensely inward time and return to the world. As such, NCJW/Essex will join with other NCJW sections and Jewish communities across the country as we take a symbolic walk around our blocks or local courthouses on Friday, October 2, at noon. We will circle our office at 70 South Orange Avenue to remind people that this work in the world matters, critically. Please bring a mask. We will be observing socially distancing. Email Stephanie Abrahams, Director of Advocacy, at to RSVP. 

3. Honor Justice Ginsburg by celebrating her life. Join us for a virtual group tour of The Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit: “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” Curator Arielle Weininger will discuss the history of RBG and the exhibition, complete with embedded audio, video and photographs of artifacts as seen in the exhibition. A live Q&A with a docent will follow. There are two sessions, Tuesday, October 6 2020, at 1 p.m. and Thursday, October 8 2020, at 5 p.m.

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Help Create Personal Backpack Notes for the NCJW Essex/Back 2 School Store

This summer, NCJW/Essex will deliver backpacks filled with school supplies, personal care items and more to 1,000 underserved children as part of our Mobile Back 2 School Store. Each backpack will also include a handwritten note for an added personal touch.

Here is where we need you! We want to offer you, your children or grandchildren the opportunity to create uplifting “Warm Wishes for Cool Weather” notes that will bring a smile to a child’s face. The notes can be simple or elaborate, and feel free to make several since we need 1,000 of these notes!

Instructions for “Warm Wishes” notes:

  • Print the image that can be found by clicking here. The message you write should be unisex and appropriate for any child in Kindergarten through 5th grade
    • Wondering what to say in the note? Here are a few suggestions:
      • I bet you can’t wait until it snows and you can go outside to build a snowman! Here is some stuff to keep you warm while you are having fun!
      • We’ve got you covered from head to toe! Stay warm and study hard! 
      • Enjoy this cool stuff for the cold weather!
  • Decorate with your own markers/crayons and you can even add stickers if you want.
  • Mail the completed “Warm Wishes” notes to the NCJW office or drop off during business hours by Friday, October 16 at noon to NCJW/Essex B2SS, 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120, Livingston, NJ 07039

Don’t forget to send us photos!!! Send us pictures of you and your loved ones creating these notes and we’ll share them online!!! Email images to

By sending your photo, you grant permission to the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section the irrevocable right to use your name (and the names of any others that appear in the photo that you disclose) and the photograph for reproduction in any print or electronic medium, including social media, for advertising, display, exhibition or editorial use.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask Ellen Staple, Manager of Membership and Resource Development at

Susie Botwinick and Sherri Fendelman, NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store Volunteer Co-chairs

Lauren Fass, Lori Gelman and Rachel Khedouri, NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store Co-Chairs

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Call to Action: Thank the Primary Sponsors and Co-Sponsors of the Reproductive Freedom Act (S3030/A4848*)


Dear [Senator/Assemblyperson], 

Thank you to the elected officials and ThriveNJ coalition members who worked to introduce the Reproductive Freedom Act S3030/A4848 to ensure
reproductive rights, equity, and access for ALL.

With the Reproductive Freedom Act, New Jersey will protect access to time-sensitive care and prioritize the health and well-being of all people
who need reproductive health care, such as birth control and pregnancyrelated care, including abortion.

When people can make decisions that are best for their lives without fear or interference from others, families thrive, and we build communities where each of us can participate with dignity and equality.
Let’s move forward together to pass the Reproductive Freedom Act now!
Thank you,
[Your Name]

You can contact the legislators in a number of ways — either by phone, email or Twitter.

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