Throughout the year, NCJW/Essex hosts several Special Events.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses: How to Add Some Sparkle to Your Passover Table

Thursday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. via zoom

Join lifestyle specialist Betsy Karetnick of The Portable Garden, as she leads a step-by-step guide for creating your own floral centerpiece for the Seder table — vase and flowers included! She will also offer a rosy colored cocktail recipe, rose napkin folding, as well as a tutorial on selecting the best flowers straight from the supermarket aisle! 

Betsy Karetnick is a lifestyle and media expert. In 2004 she created The Portable Garden to pursue a love of flowers and business. Since then she has innovated to transition a decorative landscaping business into a destination floral and event design company for corporate, non profit and personal events. Betsy is also an accomplished broadcaster, starting her career in financial journalism first at Dow Jones, then CBS Marketwatch and WNET. Hired by Martha Stewart for her expertise in food and flowers, she worked exclusively as a host on the channel for its nearly 8 year tenure on SiriusXM. She writes about food, drink and the garden in, the weekly subscription newsletter she shares with her sister. 

Members: $45; Non-members: $50 (price includes vase and flowers) 
Deadline to register: March 4


Flowers and vase can be picked up on Thursday, March 25, from noon to 2 p.m. at 10 Graymoor Road, Livingston. If you are unable to pickup, please contact Cindy Charney at or Lori Gelman at to make alternate arrangements.