Voting Rights

Click here for everything you need to know about voting in NJ.

Your vote is your voice. 

What color pen should I use? Which envelope? How can I be sure my signature matches? Get Out the Vote Co-chairs Jordana Horn Gordon and Michelle Bobrow will tell you everything you need to know to successfully Vote By Mail.

Everything You Need to Know About Voting in New Jersey

How Do I Vote By Mail? Trainings

Two Sessions

Monday, October 12, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. or Wednesday, October 21, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Free, but registration required for Zoom link.

At NCJW/Essex, our goal is to increase civic engagement in the United States, countering efforts to exclude individuals from the electoral process. We have worked to expand voting rights, drive voter turnout, educate on the issues, and engage advocates. Our ultimate objective is that every eligible voter be able to register to vote, cast a ballot, and engage in all levels of government in a deep and meaningful way. This includes actively opposing partisan gerrymandering efforts in New Jersey. NCJW/Essex is a member of Fair Districts New Jersey.


General Election: Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020 

Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 

Am I registered to vote? Check here

Voter Registration: Find it here.

New Jersey is introducing a new online voter registration slated to be available on Sept. 4.

To register to vote in New Jersey, you must be: 

  • A United States citizen 
  • At least 17 years old, though you may not vote until you have reached the age of 18 
  • A resident of the county for 30 days before the election 
  • A person not serving a sentence of incarceration as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States. 

Get the facts about Vote By Mail here.

For the November 2020 Election, all ballots will be mailed directly to registered voters by October 5, 2020.

Voters will be able to return ballots:

  • By mail
  • By depositing it in a secure drop box (list of drop boxes can be found here)
  • By handing it directly to a poll worker at a polling place on Election Day

All ballots being returned through the U.S. Postal System must:

  • Carry a postmark by Tuesday, Nov. 3
  • Be received by the County Clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10

Ballots that lack postmarks due to postal error and received by 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 will be considered valid.

For more information on how you can get involved, email

Get the facts about Vote By Mail here.

Anti-Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Victims of human trafficking can be exploited for the purpose of sexual activity, including prostitution and pornography, as well as many types of forced labor, including domestic servitude and hospitality. Traffickers lure and control their victims through use of force, fraud or coercion; using such techniques as psychological abuse, false employment offers, document holding and isolation. Women and children are the most likely victims of trafficking — sold into dangerous and abusive situations.

NCJW/Essex is committed to exposing and addressing the multiple aspects of human trafficking through public awareness, education and advocacy. We have participated in the SOAP (Save our Adolescents from Prostitution) campaign – delivering resources including free soap bars labeled with the National Human Trafficking Hotline number to area hotels –  and we are launching a poster outreach campaign.

The Anti-Human Trafficking Committee Presents:  

Protecting Children Online: Gaming, Social Media and the Dark Web 
Tuesday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.

The pandemic has created a perfect storm for online predators. Many schools are virtual. Kids are on devices nonstop. Social distancing is creating isolation and boredom. Online exploitation in New Jersey alone has increased more than 200% in the past few months.  
The question we’ve heard again and again — How can I protect my children/grandchildren when they are online all the time? 

Join us as Lt. John Pizzuro — Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force – helps families better understand the subtle methods predators use to groom children for exploitation, from a simple ‘like’ on social media to future trafficking. Learn the risks as well as the solutions to protecting children now as we learn to adapt to this “new normal.”

This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required. Zoom information will be sent the day before the event.

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NCJW/Essex is a member of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking. []

For more information on how you can get involved, email

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Computer Classes

Computer Classes at the Computer Lab at the NCJW/Essex Center for Women is the place to learn new computer skills or enhance your abilities for a current job or a new career in a small classroom setting! Choose from a wide variety of courses, including Introduction to Windows, Email and the Internet, Intro and Intermediate Word, Basic and Intermediate Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.

Who are our students?

  • Women who are entering or re-entering the workplace
  • Women who want to help their children with homework
  • Women who do not want to rely on others for computer help
  • Women who want to volunteer for an organization
  • Women who just want to learn for their own enjoyment and satisfaction

You will learn how to:

  • Master basic computer skills
  • Surf the Internet
  • Send Emails with attachments
  • Create resumes and invitations
  • Set up budgets and spreadsheets
  • Create slide presentations for the office or a social gathering
  • Manage your small business or home financial accounts

Computer training is available for all skill levels in a small classroom environment. Fee: $35 for each course. Inquire about eligibility for reduced fees. Displaced Homemaker (DH) clients pay a reservation fee which is returned upon successful completion of the class.

Upcoming classes:

Basic WORD Class – Monday, September 21, through Friday, September 25, daily from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Class will be conducted via Zoom, please email for more information.

Intermediate WORD Class – Tuesday, September 29, through Friday, October 2, daily from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Class will be conducted via Zoom, please email for more information.

Advanced EXCEL Class – To be scheduled, probably in October. Please email to be notified when class dates are announced.

Social Media and Smartphones 101 Class for Parents –Monday, October 5, through Friday, October 9, daily from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. OR Monday, October 12, through Friday, October 16, daily from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This class is designed to help get parents/guardians more informed and comfortable with the decisions they make about the technology in their kids’ hands. Topics covered include phone readiness, choosing/setting up phones (and other devices), making phones less addictive, phone use and child health, monitoring and management, choosing/setting up social media, responsible phone use, parent-child contracts, and more. 

Google Tools for Work – Monday, November 9, through Friday, November 13, daily from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Social Media for your Job Search and at Work – Monday, November 16 through Friday November 20, daily from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

A-List for Advocacy

An easy way to make a difference!  Each year we place a series of full-page advertisements in local publications to raise awareness among our community about the state and federal issues critical to our membership.  A-List members will be listed in the advertisements as champions of the featured issue and one of the premier NCJW/Essex “change-makers” leading the charge.

Sign up and let your voice be heard on vital issues that could include:

  • Judicial Nominations
  • Gun Violence Prevention
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Threats to our democracy including civil rights, free press, and voting rights

A commitment to the A-List is renewable each year and enables your voice to be heard as we continue to advocate on issues such as reproductive justice, voting rights, separation of religion and state, and funding for programs and services for women, children, and families.

NCJW/Essex “A-List” offers a powerful platform on which members can come together and continue making a difference into the next century.

Become an
NCJW/Essex “A-Lister”!

A $54 donation will highlight your name as a “Bold Advocate” in each of our ads for one year.
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An $18 donation will place your name as an “Advocate” in each of our ads for one year.
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Act Today

At NCJW/Essex, we are at the forefront of social justice movements, taking a stand on issues of importance to women, children, and families. We lobby legislators and champion issues pertinent to our mission. Our members are able to stay informed through our action alerts, our training, and our advocacy projects and programs.

What can you do today to effect change?

3 Actions of the Month

    1. Safeguard democracy! Join us on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. as Jesse Burns (Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey) and Benjamin Dworkin (Director of the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship) lead a discussion about the threats to the election — including Covid-19, misinformation and the embattled USPS — as well as what we can do now to combat them. REGISTER HERE.
    2. Reclaim the vote! Sign up for Advocacy-in-an-Hour on Wednesday, September 16 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. We are partnering with Reclaim Our Vote to send postcards to disenfranchised voters. REGISTER HERE.
    3. Join the A-list! Lead the charge as NCJW/ Essex raises awareness in the community about critical state and federal issues facing women, children and families through full-page ads placed in the Star Ledger. JOIN HERE. 

Visit this page regularly. We update this list every month so check back for new actions.

Politics and Pastry

We invite you to join us for our monthly meetings of Politics and Pastry to discuss current events and politics via Zoom. Each is a lively and informative session where everyone can express their opinion. There’s so much to discuss and all views are welcome!

For now, it’s BYOP (Bring your own pastries). 
Free. Open to members and non-members but you must register with Andrea Berger to receive your Zoom link.

Next meeting date: 

Tuesday, November 17, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

Upcoming Politics and Pastry dates:

December 15

January 19

February 16

March 16

April 20

May – TBD

June 15

Join NCJW/Essex

Why join?

Your NCJW membership connects you with a network of courageous and compassionate individuals who work together to improve the quality of life for women, children, and families. NCJW/Essex enables you to speak out on public policy issues, enhance your personal and professional skills, meet new people and build new friendships. As a member of NCJW/Essex, your actions can make a significant impact in the community, in the country and in Israel.

Become a member…
or give the gift of membership to a friend or loved one.

Annual Membership


A one-year membership, renewable annually.

Membership Benefits:

  • Invitations to NCJW/Essex events and programs that keep you informed, educated and engaged
  • Invitation to annual Opening Event, featuring speakers on topics of national interest and importance
  • Discounts on NCJW/Essex programs
  • Opportunities to volunteer on NCJW/Essex committees and projects and to participate in National NCJW programming

Membership runs from July 1st – June 30th (our fiscal year) and must be renewed annually in order to take advantage of member benefits.

NCJW is recognized as an organization described in section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code. Contributions to it are tax deductible to the full extent provided by the law.

Click here to view our membership brochure, which will tell you more about what it means to be a member of NCJW/Essex.

Back 2 School Store


The 12th Annual Back 2 School Store… Re-imagined for 2020!

Join the Movement!  

Volunteer for the final phase of the NCJW/Essex Mobile Back 2 School Store

Buckle up as the 2020 Back 2 School Store (B2SS) committee gets ready to embark on the final phase of the Mobile B2SS. Each of the 1,000 children who received a backpack and more this summer, will now be receiving much needed warm clothes for the winter: a winter coat, hat and gloves, long sleeve shirt, pants, underwear, and an age appropriate book of their own.

How You Can Participate 

We will again include a personal note in each package, to encourage each child to make the most of their school year. Click here to learn more about this volunteer opportunity!  

Click here for more information about the B2SS.

Click here for Mobile B2SS Phase 1 photos. 

We need your help more than ever! It costs $180 to fully outfit one child. Please click here to support the 2020 Mobile B2SS!
Or, send your check, payable to NCJW/Essex, to:
NCJW/Essex – B2SS, 70 S. Orange Ave. Ste. 120, Livingston, NJ 07039.

The Mobile B2SS may be new, but some things remain the same. Children still need school supplies (for virtual or in-person learning).
Rather than a one-day event, multiple distribution days will occur. We remain committed to everyone’s safety, and to providing brand new, up-to-date items to children in financial need — thanks to the generous support of members and friends.
Thank you to our volunteers and sponsors who helped make the B2SS a resounding success!

There are volunteer opportunities throughout the year for the Back 2 School Store. To volunteer, please email