Healing the world can seem overwhelming: reproductive rights, gun violence prevention, human trafficking… Where do you start? When is it time to march? How do you fight for every important piece of legislation?

We can’t fix the world’s problems all at once, all day, every day. But as the saying goes: “Don’t do nothing just because you can’t do everything.”

That is why NCJW/Essex launched Advocacy-in-an-Hour.

We wanted a way for individuals with limited time but unlimited passion to be able make a difference.

At our first Advocacy-in-an-Hour, we wrote postcards of support to abortion providers around the country who provide caring and quality services to protect women’s health. These clinics contend with hate mail and protesters every day, and they bear the brunt of legislation coming down on abortion rights and access. Members wrote more than 200 postcards in less than 60 minutes! We also assembled correspondence packets so that male immigrant detainees, held here in New Jersey, can write to their families. 

New Advocacy-in-an-Hour Event

Wednesday, February 24, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., via Zoom

Drive-through, contactless pickup of everything you need — postcards, stamps and address labels — in the NCW/Essex parking lot on Monday, February 22, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.   

After picking up your supplies, join us on Zoom for instructions and the power of community as we unite in support of reproductive rights! How many postcards can we write in 60 minutes?

As a follow-up to Fulfilling Roe’s Promise, we will be sending hundreds of postcards to legislators asking them to support the Reproductive Freedom Act now and/or thanking those who already do. Though more than 75 percent of New Jerseyans support expanded reproductive rights, the movement against the RFA is organized, motivated and has already flooded legislators’ offices with letters and held multiple protests across the state. We must make sure our voices are louder!

Free! Register here.

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Click here to watch the NCJW/Essex Period.Project 2020 Year in Review video.

NCJW/Essex recognizes menstrual inequity as a global issue and is working locally to do its part to address the problem in Essex County. As a progressive women’s organization, the NCJW/Essex Period.Project fits in with our goal of improving the lives of women, children and families.

The NCJW/Essex Period.Project focuses on the issue of menstrual inequity through the following initiatives:

  • Raising awareness and educating the community about the barriers women face in obtaining menstrual products.
  • Relationship building with non-profit agencies, with the long term goal of making access to menstrual products more attainable. Through our continuing partnership with the Community Foodbank of NJ, we have been supplying agencies with a year’s worth of menstrual products.
  • Providing community service activities to help distribute menstrual products to those in need.
  • Community organizing, research and advocacy to promote legislative changes to address inequities.

Join us in our mission to fight for menstrual equity!

Please email to: 

  • Find out more information about or to get involved with the Period.Project.
  • Join the NCJW/Essex Period.Project Committee.
  • Advocate for menstrual equity.
  • Organize a collection for our “Time of the Month” initiative.
  • Donate menstrual products.
  • Donate to our Amazon Wish List here.

Meet the Author

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

Join Barbara Gilford, author of Heart Songs: A Holocaust Memoir, as she discusses the psychological impact of being a Second-Generation Holocaust Survivor

Thursday, February 4

7 p.m. to 8 p.m., via Zoom

Children of those who lived through the Holocaust often grapple with their parents’ loss and grief. They have the task not only of retelling the events of their parents’ lives but also filling in missing information and wondering what relationships with lost relatives might have been.

In Heart Songs: A Holocaust Memoir (Amsterdam Publishers), Morristown resident Barbara Gilford shares not only her family’s experiences attempting to flee the Nazi occupation of their hometown, what was then Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, but also her own experience growing up with the weight of the loss of so many relatives she never met. While her father escaped to the United States via England as a young man, most of the rest of the family perished.

Gilford, who holds a master’s degree in social work also has a background as a journalist, uniquely positioning her to write the family history and examine its impact.

Register now!

Registration closes January 29
$18 for members
$25 for non-members

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The registration fee includes a signed copy of the book.

Please contact Johanna Ginsberg — for pickup availability.

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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

Computer training is available for all skill levels in a virtual “small classroom” environment. All classes are free for Center for Women clients, $35 for all other persons.  Contact for more information or to register for a computer class

Upcoming classes:

Google Tools for Work
Monday, February 1, through Friday, February 5, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day

Social Media for your Job Search and at Work
Monday, February 8, through Friday, February 12, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day

Basic WORD
Tuesday, February 16 through Friday, February 19, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. each day
Intermediate WORD
Tuesday, February 23 through Friday, February 26, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. each day
Tuesday, March 9 through Friday, March 12, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. each day

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.

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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.

A virtual wine tasting

Pinot Noirs from Around the World: A Virtual Wine Tasting

Thursday, February 25 –  7:30 p.m. via Zoom

$65 members/$75 non-members, includes three bottles of wine delivered to your home and as many people at your destination who want to share in the fun

Registration deadline: February 12 (no exceptions)

Enjoy three hand-curated Pinot Noirs from New Zealand, Argentina and Italy as you learn about the grape varietal, explore the wine regions, winemaker history and winemaking practices, along with the basics of wine tasting and wine and cheese pairing. This will be a multi-sensorial experience and you are encouraged to interact with Julie Margolis, our sommelier and wine educator for the evening.

Julie Margolis, founder of Glass Half Full is passionate about the joy of wine and yoga. She shares her extensive knowledge in ways that are fun, engaging and accessible. Julie is a wine educator who believes learning about wine is just as enjoyable as drinking it. During her time at Gary’s Wine and Marketplace, she launched their popular monthly education program, and now teaches at the International Wine Center in New York City.

If you’re looking for some cheese and charcuterie to go along with the tasting, Julie recommends Gruyere, Taleggio, Gouda, a triple crème (like Brie or Camembert) from cow, sheep or goat, and any cheese with mushrooms or truffles.  Another great pairing for Pinot Noir is pate made of poultry, meat or veggie, hams and salami.

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The Zoom link and wine delivery information will be sent the week prior to the event.

Lunch & Learn

Throughout the year, Lunch and Learn programs provide an opportunity to hear interesting speakers in an informal setting. Speakers include authors, advocates and community leaders. Registration for Lunch & Learn programs is available to members and nonmembers.

Fulfilling Roe’s Promise

Roe v. Wade Commemorative Event

Thursday, February 11, 1 p.m.  via Zoom

In 1973, Roe v. Wade established the legal right to abortion, assuring reproductive freedom. But equity and access to reproductive health care have been steadily restricted since the case was decided 48 years ago. Now we have the opportunity to change that. Now we can make history here in New Jersey with the newly introduced Reproductive Freedom Act.


Roe v. Wade is under constant threat, but the reality is that we need so much more than its protections provide. Join us as we discuss how proactive legislation protects and expands reproductive healthcare for all.

Speakers will include:

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, Deputy Speaker of the New Jersey State Assembly

Monica Edwards, Federal Policy Manager at URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity

S. Nadia Hussain, Senior Campaign Director at MomsRising

Event is free and open to all.

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Zoom information will be sent the day before the event.