Re-opening Policies

NCJW/Essex Policies Regarding Re-Opening:
7/1/20 Until the Initiation of Phase 4 by the State of New Jersey

Reviewed by the Office Re-Opening Committee 6/11/20 and 6/23/20, in consultation with legal counsel, and in consideration of state health and safety requirements and recommendations; not listed in any order or priority; may be modified as necessary)

NCJW/Essex Policies Regarding Staff, Essential Volunteers and the Office

  • All employees will be required to verify they have received and reviewed these policies. 
  • The NCJW/Essex offices will re-open to staff and essential volunteers ONLY starting on July 1st, 2020.  This restriction on persons in the office will remain in effect until at minimum, New Jersey moves into Phase 4 of its reopening plan.  At that time, NCJW/Essex will determine if a broader opening of the office is warranted.  No staff member is required to come into the office and may continue to work from home as they choose.  The decision to work from the office, home or a combination of both, is solely at the discretion of the individual and will be fully supported by NCJW/Essex. It is recommended that if you can work from home, you should continue to do so. 
  • Essential volunteers will be determined by the President and Executive Director and will be required to follow all office re-opening policies listed herein and sign a release before coming into the office.  Please see below.
  • The NJCW/Essex offices will remain closed to CFW clients and all other persons until further notice.
  • Employees who feel sick or have a temperature MUST stay home.  They may choose to work from home or take sick leave.  Any employee who is diagnosed as having the coronavirus; is quarantined due to exposure to the virus; is seeking diagnosis; is caring for someone who has been diagnosed with the virus; or who is caring for children whose school or child care provider is closed; will be entitled to up to two (2) additional weeks (80 hours) of paid Coronavirus sick leave, in addition to any unused sick leave as provided by NCJW/Essex per the employee handbook. 
  • NCJW/Essex staff will comply with all Eastman Building Management building re-opening requirements as set forth in their letter released 6/15/20. 
  • NCJW/Essex will supply staff members in the office with masks, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, sanitizing wipes and gloves as needed. 
  • Employees MUST maintain six (6) feet of distance from others at all times.  X’s delineated on the floor indicate 6 feet of space from another’s work. 
  • Staff are required to wear cloth face coverings when interacting with others.
  • No more than ten (10) persons will be permitted in the office at any time. 
  • Staff and essential volunteers who elect to come into the office must notify the Executive Director of the time, date and duration they intend to be in the office to ensure no more than 10 persons in the office at a time.
  • Only one person will be permitted in the kitchen or copy area at a time.
  • Staff shall follow all directional arrows (like in the supermarket) in the office.
  • Employees are requested, even when in the office, to communicate through email, electronic or
    telephonic means.
  • Employees will be required to wash their hands with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer
    after using the facilities. All persons in the office are strongly encouraged to sanitize their hands
    frequently, particularly after contact with high-touch surfaces and/or shared public spaces.
  • Staff will observe proper coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper tissue usage and disposal.
  • Staff will be responsible for sanitizing and cleaning items in their work areas.
  • Staff and volunteers who elect to come into the office will be responsible for sanitizing and
    cleaning any equipment or surfaces they use in the kitchen, copy area, or other common areas.
  • The NCJW/Essex offices will remain locked during business hours.
  • These policies will be reevaluated when the State of New Jersey enters Phase 4 of its reopening

NCJW/Essex Policies Regarding the Office Building and Volunteer Gatherings

  • Use of the office building, 70 South Orange Ave, common spaces such as the Cafeteria
    Conference room, is available at the discretion of the building’s property managers. Please see
    the Eastman Building Management building re-opening letter released 6/15/20. The Career
    Closet, located at 349 East Northfield Road, will remain closed until further notice.
  • Until further notice, volunteers, solely at their discretion, who wish to gather in support of
    NCJW/Essex activities, will be required to sign a release, below, and must observe the following:
    o Conduct activities outside or in well ventilated spaces
    o Gather in groups of less than 50 persons at a time
    o Wear a face mask and maintain social distancing of at least six (6) feet
    o Sanitize their hands frequently, particularly after contact with high-touch surfaces
    and/or shared public spaces
    o NCJW/Essex will make available disposable masks and hand sanitizer
    o Limit interactions to 1 hour or less to avoid individuals needing to use the facilities

Click here to download Waiver.

Women’s Workshops

Women’s Workshops are one-session seminars to help you enrich and enhance your life. The sessions address a wide range of compelling issues such as reducing stress, coping with grief and loss, improving your self-esteem, marketing yourself for a new job and managing your divorce. For a complete list of current Workshops, see below.

Workshops are open to all women in the community. Registration is required; cost is $7 per session. As a benefit of membership, workshops are free to NCJW/Essex members if you register in advance.

Unless otherwise noted, Workshops are held in the NCJW/Essex Conference Room, 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120, Livingston, NJ.
For more information on attending a workshop or leading one, call the NCJW/Essex Center for Women at 973-994-4994 or

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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: 

Thursday, January 21, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

Upcoming Politics and Pastry dates:

February 16

March 16

April 20

May – TBD

June 15

Books and Bites

Books and Bites is an ongoing book discussion group exploring thought-provoking novels and non-fiction


Books and Bites Winter/Spring Schedule


News of the World by Paulette Giles; presented by Barbara Hauser;

Thursday, February 11; 10:30 a.m. to noon
National Book Award Finalist for Fiction and newly released film starring Tom Hanks;

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

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Freeshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman; presented by Beth Kramer:

Thursday, April 15; 10:30 a.m. to noon
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

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Rachel Calof’s Story by Rachel Calof and J. Sanford Rikoon

Wednesday, June 2; 10:30 a.m. to noon

We will be joined by Elizabeth Jameson, Professor Emerita of History at the University of Calgary, who specializes in the Social History of the US West and Western Women, wrote the Introduction to this memoir and is Janet Berger’s cousin.

In 1894, eighteen-year-old Rachel Bella Kahn travelled from Russia to the United States for an arranged marriage to Abraham Calof. Rachel Calof’s Story recounts aspects of her childhood and teenage years in a Jewish shtetl in Russia, but focuses largely on her life between 1894 and 1904, when she and her husband carved out a life as Jewish homesteaders in North Dakota. 

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Pack the Pantry

Please consider purchasing grocery store gifts cards to help our food insecure clients and their families.
Gift cards can be sent directly to NCJW/Essex, 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120, Livingston, NJ 07039 to be distributed directly to our Center for Women clients.

Click here to purchase ShopRite gift cards

Click here to purchase Stop & Shop gift cards

In New Jersey, 1 in 10 people and 1 in 7 children live in households where there is no regular access to enough food to live healthy and active lives. The NCJW/Essex Pack the Pantry program is doing our part to help.

According to Feeding America, with rising unemployment and stay-at home orders in effect, the Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted many individuals’ already fragile ability to put food on the table. We know that many of our Center for Women clients have had to use all of their resources to pay rent, choosing hunger over homelessness.

At this time, while the physical NCJW/Essex office is closed, we are looking for other ways to address need. Pack the Pantry is joining with other NCJW/Essex committees and community partners to increase collection of food items and grocery store gift cards. 

Starting in September, volunteers will be holding monthly food collections with donations being collected at specified drop off locations. Please contact Ellen Staple at for information. Please also continue to check the NCJW/Essex Facebook page for information about upcoming food and gift card collections.

Pack the Pantry is always looking for volunteers committed to helping to alleviate hunger for women and families in the communities where we reside. We need your help now more than ever! To volunteer please email

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