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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Books and Bites

Books and Bites is an ongoing book discussion group exploring novels and nonfiction


Books and Bites is Back!


Hello Book Lovers! We are excited to announce our fall schedule for Books and Bites.
  • Thursday, October 22, 10:30-noon; Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes; presented by Lila Bernstein
    Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond. There are many levels in this encompassing novel –a story of “love, loss and liberation.” The author focuses on the cultural and societal mores of the period and the relationship of women to each other as they overcome personal and societal challenges. 
  • Tuesday, December 8, 10:30-noonAmerican Dirt by Jeanine Cummins; presented by Mayda Kale
All discussions will take place on Zoom. Books and Bites is free to members but you must register in advance. Space is limited.
Once you are registered, you will get Zoom instructions via email a few days before the scheduled review.
Details Price Qty
Dear Edwardshow details + $0.00 (USD)   Sold Out
Giver of Starsshow details + $0.00 (USD)   Sold Out
American Dirtshow details + $0.00 (USD)   Sold Out

Pack the Pantry

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

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