Put a smile on someone’s face. And yours.

Mitzvah-in-a-Minute (MIM) is a program which focuses on providing community service opportunities for NCJW/Essex members while helping women, children, and families in need of assistance in our region. We choose an agency or group that is of need and try to provide our volunteers with a one time, two-hour opportunity.

The Mitzvah In A Minute Book Drive was a big success! We collected over 300 books for Alex’s Book Club Cart, an annual book drive that collects new books for Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center’s Pediatric floors. 

Alex’s Book Cart was established to honor the memory and legacy of Alex who passed away in 2018 at age 11. Alex “was an amazing boy who was filled with joy and happiness” and one of his favorite things was books. The new books will be added to the book cart in the Pediatric Unit and the Pediatric ICU of the Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center. During their hospital stay, children and teens will receive books that they can use during their stay and then take home. It is the hope that this will provide some comfort during their hospital stay. 

Thank you to everyone who participated for your generous support. 

 MIM co-chairs, Justin Hirschtritt and Tara Heyderman

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For more information on MIM’s, please call (973) 740-0588 or email

“I want to make a difference in my community by volunteering, leading, organizing, contributing. Where else can I do so much and have so much fun? NCJW/Essex suits me perfectly.”