NCJW/Essex Opening Event to Feature Elizabeth Smart “Overcoming Adversity: The Elizabeth Smart Story” October 28, 2014 – Brooklake Country Club, Florham Park

LIVINGSTON, N.J., September 24, 2014 – The National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) announces its 2014 Opening Event featuring Elizabeth Smart, an American activist and contributor for ABC News who gained widespread attention at the age of 14 when she was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City and rescued nine months later. The NCJW/Essex Opening Event will take place on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m., at Brooklake Country Club, 139 Brooklake Road, Florham Park, NJ.

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. In the aftermath of her ordeal, Elizabeth began the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to prevent crimes against children. She will share her incredible story of perseverance in the face of unimaginable hardship, telling not only her personal story but also discussing topics such as overcoming adversity, the importance and process of recovery, and not allowing one’s past to dictate the future.

Registration is required for the Opening Event which is open to the public and is free of charge to NCJW/Essex members and $20 for nonmembers. Boutique shopping, coffee and dessert are available from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm; check-in begins at 5:45 pm and the program begins at 7:30. Those nonmembers wishing to join NCJW/Essex can apply $20 toward a new yearly membership of $50. Attendees can register for the event by calling 973-740-0588 or online at

“Elizabeth Smart offers a poignant look at what it means to have hope in a difficult situation,” says Deborah Legow Schatz, president NCJW/Essex.  “We all look forward to hearing her story and how it has shaped her life as an adult.”

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