Vote by Mail Q&A Webinar

Vote by Mail Q & A: How Does this Work?

Zoom Webinar on Wednesday, June 24, 1-2 p.m.

The deadline to Vote By Mail for the New Jersey primary is fast approaching! Are you confused by how to do it? You are not alone! 

Join Get Out the Vote co-chairs Jordana Horn Gordon and Michelle Bobrow on Zoom as they discuss everything you need to know NOW to successfully VOTE. Grab your lunch and pull up a screen as the experts answer all your questions, including: 

  • What exactly is the envelope that came in the mail? 
  • I think I got a ballot, but I might have thrown it out… 
  • My kids got a Vote By Mail Ballot but I didn’t…  
  • Is this a safe way to vote? 
  • How can I find the nearest secure ballot drop box?  
  • How can I find the nearest secure ballot drop box?  

And more! Come with questions for this interactive Zoom!  

This event is free and open to all. Pre-registration is required. Zoom meeting information will be provided to participants on the day of the event. If on the day of the event registration is closed, or you do not receive an email with the Zoom code by noon, please contact Gail Sample at


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 feminine hygiene products.
  • Relationship building with non-profit agencies, with the long term goal of making access to feminine hygiene products more attainable.
  • Providing community service activities to help distribute feminine hygiene products to those in need.
  • Community organizing, research and advocacy to promote legislative changes to address inequities.

What Can You Do?

  • Contact us if you work for a non-profit agency with clients in need of feminine hygiene products.
  • Contact us if you would like to volunteer with the NCJW/Essex Period.Project.
  • Contact us if you would like to organize a collection for our “Time of the Month” initiative.
  • Contact us if you like to drop off donations.
    For all opportunities, email

At Issue

Throughout the year NCJW/Essex tackles serious issues with dynamic educational programming. We bring these topics out into the open to start a dialogue and prompt action.

Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism

Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

Co-sponsored by more than 20 agencies supporting a woman’ right to choose.

Join us for an afternoon Commemorating the Anniversary of the Roe V. Wade Decision. Law professor David S. Cohen and attorney Krysten Connon, authors of Living in the Crosshairs, expose the harrowing reality facing abortion providers in the U.S. Join the authors for a panel discussion led by Janice Kovach, Mayor of Clinton, NJ, and former Director of the NJ Division on Women along with a representative form Homeland Security and/or the FBI and a representative from an abortion clinic.

NCJW Member, Cosponsors and Community members $20.00. Includes a buffet lunch.
Preregistration required by Friday, January 15, 2016

Lunch & Learn (Late Edition!)

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.

Lunch and Learn (Late Edition!) 

2020 Election Crisis: Pandemic at the Polls

Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m., via Zoom

With Jesse Burns, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters New Jersey, and Benjamin Dworkin, Director of the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship 

Four years ago we saw sweeping efforts to interfere in U.S. elections that included disinformation, stolen campaign emails and attacks on voting systems, as well as systematic voter suppression and partisan gerrymandering. 

And that was before Covid-19 made voting a public health issue.  

We’ve been scrambling to upgrade cyberdefenses, increase registration and educate voters about the safety of Vote By Mail. But with the threats to the 2020 election more numerous and more sophisticated than ever, how can we protect our electoral system? 

NCJW/Essex’s September Lunch and Learn (Late Edition!), “Election Crisis 2020: Pandemic at the Polls” will examine the efforts to undermine democracy in the United States and what we can do now to combat them. 

Registration is $10. This event fee helps sustain NCJW/Essex programs that improve the lives of women, children, and families.

Online registration for today’s event is now closed. You can register by email until 4 p.m. by emailing Gail Sample at

An email with the Zoom link will be sent the day of the event.

Jesse Burns is the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. Jesse has been with the League of Women Voters since 2007, previously serving as the organization’s Communications Director. The League of Women Voters of New Jersey has stood out as a critical and trusted voting rights and civic engagement organization, educating hundreds of thousands of voters about important election and policy information. In the last three years the League has added several new chapters, grown its membership, doubled its staff to better serve New Jersey’s voters, and has been instrumental in passing several pieces of voting rights legislation including online voter registration, automatic voter registration, and rights restoration for people on parole and probation.  

Dr. Benjamin Dworkin serves as the founding Director of the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. He also teaches courses in the Rowan University Department of Political Science. As one of New Jersey’s most astute and widely quoted political analysts, he serves as a non-partisan commentator on political developments for media in New Jersey and nationally. He has appeared on numerous network and cable news shows, and is frequently quoted by all of New Jersey’s major newspapers and radio stations, as well as The New York TimesWall Street JournalUSA Today, The Chicago Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times. In 2016, Dr. Dworkin was named one of the 100 most powerful unelected people in New Jersey politics.