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.

Teen Dating Abuse

The NCJW/Essex Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Project (TDAA) is a multi-media presentation for high school students as well as a community awareness program. The goal of TDAA is to educate teens early to avoid domestic violence in the future.

The high school program includes:

  • Identifying the warning signs of an abusive relationship
  • Providing strategies for teens to leave an abusive relationship and ways a friend can offer support and assistance
  • Stopping the Cycle of Violence
  • Resources for getting help
  • Encouraging healthy relationships

We also present community and parent workshops to raise awareness about teen relationship abuse. The TDAA parent workshop discusses how to identify the physical and virtual red flags of abuse, how to start a non-judgmental dialogue with children, and how to help teens safely leave an unhealthy relationship. Civic organizations, religious groups or community agencies can reach out to the TDAA Project for a free  presentation at your location.

For more information or to schedule a program, contact the NCJW/Essex Center for Women, (973) 994-4994.
You can also email us at:

If you are in an abusive relationship, the following resources are available to assist you:

Call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline:

1 (866) 331-9474 or
1 (866) 331-8453 (TTY)
Text LOVEIS to: 22522

Rachel Coalition (services for abused women):

(973) 740-1233

JFS of MetroWest:

(973) 765-9050
All calls are kept confidential.

Engaging Seniors

Our Current Events program offers group discussions led by a facilitator at Jewish Federation Housing in West Orange and South Orange. Residents of these facilities enjoy lively dialogue about events happening in the news. Groups meet weekly and are free to residents.

Legal Assistance

The Legal Assistance for Women program (LAW) provides women who have legal issues a consultation with an attorney for a nominal fee of $12 (inquire about fee reduction). One-time, individual consultations are confidential and tailored to suit your special needs. All appointments are scheduled in advance. Our onsite consultations deal with family law only, but telephone consultations can be arranged to address elder law concerns. Call the NCJW/Essex Center for Women for more information.

Scheduling a Consultation

The primary purpose of a LAW consultation is to provide direction as to how to access the legal system. More specifically, an attorney may answer questions about:

  • The law as it applies to your situation.
  • The validity of your particular problem.
  • Whether or not it would be advisable for you to retain counsel and/or where to go if you cannot afford an attorney.

Your visit with an attorney should be viewed as an initial step toward addressing your concerns. This ONE-TIME ONLY consultation may not be able to provide you with a resolution to your particular problem.

LAW is a service that affords you client confidentiality. Only you, the client, can be admitted to the building and to the NCJW/Essex Center for Women at the time of your appointment. No children or adults will be admitted along with you, unless they are serving as a translator or facilitator of information relating to your case.

Click below for an application to request a LAW Consultation or call (973) 994-4994. You will be contacted to schedule an appointment after your application is received.

LAW provides clients with a confidential 30-minute consultation with a volunteer attorney to determine how to approach a legal concern. Appointments must be scheduled in advance. To schedule an appointment, fill out the form below and click on the submit button.


This fee which is non-refundable and non-transferable, is to reserve a one-half hour consultation. It is a ONE TIME ONLY consultation. Upon receipt of this form, we will call you to schedule an appointment.

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Register for LAWshow details + $12.00 (USD)  

RISE Institute

Life in transition? What now? The RISE Institute – Reaching Into Self Empowerment – can help you figure out the next steps.

Led by trained staff and volunteers, RISE-6 and RISE-Workshops are ideal for women who are:

  • In transition
  • Learning to build confidence and overcome obstacles
  • Adjusting to an empty nest
  • Contemplating a life change
  • Seeking re-entry into the workforce
  • Looking to increase their self-esteem

As a RISE participant, you will:

  • Learn how to achieve your goals of employment, economic self-sufficiency, or healthy relationships
  • Improve your coping skills
  • Tap into your talent
  • Gain strength from past experiences
  • Learn how to make healthy decisions
  • Recognize and extinguish self-defeating thoughts
  • Silence your inner critic

RISE Workshops – single session workshops
Single session workshops are offered throughout the year.

Time to think about you!  Join us for 1, 2, or all 3 RISE workshops to help you manage fears, improve self esteem, and focus on self care


All workshops held virtually via Zoom from 10 a.m to noon

Thursday, October 15:
Transforming Fears: Learn to identify and overcome fears and obstacles that are holding you back
Thursday, October 22:
Positive Affirmations: Identify your positive traits and become your own cheerleader
Thursday, October 29:
You First: Self Care to increase Physical and Emotional Wellbeing

Registration is required for all RISE Programs
To enroll or for more information, email Kathy Murphy, Case Manager

Computer Classes

Computer Classes at the Computer Lab at the NCJW/Essex Center for Women is the place to learn new computer skills or enhance your abilities for a current job or a new career in a small classroom setting! Choose from a wide variety of courses, including Introduction to Windows, Email and the Internet, Intro and Intermediate Word, Basic and Intermediate Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.

Who are our students?

  • Women who are entering or re-entering the workplace
  • Women who want to help their children with homework
  • Women who do not want to rely on others for computer help
  • Women who want to volunteer for an organization
  • Women who just want to learn for their own enjoyment and satisfaction

You will learn how to:

  • Master basic computer skills
  • Surf the Internet
  • Send Emails with attachments
  • Create resumes and invitations
  • Set up budgets and spreadsheets
  • Create slide presentations for the office or a social gathering
  • Manage your small business or home financial accounts

Computer training is available for all skill levels in a small classroom environment. Fee: $35 for each course. Inquire about eligibility for reduced fees. Displaced Homemaker (DH) clients pay a reservation fee which is returned upon successful completion of the class.

Upcoming classes:

Basic WORD Class – Monday, September 21, through Friday, September 25, daily from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Class will be conducted via Zoom, please email for more information.

Intermediate WORD Class – Tuesday, September 29, through Friday, October 2, daily from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Class will be conducted via Zoom, please email for more information.

Advanced EXCEL Class – To be scheduled, probably in October. Please email to be notified when class dates are announced.

Social Media and Smartphones 101 Class for Parents –Monday, October 5, through Friday, October 9, daily from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. OR Monday, October 12, through Friday, October 16, daily from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This class is designed to help get parents/guardians more informed and comfortable with the decisions they make about the technology in their kids’ hands. Topics covered include phone readiness, choosing/setting up phones (and other devices), making phones less addictive, phone use and child health, monitoring and management, choosing/setting up social media, responsible phone use, parent-child contracts, and more. 

Google Tools for Work – Monday, November 9, through Friday, November 13, daily from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Social Media for your Job Search and at Work – Monday, November 16 through Friday November 20, daily from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Career Closet

The Career Closet of NCJW/Essex, located in Livingston, NJ, provides needed interview and career-appropriate clothing to women who are returning to the workforce or starting work for the first time. Clients are referred by the NCJW/Essex Center for Women and other social service agencies in the Essex County area that are dedicated to helping women and families.  These women receive the clothing they need to present themselves in a professional manner to prospective employers.  Clothing is free to our clients.

Career Closet clients shop by appointment only and are assisted by personal shoppers who help select clothing suitable for that all-important job interview or to start a new job with confidence. Each client receives enough clothing to get them through a week of work.

The Career Closet is open for clients by appointment ONLY and requires a signed voucher. Clients must be referred by a social service agency or a Center for Women Case Manager.

Appointments must be scheduled in advance.

If you cannot make it to your appointment, please contact the NCJW/Essex Center for Women to cancel or reschedule.

Contact us if you are a social service agency and would like more information on becoming a referral agency to the Career Closet.

Contact Us: (973) 994-4994 or

Career Services

Our Career Counseling services allow you to work one-on-one with our skilled staff who can offer career guidance to all women who would like to become “job-ready.” Through individualized career counseling, resume writing and interview skills, job search strategies and access to our Career Closet (career clothing for interviews), our clients become ready to enter or re-enter the workforce.

Our Career Service Clients are:

Typically, our Career Service client is:

  • A Displaced Homemaker (DH) – a woman whose financial situation has changed because she is separated, divorced, widowed, living with a disabled spouse, or has a spouse deployed in the military. This program is partially funded by a grant from the State of NJ, Division on Women.
  • A single or married woman – through the generosity of outside grants and NCJW/Essex, a woman who falls outside the DH umbrella is eligible for services through our Career Services program (entitled Career Quest). The fee is $75, however reduced fees and payment plans are available.

Career Service clients will work one-on-one with a career counselor and are eligible for the following additional services:

For more information, please call (973) 994-4994 or email us at: