Women’s Seder

NCJW/Essex hosts an annual Women’s Seder each spring. Why is this Seder different from all other Seders? Because at this Seder we explore the story of Passover from a woman’s perspective! Appropriate for daughters (13 years and up), mothers, aunts, sisters and friends.

Join Us for the Third Annual NCJW/Essex Women’s Seder
Not your grandmother’s Seder — It’s Seder-lite!
The evening features an abbreviated service with a musical twist.
Don’t miss this unique bonding experience!

Due to the public health concern involving the Coronavirus Disease, NCJW/Essex has cancelled this program.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in West Orange 
A Kosher-style festive meal will be served.
Evening starts at 6:15 pm: Members and Nonmembers: $65 per person

Sponsorship Opportunities “Four Mothers”

Sarah $360: includes 4 seats to Seder
Rebecca $270: includes 3 seats to Seder
Rachel $180: includes 2 seats to Seder
Leah $85: includes 1 seat to Seder

Butterfly Project

Pay Tribute to the Special Women in Your Life!

The Butterfly Project is a way to make a donation to honor the women in your life who have inspired you. Whether it is a daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt or friend, the Butterfly Project is a unique way to pay tribute to these special women.

The symbol of the butterfly will be artfully fabricated out of plexiglass. It will be prominently displayed on a wall at the NCJW/Essex office for all to see. Names of women being honored will be engraved on colored glass nameplates.  The combination of small and large colored glass nameplates affixed to the plexiglass will form the intricate design of the butterfly’s wings.

When you purchase a nameplate to appear on the Butterfly, a beautiful acknowledgement card will be sent to the woman you are honoring. Make a donation and watch as we build the butterfly and see its beautiful wings grow!

There are two different size glass nameplates available:

$100 Small nameplate (3″ oval)

$200 Large nameplate (5″ oval)

If you are interested in ordering, please call (973) 740-0588, or order online by clicking the link below.


Butterfly Tribute

$ 100
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Virtual Tour: RBG Exhibit

Throughout the year, NCJW/Essex hosts several Special Events.

Virtual Group Tour of The Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit: “Notorious RBG:
The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg”

Join us for a video presentation with Arielle Weininger, Curator at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, who will discuss the history of RBG and the exhibition, complete with embedded audio, video, and photographs of artifacts as seen in the exhibition.  After the video, there will be a live Q&A session with a docent.  

Two sessions to choose from!
Tuesday, October 6, at 1 p.m. and Thursday, October 8, at 5 p.m.
Registration is $18 members, $25 non-members.

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

Pretty in Pink Card Party

NCJW/Essex hosts the Pretty in Pink Card Party to benefit important programs and services that support women, children and families. Players will enjoy a day of games, including bridge and canasta, along with lunch, snacks and boutique shopping. Participants can register for a spot at a card table or simply join friends for lunch, shopping and a great time. Individuals and players of all levels are welcome but advance registration is required.


Due to the public health concern involving the Coronavirus disease, NCJW/Essex has postponed this program to May 3, 2021.

Monday, May 3, 2021
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location provided with registration

Cost $100 Patron; $136 Benefactor.
Not a game player?  $65 Lunch and shopping only.

Space is limited. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis.
Registration will open in September.

Details Price Qty
Patronshow details + $100.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
Jan 1, 2021
Benefactorshow details + $136.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
Jan 1, 2021
Lunch and Shopping Onlyshow details + $65.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
Jan 1, 2021

A-List for Advocacy

An easy way to make a difference!  Each year we place a series of full-page advertisements in local publications to raise awareness among our community about the state and federal issues critical to our membership.  A-List members will be listed in the advertisements as champions of the featured issue and one of the premier NCJW/Essex “change-makers” leading the charge.

Sign up and let your voice be heard on vital issues that could include:

  • Judicial Nominations
  • Gun Violence Prevention
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Threats to our democracy including civil rights, free press, and voting rights

A commitment to the A-List is renewable each year and enables your voice to be heard as we continue to advocate on issues such as reproductive justice, voting rights, separation of religion and state, and funding for programs and services for women, children, and families.

NCJW/Essex “A-List” offers a powerful platform on which members can come together and continue making a difference into the next century.

Become an
NCJW/Essex “A-Lister”!

A $54 donation will highlight your name as a “Bold Advocate” in each of our ads for one year.
Become a Bold Advocate
An $18 donation will place your name as an “Advocate” in each of our ads for one year.
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Spring Raffle

Each year NCJW/Essex sponsors a Raffle offering you another way of supporting our efforts.

Dessert and Dialogue

Program offered in the evening featuring speakers on various topics of interest. Open to members and nonmembers.

Due to the public health concern involving Coronavirus, NCJW/Essex has cancelled this program.

NCJW/Essex Anti-Human Trafficking Committee Presents:

“Doing Money”

A gripping film based on the true story of a young woman kidnapped in broad daylight and sold into slavery, “Doing Money” shines a light on the shocking truth of human trafficking and one woman’s remarkable escape from it.

Prior to the screening, FBI agent Keyla Munoz will illuminate the trafficking problem here in New Jersey. A Q&A will follow.

Free and open to all.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

7 p.m.

West Orange, NJ

Location information will be provided at registration.

Day Trips

Day trips are offered once or twice per year. Trips may be cultural, culinary, historical or pure fun and whimsy. Day Trips are open to members and their invited guests.

Installation & Awards

Each year NCJW/Essex celebrates its outgoing officers and welcomes a new leadership team at an Annual Installation and Awards Ceremony. In addition, volunteers who have made important contributions in service and leadership are recognized.

Due to the public health concern involving Coronavirus, NCJW/Essex has cancelled this program.

Installation and Awards Brunch
Thursday, June 4
9:30 a.m.
West Caldwell
$55 per person

Celebrate our outgoing officers and welcome our new slate of officers. Honor our award recipients, socialize, and enjoy a delicious brunch.

Politics and Pastry

We invite you to join us for our monthly meetings of Politics and Pastry to discuss current events and politics via Zoom. Each is a lively and informative session where everyone can express their opinion. There’s so much to discuss and all views are welcome!

For now, it’s BYOP (Bring your own pastries). 
Free. Open to members and non-members but you must register with Andrea Berger akaandber@gmail.com to receive your Zoom link.

Next meeting date: 

Tuesday, November 17, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

Upcoming Politics and Pastry dates:

December 15

January 19

February 16

March 16

April 20

May – TBD

June 15