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.


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Meet the Author

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

Join Barbara Gilford, author of Heart Songs: A Holocaust Memoir, as she discusses the psychological impact of being a Second-Generation Holocaust Survivor

Thursday, February 4

7 p.m. to 8 p.m., via Zoom

Children of those who lived through the Holocaust often grapple with their parents’ loss and grief. They have the task not only of retelling the events of their parents’ lives but also filling in missing information and wondering what relationships with lost relatives might have been.

In Heart Songs: A Holocaust Memoir (Amsterdam Publishers), Morristown resident Barbara Gilford shares not only her family’s experiences attempting to flee the Nazi occupation of their hometown, what was then Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, but also her own experience growing up with the weight of the loss of so many relatives she never met. While her father escaped to the United States via England as a young man, most of the rest of the family perished.

Gilford, who holds a master’s degree in social work also has a background as a journalist, uniquely positioning her to write the family history and examine its impact.

Register now!

Registration closes January 29
$18 for members
$25 for non-members

Details Price Qty
NCJW Membersshow details + $18.00 (USD)  
Non Membersshow details + $25.00 (USD)  

The registration fee includes a signed copy of the book.

Please contact Johanna Ginsberg — johannaginsberg1@gmail.com for pickup availability.

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)  
Benefactorshow details + $136.00 (USD)  
Lunch and Shopping Onlyshow details + $65.00 (USD)  

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.

A virtual wine tasting

Pinot Noirs from Around the World: A Virtual Wine Tasting

Thursday, February 25 –  7:30 p.m. via Zoom

$65 members/$75 non-members, includes three bottles of wine delivered to your home and as many people at your destination who want to share in the fun

Registration deadline: February 12 (no exceptions)

Enjoy three hand-curated Pinot Noirs from New Zealand, Argentina and Italy as you learn about the grape varietal, explore the wine regions, winemaker history and winemaking practices, along with the basics of wine tasting and wine and cheese pairing. This will be a multi-sensorial experience and you are encouraged to interact with Julie Margolis, our sommelier and wine educator for the evening.

Julie Margolis, founder of Glass Half Full is passionate about the joy of wine and yoga. She shares her extensive knowledge in ways that are fun, engaging and accessible. Julie is a wine educator who believes learning about wine is just as enjoyable as drinking it. During her time at Gary’s Wine and Marketplace, she launched their popular monthly education program, and now teaches at the International Wine Center in New York City.

If you’re looking for some cheese and charcuterie to go along with the tasting, Julie recommends Gruyere, Taleggio, Gouda, a triple crème (like Brie or Camembert) from cow, sheep or goat, and any cheese with mushrooms or truffles.  Another great pairing for Pinot Noir is pate made of poultry, meat or veggie, hams and salami.

Details Price Qty
NCJW Membersshow details + $65.00 (USD)  
Non Membersshow details + $75.00 (USD)  

The Zoom link and wine delivery information will be sent the week prior to the event.

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: 

Thursday, January 21, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

Upcoming Politics and Pastry dates:

February 16

March 16

April 20

May – TBD

June 15