Healing the world can seem overwhelming: reproductive rights, gun violence prevention, human trafficking… Where do you start? When is it time to march? How do you fight for every important piece of legislation?

We can’t fix the world’s problems all at once, all day, every day. But as the saying goes: “Don’t do nothing just because you can’t do everything.”

That is why NCJW/Essex launched Advocacy-in-an-Hour.

We wanted a way for individuals with limited time but unlimited passion to be able make a difference.

At our first Advocacy-in-an-Hour last Spring, we wrote postcards of support to abortion providers around the country who provide caring and quality services to protect women’s health. These clinics contend with hate mail and protesters every day, and they bear the brunt of legislation coming down on abortion rights and access. Members wrote more than 200 postcards in less than 60 minutes! This fall we assembled correspondence packets so that male immigrant detainees, held here in New Jersey, can write to their families. 

New Event

This event is now full. For more Get Out the Vote letter-writing opportunities, or to be added to a waiting list, please email Stephanie Abrahams, Director of Advocacy, at

Wednesday, September 16 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., via Zoom 

Drive-through, contactless pickup of everything you need — postcards, stamps and address labels — in the NCW/Essex parking lot on Monday, September 14 from 1-2 p.m.   

FREE and open to members and nonmembers 

As a follow-up to our Election Crisis 2020: Pandemic at the Polls event, we will be partnering with Reclaim Our Vote to send postcards to disenfranchised voters. After picking up your supplies, join us on Zoom for instructions and the power of community as we fight voter suppression together! How many postcards can we write in 60 minutes?! 

Washington Institute

Raise your voice in our nation’s capital!

Join NCJW members from around the country in Washington, DC and learn from experts, strengthen your advocacy skills, connect with activists, and storm Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers and their staff on critical issues.

This amazing event only happens once every three years. The next one will be in 2022.

At Washington Institute you will:

  • Strengthen your advocacy and leadership skills through interactive trainings.
  • Deepen your knowledge of the most pressing issues of the day through expert briefings and programs throughout the conference.
  • Get inspired by our amazing speakers who are on the frontlines of making change happen.
  • Network with smart, outspoken, and daring progressive people from across the country.
  • Experience the dynamic energy of the nation’s capital as you take your message to Congress.
  • Return home reinvigorated and inspired to continue your social justice work with new skills, ideas, and knowledge!


Donate to the Period.Project Amazon Wish List here.

Click here to watch the NCJW/Essex Period.Project 2020 Year in Review video.

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 menstrual products.
  • Relationship building with non-profit agencies, with the long term goal of making access to menstrual products more attainable. Through our continuing partnership with the Community Foodbank of NJ, we have been supplying agencies with a year’s worth of menstrual products.
  • Providing community service activities to help distribute menstrual products to those in need.
  • Community organizing, research and advocacy to promote legislative changes to address inequities.

Join us in our mission to fight for menstrual equity!

Please email to: 

  • Find out more information about or to get involved with the Period.Project.
  • Join the NCJW/Essex Period.Project Committee.
  • Advocate for menstrual equity.
  • Organize a collection for our “Time of the Month” initiative.
  • Donate menstrual products.
  • Donate to our Amazon Wish List here.

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.

Israel Granting Program

The Israel Granting Program is designed to address the critical challenges facing women in Israel today and emphasizes empowerment and leadership programs for women and girls as well as gender equality. Each year NCJW/Essex designates a portion of funds in support of special projects.

In 2015, NCJW/Essex has designated its giving to support a special project of the NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education: Training Bedouin Women for the Workforce as Educators in the Pre-School Sector. This unique project empowers Bedouin mothers who wish to work outside the home by training them for paraprofessional work and placement in the early childhood education sector in their communities.

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.
Become an Advocate

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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 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

Lunch & Learn

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.

Fulfilling Roe’s Promise

Roe v. Wade Commemorative Event

Thursday, February 11, 1 p.m.  via Zoom

In 1973, Roe v. Wade established the legal right to abortion, assuring reproductive freedom. But equity and access to reproductive health care have been steadily restricted since the case was decided 48 years ago. Now we have the opportunity to change that. Now we can make history here in New Jersey with the newly introduced Reproductive Freedom Act.

Roe v. Wade is under constant threat, but the reality is that we need so much more than its protections provide. Join us as we discuss how proactive legislation protects and expands reproductive healthcare for all.

Speakers will include:

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, Deputy Speaker of the New Jersey State Assembly

Monica Edwards, Federal Policy Manager at URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity

S. Nadia Hussain, Senior Campaign Director at MomsRising

Event is free and open to all.

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Zoom information will be sent the day before the event.