UpcomingLunch & Learn Beyond the Border


  • Nov 18, 2019
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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. Beyond the Border: Immigration in America Today Who gets to come tho the United States of America? Who will stay? Read More

ExpiredLunch & Learn Breaking News


  • May 8, 2019
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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. Breaking News: Navigating Today’s Media Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Temple B’nai Abraham 300 E. Northfield Read More

Commemorating the Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Decision Breaks Down the Stigma of Abortion

Fighting for reproductive rights is usually no laughing matter, especially when it requires examining the growing number of infringements on access to healthcare, the ways sexuality education is limited, and the dangers involved in being an abortion provider.

But this year at the NCJW/Essex special Lunch and Learn, “Ending the Stigma of Abortion,” more than 200 attendees learned how the Lady Parts Justice League, a team of comedians, writers, and producers, use humor to break down barriers in their efforts to protect reproductive rights. The group, founded by Lizz Winstead, co-creator and head writer of The Daily Show, examined the stigma attached to abortion as too often people are uncomfortable talking about the subject (even saying the word!) and the challenges of obtaining care. This has made it tough to expose myths, raise awareness and turn the tide on the attacks on access to care.

“We talk about abortion in silence and secrecy and we are trying to change that,” said Winstead. “Abortion is safe and necessary and we shouldn’t feel shamed by it.” Winstead was joined for a panel discussion by Jen Moore Conrow, MFS, who serves as the Director of PEACE at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she oversees the Fellowship in Family Planning and the residency education program, training the next generation of abortion providers; and Solange Azor, a New York City-based comedian, writer and activist for reproductive justice.

This special event commemorated the 46th anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that ensures a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion. Attendees participated in a “call to action,” sending letters to New Jersey legislators in support of Bill A1861: Address Confidentiality Program for Reproductive Health Services Employees and Clients. This legislation would offer both staff and patients the option of confidentiality of their address, thus granting them safety and security for themselves and their families.   The following organizations were co-sponsors:  ACLU-NJ, Catholics for Choice, Center for Reproductive Rights, Hadassah of Northern New Jersey, Jewish Women’s Foundation, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey, League of Women Voters of New Jersey, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, National Institute for Reproductive Health, NCJW Bergen, NCJW West Morris, NCJW Union, Network for Responsible Public Policy, New Jersey Abortion Access Fund, New Jersey Citizen Action, New Jersey Policy Perspective, NJ Drug Policy Alliance, NJ Sierra Club, NOW NJ, Physicians for Reproductive Health, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of NJ, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan NJ, Rachel Coalition, S.O.F.I.A.-Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates, Stanton Strong, The Reproductive Justice Committee of the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, The Women’s Centers, Unitarian Universalist Faith Action New Jersey

ExpiredLunch & Learn


  • Jan 24, 2019
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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. Special Lunch and Learn Commemorating the Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Decision Lady Parts Justice League Featuring Lizz Winstead, co-creator and Read More

A Special Event to Commemorate the Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Decision

Danger: Pregnancy Ahead
Examining the Growing Number of Infringements on Women’s Access to Health Care

A Special Event to Commemorate the Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Decision

The threats to women’s health care are real. Today, in the name of fetal rights and under the guise of the war on drugs, women have been arrested for being pregnant and continuing to term in spite of a drug or alcohol problem. In addition, training and technological advances in the area of reproductive health care are under attack. If you share the concern that women’s overall health is being alarmingly jeopardized, plan to attend the NCJW/Essex Lunch and Learn, Danger: Pregnancy Ahead, on Thursday, January 18, 2017. This special event commemorates the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision ensuring a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion. The program, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, will be held at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, 1025 South Orange Avenue, Short Hills, NJ.

“Danger: Pregnancy Ahead”  will focus on the punitive and counterproductive child welfare interventions that threaten pregnant women with child neglect or abuse, restrictions faced by health care providers and how they impact patient care, and the challenges in New Jersey related to reproductive health care. The program will feature a panel of experts in reproductive health and advocacy including: Nancy Rosenbloom, JD, Director of Legal Advocacy, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Noa’a Shimoni, MD, Medical Director of Student Health Services, NJ Medical School Department of Family Medicine, and three speakers from NJ Medical School Department of OB/GYN & Women’s Health — Mark H. Einstein, MD, MS, Professor and Chair, Lauren Barlog, MD, Assistant Professor, and  Natalie Roche, MD, Assistant Professor.

Danger: Pregnancy Ahead is being co-sponsored by many community organizations supporting reproductive justice. The program is $20 and includes a buffet lunch. Pre-registration is required. Please call (973) 740-0588 or visit www.ncjwessex.org to register.