Back 2 School Store

What a difference a day makes!

Annual Back 2 School Store!


Stay tuned for information about our 10th Anniversary Back 2 School Store!

The annual NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store enables economically disadvantaged children of Essex County to “shop” for free for brand-new clothing, sneakers and school supplies in a one-day-only “store” set up just for them in a synagogue located in West Orange. With the assistance of NCJW/Essex volunteer personal shoppers, each child is escorted throughout the department-store-like space to select pants, shirts, sneakers, hats, gloves, undergarments, a winter jacket, and a backpack in their favorite colors and styles. Each child also receives school supplies as well as personal care items. All of the merchandise is brand new and purchased by NCJW/Essex.

The Gaelen Family Resource Center at the Back 2 School Store

While the children “shop” inside the “store,” parents and caregivers can browse the Gaelen Family Resource Center to pick up health and social service information from many different exhibitors. The adults can take advantage of health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose, and bring children to a mobile medical van for general health concerns and screenings.

Visit our Photo Album for event photos.

There are volunteer opportunities throughout the year for the Back 2 School Store as well as on the day of the event. To volunteer please email