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National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County (NCJW/Essex)

A Faith in the Future. A Belief in Action.

aka NCJW/Essex   |   Livingston, NJ   |  www.ncjwessex.org

Mission

We are a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW/Essex strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. With more than 3,200 members, Essex County Section is the largest of the more than 90 NCJW Sections around the country. Our Section was founded in 1912 and maintains offices in Livingston, N.J. To learn more, please visit our website www.ncjwessex.org, or like/follow us on social media.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Caitlin Higgins Joy

Main address

70 S. Orange Ave. Suite 120 Suite 120

Livingston, NJ 07039 USA

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EIN

22-1687993

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

Personal Social Services (P50)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The NCJW/Essex Linda and Rudy Slucker Center for Women - Career Services

Established in 1981, the Center for Women fields almost
1,300 visits each year from women in and around Essex County, NJ, who wish to increase their income, improve their employment situation, or ares uddenly faced with having to re-enter the workforce in order to support their families. The Center for Women is nonsectarian and serves all women who request services. Most clients face severe economic challenges and have recently experienced major life transitions, such as divorce, death of a spouse or partner, or loss of a long-held job. Each receives the services that best meet her individual needs and goals. Many clients require not only career and resume services, but also empowerment ti overcome self-doubt, help obtaining an interview wardrobe, or computer skills training to make them competitive in today’s job market.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Unemployed people

The annual NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store enables 800+ Essex County children in financial need to
“shop” for free clothing, sneakers and school supplies in a one-day-only “store” set up just for them in
Livingston, NJ, run and coordinated by volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County (NCJW/Essex)

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jennie Goldsmith Rothman

Jennie Goldsmith Rothman

President

Sara Goetz

VP Administration

Laurie Kahn

VP Advocacy

Debra Goldsmith

VP Center for Women

Lauren Tabak Fass

VP Communications

Lisa Santola

VP Development

Cindy Charney

VP Membership

Lori Gelman

VP Programming

Andrea Mintz

VP Volunteer Outreach

Penina Barr

Immediate Past President

Paula Green

Treasurer

Laurie Schuftan

Assistant Treasurer

Elisa Madorsky

Recording Secretary

Beth Randall-Branigan

Corresponding Secretary

Elizabeth Brandwein Cohen

Financial Secretary

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/22/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/22/2023

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.