NCJW West Morris Section reaches out to all members of the local community with innovative programs that provide food to the hungry, education, awareness and support.
You Can Help:
Raising Public Awareness about Human Trafficking
Our Section is a founding member of the NJ Coalition against Human Trafficking, and we are asking for everyone’s help in our efforts to make the public aware of the problem of human trafficking in our communities.
The NJ Coalition against Human Trafficking has recently sent a letter to the mayors of every town in Morris, Essex, Union, Sussex and Somerset counties, requesting that they issue a proclamation recognizing January 11 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The coalition is trying to raise awareness locally about the issue and use these proclamations to persuade the NJ Legislature to pass the resolution designating January 11 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day throughout the state. Our goal is to get at least 20 proclamations passed during September and October.
We are asking you to volunteer to help with the following:
- Make phone calls to the Mayor’s offices. Phone numbers, contacts and a clear and concise script and copy of the letter will be sent to you.
- When possible, attend the council meeting when the proclamation is read into the meeting minutes. Again materials, talking points and possible scenarios will be sent to you, and mentoring is available.
RSVP to Lesley Frost (
; 4 Emerson Court, Morris Township NJ 07960) with the following information:
- My name ________________
- I am willing to make 1 to 3 phone calls __________
- I am willingly to try to attend the council meeting at my town of ______________ and / or neighboring town(s) of _________________
We appreciate your help in raising public awareness about the blight of human trafficking.
The West Morris Section of the National Council of Jewish Women is proud of our annual “WHAT PREJUDICE MEANS TO ME” contest, which is open to all sixth grade students attending schools in Morris County, New Jersey.
The purpose of the contest is to complement the sixth grade curriculum and encourage students and teachers to have discussions about the many forms that prejudice takes in our society. It is our hope that by recognizing differences and exploring their personal experiences, students will begin to understand that compassion and tolerance are essential in our society today.
How to Enter the Contest
Most students enter the “WHAT PREJUDICE MEANS TO ME” contest through their schools. In the fall of each year, all public, private, and parochial schools in Morris county are contacted to invite teachers to participate. Entry forms, rules and the closing date of the contest are sent in early December to participating teachers.
Individual students may also enter the contest. Contact Karen Secular to obtain an entry form.
We are expanding our work with Homeless Solutions to include a monthly Children’s Activity Night, offering enrichment to the children in the transitional living apartments while their parents attend their monthly meeting with Homeless Solutions staff.
The activities include storytime, crafts, and games. We are in need of new or gently used books for the storytime that can become a part of a library for children to enjoy with their parents. Any children’s books are welcome. We are especially in need of Aesop’s Fables, “Are You My Mother?”, any Shel Silverstein book, Robert Lewis Stevenson poems, and books about nature. Any good book for any age child is a great addition to the library.
If you would like to donate a book, or if you have a discount coupon for a bookstore,
For more information or to sign up, contact Kim Kramer Ganz at 973-267-4119 or e-mail her at
or Susan Neigher (973-895-4422;
Food for Hunger Programs
Morristown Soup Kitchen - Twice yearly, members of our section volunteer to cook and serve lunch to community guests at The Church of the Redeemerin Morristown, NJ. For many, it is the only warm meal they eat that day.
The section regularily collects non-perishable groceries for delivery to the Interfaith and Kosher Food Pantries in the community, providing families who need emergency supplies to enable them to prepare home-cooked meals during lean periods.
The mission of the Rachel Coalition is to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence. Rachel was launched in 1997 by a group of local northern New Jersey organizations that joined forces to respond to the incidence of domestic violence in the Metrowest Jewish community. NCJW West Morris is a founding member of the Rachel coalition and together with the other 8 partners has helped to create a comprehensive program of services for victims, to increase public awareness and to educate the community about all aspects of domestic violence.
The 24 hour crisis response line is (973) 740-1233, ask for Rachel. All communications are confidential.
Business Office: (973) 765-9050
Bone Marrow Donor Drives
Drives are conducted to help find genetically compatible, living marrow donors for those suffering from life threatening blood diseases.
Home Repair Mitzvah Project
Through our Home Repair Mitzvah Project, we help low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners, who are unable—either physically or financially—to maintain their homes. We have assisted these people by bringing in contractors to repair faulty electrical wiring and plumbing, as well as doing spackling and flooring work.
Feelie Hearts for Grieving Children
Through intergenerational sewing circles, and at home, we make small, soft, stuffed fleece hearts, called “Feelie Hearts,” for grieving children both in the United States and in Israel. More than 2,000 of these hearts have been sent out since 9/11, and they bring comfort to little ones who carry them to school and keep them under the pillow at night. This project has also inspired other organizations, both within the NCJW family and further afield, to sew these hearts and give them away with heartfelt good wishes. The latest batches have gone to the littlest victims of Hurrican Katrina.
Reaching Out with Feelie Hearts
We are back in production of these 3-inch fleece comforts for grieving children. Many thanks to Dorothy Cohen, Susan Neigher, Ricki Sokol and Mim Willinger for coming to my house to cut them out and take them home to sew. Donna Gross, Jeanne Burstein, Stella Hart Grayson, Diana Grayson and Janice Lester have also collected hearts and materials to work on at home. If you can sew and would like a winter fireside project, please let me know. We provide all materials and instructions that can be collected from my home, an NCJW meeting or delivered to an agreed-upon location.
Community Beautification Projects
The section has worked with several not-for-profits including the Morris Land Conservancy working to restore local and national parks, historic landmarks and other properties in Morris County. Our volunteers have spent countless hours painting and repairing fences, clearing brush, planting, weeding and working on other beautification projects.