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Volunteer Opportunities

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.


Rachel Coalition Update

The Rachel Coalition is offering two new programs.

  • "In Her Shoes" is an educational tool that lasts between one and two hours and simulates the challenges abused women face as they navigate various ways to solve their problems.
  • "Out of the Shadows" is an eight-week course of education and information designed to help friends and family understand the dynamics of domestic abuse and explore ways to manage this issue.

For information on either of these programs, please contact either Melanie Levitan (973-644-4996, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Lesley Frost (973-898-05555, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

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


Gift Cards for Rachel Clients

Rachel Coalition clients face many problems, including lack of secure and stable access to financial security. Gift cards to stores such as Shop-Rite, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond, allow clients to shop for what they need in privacy and with dignity. Rachel needs a steady supply of these cards throughout the year and your donations, either of a card to a specific store, or of money for Rachel to buy cards as needed, is always welcome and appreciated. Please send your donations to the Rachel Coalition, with “gift cards” in the memo line, to: Sylvia Heller, Rachel Coalition, 256 Columbia Tpke., Florham Park, NJ 07932.



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.

Phone: 973-727-4656
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Website: www.ncjwprejudicecontest.org.




Homeless Solutions: Volunteers Needed

for Children’s Project

Our section is looking for volunteers to help at Homeless Solutions in Morris Township. Each month children who live in the program’s transitional housing gather for a one-hour reading program (7–8 p.m., usually on a Tuesday night). They read an age-appropriate book and then do an arts-and-crafts project based on the story. The children love spending time with the program volunteers and are excited that the reading program will continue through 2010–2011. That is where you come in . . .

We need teenagers and adults to help the children with their arts and crafts, lending a lap to sit on and a smile. The children range in age from 3 to 14. The program runs once a month and we’re hoping that enough volunteers come forward so that volunteers have some flexibility in the months they choose. Please share some of your time with these children. The experience is wonderful!

For more information or to sign up, contact Kim Kramer Ganz at 973-267-4119 or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Food for Hunger Programs

Morristown Community Soup Kitchen - Twice yearly, members of our section volunteer to cook and serve lunch to community guests at The Church of the Redeemer in 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.

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.

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.

A Mitzvah for Israeli Soldiers

Belle Schwartz is knitting and crocheting black hats for Israeli soldiers, and you can help! (No more knit scarves—these get caught in the rifles.) To accompany the hats, she makes black fleece scarfs, 7–7.5 inches wide and about 60 inches long. She then cuts fringes at each end about 1.5 inches long. If you’d like to help by making hats and/or scarves, please contact Belle for more details or to make arrangements to get them to her ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 973-927-1137).




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