Community Resource

Linda & Rudy Slucker Center for Women

(973) 994-4994

The Linda and Rudy Slucker NCJW Center for Women began in 1981 and serves the community as a nonsectarian center for all women in Essex County and the surrounding areas. The Center is funded by NCJW, Essex County Section and is a grantee of the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs, Division on Women. The NCJW Center for Women is a project of National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section, whose commitment is to meet the changing needs of our community. The section is a part of National Council of Jewish Women (NJCW, Inc.)

Since its inception in 1893, NCJW's faith in the future and belief in action are reflected in its mission statement: The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

NCJW has been at the forefront of social change -- championing the needs of women, children, and families -- while courageously taking a progressive stance on such issues as child welfare, women's rights, and reproductive freedom. That pioneering spirit continues to this day. Informed by Jewish values -- and our understanding that these values have universal appeal -- the National Council of Jewish Women is the place where women from across society come together to make the world at large and their communities, a better place.

ndividual programs in the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW Center for Women are underwritten through the NCJW Legacy for the Future Endowment Fund by the following:

Career Closet

  • Career Closet of NCJW/Essex, located in Livingston, N.J., provides desperately needed interview and career-appropriate clothing to women who find themselves returning to the workforce or starting work for the first time. Clients are referred from the NCJW/Essex Center for Women and other social service agencies in the Essex County area that are dedicated to helping women and their families. Career Closet clients are assisted by a personal dresser who helps select clothing suitable for that all-important job interview, and outfits to start her new job with confidence. The client will receive a week’s worth of coordinating clothing. The Career Closet is run by trained volunteers on an appointment-only basis. Contact your case worker or the NCJW/Essex Center for Women (973-994-4994) to see if you are eligible for this service.
  • You must be referred by a social service agency or a Center for Women Case Manager.
  • Appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling 973-994-4994.

Career Quest

  • The Career Quest project offers individualized career guidance to single and married women who would like to become "job-ready". The project provides individualized career planning, resume writing and interview skills, job search strategies and access to our CAREER CLOSET (career clothing for interviews). The fee for this service is $75. Reduced fees and payment plans are available if needed.
  • Participants are welcome to attend JOB CLUB which is our monthly informational session / support group which provides an opportunity to learn from professionals who speak about timely job readiness topics and share with others the challenges and new opportunities relating to the job search.
  • Call for meeting dates and time.
  • Our Job Readiness program provides all these same services to women who qualify as a Displaced Homemaker (DH) client. A displaced homemaker is a woman who is separated, divorced, widowed, living with a disabled spouse, or has a spouse deployed in the military. This program is partially funded by a grant from the State of NJ, Division on Women.

Computer Classes

  • The Computer Lab at the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW Center for Women is the place for you! We offer small classes with one-on-one coaching. Choose from a wide variety of courses, including Introduction to Windows, Email and the Internet, Intro and Intermediate WORD, basic and intermediate EXCEL, POWERPOINT and QuickBooks.
  • Who are our students?
    • Women who are entering or reentering the workplace
    • Women who want to help their children with homework
    • Women who want to volunteer for an organization
    • Women who just want to learn for their own enjoyment and satisfaction
    • We've helped them all!
  • Learn all you need to know to enter the workforce or for your own personal use.
    • Master basic computer skills
    • Surf the Internet
    • Send Emails with attachments
    • Create resumes and invitations
    • Set up budgets and spreadsheets
    • Create slide presentations for the office or a social gathering
    • Manage your small business or home financial accounts
  • Computer training is available for all skill levels in small classes. There is no charge for our Displaced Homemaker clients. Fee $85 for each class. Inquire about eligibility for reduced fees. Computer training is available to all women.

LAW (Legal Assistance for Women) Program

  • The Legal Assistance for Women program (LAW) provides women who have legal issues a consultation with attorneys for a fee of $12. One-time, individual consultations are confidential and tailored to suit your special needs. All appointments are scheduled in advance.
  • Scheduling a Consultation
    • The primary purpose of a LAW consultation is to provide direction as to how to access the legal system. More specifically, the attorney may answer questions about:
      • The law as it applies to your situation.
      • The validity of your particular problem.
      • Whether or not it would be advisable for you to retain counsel and/or where to go if you cannot afford an attorney.
  • Your visit with our attorneys should be viewed as an initial step toward addressing your concerns. This ONE-TIME ONLY consultation may not be able to provide you with a resolution to your particular problem.
  • LAW is a service that affords you client confidentiality. Only you, the client, can be admitted to the building and to the NCJW Center For Women at the time of your appointment. No children or adults will be admitted along with you, unless they are serving as a translator or facilitator of information relating to your case.

Moving Forward

  • Moving Forward is a program that helps to educate and inspire at-risk young women to reach their goals. Designed for teenage girls and young women aging out of the New Jersey Foster Care System in Essex County and other underserved populations in the county, this workshop series provides them with the support they need to be empowered to plan for their futures.
  • Moving Forward is facilitated by trained volunteers through a curriculum that prepares young women with career direction, resume preparation, interviewing skills and college counseling. Along with providing these skills, the program strives to build self-esteem for these young women and create a strong foundation for them to be successful throughout their lives. Community role models are invited to make presentations and offer information regarding college and vocational opportunities.
  • Clients must be referred by a social service agency. Contact the NCJW/Essex Center for Women at 973-994-4994 to see if this program is appropriate for your clients.
  • Presented by the Linda and Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women, a service-provider of the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section, in conjunction with Essex County CASA Teen Advocacy Program.

Peer Support

  • Peer Support groups offer a safe place to discuss your feelings with other women in similar life circumstances.
  • If you're feeling confused, overwhelmed, angry or frustrated, join a Peer Support Group. Peer Support offers discussion groups for women who share common concerns. You will have an opportunity to meet others who are experiencing normal but sometimes frustrating, confusing or distressing situations.
  • Each group is six sessions (once a week for six consecutive weeks) and is led by two professionally trained facilitators. Sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted and are held at the NCJW Center for Women, 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120, Livingston, NJ 07039.
    • Women Coping with Separation and Divorce
      • Thursdays, beginning October 8, 2015
    • Widows
      • Wednesdays, beginning October 14, 2015
  • The fee for each 6 week session is $45.


  • Do you have a grieving child (5-12 yrs. old) who needs someone to talk to? RAINBOWS provides a healthy path toward healing for children who have experienced a life-altering crisis.
    • No Fee. A support group for children, ages 5-12, grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis such as death, separation, divorce or other painful transitions will be starting a ten week session on Monday evenings beginning October 12, 2015 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Call for additional information.
    • An international organization, RAINBOWS was started in Chicago 30 years ago. Since then more than two million children have participated in RAINBOWS programs in 49 of the United States and in 13 other countries from Australia to Austria, Scotland to Singapore.
    • NCJW is proud to collaborate with RAINBOWS, a national program.
    • The NCJW RAINBOWS project provides free peer support groups for children ages 5-12 who have suffered significant loss in their lives either through death, divorce, or other painful transitions. The aim of RAINBOWS is to implant in these grieving children a belief in their own goodness and the value of their family. The programs, while not counseling or therapy, offer grieving children the opportunity to heal by interacting with peers sharing similar experiences. Groups run for 10 weeks, meeting at the NCJW Center for Women, 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120, in Livingston.
    • Once a week for 60 minutes, the children meet in small age-appropriate groups to share an activity and discuss various topics in relation to the change in their family unit. Caring adult volunteers who have been trained as facilitators lead the RAINBOWS support groups. Confidentiality is stressed for the facilitators as well as the children. At the end of the ten-week session, the children and parents participate in a special "Celebrate Me" day.
    • The goal of the group is to assist the children in expressing and understanding their feelings, accepting what has happened, and to experience a sense of belonging and love. This is accomplished through peer support and adult nurturing and guidance, in a safe, secure, and confidential atmosphere.
    • Children may continue to participate in the program for three sessions as long as the participant, the parents and the facilitators feel it is beneficial.
  • RAINBOWS Parents Workshops:
    • Running simultaneously with the children's sessions, Rainbows offers educational programs for parents. Sample sessions include:
      • Tools for Dealing with Stress
      • Anxiety and Grief
      • Financial Planning
      • Job Readiness Skills
      • Yoga and Meditation

RISE Institute – Reaching Into Self Empowerment

  • Life in transition? What now? RISE Institute can help you figure out the next steps. You will learn how to achieve your goals and transform your fears; improve your coping skills; gain strength from past experiences; learn how to make healthy decisions and recognize and extinguish self-defeating thoughts.
  • For Women Only. Inquire about fee reduction. Enroll now for the Spring 2015 Session.
  • Rise 6 Workshops
    • Six consecutive Mondays at NCJW/Essex, Livingston. Fee is $45 for the six-week session.
  • RISE Workshops
    • Fee is $15 per workshop.
    • Preregistration is required for all RISE programs.
    • To enroll or for more information: 973.994.4994 [email protected]
    • All sessions are held at: NCJW Center for Women, 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120, Livingston, New Jersey
  • Led by trained staff and volunteers, RISE-6 and RISE-Workshops are ideal for women who are:
    • In transition
    • Learning to build confidence and overcome obstacles
    • Adjusting to an empty nest
    • Contemplating a life change
    • Seeking re-entry into the workforce
    • Looking to increase their self-esteem
  • As a RISE participant, you will:
    • Learn how to achieve your goals of employment, economic self-sufficiency, or healthy relationships
    • Improve your coping skills
    • Tap into your talent
    • Gain strength from past experiences
    • Learn how to make healthy decisions
    • Recognize and extinguish self-defeating thoughts
    • Silence your inner critic

Teen Dating Abuse Project

  • The NCJW Teen Dating Abuse Project is:
    • A multi-media presentation with discussion in high school classes
    • A community awareness program
  • Goals of the program:
    • To prevent teens from entering into or remaining in abusive dating relationships by identifying the warning signs of an abusive relationship
    • To help teens help themselves or a friend leave an abusive relationship
    • To point out resources for getting help
    • To stop the cycle of violence
    • To encourage healthy relationships
  • Did you know:
    • Dating violence is the physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse of one person by another in a dating relationship.
    • Abuse can truly happen to anyone.
    • One out of every three students in a dating relationship will be involved in a dating abuse situation before high school graduation.
  • Community/Parent Workshops
    • “Teen Dating: The Untold Story”
      • How well do you know your teens? One out of three teens in a dating relationship may find themselves in an abusive situation, yet over 80 percent of parents are unaware that their children are involved in such situations. Your child might be at risk! Learn how to recognize the warning signs of dating abuse and how to talk to your child about developing healthy relationships. This comprehensive presentation will alert adults to the dangers of power and control as a precursor to domestic violence and will provide tools to assist parents in guiding their teens to recognize and/or leave an abusive relationship. Trained volunteers will present an exciting and informative workshop that is an offshoot of our highly respected school-based program. We invite any community group to take advantage of this complimentary workshop. Call 973-994-4994, the NCJW/Essex Center for Women for more information or to schedule a program. You can also email us at:[email protected]
  • If you are in an abusive relationship:
    • Call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline:
      • 1-866-331-9474
      • or 1-866-331-8453 (TTY)
      • Text LOVEIS to:77054
    • Rachel Coalition (safe house for abused women):
      • 973-740-1233 WWW.RACHELCOALITION.ORG
      • JFS of MetroWest: 973-765-9050
      • All calls are kept confidential.

Women's Workshops

  • Women's Workshops are one-session seminars to help you enrich and enhance your life. The sessions address a wide range of compelling issues such as reducing stress, coping with grief and loss, improving your self-esteem, marketing yourself for a new job and managing your divorce. For a complete list of current Workshops, see below.
  • Workshops are open to all women in the community. Registration is required; cost is $7 per session. As a benefit of membership, workshops are free to NCJW (NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN), ESSEX COUNTY SECTION members if you register in advance.
  • Unless otherwise noted, Workshops are held in the NCJW Conference Room, 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120, Livingston, NJ 07039
  • For more information on attending a workshop or leading one, Call the Center at 973-994-4994 or [email protected]

NCJW Essex County Section
Cathy Silverman, Executive Director
70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120
Livingston, New Jersey 07039
973.740.0588 (tel)
973.740.0955 (fax)
Email: [email protected]

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Last Updated: 11/29/16