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.

A Faith in the Future. A Belief in Action.

Volunteer Opportunities

BVMI (Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative). Two volunteers are needed, each to commit to one morning a week at the health center (Hackensack) who can scan documents into patients’ charts.  Training provided.  Must be done mornings because documents are then reviewed by one of the medical directorsContact Gladys Laden (201) 836-3846,

Center for Food Action Diverse opportunities to help at the Englewood Center for Food Action.  There are needs for packers in the pantry or desk work answering phones, doing intake and distribution or filing. Volunteers are trained and commit to a scheduled time.  There are some spots for fill-in assistance in Englewood or, if you are willing to travel to the Saddle Brook site, help is needed. Contact Erika Reis, and you will be referred to the volunteer coordinator at CFA.

Children’s Court Care CenterVolunteers are needed to interact with and supervise children while their parents attend court in the morning (9:30 – 12:30) or afternoon (12:30-4:30).  The Center is attractive and well-equipped with a TV, computer, toys, games, arts and craft materials, etc. The Center is located at the Bergen County Court House. To volunteer or for more information contact Phyllis Becker (201) 836-4068, email or Evelyn Masheb (201) 265-8752, email 

CLUB NCJW AT HOLLEY CENTER Holley Center is a residential treatment facility under the aegis of the Youth Consultation Service (YCS) for children in crisis. Sessions are held at the center on Union Street in Hackensack, which serves as a live-in site for children who can’t live at home. We do arts and crafts projects with the youngsters in order to develop trusting and friendly relationships with them. We meet with them once a month for an hour after our general meeting. Volunteers always needed for this worthwhile and rewarding experience. If interested, please contact Evelyn Masheb at (201) 265-8752 or or Ellen Ptalis, (201) 488-1555,

HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters). Volunteers needed for monthly early evening workshops in Englewood. We read stories, play games and do craft projects. Dates for the workshops as well as the December holiday party and graduation in June will be set later in the summer. For further information contact Evalyn Brownstein (201) 836-9444 or Center. Volunteers needed for Club NCJW monthly activities with the children. Contact Evelyn Masheb (201) 265-8752 or Linda Kostrinsky, (973) 423-1806,

Knit WitsWant to “de-stress”? Like to knit or crochet? We have a solution for you. Many of our community services need your expertise. The children at Holley Center and Kilbarchan would love an item that was made especially for them, as would the residents at The Jewish Home at Rockleigh. In addition, the hand-made items go to Shelter-Our-Sisters (home for victims of domestic violence) and the Family Promise Walk-In Center. All items should be made of acrylic yarn, so washing is easy. These small items such as scarves, hats, teddy bears, etc. are greatly appreciated. For more information, call Sabina Sicklick at 201-342-3671 or email at

Project SARAH, Aleniu program needs instructors for childrens’ safety program.  Training available.  Contact  Marcia Levy, (201) 894-8379,

Swim-In Swim–In is a community based program for people with multiple sclerosis.  The program has been operating since 1976 in coalition with the National MS Society’s New Jersey Metro Chapter. It is a free once-a-week therapeutic program that runs from September thru May on Wednesdays from 1-3pm at the  JCC in Tenafly. The program is supervised by a licensed physical therapist.  Volunteers assist clients in the locker room and with wheelchairs in the pool area. Each client is fitted with a buoyancy belt and helped into the pool where they swim or exercise with a trained volunteer. You do not  need to know how to swim to volunteer.  There is a short training program provided. Contact Ina Miller Silverstein (201) 836-6562 or Roxanne Reff (201)

Waiting Room at Bergen County Courthouse.  Volunteers needed for the waiting room for victims of domestic violence. Contact Henrietta Wolfeiler (201) 996-0932 or Myrna Levine (201) 679-9424 Spanish speaking volunteers needed for phone and in-office communication.

Walk-In Center Meals  Four times a year volunteers (both men and women) from the Bergen County Section of NCJW shop, cook and serve dinner to about 100 folks who either reside at the county homeless shelter or just need a temporary helping hand. We provide a hot, nutritious, filling meal including dessert and coffee. Volunteers to shop/cook and/or help setup/serve are always needed. Any money that you spend will be reimbursed. Recently, due to the generosity of our members, we have been able to offer folks homemade bread warm from the oven as well as homemade cakes. Our standard menu includes chicken, a starch, veggies and a salad. All food is cooked in our homes and brought to the center on River Street in Hackensack, right next to Costco. There is a very well lighted parking lot for us to use. The thanks and appreciation that we are shown are hard to put into words. No effort that we make matches the warm feeling you have when you leave the center knowing you have made a difference in someone’s life. Our next volunteer date is Tuesday, November 12. We start about 4:30 and serve from 5 to 6 pm. If you are interested, please either call (201) 791-7942 or e-mail, and I will get back to you with more details. Barbara Simon, Walk-in Center Coordinator

Women’s Rights Information Center
Their volunteers are among the Center’s most valued assets. Opportunities include receptionist, ESL tutor, career closet consultant, computer teacher’s assistant and more.  For further information contact NCJW member, Sue To volunteer, contact Doris Baran-Hirsch, Volunteer Coordinator, 201-568-1166 or

Volunteer your financial expertise Do you have experience in bookkeeping, accountancy, finance?  Work with our Treasurer. Training provided. To learn more, please contact Gladys Laden (201) 836-3846,

Council Thrift Shop  Volunteer saleswomen needed. Select your day & time for once a month or more. Call Ilene Wechter (201) 871-4885