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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 CENTERFORWOMEN@NCJWESSEX.ORG.

Upcoming Workshops

Fee for each workshop is $7, Free to NCJW members.

Getting Back to Work in a Down Economy

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
    Linda Zamer, an experienced career counselor, will offer suggestions for the best ways to look for work in a down economy. She will provide information on successful interviewing and share tips on how to stand out from your competition.
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The Three Secrets to a Successful and Satisfying Career

    Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:15 pm
    Judy Scherer holds two master degrees, one in city planning and the other in career planning. She has had an active practice in Maplewood for the past 11 years helping people land their dream jobs. She will explain how to stand out from the crowd, inform you about the latest trend in the market so you don't get stuck in dying careers and dead-end jobs with no growth and teach you how to put yourself out there to get an interview.
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Chair Yoga

    Thursday, May 8, 2014, 10:30 – 11:30 am
    Suzanne Warren, a certified yoga teacher, will lead this workshop which will be done from a sitting position in a chair or standing position using the chair as support. She will teach breathing techniques and physical postures which aim to prompt flexibility and strength, as well as reduce stress and enhance well being. Wear loose comfortable clothing and sneakers or nonslip socks. Bring a water bottle. Limited to 10 people.
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Introduction to Reiki: Learn its Everyday Benefits

    Thursday, May 15, 2014, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    Elise Brenner, PhD, a Reiki Master Teacher, is the owner of Brenner Reiki Healing in Newton, Massachusetts. Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive, spiritually-based Japanese healing system for maintaining and restoring health and wellness of body, mind and spirit. In this informative session, you will learn what Reiki is, what it is not, how it is used in medicine and how you can apply it to everyday life.
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Managing Healthcare Expenses in Retirement: Making the Most out of your Medicare

    Thursday, May 15, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
    Are you or someone you know enrolling in Medicare this year? Join Daniel Katzeff, CLTC, Vice President and financial services professional at Lee-Nolan & Koroghlian, LLC, Saddle Brook, NJ, for an educational overview. He will use his extensive knowledge of Medicare and all the choices involved to make it easier for you to make your selections. He makes a rather complicated process easy to understand.
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The Basics of Investing

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
    Are you bewildered by the endless array of investment choices? Do you feel that investing is something that other people do for you? We urge you to come to this investment workshop led by JoAnn Gallerstein, Registered Investment Advisor, to help you become an active participant in your financial plan for the future. Learn the difference between stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Explore how to fund a portfolio with the type of investments that make sense for your long-term goals.
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Stress Management Toolbox

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 7:15 pm
    Joanna Scheier, LCSW, an individual and family therapist in private practice in Montclair, will conduct an interactive workshop to introduce you to an array of cognitive behavioral and mind-body techniques to help manage everyday stress, reduce anxiety and promote greater well-being.
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Communicating with Your Aging Parent: Tips to Avoid Conflict

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 7:15 PM
    This workshop is designed for middleaged children trying to provide their aging parents with the best and safest care in their advancing years. Anita Lieb, MSW, specializing in Geriatrics, will describe useful techniques to enable two-way communication between aging parents and their children. Learning to listen to and understand the concerns their parents have is important, as is letting parents know children are trying to be supportive. Guidelines to improve communication and to recognize the importance of compromise will be provided.
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The Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Survivors- Before, During and After Treatment

    Thursday, June 12, 2014, 12:00 pm
    Cancer survivors need guidance in their exercise programming to make sure that it is safe and effective. Understanding the side effects of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation can enable you to improve your health and feel better through a proper exercise program. Please join Carol Michaels, MBA ACSM ACE, as she discusses when and how often one should exercise during and after treatment. She will also speak about managing fatigue, lymph edema, osteoporosis, range of motion and strength while reviewing what exercises are safe and unsafe and demonstrating some rehabilitative exercises.
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Landing a Job through Effective Interviewing Skills

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 7:15 pm
    Claudia Sandonato, MSW, former human resources director and experienced job search coach, will help you learn how to make a lasting positive impression in an interview. The workshop will focus on preparation for interview questions and utilization of strategies to help you land the job.
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My College Graduate Doesn’t Have a Job! What Can I Do To Help??

    Thursday, June 26, 2014, 7:15 pm
    This workshop will be presented by Sharon Cohen & Debra Horowitz, Human Resources professionals and partners in Career Quarterback, a firm specializing in preparing young adults in breaking into the job market. It will focus on techniques and strategies to help your graduate stand out amongst the competition.
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Scams, Fraud and Identity Theft

    Tuesday, July 8 2014, 1:00 pm
    John Berry, an educational specialist for Money Management International, will tell you what you need to know on this very relevant topic.
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Having Problems Going to Sleep or Sleeping Through the Night

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    Jacqueline Morgado, a registered polysomnographic technologist at St. Barnabas Hospital, will discuss good sleep hygiene and different sleep disorders. Questions are welcome at this very informative workshop.
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When should you file for Social Security Retirement benefits?

    Thursday, July 17th, 1pm to 2:15pm
    Jorge Rivas is the Area Work Incentives Coordinator who oversees the Ticket to Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, which created a number of work incentives that encourage long-term disability beneficiaries to return to work. He will discuss what the requirements are to file for Social Security Retirement benefits and will inform you of the on-line services for people who are applying for benefits for the first time and for people who currently receive Social Security benefits.
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How to Manage Weight Gain As We Age

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    Dr. Debra Gill, a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience helping groups and individuals meet their goals related to health, weight and mental well-being, will discuss controlling weight. She will help us develop effective skills and perspectives using her training in Mindful Eating and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
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Endless Possibilities – Or How I Learned Everything from Improvisation

    Tuesday September 16, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm
    This is an interactive program about learning to be more creativity and spontaneous by using the rules of improvisation. Come and discover how to trust in your innate creativity and how this can open your life to endless possibilities. Carol Schindler has been working as a creative director, writer, and speech coach for the past 25 years in every aspect of the corporate world. She is a founding member of the improvisational comedy group, Chicago City Limits.
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