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Livingston Residents Support NCJW/Essex’s RISE Institute Program Through Private Donation

Credits: NCJW/Essex

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex), has received a generous donation to underwrite its RISE Institute Program – Reaching Into Self Empowerment – from long-time Livingston residents, Nancy and Robert Eskow. The donation from the Eskows will go toward programming, in an effort to help women in transition learn how to transform their fears, create healthy relationships and gain employment.

Describing herself as a “professional volunteer” throughout her adult life, Nancy Eskow serves on the Board of Trustees at NCJW/Essex and has held various positions throughout the years with the organization. Raised in a family that was active in the community, Eskow said, “It was not enough to be merely involved, you had to make a difference.”

“NCJW has been the organization that has enabled me to do just that, by experiencing the importance of service from the moment I joined,” she said. “To work with a group that turns progressive ideals into action and that champions the needs of women, children and families has truly been a privilege.”

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The RISE Institute, serving all of Essex County, opened in 2011 with the intention to address specific needs for self-empowerment. RISE started as a six-session program offered to clients of NCJW/Essex’s Center for Women and has since expanded to include “stand-alone” workshops that are also now offered to the general public including Goal Getting/Setting Priorities; Transforming Fear; Positive Affirmations; Forgiveness; and ‘Me First,’ Putting Myself at The Top of My To Do List.

“Based on the early outcomes, it became apparent that this program was making a difference in the lives of members of our community,” said Eskow. “To enable it to reach more people in need, supportive underwriting is vital. Robert and I are very proud to support the RISE Institute, a powerful program that helps women get on the right track when they most need it.”

Over the last year, RISE has helped 250 women learn real strategies to improve their self-esteem, help overcome obstacles and build confidence. Individual workshops are $15 and a six-week session costs around $65. RISE programs are free to women who are unemployed.

Details of the Eskow’s donation was undisclosed, though the couple is RISE’s only private donor. Additional funding is provided through grants. For more information on RISE and NCJW/Essex, visit

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