NICEWORKNational Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section, will sponsor a fund-raising outing to see the Tony-winning musical comedy “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” on Thursday evening, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m., at the Community Theatre, 100 South St., in Morristown.

The outing is open to the public.

It’s the Roaring Twenties and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets Billy Bendix, a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart.

This brand-new musical features a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved, instantly recognizable tunes, set in a fresh and funny song-and-dance spectacular with a book by Tony winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis) and direction and choreography by three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes). “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” is filled to the brim with classic songs, including “But Not For Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!

The per-ticket cost is $60 a person (basic), and $72 a person (benefactor).

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.

For further information about this spectacular event, contact Lisa Barta (201-797-9133;

Our Section to Co-Sponsor Free Program at MJCBY: Rising Anti-Semitism around the World

NCJW, West Morris will be among the co-sponsors of a special free community program, spotlighting anti-Semitism, on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Morristown Jewish Center–Beit Yisrael, 177 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.

The keynote speakers will be Mark Weitzman, a globally recognized expert on international relations, anti-Semitism, extremism and digital hate; and Barbara Wind, director of the Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest.

Questions, answers, and discussion will follow the presentations.

Preregistration is required. Register by emailing by Jan. 19.

Mark Weitzman will provide an update on worldwide anti-Semitism. As director of government affairs of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Mark frequently travels internationally and is also chief representative of the Simon Wiesenthal Center to the United Nations. He meets regularly with world leaders, diplomats and experts to discuss the issues he will address at MJCBY. He has frequently appeared on television (including Charlie Rose, Israel TV, BBC, and the History Channel) and in newspapers (the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Times of London, the Jewish Week, the Times of Israel and the Forward). He has testified before the U.S. Senate and has been a featured speaker at the UN.

Barbara Wind will offer historical background on anti-Semitism and focus on some of the pathologies that surround the current state of global anti-Semitism. She is a journalist and writer (her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Jersey Jewish News, and the Huffington Post) and a poet. A book of her Holocaust poems was translated into German by the daughter of a World War II German soldier and published in Germany as Auf Asche Gehen (Walking on Ash).


Sixth-graders from Morris County public, private and parochial schools are participating in the 2015 NCJW Diversity Contest, sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section.

The contest, which is conducted in conjunction with the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, is designed to complement class lessons on reducing prejudice and gaining an appreciation of social diversity.

Students’ original entries are submitted either in written form—including poetry, essays, short plays, short stories, or library research—or as works of art, such as drawings, paintings or photographs. Entries are judged on originality, clarity, development of theme, and emotional content.

Topics addressed in the contest entries are prejudices based on age, disability, ethnicity, family lifestyle, gender, health problems, the Holocaust, physical appearance, race and religion.

The contest is ideal for the sixth grade because, at that age, children are becoming more aware of and developing greater insight into all types of prejudice. The contest, which is held in memory of Amy Rotberg Mintz and Helen Weiss, also dovetails nicely with the sixth-grade curriculum. The contest chair is Karen Secular of Morris Township.

A special awards reception, honoring the Grand Prize winners, the Outstanding Award winners, and those receiving Honorable Mention, will be held in May.

The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization, inspired by Jewish values, that works through a program of research, education, advocacy and community service to improve the quality of life for women, children and families, and strives to ensure individual rights and freedoms for all.

For further information about the NCJW, West Morris diversity contest, email Individual sixth-graders whose schools are not participating may contact for information on how to enter the contest on their own.




Rabbi David Nesson

Do you know how many books there are in the Bible? Can you imagine that the answer depends on who you ask, and ranges from 39 to 50?

In a provocative three-part series, titled “Books of the Bible Nobody Reads,” Rabbi David Nesson, spiritual leader of Morristown Jewish Center–Beit Yisrael in Morristown, will explore some of the lesser-known books of the Bible. His classes, which are free and open to the public, will be held at the Morris County Library, 30 E. Hanover Ave. (across from the Frelinghuysen Arboretum), in Whippany, on Tuesday, March 17, at 1 p.m.; and Mondays, March 23 and 30, at noon.

The series is presented under the auspices of National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section’s Our Jewish World, coordinated by Ellen Nesson and Melanie Levitan, both of Morristown.

Preregistration is required for Rabbi Nesson’s series, titled “Books of the Bible Nobody Reads.” To preregister, email

In his series, Rabbi Nesson will consider the following questions:

  • Who decided which books got into the Bible and which didn’t?
  • What is the shortest book in the Bible and why is Malachi the last?
  • Are the holidays of Hanukkah and Purim in the Bible?

The seminar leader will also delve into what happened to the books that did not make it into the Bible, and why some books have two parts, including Samuel 1 and 2?

“Through history and text, we will see that there is more to the Bible than meets the eye,” promises Rabbi Nesson.

A renowned speaker and community leader, Rabbi Nesson serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. He was a founder and first chairman of the MetroWest Rabbinic Cabinet and serves on the Religious Pluralism Committee. He served on the Board of the Gottesman RTW Hebrew Academy (formerly the Hebrew Academy of Morris County) and continues on the Rabbinic Council, as well as the Rabbinic Council of the Golda Och Academy. He is a member of the New York Board of Rabbis and the New Jersey Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, where he served as a vice president. He also served on the national scene as chair of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Continuing Education Committee.

Rabbi Nesson is also a passionate teacher. He teaches adult education classes in History, Talmud, Kabbalah, Bible and Philosophy. He has also participated in several summer rabbinic seminars at the Hartman Institute and he has brought Hartman programs to MJCBY and the larger community.

The National Council of Jewish Women 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. For further information about NCJW, West Morris, visit