Religions and Spirituality

Congregation Beth Israel Sings at Interfaith Thanksgiving Service


SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Cantor Matt Axelrod of Congregation Beth Israel led the Community Choir in song at Scotch Plains’ annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Monday, November 25.  The service was sponsored by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerial Association, which is comprised of the various faith communities in Scotch Plains and Fanwood, as well as civic organizations and the towns’ municipal governments. The houses of worship take turns hosting the service;  it was held this year at the First United Methodist Church.

Pictured is Cantor Matt Axelrod conducting the Community Choir, comprised of singers from: Congregation Beth Israel; Fanwood Presbyterian Church; First United Methodist Church; St. Bartholomew The Apostle; Scotch Plains Baptist Church; and Willow Grove Presbyterian Church.

Also pictured are members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerial Association (from left): Don Wussler, St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church; Katherine Mitchell, Fanwood Council Pres.; Rev. Carletta Aston, First United Methodist Church; Helena Van Deroef, First United Methodist Church; Rev. Chaz Hutchison, Scotch Plains Baptist Church; Bishop Kelvin Brooks, Order In The Kingdom Ministries; Rev. Jane Rockman, All Saints’ Episcopal Church; Rev. Michael Ward, Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church; Rabbi George Nudell, Congregation Beth Israel; Deacon Robert Gurske, St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church; Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney, Willow Grove Presbyterian Church; Cantor Matt Axelrod, Congregation Beth Israel; Barbara Dellanno, Union Catholic High School; Rev. Kelmo Porter, St John’s Baptist Church; Rev. David Jahnke, Fanwood Presbyterian Church; and Eleanor McGovern, Fanwood Administrator.


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