Giving Back

Congregation Beth Israel Students Make Sandwiches For Other Schoolchildren During Hanukkah

December 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Students in Congregation Beth Israel’s Religious School in Scotch Plains prepared sandwiches for Plainfield’s Second Street Youth Center on Wednesday, December 4.    

The students, in grades three through seven, participated in the synagogue’s sandwich-making program to provide after-school snacks for school-age participants at the youth center.  The Second Street Youth Center Foundation is a multipurpose non-profit organization that provides educational, vocational, cultural and recreational activities for youth and adults in the Plainfield community.  Congregation Beth Israel’s Social Action committee runs the monthly sandwich-making events, which are open to all congregants, as well as interested family and friends.

 “We came together as a school to light the candles in celebration of Hanukkah,” said Elly Bauman, Education Director of Congregation Beth Israel.  “We wanted to combine the celebration with an activity that would benefit children in our community.” 

Sign Up for E-News

In addition to the sandwich making program, Congregation Beth Israel’s Social Action committee organizes various community outreach projects, such as collecting winter coats through the Jersey Cares Coat Drive and delivering meals to homebound elderly in the Scotch Plains area through Mobile Meals of Westfield.  The committee is currently planning its first “Mitzvah Day” fair, which will take place May 4, 2014, when congregants of all ages will engage in worthwhile deeds throughout the immediate area.





TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Westfield Planning Board to Hear More on ‘Watcher House’ in January

December 5, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The fate of the “Watcher House” will have to wait.

A continuation of the Westfield Planning Board’s hearings regarding a request to knock down the Dutch colonial at 657 Boulevard and replace it with two new homes, originally scheduled for Monday, was postponed at the request of the objector because neither he nor his expert were available, according to ...

What Do The PSAT Results Mean?

Fall 2016 PSAT results will be available Monday, Dec. 12 online for high school students and parents. This year, we anticipate that junior students’ percentile rankings will be lower than last year’s. 


This year, the College Board can compare student performance with actual performance from the last year.  In 2015, the College Board used a convoluted ...

Prevent Homelessness – Build Affordable Housing in Every Community

December 7, 2016

Dear Editor:

The first time I heard the story being told by a homeless mother who was staying in our church as part of Family Promise’s program, I knew I had to become an advocate. Becoming homeless could happen to any one of us! 

The loss of a job; illness of the major breadwinner, or an increase in rent due to gentrification can catch families in a downward ...

Willow Grove Church in Scotch Plains Features Outdoor Display, Drama, and Blanket Collection for Homeless

December 10, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Christmas story of Jesus’ birth will have a deeper message this year because Willow Grove Presbyterian Church is highlighting the reality of homelessness in biblical times and now. On the front lawn of the church in Scotch Plains, neighbors will notice a nativity scene, showing  Jesus born in a stable, reflecting the phrase in the Gospel of Luke, ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, December 10, 10:00 AM

Oh'Brian's on the Green, CLARK

Breakfast with Santa at Oh' Brian's on the Green

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink


Sat, December 10, 7:00 PM

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit

Holiday Concert at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, December 10, 7:00 PM

Presbyterian Church, Westfield

NJ Festival Orchestra's "Home For The Holidays" ...

Arts & Entertainment