Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold an open house for prospective members on Sunday, May 19, from 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. The open house will take place during the Religious School’s end-of-year bar-b-que, which will have food, games and entertainment. The event is free to the public.
Prospective congregants will have the opportunity to tour the synagogue and its Religious School and to meet Congregation Beth Israel’s clergy, Education Director and Board members.
“We timed our open house to coincide with our Religious School’s bar-b-que so that prospective members could interact with the children, parents and teachers that make up our close synagogue family,” said Elly Bauman, Education Director of Congregation Beth Israel.
Congregation Beth Israel’s Religious School was one of the first three congregations in North America to be designated as a Framework for Excellence School by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. The Religious School offers classes from pre-school through 11th grade, as well as special needs instruction. Synagogue membership is not required for programs through second grade.
New Religious School hours are planned for this upcoming school year. Beginning in September 2013, students in grades 3-7 will meet two days per week rather than three days per week; however, the quality and level of instruction will not decrease.
Congregation Beth Israel is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue, serving the religious, cultural, educational and social needs of congregants from Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Westfield and surrounding towns. It has an active Sisterhood, Men’s Club and youth group, plus a wide array of programs, ranging from adult education courses to social action opportunities.
Congregation Beth Israel is located at 18 Shalom Way, Scotch Plains, NJ (corner of Martine Avenue). For more information, contact the synagogue office at (908) 889-1830.