Religions and Spirituality

Temple Sholom Marches to New Building in Scotch Plains

August 24, 2014 at 5:15 PM

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Congregation Temple Sholom held a Torah march Sunday, marking the official move into its newly constructed building at 1925 Lake Ave. in Scotch Plains.

Members of the congregation took turns carrying the holy scrolls as they walked for two hours from Fanwood Presbyterian Church, which hosted the Reform Jewish congregation for more than 10 years.

“What a wonderful day. I’m holding back the tears,” said Temple Sholom President Suzanne Lyte.

Sign Up for E-News

Rabbi Joel Abraham thanked everyone who contributed to making the dream of a new building in Scotch Plains a reality.

"So many people have worked so hard to make sure that this congregation has thrived, serving its members and the community for one hundred years. So many have worked to create this new home to go forward into our second century,” said Abraham.

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo marched along with the members.

“Good luck to all of you. Thank you for being such wonderful neighbors while you were here,” Mahr told the congregation at the beginning of the march.

Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo told the crowd, “Congratulations on your new home and best of luck.”

Once the marchers arrived at the new building, the Torahs were taken inside and many of the more than 100 congregants present saw the completed inside of the building for the first time.

Afterward, a housewarming barbecue was held outside.

Founded in 1913, the Reform congregation of Temple Sholom left Plainfield in 2003 and spent more than 10 years sharing space with Fanwood Presbyterian Church—a favor returned, as one of the founding members of Temple Sholom had donated the land to the church. Last summer, the congregation broke ground in Scotch Plains. 

On the evening of Friday, Sept. 12, the temple invites the community to attend a special dedication service.

For the congregation's first High Holiday services in its new home, tickets are available to anyone in the community. Temple Sholom also hosts free family services for the High Holidays open to everyone that don't require tickets. (RSVP requested.)

Religious school begins Sept. 7.

For more information, readers call 908-889-4900, email sholom@sholomnj.org or visit www.sholomnj.org.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Westfield

The Primrose School at Mountainside Holds a Free Open House

January 18, 2017

The Primrose School at Mountainside will hold an open house on Saturday, Feb. 4, featuring tours of the school and information on their research- informed approaches to learning.

The Open House is from 10 a.m. until noon, and is free and open to the public.

“This event is perfect for any parents interested in  childcare to learn what The Primrose School at Mountainside ...

Conversion of Single Family Zoning to Multi-Family Zoning Could Start 'Gold Rush' of Development

January 14, 2017

Dear Editor,

I am writing to oppose the construction of a multi-family residence (6 residential units) at 1481 East Broad Street in Westfield.  The construction of a multi-family residence at this location (RS-12 zone district) is contradictory to the township’s 2005 Master Plan, which has zoned this district for single-family home construction only.  Additionally, it requires ...

Free Public Wi-Fi in Union County Parks and Facilities

January 19, 2017

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that free public Wi-Fi access is available now in 6 new parks throughout the county. There are now a total of 11 county parks and facilities that offer free Wi-Fi.

“We are committed to ensuring that our recreation facilities are up to date and welcoming to a broad range of activities.” said Chairman Bruce Bergen.

Three Programs to Welcome February at Westfield Memorial Library

January 19, 2017

Three exciting programs for adults are on tap at the Westfield Memorial Library in early February. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

On Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m., Microsoft Excel Basics will be taught by Karen Camden, a frequent instructor and presenter at the library. In this two-hour class for advanced level computer users, she will cover the EXCEL screen, the quick access ...

What Parents Need To Know About STEAM

January 19, 2017

Lately, everyone seems to be talking about STEAM. This acronym — which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics — has become a hot topic in the world of education and in the business community. The practice of teaching by incorporating these concepts into multidisciplinary lessons is revolutionizing education approaches across the country, even for children in ...

Westfield High School Students Selected for Region Band & Orchestra

Seven Westfield High School Band students were accepted to the 2017 New Jersey Music Education Association Region Band or Orchestra.  Three of the seven students placed first overall in their instrument: Dale Beyert - Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, Trumpet; Michael Hauge - Wind Ensemble, Eb & Bb Clarinet, and Brooke Walden - Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, Piccolo & ...

Testing Your Resolve

Now that the ball has dropped in Times Square it is time for another annual tradition – New Year’s resolutions. So, along with improving your diet and exercising more, consider adding these:

“Will” you? – I have lost count of how many clients with whom I have met that have a spouse, children and substantial assets but an outdated or even no will at all.

5 Questions to Ask at an Open House

When you go to your next open house, ask the listing agent these key questions to help you make an informed decision. When a property is hot, a public open house may be your best opportunity for due diligence before submitting an offer. While the hosting agent may not be able to answer all of your questions, there is a lot you can learn.

1. How long has it been on the market?  You may ...

Closed Fund Open Mind

Closed-end funds (CEFs) can play an important role in a diversified investment portfolio. They offer benefits similar to those of an open-end mutual fund, but also sport unique advantages.  

Unlike a traditional open-end mutual fund, CEFs have a fixed number of shares available to trade. Their price is not tied to the value of the underlying portfolio. The only way the number of shares ...

It Even Happened to Me

Beware of credit card fraud — it can happen to anyone.

I was shopping at a retail establishment over the holidays and purchased some items with my business credit card. The next day, I was downloading my credit card activity into QuickBooks and spotted some strange charges - they were not large amounts, but they originated from establishments I don't frequent, like ...

Video: Mistreated, Harassed, Abused, Discriminated Against or Retaliated Against at Work?

Have you been mistreated, harassed, abused, discriminated against or retaliated against by your employer?

Watch this video to learn how Westfield employment attorney Fred Shahrooz-Scampato, who for the last 25 years has aggressively represented employees, can help you.

If you are the victim of prejudice or spend every day in a hostile work environment, you can give him a call for ...

Westfield Area YMCA is Ready to 'Bring on Summer'

It may be cold outside but the Westfield Area YMCA is gearing up for summer camp!  In-person registration is now underway.  Each year campers ages 3-15 try new activities, learn new skills, get creative, have a blast and make new friends in a safe environment.

 

 

The Y is excited to offer new S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) ...

Holy Trinity School Spotlight - 6th Grade

Sixth grade is a transitional year for students as they enter middle school.  Holy Trinity School embraces this change through its continued commitment to creating an environment in which its students can grow and develop academically, socially, and spiritually. 

In sixth grade, the curriculum becomes more departmentalized with students rotating classes for various subjects and ...

Imagine Receives Grant of $20,000 from the Northfield Bank Foundation

“We are so grateful to The Northfield Bank Foundation for their generous grant of $20,000 for the expansion of our bereavement support programs at our new center in Mountainside!” said Stuart Arnold, Imagine Board Chair.  “We are moving in the nick of time as all of our Green Groups (ages 10-12 approximately) are full.  Moving into this new space will allow us to ...

Pedestrian Killed After Being Struck on Route 22 is Fourth in Six Months

January 17, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - An unidentified male died Sunday after he was struck by a vehicle on Route 22 near North Gaston Avenue at about 11:55 p.m., according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police. The man is the fourth pedestrian killed in that section of the roadway since August. In August, two pedestrians were fatally struck and another pedestrian was killed in the westbound lanes in ...