Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains/Fanwood Receives Synagogue Challenge Grant

Temple Sholom's new building in Scotch Plains nears completion. Credits: Temple Sholom

FANWOOD, NJ -- Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains/Fanwood, NJ, is one of only five congregations in the Greater MetroWest region to be awarded a Synagogue Challenge Grant for installing an audio induction loop in its newly constructed building, allowing individuals with partial hearing loss to have better access to services and programs.

“We have been working to ensure that everyone in our congregation who may have special needs, of any age, feels welcome and included in all aspects of our synagogue life,” said Jill Harris, chairperson of Temple Sholom’s Inclusion Task Force. “We are so proud to be recognized as a congregation that works to include all of its members.”

The audio induction loop, provided by East Coast Hearing Loops, is compatible with T-Coil hearing aids. The system also includes headphones for hearing-impaired congregants and guests. 

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“The Torah tells us not to put a stumbling block before the blind or to curse the deaf – not to take advantage of people through their disabilities,” said Temple Sholom Rabbi Joel N. Abraham. “Temple Sholom is proud to take that lesson one step further and to work with MetroWest ABLE to proactively make our new home welcoming, accessible and ‘no-barrier’ to everyone who wants to enter. We are pleased to receive this grant so that members of our congregation, the guests and the community will be able to hear and to join in the beautiful music of our worship and hear the words we speak.”

About Temple Sholom

Founded in 1913, Temple Sholom is a Reform Jewish congregation led by Rabbi Joel N. Abraham and Cantor Darcie Sharlein. The temple and its religious school are home to about 250 families from the greater Scotch Plains-Fanwood area. Currently residing within the Fanwood Presbyterian Church, the congregation is currently building its new home in Scotch Plains. Temple Sholom is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. For more information about the Temple or joining the congregation, please call 908-889-4900, e-mail sholom@sholomnj.org or visit www.sholomnj.org.

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