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Temple Sholom Student Helps Homefirst Kids Get New School Supplies

Daniel Serna Credits: Emily Serna

Scotch Plains/Fanwood, NJ -- Daniel Serna, a bar mitzvah student at Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains/Fanwood, is collecting school supplies for children whose families are served by Homefirst in Plainfield.

As part of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah (one who is responsible for the commandments of Judaism), students at Temple Sholom are required to create a mitzvah project to show that they realize their personal responsibility to make the world a better place.

“I think many kids take school supplies for granted, but there are kids who don't have new school supplies,” said the Cranford seventh grader. “So I am hoping to help some of those kids. My family usually buys some extra school supplies to donate each year, and so I thought this year I could organize a school supply drive to get our whole community to donate.”

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Donations of  new school supplies such as folders, pencils, pens, colored pencils, crayons, erasers, dry erase markers, loose leaf paper, binders, notebooks, pencil cases, rulers, sharpeners, calculators and backpacks should be dropped off at the Cranford Community Center at 220 Walnut Ave. All donations are needed by Friday, Aug. 15.

“I don't know how many school supplies we will be able to collect, but I want to help as many other kids as possible,” said Serna. “I know there are a lot of generous grown-ups and kids out there who want to help and this gives them a chance to do that.” 

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 moving soon into its new home at 1925 Lake Ave. 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 or visit

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