Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold an open house for prospective members on Sunday, May 19, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Prospective congregants will have the opportunity to tour the synagogue and its Religious School and to meet Congregation Beth Israel’s leadership. 

The open house will take place during the Religious School’s end-of-year celebration, which will feature a BBQ, refreshments, and activities for children of all ages. There will also be a small petting zoo and rock climbing wall, weather permitting. Sponsored by the synagogue’s Men’s Club, the event is free to the community and will take place rain or shine.

“We love ending the school year with a communal celebration,” said Lev Metz, Director of Congregational Learning and Engagement at Congregation Beth Israel. “It also provides a great opportunity for us to welcome potential new members and to introduce them to the children, parents, teachers and volunteers that make up our close-knit synagogue family.”

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Congregation Beth Israel has been recognized as an ABLE Awarded Congregation by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest for its commitment to inclusion and accommodation for all its members.

 “We are committed to inclusion at CBI. If you or your child have a challenge that makes Religious School and/or synagogue participation difficult, please contact us so that we can work with you to make the necessary accommodations," said Mr. Metz. 

Congregation Beth Israel educates students from pre-K through tenth grade through experiential grade-specific programs that encompass the family in its curriculum.  Classes for children from pre-K through second grade meet on Sundays. Religious School for grades 3-7 meets two days per week, on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Congregation Beth Israel does not require synagogue membership for children to attend its Religious School for programs through second grade.  However, families with children below third grade have the option of joining the synagogue at a reduced rate and enjoying full benefits of synagogue membership, including High Holiday tickets. 

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.   

No RSVP is required to attend the Open House. For more information, contact the synagogue office at (908) 889-1830 or Congregation Beth Israel is located at 18 Shalom Way, Scotch Plains, (corner of Martine Ave.).