SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) in Scotch Plains will hold its annual kick-off brunch for current and prospective members on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 11:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Sisterhood Board members will speak about this year’s upcoming activities and discuss opportunities for women to become involved in the organization. Some of the programs planned for this year include: a cooking demonstration and tasting with Jewish chef and blogger Amy Kritzer of; a women-led Sisterhood Shabbat service; a Purim Basket outreach project; a White Elephant gift exchange; and additional member dinners and events. Volunteers also reach out to the larger community through Sisterhood’s social action committee. Sisterhood’s wide array of programs appeal to women of all ages.

“There are so many opportunities to get involved that are both fun and meaningful,” said Marcia Wiener, President of Congregation Beth Israel’s Sisterhood. “And we are excited to see so many women contributing their talents and making lifelong friends in the process.”    

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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. Its Sisterhood is affiliated with Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. 

Women who are not members of Congregation Beth Israel but whose children are enrolled in the Religious School are still eligible to join the Sisterhood;  Congregation Beth Israel does not require synagogue membership for families with children below third grade.

For more information about Sisterhood’s kick-off brunch, contact Ruby Bard at or Jennifer Smulewitz at, or contact the synagogue office at (908) 889-1830. Congregation Beth Israel is located at 18 Shalom Way, Scotch Plains, NJ  (corner of Martine Ave.).