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Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains Prepares Gift Bags for Purim

Pictured are (from left): Carrie Jaffe and Debbie Abrams, Purim Outreach co-chairs; and Marcia Wiener, Sisterhood President, Congregation Beth Israel.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Volunteers from the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains prepared gift bags with masks, noisemakers, treats and traditional hamentashen cookies on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The gift bags will be delivered to the entire congregation before the Jewish holiday of Purim. 

Sixth and seventh-grade students in Congregation Beth Israel’s Religious School also participated in this Purim mitzvah (good deed) by helping to assemble the bags. In keeping with the synagogue’s efforts to go green, this year’s gift bags featured reusable wine totes imprinted with Congregation Beth Israel’s logo.

Congregation Beth Israel’s Sisterhood also donated Purim gift bags and additional pounds of hamentashen to residents of AristaCare at Cedar Oaks, a nursing home in South Plainfield, and to the senior program at the JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains. 

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