SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Third graders in the Religious School at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains received their own prayer books (siddurim) at a ceremony for their families on Sunday, March 11.  The families participated in a short program, with the students leading some of the prayers they had learned and explaining the meaning of their Hebrew names. Rabbi Howard Tilman led the parents in reciting a blessing over the children, and parents and grandparents presented the prayer books to the students in celebration of their learning to read Hebrew.  The parents and grandparents had created personalized covers for their children’s prayer books in January as part of a Family Education program.

Congregation Beth Israel’s award-winning Religious School offers classes from pre-school through 11th grade, as well as special needs instruction.  Third graders meet on Sunday and Wednesday for instruction in Hebrew language, Torah study, holidays and Mitzvot (doing good deeds).  Congregation Beth Israel’s Religious School also offers student-led prayer services, grade-specific family education programs and on-line learning opportunities.

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. Congregation Beth Israel strives to create an accessible environment for all. The staff, teachers and volunteers work to ensure access and meaningful participation by all members of the community.

For more information about the Religious School, contact Gail Beckman Buchbinder, Education Director, at 908-889-1830 or school@cbisp.org. Congregation Beth Israel is located at 18 Shalom Way, Scotch Plains, NJ  (corner of Martine Avenue).