SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains collected more than 150 winter coats, which were donated to the non-profit community-based organization, Jersey Cares, for distribution to men, women and children in need throughout the state.  
Volunteers from the synagogue’s Social Action Committee conducted a month-long coat drive, which culminated on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Seventh-grade Religious School students helped with the outreach project by sorting and bagging coats, and by writing positive notes and drawing uplifting pictures to be intentionally left in the pockets of coats going to children.  Congregation Beth Israel’s Social Action Committee sponsors a wide range of activities throughout the year to help people in need in Scotch Plains and surrounding communities.