SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains collected close to 200 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. 

The synagogue conducted a six-week coat drive, during which congregants donated new and gently used coats. Seventh-grade students in Congregation Beth Israel’s Religious School helped sort and bag the coats on Sunday, Nov. 19, when the drive ended. The students also wrote warm greetings and drew uplifting pictures to be left as “a note in the coat” in the pockets of outerwear going to children. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.