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Congregation Beth Israel Conducts Food Drive During Yom Kippur

Susan Klapper volunteered to transport donated bags of food to Jewish Family Service's food bank.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains conducted a food drive for hunger relief during the holiday of Yom Kippur. Congregants brought non-perishable food to the synagogue at the start of the Jewish High Holy Day, and the collected food was donated afterwards to the food pantry of Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Central New Jersey in Elizabeth.

Congregation Beth Israel’s food drive was called “The Corners of Our Fields,” which references the Biblical commandment for farmers to leave the corners of their fields unharvested in order to feed the needy.

Performing acts of charity is commanded year-round, but is particularly encouraged during the holiday of Yom Kippur.

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Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

Politics IS Government in Union County

April 21, 2018

Dear Editor:

After Bruce Patterson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County Freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting Freeholder, I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered.

At the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union ...

Helping Teenagers Deal with Prom Night Stress

April 18, 2018

Prom can be one of the most exciting times for your teenager but at the same time one of the most stressful. 

It can also be very stressful for parents as they prepare themselves to accept that their teenager is graduating and soon going away to school, while planning a weekend away after prom night. Going to the Shore for the weekend or somewhere overnight has become more of the ...

Scotch Plains Public Library to Host Star Wars Craft for Teens

April 24, 2018

May the Fourth be with you!  Teens in grades 5-12 are invited to the library on Friday, May 4 at 3:30 pm for a Star Wars-themed craft.

For more information or to register, visit, email, call (908) 322-5007 x 204 or stop by the Reference Desk.

The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Ave., one block from Park Ave. in the center of ...