SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains hosted its first annual “Homecoming” for college age students and graduating high school seniors in the area on Wednesday, June 3. 

Held at the Scotch Plains home of synagogue president David and Debbie Feldman, the event featured a free bar-b-que and pool party. The students were joined by their Israeli peers who are serving as Rishonim (Israeli emissaries) in the community, through a program sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. 

Congregation Beth Israel’s Rabbi George Nudell welcomed the students and presented information about being Jewish on college campuses.The Homecoming was initiated so that Jewish young adults could remain connected to their community even while they are away at college. 

The event was funded by: Congregation Beth Israel; Congregation Anshe Chesed; Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah; Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim; Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ; The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life; the JCC of Central NJ; and 30 generous individual donors.