Fanwood, NJ – On June 25, Temple Sholom of Fanwood/Scotch Plains received unanimous and final approval from the Scotch Plains Town Planning Board to begin construction of its new synagogue at 1925 Lake Avenue in Scotch Plains.

The decision culminates more than 11 years of planning and preparation by Temple Sholom to build a new synagogue. In July 2003, Temple Sholom moved from its original building on Seventh Avenue in Plainfield and has been co-located with the Fanwood Presbyterian Church on S. Martine Avenue in Fanwood ever since.

 “This day would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication from our attorney, Mike Ligorano; our engineer, Mitch Ardman; out architect, Michael Hauptman; and all of the Temple Sholom clergy, committee members, congregants and benefactors,” said Temple Sholom President Sandra Nussenfeld.

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About Temple Sholom

Founded in 1913, Temple Sholom is a Reform Jewish Congregation led by Rabbi Joel N. Abraham. The Temple and its religious school are home to about 250 families from the greater Scotch Plains-Fanwood area. Currently residing within the Fanwood Presbyterian Church, the Temple has purchased five acres of land in Scotch Plains for its future home. Temple Sholom is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. For more information about the Temple or joining the congregation, please call 908- 889-4900, e-mail, or visit