SCOTCH PLAINS-On Nov. 20, volunteers at Congregation Beth Israel collected gently used coats to be distributed through Jersey Cares, a non-profit, community-based organization that mobilizes the collection and distribution of thousands of winter coats to men, women, children and infants in need of warm clothing for the winter.  Congregation Beth Israel’s Social Action Committee has participated in the Jersey Cares Coat Drive for many years; the committee collected 97 coats this year. Coat drive volunteers pictured (from left) are Amy Ratner and Joanne Schwartz, co-chairs and Jennifer Mahler.