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Suspect in Israel Detained in Connection with Calls Threatening JCCs in U.S.

March 23, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Multiple news media are reporting today law enforcement officials in Israel have detained a Jewish American teenager in connection with multiple phone threats to Jewish Community Centers across the United States. 

According to the New York Times, an Israeli  judge has ordered the suspect, who has not been charged, to be held until at least March 30 ...

Congregation Beth Israel Makes Sandwiches for Local Youth Center

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Volunteers at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains prepared sandwiches for Plainfield’s Second Street Youth Center (SSYC) on Wednesday, Feb.15.  The synagogue’s Social Action committee organizes monthly sandwich-making sessions for volunteers of all ages to prepare after-school snacks for participants at the youth center. Sandwiches are ...

Willow Grove Church in Scotch Plains Features Special Music and Service Projects During Lent

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Willow Grove Presbyterian Church of Scotch Plains invites the community to come to worship services and participate in local service projects during the season of Lent.  Each week the Sunday worship at 10:00 am will include special music that invite people to reflect on their spiritual journeys.  A new service opportunity for all ages will be an opportunity to serve ...

Congregation Beth Israel to Hold Community Seder on Second Night of Passover

Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold a community Seder on the second night of Passover, Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. The Seder is open to both members and non-members of the synagogue. Rabbi George Nudell of Congregation Beth Israel will lead the family-friendly seder.

Congregation Beth Israel is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue, serving Scotch Plains, Fanwood, ...

Lenten Fish Fry at St. Joseph High School on Friday, March 10

METUCHEN, NJ -- The Fathers Club of Saint Joseph High School is hosting a Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, March 10, in the Catanzaro Cafeteria, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.    

Menu (Dinner includes beverage, cole slaw, fries and dessert.)
Fried Fillet $10.00 
Fried Shrimp $14.00
Combo Platter $12.00

Kids Menu (12 and under)
Fried ...

Congregation Beth Israel Delivers Gift Bags for Purim

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Volunteers from the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains prepared gift bags with groggers, treats and traditional hamentashen cookies to be delivered to the entire congregation on Sunday, March 5, before the Jewish holiday of Purim. 

Seventh grade students in Congregation Beth Israel’s Religious School also participated in this Purim ...

Services Announced for Terry DiFalco, Westfield Teen Killed in Crash Saturday Night

WESTFIELD, NJ — A mass of Christian burial for 13-year-old Terry DiFalco has been set for Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Helen’s Church in Westfield. DiFalco, who was a freshman at Westfield High School, died Saturday night after she was struck by a car while crossing Central Avenue.

According to Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home, visitation will take place on Wednesday ...

Isabela Allen of Scotch Plains Named 2017 Outstanding Graduate at Holy Trinity School

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Holy Trinity School has announced that this year's Outstanding Catholic School Graduate is Isabela Allen, daughter of Erik and Krystina Allen of Scotch Plains. This award is conferred annually on one eighth grader from each Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of Newark. These eighth graders exemplify Catholic values in word and deed, display superior academic ...

Congregation Beth Israel Announces Purim Services

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold age-appropriate services on Saturday night, March 11 and Sunday morning, March 12, in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim. Both services are free and open to the community.

Congregation Beth Israel will hold a Purim service geared for adults on Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. The Megillah, the Book of Esther ...

Camp Riverbend Co-Founder Dies, Community Mourns

WARREN, NJ - The news was broken on Camp Riverbend's Facebook page. Marianne Breene, co-founder of the camp and a mother and grandmother figure to scores of campers, has died.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that our mother, matriarch and Camp Riverbend co-founder, Marianne Breene, died peacefully last night surrounded by her husband of 65 years Harold, children and ...

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