Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold a free family service on Erev Rosh Hashanah, Sunday evening, September 29, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. This child-friendly service is open to the community for members and non-members alike. Tickets are not necessary for attendance.

The one-hour service will usher in the Jewish New Year with songs, stories, prayers and shofar blowing. Rabbi Howard Tilman and Cantor Matt Axelrod will officiate.

“We are thrilled to be offering this open High Holiday family service for the first time,” said Rabbi Tilman. “We plan on making this special service accessible and interesting to people of all backgrounds and experience levels, from kids to adults, so that everyone has the opportunity to celebrate the holiday. It’s a great way to start the New Year."      

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Congregation Beth Israel is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue, serving the religious, educational, cultural and social needs of congregants from Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Westfield and surrounding towns. It has an active Sisterhood, Men’s Club and youth group, plus a wide array of programs, ranging from adult education courses to social action opportunities.

Congregation Beth Israel has been recognized as an ABLE Awarded Congregation by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest for its commitment to inclusion and accommodation for all its members and guests.

While the Rosh Hashanah family service is free, registration is encouraged at the synagogue’s website. For questions or to request accommodations, call (908) 889-1830 or email

Congregation Beth Israel is located at 18 Shalom Way, Scotch Plains, NJ  (corner of Martine Avenue).