Seventh-grade students at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains celebrated at a “Moving On” ceremony with family and friends on Wednesday, May 20.  The ceremony marked the conclusion of their studies in the synagogue’s Religious School and the continuation of their Jewish education in its Hebrew High School, the Machon Institute.  The students in Kitah Zayin (seventh grade) led the minha (afternoon) service and put on a presentation, reminiscing about their Religious School studies and speaking about their hopes for the future.

Congregation Beth Israel’s Religious School was one of the first three congregations in North America to be designated as a Framework for Excellence School by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.  The Religious School offers classes from pre-school through 11th grade. Religious School for grades 3-7 meets two days per week, on Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon.  The Machon Institute Hebrew High School meets once a week on Wednesday evening.

Congregation Beth Israel is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue that strives to create an accessible environment for all. The staff, teachers and volunteers work to ensure access and meaningful participation by all members of the community.  Contact the Religious School at (908) 889-1830 ext. 207 to discuss how it can help your children achieve their Jewish potential.