This past spring the Board of Directors engaged the congregation in Space Improvements Needs Survey and Focus Groups to learn more about what are the issues, needs and opportunities to enhance SHS in terms of how we use our space at 418 and 430 Spruce Street.
We are grateful to the 145 people who took the time to complete the survey and the 70 people who participated in Focus Groups.
Below is the survey information:
- DRAFT Space Improvements Vision and Prioritized List of Improvements (PDF)
- Survey Responses Tables and Graphs (PDF)
- Survey Response Comments From Respondents (PDF)
- Focus Group Notes (PDF)
The next step is to conduct a feasibility analysis to determine how best to implement the proposed Prioritized List of Improvements and determine how much each improvement costs.
We will provide periodic updates.
Beginning Saturday, October 3, Following Services
Come to the Social Hall for the first in a series of exciting, new, monthly Lunch & Learn lectures! To kick off these special presentations, Michael Yudell, Associate Professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health and long-time SHS member, will talk about his recent book, Race Unmasked: Biology & Race in the 20th Century (Columbia University Press, 2014). Michael will discuss the study of race and its effect on the human experience. Scientists have struggled with understanding human diversity for more than a century. Is there a real biological basis for distinguishing among races? To what extent is race actually a social construct?
A Special Service for Children Aged 3-7
Children between the ages of 3 and 7, along with their families, are invited to join Hebrew School teacher Rachel Moran on one Saturday each month for singing, dancing, storytelling, and interactive prayer. This 45-minute service will begin at 11 AM on the following dates: October 24, December 5, January 9, February 20, March 12, April 16, and May 7.
Influenced by Judais m, the prophet Mohammed developed the monotheistic religion of Islam in the 7th century C.E. Although he initially tried to use Judaism as his basis, he was later rejected by Jews and turned against them, wiping out or sending into exile Jewish tribes in Mecca and Medina. Islam spread rapidly and by the 8th century, most of the Jewish population of the world lived under this new proselytizing religion.
Mohammed and the Jews
So how did Mohammed get along with the Jews? Was he the true founder of Islam? What is Islam's version of the Sh'ma? To see this Nutshell, click on the September/October Kesher link of "Nutshell Excerpts", and find the answers to these thought-provoking questions.
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We thank all those who have taken the time to offer their input and although we have received completed surveys from a third of our congregation, we are striving for input from the vast majority of our members. Please take approximately 10 minutes of your time and give us your thoughts..Click on the SURVEY icon to your left.
Judaism can mean many things to many people. It provides an opportunity to engage with
the spiritual, to build community, and to learn.
Society Hill Synagogue (SHS) is proud to announce that the Jewish Daily Forward has named our Rabbi, Avi Winokur, as one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis.” The Forward solicited nominations from congregations nationwide and selected thirty-three Rabbis as the most inspiring leaders.
We need your help to secure a minyan every Tuesday at 7:15 AM for those individuals in our SHS and local communities who wish to say Kaddish.