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Survey Response Information

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:

Upon request we can provide you with the raw data file of the survey. Please contact Ric Hayman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We welcome additional input. Please send any comments or questions to: Jeremey Newberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

Thank you.

Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art Exhibition

Saturday, September 19, 6:30 & 7:30 PM- SHS member Marty Rosenberg will offer brief tours of the exhibition, Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art, at 6:30 and 7:30 PM, at the Stedman Gallery at the Rutgers-Camden campus. Then, Symphony in C will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Op. 36 in F minor with internationally renowned Russian-Jewish pianist Alexander Kobrin. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To receive two, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

New Monthly Lunch & Learn Lectures

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.

Jewish History in 100 Nutshells - Mohammed

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.

Jewish History in 100 Nutshells

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.

Space Needs Survey

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.