Temple Beth Sholom (Cherry Hill, New Jersey)

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Temple Beth Sholom
Main entrance of Temple Beth Sholom
Basic information
Location 1901 Kresson Road,
Cherry Hill, New Jersey,
United States
Affiliation Conservative Judaism
Country United States of America
Status Active
Leadership Senior Rabbi: Steven Lindemann
Associate Rabbi: Micah Peltz
Cantor: Jen Cohen
Website tbsonline.org
Completed 1989
Capacity 2,000 people

Temple Beth Sholom (TBS) is a Conservative synagogue located at 1901 Kresson Road in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.[1]


Rabbi Albert L. Lewis, rabbi for 44 years

A member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, TBS was founded in 1940 at its former location at 19 White Horse Pike in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, about six miles west of Cherry Hill.[2][3] Among the founders was S.H. Fastow, the owner of Fastow's Five & Ten Cent Store in Haddon Heights, which opened in 1936 and closed in 2001.[4] The founders located the synagogue in Haddon Heights hoping that as Jews moved from Camden into the suburbs, they would settle around the synagogue, but that did not happen.[5] As of 1948, the synagogue had 50 member families.[6] While in Haddon Heights, it grew to over 600 families.

In 1988, the synagogue moved to its current location in eastern Cherry Hill, at the corner of Kresson and Cropwell Roads.[7][2][8][9] In January 1989, members of the congregation marched for six miles carrying the synagogue's 10 Torahs from their old location in Haddon Heights to the new synagogue in Cherry Hill.[9] The Cherry Hill synagogue seats 2,000 people, has a school wing with 19 classrooms, and in 2002 expanded to include a Green Center for Jewish Learning, an expansion of 13,000-square-foot (1,200 m2), that contains a multimedia resource center and 7 high school classrooms.[7] The synagogue now includes about 1,000 member families, and offers a variety of educational and cultural programs.

Clergy and staff[edit]

Former staff include Rabbi Albert L. Lewis (1917-2008), who served for 44 years at TBS.[10][11] Lewis was also a rabbi emeritus at the synagogue.[12] Steven Wernick is a former associate rabbi of the synagogue.[13][14] As of 2014, the senior rabbi is Steven Lindemann, the associate rabbi is Micah Peltz and the cantor is Jen Cohen.


  1. ^ "Joyful noise HD:Jews, especially children, prepare to celebrate the holiday of Purim". Courier Post. March 18, 2000. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Julian H. Preisler (2008). Historic Synagogues of Philadelphia & the Delaware Valley. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ Bernard Postal, Lionel Koppman (1954). A Jewish tourist's guide to the U.S. Jewish Publication Society of America. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ Michael T. Burkhart (June 21, 2001), Fastow's five-and-dime closes, stratford.net 
  5. ^ Charlie Kalech (December 2, 2009). "Temple Beth Sholom". Jerusalem Journal. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ Rabbi Emeritus Albert Lewis, TBS website, accessed June 22, 2011
  7. ^ a b History, TBS website, accessed June 22, 2011
  8. ^ Ann Marie T. Cammarota (2001). Pavements in the garden: the suburbanization of southern New Jersey, adjacent to the city of Philadelphia, 1769 to the present. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Rosalee Polk Rhodes (January 11, 1989). "Temple Beth Sholom Celebrates Opening Its New Synagogue". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Rabbi Albert L. Lewis, 90, Led Synagogue for More Than 40 Years". Jewish Exponent. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  11. ^ Alan J. Steinberg (1988). American Jewry and conservative politics: a new direction. Shapolsky. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  12. ^ Eric Francis (2002). Broken Vows. Macmillan. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Local rabbis shed light on situation facing Israel". Courier Post. November 4, 2000. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Year 2000 full of promise for South Jersey clergy". Courier Post. December 31, 1999. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 39°52′30″N 74°57′17″W / 39.87496°N 74.95473°W / 39.87496; -74.95473