Temple Beth Sholom (Cherry Hill, New Jersey)
|Temple Beth Sholom|
Main entrance of Temple Beth Sholom
|Location||1901 Kresson Road,
Cherry Hill, New Jersey,
|Country||United States of America|
|Leadership||Senior Rabbi: Steven Lindemann
Associate Rabbi: Micah Peltz
Cantor: Jen Cohen
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. 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. 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. As of 1948, the synagogue had 50 member families. 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. 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. 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. The synagogue now includes about 1,000 member families, and offers a variety of educational and cultural programs.
Clergy and staff
Former staff include Rabbi Albert L. Lewis (1917-2008), who served for 44 years at TBS. Lewis was also a rabbi emeritus at the synagogue. Steven Wernick is a former associate rabbi of the synagogue. As of 2014, the senior rabbi is Steven Lindemann, the associate rabbi is Micah Peltz and the cantor is Jen Cohen.
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