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ABOUT US

We are a vibrant, warm, and growing community, centrally located 10 minutes from Philadelphia and within commuting distance to NY city and Central NJ.  Cherry Hill is an amazing place to live, and our shul has helped promote every resource an Orthodox family could want: eruv, mikvah, Va'ad HaKashrut, Chevra Kadisha, kosher shopping and dining, and much more.  The Modern Orthodox community is flourishing with excellent Jewish Day Schools and extensive learning opportunities.  Most importantly, our synagogue embraces people of all backgrounds and levels of observance, creating a spirited kehilah that makes our members very proud to be here.  We warmly welcome you to join us for a visit and to consider making Cherry Hill and Congregation Sons of Israel  your home as well.

our mission

Enhancing, enriching, and embracing the mosaic of
Modern Orthodox Jewish life in Cherry Hill 

 

OUR VISION

We envision an invested and growing multigenerational community of stakeholders that drives the following objectives:

To help and encourage our members and the wider community to realize their spiritual potential by providing the components for a meaningful Jewish life.

To inspire and foster a love and appreciation of Torah and Mitzvot.

To purposefully nurture and draw from the multifaceted diversity within our Kehilah.

To cultivate a sense of family built upon our rich
history and a shared ownership of our aspirations for the future.

 

Our Clergy

Rabbi  Ephraim Epstein received his Semicha (ordination) from HaRav Berel Wein Shlitta in Jerusalem.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Boston University and an ED.S degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The College of New Jersey. 

Prior to arriving at Congregation Sons of Israel in 5761/2000, Rabbi Epstein and his wife, Debi, resided in Israel. While there, he founded and served as a coordinator and lecturer at the Center for Torah Studies in Jerusalem, a division of Ohr Somayach International. During that time, he taught Talmud, Tanach and Ethics to hundreds of students. Rabbi Epstein also traveled to North America, where he lectured on a myriad of Torah topics at synagogues, conventions and universities.

Rabbi Epstein teaches an array of classes throughout the week at Sons of Israel and is a sought after speaker by local organizations as well as outside communities. He also writes a weekly column found here on our website and is a frequent contributor to regional and international periodicals. 

Our rabbi serves as the Rav HaMachshir of our local Vaad HaKashruth - The Cherry K, the Community Eruv, our Chevra Kaddisha and the Mikvah here on our campus. Rabbi Epstein was also chosen to serve on the New Jersey Holocaust Commission, The Cherry Hill Human Rights Council and as a Cherry Hill Police Chaplain.

Rabbi Epstein along with his wife Debi and their family welcome guests to their home regularly and look forward to welcoming you when you come to Cherry Hill.


Rabbi Epstein can be contacted at rabbiepstein@soicherryhill.org and can be reached by phone at 856-667-9700 ext. 2.

 

 

Our Honored Emeritus Clergy

Rabbi Emeritus
Rabbi Bernard Rothman

Cantor Emeritus
Cantor Isaac Horowitz

OUR LAY LEADERSHIP

                                                                    Donna Moskowitz
                                                                            President
Welcome to Congregation Sons of Israel. We are a synagogue with a rich tradition and a vibrant future. We have an
unwavering commitment to Torah and Israel. We are the heart and soul of the South Jersey Orthodox community.  As a warm, friendly community, we are known for our hospitality to newcomers and where individuals connect to other members to feel supported, valued, and uplifted through friendship. We provide an environment where all members are encouraged to grow in Torah and Mitzvot. 

Congregation Sons of Israel has much to offer for those looking to find a place they can call home. Our campus offers a newly renovated sanctuary, growing day school, and community Mikvah. We also coordinate Kashrut supervision, Cherry Hill West Side Eruv, Sisterhood, and Chevra Kadisha. There are multiple daily Minyanim, and learning opportunities throughout the week and Shabbat. A men’s softball team. Youth groups. Scholars-in-residence. We’ve got it all.

Cherry Hill: Big enough to serve you, Small enough to care!

Contact me at president@soicherryhill.org

SOI is governed by a team of lay leaders making up our Executive and General Board

Our Committees

Committee                                 Chair                                      Email

Advertising                                        Chemmie Sokolic                            chemsok@aol.com

Fundraising                                       Dore Provda                                     dore_provda@yahoo.com

Gala                                                    Helene Raush                                  raushfamily@comcast.net

                                                            Sabrina Spector                               sabrinaspector@gmail.com 

Membership                                     Ilana Weiss                                       Weiss.ilana@gmail.com

                                                            Heshy Chaitoff                                 heshychaitoff@gmail.com

Programming                                   Chani Berliant                                  chaniwiesman@gmail.com

                                                            Sabrina Spector                               sabrinaspector@gmail.com

                                                            Suzie Mindel                                     suziepm@yahoo.com

Security                                              Donna Moskowitz                           president@soicherryhill.org

Sisterhood                                         Karen Cohen                                     karen.e.cohen@gmail.com

                                                             Andy Rauer                                       akr2cats@yahoo.com

Youth                                                 Sabrina Spector                               sabrinaspector@gmail.com

                                                            Suzie Mindel                                     suziepm@yahoo.com

Welcome                                           Aliza Chaitoff                                   alizachaitoff@gmail.com

rabbi Transition

   

Dear Members,

We are very excited to offer the first update on the status of the Congregation Sons of Israel rabbinic search process.In consultation with the board, I have formed a rabbinic search committee; They have “met” and divided into sub-committees that will each focus on a different aspect of this search. I could not have asked for a more eager, dedicated, diverse,  professional, and driven team.

We will begin our process with the most important part of our search, hearing directly from our membership about what their needs and desires are for the future  of the shul.  With that in mind, 4 focus groups will be taking place.  They will be open to all SOI Members in good standing.The goal of these focus groups will be to supply invaluable data that will support the Search Committee as we finalize the job description and proceed with the search. To sign up for the focus groups please click here . The focus groups will take place on Motzei Shabbat 10/24 at 8:30pm, Sunday morning 10/25 at 10:30am, Sunday evening 10/25 at 7:00pm, and Monday evening 10/26 at 8:30pm. All members are invited to sign up for a meeting. The meetings will be closed after 20 slots have been filled  in each so please sign up quickly to get your first choice.  A separate survey will be initiated later in the process to draw input from the entire community as we are mindful of the critical role Sons of Israel plays within the larger Cherry Hill community.

We are in contact with the Yeshiva University Department of Jewish Career Development and Placement (https://www.yu.edu/cjf/rabbinics/placement) , directed by Rabbi Ronald Schwarzberg, which will be posting the job description on its website shortly, officially launching the search. The position will be open to all Rabbinical Council of America (RCA)-eligible rabbis. ( rabbis.org ) and not only to candidates from YU.

Once the position is posted, we expect to begin receiving applications within a few weeks. All applications are submitted to us via the YU Department of Jewish Career Development and Placement. The Search Committee will begin its deliberations as soon as it receives applications. Candidates deemed worthy of further scrutiny will participate in an interview over Zoom. The Search Committee will further narrow the field and offer second-round interviews to select candidates in December and early January; health precautions will almost certainly require that such interviews be conducted over Zoom. By mid-winter, the Search Committee expects to select 2 or 3 finalists who will be invited for a Probah in February or early March.

 A Probah is when top candidates are invited to come to Cherry Hill with their spouse for in person meetings, and this will be the opportunity for the community to meet the candidates and hear them speak. Probahs will either be held in shul or in another location that will allow space for safety precautions if necessary, but we will pause the process if public health concerns prohibit us from introducing the finalists in person. Assuming the search process is brought to completion, membership will vote to select our next rabbi by mid-March, and the new rabbi will join the shul next summer.

We intend to conduct the search in an open and transparent way to the fullest extent possible, with the goal of each member feeling included and his or her views respected. Toward that end, we encourage you to share your thoughts with any individual member of the Search Committee or to email the Committee at soirabbinicsearch@gmail.com

Notwithstanding the overriding need for transparency, it is critical that we maintain the utmost confidentiality surrounding this process, and committee members have already signed Non-Disclosure Agreements forbidding them from sharing details of our internal deliberations. Other than the names of finalists invited for a Probah, committee members will never reveal the identities of the candidates being considered. Disclosing such information would jeopardize the search process, discourage the best candidates from applying, and would likely compromise an applicant’s current position and relationship with his congregation and community.

Looking to the future with hope and excitement, may Hashem bless our wonderful shul and this important endeavor with great success.  

Donna Moskowitz
President

SOI Search Committee
Rabbi Heshy Chaitoff, Co-Chair
Daniel Drabkin, Co-Chair
Yaeli Sokolic, Steering Committee
Ilana Weiss, Steering Committee
Jerry Abramson
Aaron Greenberg
Judy Herzberg
Eric Klein
Justin Kaufman
Mark Lowitz
Reuven Pinon
Marvin Raab
Helene Raush
Sarah Zanger

Fri, December 4 2020 18 Kislev 5781