CHERRY HILL (SBN) — As Jewish communities around the world prepare for Passover next week, two synagogue men’s clubs in Cherry Hill are passing on the traditions of Passover by making chopped horseradish by hand.
Temple Emanuel and Congregation M’kor Shalom have voted to unify in a single congregation beginning in July. The M’kor Shalom Men’s club has been making the spicy condiment as a fund-raiser and educational tool for three decades. And now members of Temple Emanuel’s men’s group are joining the festivities as the two clubs make plans to continue the tradition after the unification.
Students in the synagogue’s religious school visited the M’kor Shalom kitchen this week to help with the preparations and take a whiff of the pungent root, which represents the bitterness of slavery in Egypt during the retelling of the Passover story.
The synagogue is selling the chopped horseradish online for pickup on Sunday, April 10 at the temple on Evesham Avenue. Ordering information is here.
You can watch a video news report by SBN News Director Steve Lubetkin about the horseradish-making project in the video player below, featuring interviews with the organizers of the event. The video includes closed-captioning for the deaf or people with a hearing loss. Press the “CC” button on the player tool bar to activate closed captions.
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. He refocused on multimedia journalism and podcast production after a long career in corporate branded journalism and public relations.
He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced a wide range of audio and video podcasts in his other role as managing partner of State Broadcast News’s parent, The Lubetkin Media Companies.
Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional.
In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in July 2021 he was named secretary of the chapter. In August 2021, he was honored by SPJ with one of the organization’s 2021 Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Awards, given to regular members of an SPJ chapter who go above and beyond in serving their chapter.
Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996.
Steve also has reported on-camera and produces virtual conferences for NJSpotlightNews.org, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC.
From May-November 2019, he produced and reported a weekly podcast, The CRE News Hour, a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry.
From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta.
Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies.
Earlier in his career, Steve reported on rock music at the Jersey Shore for the Asbury Park Press, and was a broadcast news anchor and production engineer for WJLK-AM & FM, then owned by the Press. He also worked as a general assignment reporter for the Red Bank Register, Shrewsbury, NJ.
You can email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.