The genesis of the South Huntington Jewish Center occurred in 1960 at a meeting in the home of one of our founders. A storefront on Route 110 across from what is now the Waldbaum’’s shopping center and just north of the 7-11, served as our first Schul. The first services were held there for the initial fifty families, as well as classes for the children. The first High Holiday services took place at the Sweet Hollow Presbyterian Church on Old Country Road. In 1962 the land our synagogue stands on today was obtained through the services of Ruby Wagner and Leon Lazer. A ground breaking was held and many town dignitaries helped to dedicate the synagogue. After several interim Rabbis we were fortunate to hire Rabbi Morris Shapiro z”’l. Rabbi Shapiro was a highly respected Talmudic scholar who taught us much and helped put SHJC on the map. Rabbi Shapiro was with us for twenty three years.
After three more building expansions; one under Martin Liebman, another under Joel Girsky and the last under Alan Reid, Monique Mensch and Ed Rudofsky, SHJC has blossomed into the beautiful Shul we have all come to know and love.
Today with a membership nearing five hundred families, we again find ourselves very fortunate to have the services of our affable and caring Rabbi Ian Jacknis and his incredible wife, Suri. Indeed our cup runneth over with our artistic and creative Hazzan, Brian Baruch Shamash and his lovely wife, Dr. Emily Shamash. A whole new generation continues to grow, learn, share our sorrows and celebrate our simhas at SHJC.
In 2010, we celebrated our 50th anniversary with a year long celebration. Look in the Religious School wing at the timeline and click here for our Book of memories.