Students earn donations

Sixty religious school students who attended Shabbat services Nov. 16 were responsible for an $1,800 donation made by Congregation Beth Israel to Jewish Family Service Hurricane Sandy Relief. Rabbi David M. Weis issued the challenge, which was matched by five congregants.

Each donated $5 to JFS Hurricane Sandy Relief for every student who attended services that Friday.

Congregation Beth Israel is at 2501 Shore Road, Northfield. For more information, call 609-641-3600 or see

Somers Point

Research grants available

The Somers Point Historical Society is offering high school juniors and seniors who are residents of Somers Point the opportunity to be rewarded for their academic prowess and creativity. Grants will be made available on a competitive basis to juniors and seniors. Home-schooled students may apply as well.

Two grants totaling $1,500 may be awarded to the two finalists. Students will conduct a research project on an aspect of the history of Somers Point. Content about Somers Point must be significant. The finished project may be written, audiovisual or in another suitable format. Topics could include but are not limited to World War II: The Home Front, Those Who Served, the Great Depression, or Things That Are Not Here Anymore.

The end result must be a project that can be used by other students and members of the community and would become the property of the Somers Point Historical Society.

A brief description of the topic proposal must be presented by Jan. 15. The Grant Committee will meet with the applicants by Feb. 1 before the research begins. Completed projects must be submitted by May 15. Lateness will limit the amount of the award. Awards will be made at the end of the year ceremony at the student’s respective school. Students may be asked to submit proof of residency, as well as grade level. A list of topics is also available.

Copies of the application may be obtained on the website of the Somers Point Historical Society at, the guidance department of the student’s school, or by calling the Somers Point Historical Society at 609-927-2900.