A look back at the Woodbine Brotherhood Synagogue, which became the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage — and then evolved into the new Stockton Educational Site located at the Sam Azeez Museum.
Michael Azeez, of Upper Township, announced his plans to buy the Woodbine Brotherhood Synagogue for use as a museum and cultural center in October 2001. He later had the paint removed and facade restored to the original brick.
A memorium board had names of past members of the congregation in Hebrew in October 2001, before Michael Azeez bought the synagogue, then called the Woodbine Brotherhood Synagogue. At the time, the synagogue was no longer open for high holidays.
Workers from Jamison Construction restore the original brickwork from beneath layers of paint on the Woodbine Brotherhood Synagogue in June 2002.
Rabbi Aaron Krauss of Beth El Synagogue in Margate runs the Sunday service at the Woodbine Brotherhood Synagogue on June 8, 2003.
Worshipers line-up outside the synagogue at the start of Sunday service — the first the Woodbine Brotherhood Synagogue held after being restored by Michael Azeez. Worshipers from around the region visited the synagogue to attend the first service on June 8, 2003.
The Sam Azeez Musuem on Woodbine Heritage located on Washington Avenue in Woodbine in August 2005.
Rabbi Avrahom Rapoport of Chabad of Atlantic County, lit a menorah in December at the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, assisted by Woodbine Mayor William Pikolycky, left.
Jonathan Gubits carries the Torah around for the congregation during Rosh Hashana services in September 2007. Woodbine marked the holiday with services at the former synagogue, then the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage.
Bill and Judy Brookover lead Rosh Hashana services at the former Jewish synagogue, now the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage in September 2007.
Debbie Zweigenbaum, of Woodbine, a docent at the museum, reads a letter from Memory Wall inside the museum in September 2011.
From left signing the agreement are: Gayle Gross, Stockton Foundation, Michael Azeez, founder of the museum and Herman J. Saatkamp Jr. President of Stockton. It was announced on Sept. 26, 2006, that The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will have a partnership with the Sam Azeez Woodbine Museum of Jewish Heritage in Woodbine.
The Sam Azeez Woodbine Museum of Jewish Heritage in Woodbine in October 2011.
A new addition was under construction in December 2012 at the Sam Azeez Museum in Woodbine.
A new addition has been constructed in December 2012 at the Sam Azeez Museum in Woodbine that is being turned over to Stockton Collage as part of prior donation.
Woodbine Elementary School students tour of the new Stockton Educational Site on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at the Sam Azeez Museum.
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