The shtender or pulpit is a piece of liturgical furniture that has been used for generations in houses of study and worship. The Jewish services and liturgy require the worshipper to stand or sit at appointed times, the innovation of a hydraulic in the pulpit design allows for the reading surface to be raised or lowered as desired and is the first of its kind.
The shape and form of the design is representative of a tree as well as the letter ‘shin’. The letter ‘shin’ references ‘Shaddai’, one of the names for G-d, the ‘shin’ marks so many ritual objects. The name ‘shintree shtneder’ and the form and meaning of the shtender are derived from these design concepts.