Testimonials
═══════════════════════════════ R abbi Michael P. Singer, Temple Beth David, Palm Beach FL To Rabbi Menachem Bialo and the staff of Sofer-on-Site, I   wanted   to   write   to   personally   thank   you   for   the   incredible   and   sacred   experience   you helped   bring   to   my   synagogue, Temple   Beth   David.   In   the   beginning,   we   were   really   not sure   what   we   were   getting   into,   since   this   was   the   first   sefer   Torah   the   synagogue   had ever   written.   Not   only   did   you   guide   us   through   the   process   but   you   let   us   eventually find the right fit for our community. From   working   with   our   religious   school   children,   our   Pre-School,   and   the   multi-generational   members   of   the   synagogue you    were    able    to    craft    multiple    educational    programs    that    allowed    people    to    not    only    learn    about    the    613th Commandment   but   also   to   be   transformed   by   it.   We   knew   that   there   would   be   a   tremendous   feeling   of   kedushah   when embarking   on   the   writing   of   a   new   sefer Torah   but   never   could   we   have   imagined   just   how   deeply   moved   and   profoundly changed each member would be by the personalized time you spent with them in the writing of the Torah. The   genuine   love   you   have   for   HaShem,   B’nai   Yisrael,   and   our   tradition   was   always   present   in   how   you   connected   with each   person   and   the   beauty   and   care   you   took   in   writing   our   Torah.   So   as   the   Talmud   teaches   (Mesechet   Ta’anit   5b) with what can I bless you? - “May it be God's will that all your seeds should be like you...” Todah Rabbah to you and all at Sofer-On-Site. Temple Beth David is indeed lucky and grateful to you for helping us fulfill the 613th Commandment. B’shalom   v’yedidut,   Rabbi   Michael   P.   Singer ═══════════════════════════════ R abbi   Lynne   Goldsmith,   Temple   Emanu-El,   Dothan, AL Dear Rabbi Druin, I   wanted   to   let   you   know   that   the   celebration   of   return   for   our   Torah   that   was   held yesterday    was    wonderful.    Many    of    my    congregants    came    up    to    tell    me    what    a meaningful   experience   it   had   been   for   them,   and   what   a   special   moment   it   had   been   in their lives. It does not get much better than that. Rabbi   Salazar   was   a   wonderful   teacher   and   provided   the   message   to   us   and   to   our non-Jewish    community    of    the    connection    between    Torah    and    God.    And    it    was particularly great to see him considering that Isaac was a real threat. Thank you so much for sending him. Thank you once again for a wonderful day and for doing such beautiful work restoring our Torah scroll. _________________ Lynne Goldsmith - Temple Emanu-El - Dothan, Alabama Good Afternoon Rochel, We   had   a   wonderful   session   with   Rabbi   Salazar,   and   I   reported   it   to   the   Board   of Trustees   the   week   after   we   saw   him.   It turns out that we have an old, one of a kind Torah. We do want to preserve it. I   have   actually   talked   with   several   people   who   have   given   me   glowing   reports   about   Sofer   On   Site   and   Gedaliah   Druin in   particular.   My   favorite   was   the   rabbi   who   told   me   that   the   soferim   who   work   for   Sofer   On   Site   do   it   because   of   their great love of Torah. Doesn't get much better than that. Once again, thanks for all your help in setting all this up. L'Shalom, ═══════════════════════════════ P amela Kimball, Richmond Torah Center,   San   Fransisco,   CA Rabbi   Druin   checked   my   mezuzah   in   Palo Alto   at   Rabbi   Yossi   Levin's   shul   a   few   years ago,   maybe   3   years   ago.   He   was   very   perceptive   (if   not   psychic)   as   to   my   issues,   about which   he   only   mentioned   one   ("focus,"   which   he   deduced   from   "you   shall   not   follow after your eyes & 'bow down' to other g*ds" being unkosher on my mezuzah). ═══════════════════════════════ R abbi Gilah Dror, Rodef Sholom Temple, Hampton, VA   Rabbi   Salazar   came   to   Rodef   Sholom   Temple   to   repair   our   Torah   scrolls   and   provide Holy   Roller   Training   to   a   group   of   our   congregants.   He   worked   assiduously   on   the repairs   for   hours.   Then   our   congregants   arrived   for   his   training   session.   Rabbi   Salazar did   an   amazing   job   bringing   us   into   a   holy   frame   of   mind   for   the   work   we   were   about   to undertake.    The    training    was    comprehensive    and    comprehensible,    and    we    have appreciated    the    excellent    follow-up    support    we    have    received    from    Sofer    On    Site afterwards    as    well.    Our    trainees    were    inspired    and    excited    about    the    prospect    of continuing   to   maintain   our   Torahs   with   a   much   more   hands-on   approach   than   we   had ever   imagined   possible.   We   thank   Rabbi   Salazar   for   his   inspiring,   professional,   and warm   presentation   of   a   very   holy   Jewish   task. ═══════════════════════════════ R abbi David R. Senter, Manetto Hill Jewish Center, Plainview, NY   To Whom It May Concern:   It   is   with   great   pleasure   that   I   recommend   Rabbi   Druin   and   the   Sofer   On   Site   team.   I have   had   the   honor   of   using   the   services   of   three   generations   of   Druin   family   sofrim (scribes),   over   a   period   spanning   more   than   25   years.   During   that   time   the   Druin   family and    the    Sofer    On    Site    team    have    always    satisfied    our    needs    and    exceeded    our expectations.   Your   technical   expertise   is   second   to   none,   exceeded   only   by   the   love   of Torah   and   Mitzvot   that   permeates   your   entire   team.   This   love   is   combined   with   a sincere    desire    to    share    Torah    knowledge.    The    net    result    is    an    expert    team    that maintains    our    Torah    Scrolls    to    the    highest    standard    while    teaching,    inspiring    and engaging   congregants   of   diverse   backgrounds,   levels   of   observance,   and   age   groups.   Our   latest   project   was   the restoration   of   a   150   year   old   Holocaust   Torah.   The   experience   was   amazing.   The   Sofer   On   Site   team   was   with   us   every step   of   the   way.   Rabbi   Yochanan   Salazar   was   present   to   evaluate   the   Torah   when   it   was   removed   from   the   case.   He returned   to   teach   us   about   our   Torah   and   escort   the   Torah   to   Miami   where   every   individual   letter   rewritten   or   repaired. The process brought together our congregation in an incredible experience. Please   feel   free   to   contact   me   at   the   above   number   if   you   have   any   questions.   I   would   be   happy   to   share   the   details   of this project and my general experiences with the Druin family and the Sofer On Site team. With   Torah   Blessings   and   Best   Wishes ═══════════════════════════════ C antor Manny Silver, Temple Beth El- Hollywood, FL   I've   had   so   many   wonderful   and   memorable   moments   during   my   10   years   as   the   cantor at   Temple   Beth   El.   But   the   events   of   Sunday,   November   7,   2010   top   my   list.   That   was the   day   I   got   the   chance   to   fulfill   the   last   of   the   613   Mitzvot   in   the Torah,   to   write   a Torah during my lifetime. Well,    I    didn't    actually    write    a    whole    Torah,    but    I    carried    out    the    spirit    of    the commandment   by   writing   two   letters   in   the Torah. To   be   totally   honest,   all   I   did   was   hold onto   the   quill   as   the   letters   “yud”   and   “reish”   were   inscribed   by   Rabbi   Menachem   Bialo, a   marvelous   young   Rabbi   who   is   repairing   our   Holocaust   Torah,   a   200-year-old   Torah scroll   used   by   the   Jews   of   a   town   in   Czechoslovakia   who   were   murdered   during   World War   II.   Rabbi   Bialo   is   a   “sofer,”   a   Torah   scholar   who   is   specially   trained   in   writing   new Torahs    and    repairing    old    ones.    On    that    Sunday    morning,    over    50    Temple    Beth    El members,   who   donated   to   our   Torah   Restoration   Fund,   were   given   the   privilege   of   partaking   in   this   once-in-a-lifetime event. I   am   especially   grateful   to   Dr.   Fred   Lippman   and   his   wife,   Judy,   who   donated   to   the Torah   Restoration   Fund   in   my   name, and    gave    me    the    honor    of    writing    a    letter    in    the   Torah.    I    saw    Fred    and    Judy,    and    some    of    their    children    and grandchildren   there   on   that   crisp   Sunday   morning,   and   I   thanked   them   and   exchanged   greetings.   Just   three   weeks   later, on   another   gorgeous   Sunday   morning,   we   would   all   be   gathered   in   our   beautiful   sanctuary   again,   this   time   to   say   good- bye   to   Judy,   who   had   suddenly   passed   on.   One   of   her   last   good   deeds   on   earth   was   to   make   sure   that   future generations will read from our Torah. I   also   want   to   thank   Lynn   Strauss   and   her   group   of   “Holy   Rollers,”   who   have   worked   tirelessly   on   this   most   meaningful project,   and   are   still   working   hard   to   restore   some   of   our   other Torahs   in   need   of   repair.   By   the   way,   on   that   day   when   we wrote   letters   in   the   Torah,   the   section   that   we   restored   was   the   portion   of   B'shalach,   which   includes   the   “Song   at   the Sea,” the victory song that Moses and Israel sang after they were saved by God at the Red Sea. As   each   person   approached   the   Torah,   Rabbi   Bialo   pointed   out   the   next   word   that   needed   restoration   and   explained   its meaning.   I   was   thrilled   and   awestruck   when   I   sat   down   to   do   my   word,   and   it   was“asheera,”   the   Hebrew   word   meaning “I will sing.” I could never have picked a more fitting word for myself! To   me,   it   was   much   more   than   a   coincidence.   It   was   a   “wink   from   God,”   telling   me   that   He   is   always   there   to   help   us   to navigate our path in life and become all that we can be. ═══════════════════════════════ A ndy - Chizuk Amuno Congregation, Baltimore MD. Everyone   felt   wonderful   about   the   whole   experience.   Even   Ben   was   impressed,   and he's a confirmed skeptic. By   the   way,   the   line   before   the   one   containing   our   letter   had   my   father's   name,   and   the line our letter was in had my son's name. What were the odds of   that   happening? ═══════════════════════════════ H azzan Marc A. Dinkin - Congregation B’nai Shalom, Walnut Creek CA. I   can   not   thank   you   and   your   organization   enough   for   sending   Rabbi   Bialo   to   us. Everything   about   him   was   a   blessing.   He   is   an   outstanding   representative   for   Sofer   On Site.   He   exuded   patience   and   a   relaxed   competent   manner   with   our   congregants.   His ability   to   recognize   the   situation   and   the   participants   involved   was   most   impressive.   I found   him   to   be   respectful   and   polite   to   all   who   approached   and   surrounded   him.In closing,   I   was   also   truly   moved   by   his   adoration   for   Torah   and   the   kavod   he   manifests through his responsibilities. ═══════════════════════════════ A line Fisher - Torah Project Chair, Temple Beth El, Boca Raton FL. TODAH   RABAH,   Rabbi   Bialo,   for   your   smile,   knowledge,   and   warmth   which   you   project individually   and   to   each   group   with   whom   you   meet.   Even   when   Dan   and   Rabbi   Bialo are   not   feeling   well,   we   are   fortunate   that   they   both   exude   their   love   of   Torah   and   of humanity! _________________ Barry Krinsky - Temple Beth El, Boca Raton FL. Wes   –   thank   you   for   inviting   my   family   into   your   house   tonight.   It   was   a   special   experience   and   one   that   I   would   have likely   passed   up   had   I   not   been   invited   by   you.   It   was   particularly   special   given   my   son’s   upcoming   Bar   Mitzvah   this weekend   and   it   will   likely   play   into   the   comments   that   my   wife   and   I   will   be   addressing   to   Drew   on   the   bima   on   Saturday. Drew   very   much   enjoyed   the   evening   and   to   my   surprise   so   did   his   sister,   my   wife,   and   the   toughest   critic,   my   mom....   I found   the   sofer   to   be   particularly   interesting   and   entertaining.   Pretty   amazing   that   he   is   only   27   years   old.   He   is   a   gifted story   teller   with   an   ability   to   relay   his   thoughts   in   a   way   that   connected   with   my   children.The   positive   experience   and your generosity has also motivated my wife and I to want to make a donation to the temple.    
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