═══════════════════════════════ S amantha   Hammontree   -   Project   Chair   Head   -   Congregation   Beth   Torah,   KS Congregation   Beth Torah   in   2013   celebrated   our   25th Anniversary. This   joyous   occasion was   celebrated   in   conjunction   with   launching   our   Torah   project   through   Sofer   On   Site! Within just days of taking on this project, our founding Rabbi announced his retirement. As   the   Chairperson   for   the   25th Anniversary   and   the   Torah   Writing   Experience,   we   established   a   goal   of   hoping   to   raise $500,000.   It   was   crucial   that   we   had   a   well   polished   and   strategic   approach   to   our   marketing   campaign. As   President   of my   company,   my   time   is   limited.   These   two   giant   projects   wouldn’t   be   without   great   leadership   and   I   knew   it   would   take an   incredible   volunteer   steering   committee   as   well   as   partnership   with   Sofer   On   Site.   I   definitely   understood   the significance   marketing   would   play   when   developing   a   successful   campaign.   I   was   somewhat   hesitant   on   relying   on Sofer   On   Site   as   a   source   for   our   marketing   and   publicity   materials   because   we   had   an   internal   communications   and graphic designer on staff at Beth Torah. However,   it   didn’t   take   long   for   me   to   realize   the   talent   of   Shmuel   Goldstein,   my   day-to-day   point   of   contact.   Shmuel’s professionalism   and   collaboration   skills   have   been   invaluable   It   is   rare   that   you   find   someone   who   has   both   the   creative ability,   copywriting   skills   and   technical   side   as   well.   This   combination   helps   us   get   things   done   quickly.   He   has   always made   himself   available,   which   fits   great   with   my   hectic   and   very   busy   schedule.   He   is   personable,   extremely   patient, friendly   and   easy   to   work   with.   His   ability   to   rapidly   put   our   thoughts   and   ideas   onto   paper   is   really   amazing   and   creates great   efficiencies   so   I   can   devote   my   time   elsewhere.   There   is   no   doubt   that   in   the   course   of   working   with   him   on   our project, we’ve not only gained a great resource and talent, but a friend as well. Sincerely, ═══════════════════════════════ J ohn Kohn - Vice President - Mickve Israel, Savannah, GA   Rabbi,   I   just   wanted   to   take   a   moment   to   tell   you   how   much   Rabbi   Salazar's   visit   to   our Temple   was   appreciated.   He,   like   other   people   at   Sofer-on-Site,   shares   and   exudes   his love for Torah. It is contagious. Many   people   took   the   time   to   let   me   know   how   meaningful   it   became   to   scribe   a   letter   in the   new   Torah   we   are   getting.   Before   the   event,   most   of   the   signers   were   not   sure   what   they   would   get   from   the experience.   Afterwards   many   gushed   about   what   they   received.   This   is   a   tribute   to   Torah   and   to   Rabbi   Salazar   who   is able to relate so well with each person and make the moment special & educational. My   wife   was   one   of   the   students   in   the   Holy   Rollers   class.   When   she   got   home   at   10   PM,   she   spent   the   next   30   minutes telling me all about it. She was all excited about being involved. As   it   turns   out   one   of   the   local TV   stations   (WJCL,   the   NBC   affiliate)   came   by   and   did   a   short   story   about   our   new Torah. One   of   our   congregant   families   was   shown   and   Rabbi   Salazar   was   interviewed.   We   could   not   have   asked   for   more. Thank you to all that are involved with us. ═══════════════════════════════ R abbi Marcy Delbick & Barb English Temple Beth El Salinas, CA Our    visit    with    the    Sofer    On    Site    was    both    educational    and    inspirational.    As    we participated   in   writing   the   Torah,   Rabbi   Druin   connected   each   person   to   his   or   her   letter, demonstrating   that   just   as   every   letter   of   the Torah   matters   and   is   unique   and   significant so   is   each   person   taking   part   in   writing   it.   It   was   a   once   in   a   lifetime   experience   for   us and   a   weekend   we   will   never   forget.   We   also   want   to   thank   Rabbi   Shmuel   Goldstein   for   all   his   time,   patience   and wondrous   knowledge   of   the   computer.   His   graphic   design   helped   created   a   beautiful   certificate   for   our   members,   one   in which we will cherish forever. It   has   been   a   pleasure   to   work   with   such   an   efficient   staff   as   Sofer   On   Site   and   we   hope   to   be   able   to   work   with   them again in the future. ═══════════════════════════════ S andy Crile - Temple Beit HaYam Stuart, FL Thank   you   for   all   your   assistance   with   our   Torah   restoration   day.   Rabbi   Selwyn   was WONDERFUL!!!   He   was   great   with   the   kids   as   well   as   the   adults.   Everyone   came   away so    appreciative    of    the    attention    he    gave    them    and    with    his    knowledge    of    Torah restoration and the magic of letters. He also has a wonderful sense of humor. Shalom, Sandy Crile _________________ Beth Pennamacoor - Religious School Director, Temple Beit HaYam Stuart, FL Rabbi    Selwyn    was    awesome    with    the    kids.   They    all    loved    the    presentation,    the    whole    Family    Ed    Day    and    the experience. ═══════════════════════════════ D avid   Miller   -   TBS   NM I've   had   such   a   wonderful   week   working   with   Shmuel   Goldstein   that   I   wanted   to   share with you the following thoughts. Over   a   close   to   fifty   year   career   in   marketing   communications,   working   with   some   of finest   designers   in   the   country   on   some   of   the   top   brands   in   the   world,   I've   come   to realize   how   difficult   the   process   of   interaction   between   clients   and   creative   vendors   or between   even   two   creative   colleagues   can   be.   Often   there   is   an   immense   clash   of creative   ego   involved   because   one   individual   is   offering   another   their   best   thinking,   their creative   vision,   their   very   sense   of   how   to   communicate   an   idea.   There's   a   lot   of   rough bumps behind the development of the finished product. Working   with   Reb   Goldstein   has   been   the   opposite   experience   for   me.   He's   open   to   hearing   my   ideas;   gently   inserts   his thought   or   counter   ideas   if   he   thinks   he   has   a   better   solution;   and   makes   the   entire   process   collaborative,   easy   and   yes, even   fun.   That   of   course,   applies   to   the   development   of   the   attention   getting,   creative   materials   we've   developed   to launch   and   create   an   atmosphere   of   support   for   our   Holocaust   Torah   Restoration   Project   (HTRP).   When   it   comes   to   the technology   of   interacting   at   great   distance,   his   speed   and   ability   to   help   even   technological   neophytes   (or   is   that Luddites) like myself makes the process even better. (He's   helped   me   overcome   my   reluctance   to   engage   in   the   new   collaborative   program   offered   by   Google   Docs.   I   was initially   hesitant   both   because   of   time   it   takes   to   learn   something   new   and   because   I   wasn't   certain   it   would   be   worth   the effort. It doesn't take a long time and it's definitely worth it. And Reb Goldstein is a master teacher and fun to work with.) Lastly,   let   me   say   that   even   before   we   have   formally   launched   our   project   and   way   ahead   of   seeing   the   hopefully   sizable success   of   our   economic   campaign,   I   feel   our   TBS   Board   made   the   right   choice   in   selecting   Sofer   On   Site   and contracting   for   the   highest   level   of   input   and   advice   from   Sofer   On   Site.   It's   money   well   spent   and   Reb   Goldstein   is   a large part of the reason why. ═══════════════════════════════ D r.   Mark   Eisenberg   -   The   Community   Synagogue   -   Port   Washington,   NY Since   completing   our   new   Sefer   Torah   we   have   been   blessed   to   be   able   to   have   our Bar   and   Bat   Mitzvahs   chant   from   it   as   they   read   from   Torah   for   the   first   time.   The experience    that    we    had    scribing    the    Torah    was    something    that    touched    our congregation   in   very   deep   ways   and   will   always   be   remembered   by   each   of   the   families that participated. It   was   particularly   special   for   me   to   watch   how   moved   people   became   and   how   deeply touched   they   were   when   they   came   up   for   their   turn   to   write   "their"   letter   in   our   Torah. Thank you for partnering with us and helping our congregation fulfill the mitzvah.   _________________ Rabbi   Irwin   Zeplowitz,   Senior   Rabbi   -   The   Community   Synagogue From   the   first   meeting   with   Rabbi   Druin   years   before   the   project   began   to   threading   the   parchment   and   rolling   the   Torah at   the   very   end   of   the   process,   I   was   moved   by   the   passion,   professionalism,   compassion   and   caring   that   was   brought to   the   writing   of   our   congregational   Torah   by   "Sofer   On   Site."   It   was   a   joy   to   see   the   way   each   individual   and   every family   who   wrote   a   letter   was   given   the   time   to   learn   how   "their"   letter   had   relevance   for   them.   The   process   of   learning was   never   rushed,   and   from   our   youngest   preschoolers   to   home   bound   seniors,   "Sofer   On   Site"   helped   make   the   Torah a living part of their Jewish lives. In   addition   to   the   great   honor   of   sharing   with   the   other   clergy   at   the   synagogue   in   writing   the   first   and   final   letters,   I joined   my   family   in   writing   the   'aleph'   in   the   word   'or'   -   the   'light'   created   by   the   Holy   One   at   the   beginning.   Our   family was inspired by the light of Torah learning - and participating with so many hundreds of others in our community Torah. ═══════════════════════════════ R abbi   Josh   Snyder   -   Hillel   at   Goucher   College   -   Baltimore,   MD Thank   you   Reb   Gedalia   so   very   much   for   your   wonderful   job   in   leading   our   Torah Writing    and    dedication    events.    People    could    not    stop    talking    about    you    and    the experience.   I   appreciate   your   ability   to   both   welcome   and   challenge   participants   to   think about the meaning and significance of the act of writing a Sefer Torah. Some    of    what    you    said    has    become    a    big    point    of    how    I    talk    about    Torah.    Our community   grew   up   in   many   ways   around   these   events,   in   essence   we   have   been called   to   the   Torah.   Thank   you   for   your   flexibility,   sense   of   humor,   attention   to   detail   and love for Torah and Yiddishkeit. ═══════════════════════════════ Ja ck   Cohen   -   Congregation   B'nai   Torah   -   Saint   Peters,   MO Our Torah   was   in   bad   shape,   and   no   longer   kosher   when   we   contacted   Sofer   On   Site. The   Czech   Memorial Trust,   which had   provided   the   Torah   to   us   on   a   permanent   loan   20   year   earlier   recommended   your scribes   as   most   qualified   to   restore   this   Torah   which   had   survived   the   Holocaust.   Our expectations   were   high.   You   exceeded   our   expectations.   We   believe   that   Hashem bestowed   this   Torah   upon   us,   and   that   He   directed   our   search   to   you.   More   importantly, He   gave   you   the   skill   to   restore   the   letters   and   words   that   had   fallen   off   the   parchment to allow our continued prayers from a kosher Torah. ═══════════════════════════════ J udy Yambra - Congregation Beth Yeshurun, TX While    our    year    long    Torah    scribing    truly    helped    to    create    incredibly    meaningful    connections    to    Torah    and    the congregation   for   our   members,   as   chairs   of   the   event,   we   also   created   fabulous   relations with   the   Sofer   On   Site   Staff.   Our   scribes,   Rabbi   Levi   Selwyn,   Rabbi   Moshe   Druin   and Rabbi    Gedallia    Druin    (who    I    affectionately    referred    to    as    "Papa    Druin"    to    tell    the difference)   were   amazing   with   every   person   who   scribed.   And   we   give   great   kudos   to Rabbis   Shmuel   Goldstein   who   was   a   TREMENDOUS   help   with   many   of   our   marketing pieces.   He's   creative,   generous   with   his   time   and   always   very   prompt   with   return   calls and   e-mails.   He   ALMOST   got   us   to   use   Google   Docs   and   even   though   we   didn't,   he was helpful, patient and a very kind "nudge" when he needed information. We   are   truly   thankful   for   the   advice   (not   all   of   which   was   taken   :-))   and   feel   very   blessed to   have   been   part   of   what   has   been   the   most   special   experience   our   congregation   has had or will have for many years to come. _________________ Brian Strauss - Congregation Beth Yeshurun, TX A   terrific   experience.   The   scribes   were   engaging,   warm,   and   made   everyone's   experience   a   memorable   one.   I   was amazed by their attention to detail and accessibility. _________________ Andrea Stein - Congregation Beth Yeshurun, TX It   has   been   a   joy   to   witness   so   many   families   and   individuals   take   their   place   with   the   scribe   and   write   a   letter   in   the Torah,   thereby   performing   the   613th   commandment   -   to   write   a Torah.   We   know   by   the   tears   and   smiles   we've   seen   that a   most   meaningful   connection   to   the Torah   and   to   Beth Yeshurun   has   been   experienced   by   all   who   participated.   We   give out   heartfelt   thanks   and   immeasurable   gratitude   to   Sofer   On   Site,   who   have   given   of   their   time   and   expertise   to   insure the   success   of   this   project.   Their   professional   work   and   services   made   us   look   great!   They   are   the   reason   this   project worked!  
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