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Mike E dison - President - Congregation B'nai Israel of Fayetteville, GA On   behalf   of   Congregation   B'nai   Israel   of   Fayetteville,   GA,   I   would   like   to   thank   Rabbi   Salazar   for   your   work   here,   and for   restoring   our   Holocaust   Torah   to   proper   condition.      I   would   especially   like   to   thank   you   for   conducting   those   two informational   classes   during   the   day...Those   who   attended   your   classes   were   very   impressed   with   your   skill   and knowledge. Thank you once again. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Da vid Oney - Torah Project Coordinator - Temple Beth El, Boca Raton FL. Spending   a   year   scheduling   and   organizing   letter   scribing   events,   creating   new   communication   tools   ,   and   designing   marketing materials   to   support   our   amazing   Torah   Project   committee   as   we   wrote   a   new   Torah   with   Sofer   on   Site   for   Temple   Beth   El   of   Boca Raton   truly   was   a   once   in   a   lifetime   mitzvah.   Our   participants   immensely   enjoyed   the   opportunity   to   scribe   a   letter   and   Rabbi   Bialo who   enhanced   the   experience   with   his   knowledge,   warmth,   humor   and   obvious   love   of   both   being   a   sofer   and   of Torah.   I   personally worked    mostly    behind    the    scenes    often    with    the    very    talented    Rabbi    Shmuel    Goldstein.    With    patience    and    willingness    to    compromise,    to accommodate   new   ideas,   and   to   make   untold   revisions,   often   under   unreasonable   deadlines,   Rabbi   Goldstein   was   generous   in   explaining   the   why’s and how’s of his vision thereby enhancing my skills in the art of design. Definitely a “bucket list” endeavor. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Debra Antzis - Project Chair Head - Temple Shalom, Naples, FL. Hi,   Rabbi   Goldstein,   I   just   wanted   to   thank   you   again,   I   love   the   logo.   Susan   and   Mark   found   it   a   pleasure   to   work with you, and look forward to more collaboration going forward. _________________ Susan Freeman & Marc Simon - Marketing - Temple Shalom, Naples, FL. The   (pleasurable)   feeling   (of   working   together   with   you)   is   mutual!   We   so   enjoyed   working   with   you   and   you   did   a beautiful   job!   We   just   want   you   to   know   that   we   love   it   (the   logo)   too,   as   does   the   whole   Marketing   Committee.   We look forward to working together again as this project moves forward. Thank you very much. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ R abbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik - Temple Ahavat Shalom, Northridge, CA. This   week   was   another   incredible   week   of   Torah   at   Temple   Ahavat   Shalom.   We   had   two   days   of   letter   writing,   including   a   visit with   the   Torah   to   the   Jewish   Home.   Our   incredible   committee   put   in   12   hour   days   to   make   sure   it   all   ran   smoothly   and   that   every family   had   a   chance   to   write   in   the   Torah.   Laraine,   Howard,   Fran, Al,   Sheila   and   Cindy   were   all   at   the   Jewish   Home   by   8   a.m.   to make   sure   there   would   be   a   beautiful   festive   atmosphere   for   the   residents.   The   response   has   been   overwhelmingly   positive   and it   has   been   a   pure   joy   to   see   so   many   families   making   a   connection   to   our   Kolin   Torah   and   to   our   community   and   finding   their families place in the Torah. Our visit to the Jewish Home will be featured on the channel 4 NBC local news tonight - spread the word. Our   Torah   is   looking   beautiful   -   the   parchment   is   clean   and   most   of   the   repairs   have   been   made   to   the   letters   -   our   Torah   is   really   coming   back   to life.   It   will   be   clear   and   easy   to   read   and   I   am   looking   forward   to   having   our   community   read   from   it.   Thank   you   all   for   your   part   in   making   this happen. Shabbat Shalom, Shawna ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Laraine Miller - Temple Ahavat Shalom, Northridge, CA. “Howard and I are grateful for the opportunity and the ability to participate in the undertaking of this spectacular project. The   response   of   our   congregation   exceeds   our   expectations.      Our   hearts   are   filled   with   joy   as   we   reflect   on   the   journey   since   late summer   to   now.      We   look   forward   to   June   12   to   our   celebration   of   writing   the   last   word,   unveiling   the   wimple   and   engaging   in   a wonderful service dedicated to the complete restoration of our very special Torah. Thank you Rabbi Druin for your compassionate and witty expertise in helping us reach this day.  Your dynamism is unforgettable. Thank   you   Rabbi   Shawna   for   guiding   us   as   a   committee   of   volunteers   to   reach   our   goals   and   for   helping   numerous   families   select      specific   Torah verses as their dedications. Thank   you   to   our   fellow   congregants   who   have   come   together   to   make   this   all   happen,   those   serving   on   the   committee   and   those   who   chose   to complete   a   pledge.   Thank   you   Rabbi   Lutz   for   kick   starting   this   journey   when   you   declared   it   was   time   to   restore   our   Kolin   Torah   and   bring   it   back   to full   life,   to   not   only   be   carried,   but   to   be   read   from   throughout   the   years   to   come.”...”Thank   you   ...for   helping   us   with   restoring   our   little Torah!   It   was   a remarkable   feat   for   our   congregation,   having   just   finished   a   major   capital   campaign.   275   groups   held   the   quill   with   you   ---   involving   more participation of any one event than ever before at TAS!   Sincerely, Laraine ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Vera Wolff Sullivan - Co-President - Park Avenue Synagogue Singles Committee Dear Rabbi: It   was   wonderful   to   speak   to   you   again   today   at   Mitzvah   Sunday   and   recall   with   you   those   special   moments   when, during   the   Torah   Project   earlier   this   year,   you   gave   me   my   letter….my   "lamed". As   I   said   today,   when   I   sat   down   with   you,   you   looked   me   straight   in the   eye   as   if   I   was   the   only   person   in   the   universe. You   said   "Have   I   got   a   letter   for   you."   I   was   so   thrilled   as   if   I   was   getting   the   birthday   present   of   a lifetime!   In   the   time   you   spent   explaining   the   significance   of   the   "Lamed"   to   me,   I   felt   like   I   was   the   most   valued   and   cherished   being   on   earth.   It   was such   a   special   experience.   I   have   treasured   the   card   you   gave   me.   When   I   got   home,   I   put   it   on   my   bulletin   board   because   I   wanted   to   save   it   but   I didn't   know   exactly   where   to   put   it. Then   when   I   was   praying   one   morning   with   my   prayer   book   and   my   tallis,   I   had   a   brainstorm.   I   decided   to   put   the card   in   my   prayer   book   with   the   Amidah.   Now,   every   morning   when   I   say   the   Amidah,   I   am   always   reminded   of   the   letter,   its   significance   and   that special and precious gift of your time. Thank you again. Best wishes to you and your family for a joyous and happy Thanksgiving. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Amy R. Perlin D.D., Senior Rabbi - Temple B'nai Shalom, Fairfax Station, VA Rabbi   Gedaliah   Druin   has   restored   all   four   of   my   Torahs   with   kavannah   and   excellence.      He   is   a   gifted teacher,   and   honest   man   in   a   field   where   that   is   most   rare.      He   secured   two   of   my Torahs   for   me   with   the highest   ethical   standards.         I   have   no   experience   with   a   new Torah,   but   it   is   a   privilege   to   recommend   this wonderful scribe. He is truly a mensch.  Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Perlin ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Jo el Kelson - Vassar Temple, Poughkeepsie, NY Shalom Rabbi Shmuel Goldstein, I   really   enjoyed   my   letter   fill-in   experience,   enjoyed   talking   to   both   Rabbis   Druin   (Gedalya   a   couple weeks   before),   and   found   the   whole   thing   deeply   moving.   I   believe   this   passage   in   the   Torah   is reflected in the Pidyon Haben ceremony. I am honored to have filled in this letter with my family, including my first-born son. Many thanks, Joel Kelson ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ L aura Brundage - Vassar Temple, Poughkeepsie, NY Dear Rabbi Shmuel Goldstein, Thank you very much for making the day a personal and meaningful connection for each of my girls and me as well. Your patience in explaining what must have been the same information over and over coupled with your ability to personalize our letter in a way that we felt there a special purpose for US to have THAT letter is a gift. Thank you again, Laura Brundage ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ M arc Mayer - Temple Jeremiah - Northfield, IL I   was   chosen   as   the   committee   chair   person   for   our   Torah   writing   project   at   Temple   Jeremiah,   a   reform   temple   in Northfield,   Illinois,   a   northern   suburb   of   Chicago.      The   project   came   to   be   known   as   the   "Torah   of   Our   Own" project.      My   first   task   was   choosing   the   Sofer   to   write   our   Torah   and   that   is   how   I   met   Rabbi   Moshe   Druin   and   Sofer   on   Site.      I   was   provided   with several   Sofer's   written   materials,   including   Sofer   on   Site's.      I   was   initially   very   impressed   with   Sofer   on   Site's   marketing   information,   but   it   was   the meeting   with   Rabbi   Druin   that   convinced   me   Sofer   on   Site   was   the   Sofer   for   Jeremiah.      From   that   first   meeting   throughout   our   joint   involvement   in the   Temple   Jeremiah   Torah   of   Our   Own   project   Rabbi   Druin   never   ceased   to   amaze   me   with   his   energy,   wit,   knowledge   of   all   things   Torah   and ability to connect with each and every one of our congregants in a meaningful way. Not   only   did   my   own   family   get   to   have   our   ten   minute   session   with   Rabbi   Druin   when   we   wrote   our   own   letter   in   our   new   Torah,   but   as   the committee chairperson I got to observe first hand most of our congregants as they wrote their letters in the Torah and interacted with Rabbi Druin.  From   my   own   and   my   family's   experience,   we   were   amazed   at   how   easily   Rabbi   Druin   connected   with   everyone   in   the   family   and   how   everyone separately   related   to   his   explanation   of   the   significance   of   our   letter   and   word.      However,   it   was   Rabbi   Druin's   ease   of   manner   with   each   of   our congregants,   from   our   oldest,   100   year   old   member   to   the   small   babies   who   sat   with   their   parents   while   they   wrote   their   letters   that   impressed   me the   most.      His   discussions   with   all   our   families   and   his   teaching   at   each   of   the   sessions   showed   his   passion   for   the   Torah   and   his   passion   for teaching Torah. I   often   commented   how   it   appeared   every   family   walked   on   air   after   their   session   with   Rabbi   Druin.      To   a   person,   everyone   who   attended   one   of Rabbi Druin's Torah writing sessions came away from the experience expressing wonderment and joy in what they had just done.  Sofer   on   Site   and   Rabbi   Druin   were   always   prompt,   courteous,   prepared   and   ready   to   teach   no   matter   who   the   audience   was.      He   was   equally adept   at   teaching   our   adult   classes   as   he   was   teaching   our   Hebrew   and   religious   school   students.      The   staff   at   Sofer   on   Site   was   there   to   assist   us in every aspect of our project, from the opening ceremony, through fundraising, marketing, scheduling and the closing ceremony.  While   our   project   was   a   success   in   terms   of   getting   our   beautiful   new   Torah   completed   and   having   many   of   our   congregants   participate   in   writing   a letter in the Torah, it was Rabbi Druin's positive message and personality that made the project so fulfilling for me and our congregation.  I would recommend Sofer on Site and Rabbi Druin to any temple considering getting involved in  any Torah oriented project. Marc Mayer ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Anita R ubin - Congregation Shir Ami, Newtown, PA Rabbi,   thank   you   for   helping   make   the   closing   ceremonies   of   our   torah   program   such   a   wonderful   and   meaningful event.   I   was   so   moved   by   what   you   said   to   our   committee   as   we   filled   in   our   letter   in   the   final   word   of   our   torah.   I   was   hoping   no   one   noticed   as   a few   tears   escaped   down   my   cheeks. And   watching   you   and   Rabbi   Strom   joyously   dance   on   the   bimah.   It   wasn't   on   the   program   ---   but   what   a   great additional.   My   husband   said   he   wanted   us   all   to   join   in.   (I   told   him   "It   was   on   the   program!) And   then   we   had   our   two   girls   chant   so   beautifully   from OUR   TORAH.   It   doesn't   get   any   better   than   that.   I   am   sorry   for   omitting   your   name   from   the   program.   In   all   the   planning,   it   was   our   only   mistake. Hope   and   I   knew   the   fulfullment   of   the   613   commandment   was   your   part   of   the   program   but   it   never   got   to   print.   Thank   you   for   this   wonderful experience. It is one all of us will never forget. -- Anita ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Nan cy Ellen Micco,  Director ECLC, Temple Israel of the City of New York   Dear Penina: I   was   so   pleased   to   hear   from   you   and   am   honored   to   be   asked   for   a   recommendation.   Rabbi   Druin   was   the absolute   best.   He   came   and   visited   in   each   of   our   classrooms   and   his   presentations   were   perfect   whether   he was   speaking   to   our   young   two   year   olds   or   our   five   years.   He   clearly   knows   young   children   well.   He   came   with materials   that   the   children   could   not   only   look   at   but   feel   and   touch   as   well.   It   is   extremely   important   to   young children   to   be   able   to   have   a   tactile   experience   as   well.   He   patiently   answered   all   of   their   questions   whether   they were   on   topic   or   not.   He   was   as   delightful   with   adults   as   he   was   with   the   children.   When   I   had   my   turn   to   write   he explained   the   passage   to   me   thoroughly   before   he   guided   my   hand.   It   was   truly   a   very   moving   moment!   It   was captured in a photo that I have in my office. Rabbi Druin enhanced this once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you are considering writing your own Torah, Rabbi Druin is definitely your man. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════
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