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Chuck Mondrus - Temple Ahavat Shalom, Northridge, CA. “To Rabbis Druin, Shawna, and Lutz, This project has brought our community together in an amazing way.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!”   Sheila Reback - Temple Ahavat Shalom, Northridge, CA. “The Torah Restoration Project has been one of life's highlights, and thank you for sharing and contributing to its success.    And   to   my   wonderful   co-workers   and   clergy,   it   has   been   quite   a   journey.      My   deepest   thanks   for   the   privilege   and   honor   of   serving   on   this committee.” ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════   Frances Lapides - Temple Ahavat Shalom, Northridge, CA. “My   husband   and   I   chaired   the   Torah   Writing   committee   and   I   must   say   it   was   one   of   the   most   fulfilling   volunteer   jobs   we   have   ever done.   Rabbi   Druin   was   the   easiest   person   to   work   with.   He   put   up   with   all   our   mishagash   and   always   was   so   accommodating.   The experience   he   gave   each   and   every   signer   was   so   inspiring.   Most   people   came   out   of   the   sanctuary   in   tears   at   the   way   he   had connected   to   each   and   everyone.   He   seems   to   have   a   special   sense   as   to   what   people   need   and   are   looking   for   to   make   them   feel fulfilled.   Watching   him   with   our   children   was   so   amazing.   When   he   met   with   the   preschool,   I   was   told   they   only   can   really   pay attention   to   one   thing   for   20   minutes.   After   40   minutes   while   he   still   had   the   kids   enthralled   we   had   to   interupt   as   we   had   people waiting   to   write   in   the   torah. The   experience   also   provided   me   a   chance   to   really   get   to   know   our   congregation   as   I   spoke   with   everyone   who   signed to   set   up   their   appointment   and   was   time   consuming   it   was   also   so   rewarding   -   not   one   person   called   to   complain   -   everyone   was   so   grateful   for   the opportunity   to   write   a   letter   in   the   torah. The   materials   and   suggestions   of   Sofer   on   Site   were   also   a   great   help   as   we   set   up   the   experience   that   our congregants   would   have.   We   thank   you   so   much   for   the   opportunity   to   work   with   you   and   would   be   glad   to   talk   with   anyone   who   is   considering working with you to tell about our wonderful experience. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Louise Zirretta - Past President - Har Sinai Congregation - Owings Mills, MD Our Torah Restoration project was completed during my term as President and under our Interim Rabbi Darryl Crystal.  It was an extraordinary experience, and one that created wonderful community and pride.  We are forever pleased with all that Sofer on Site did to make that holy undertaking so special!   L'Shalom, Louise ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Joanna Nevins - Congregation B’nai Yisrael - Armonk, NY I   just   wanted   to   say,   Thank   you   to   Rabbi   Yochanan   Salazar   for   such   an   amazing   visit   this   past   Thursday.     Our   students   had   such   a   wonderful   time.      Parents   emailed   us   over   the   weekend   to   say   that   their   child   was still   talking   about   the   Sofer!      Rabbi   Salazar   was   great   with   our   young   people.   He   really   was   patient   and responsive to all their questions. B'Shalom Joanna Nevins ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════   Jonathan Burstein - Temple Aliya - Woodland Hills, CA Sofer On Site made our Torah writing experience something special, the Rabbi had something special to say to each individual writing a letter. I could not believe the passion and joy which they injected into our Torah....they were simply put...the BEST. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Cantor Elizabeth Shammash - Tiferet Bet Israel, Blue Bell, PA Thank   YOU,   Rabbi   Druin,   Sunday   morning   was   just   beautiful   for   us   ,and   the   joy   continued   to   the   evening   when   we   had   a wonderful   concert   and   made   a   Shehechiyanu.   Thank   you   for   all   of   your   travel,   teaching,   energy   and   effort   in   helping   us   with   this amazing   project.   I   got   a   glimpse   into   the   scroll   ,   and   the   calligraphy   is   so   beautiful   and   so   clear;   it   is   going   to   be   JOY   to   read   from, light   to   carry,   and   will   really   be   a   help   to   the   Bnai   Mitzvah   who   sometimes   have   trouble   when   the   calligraphy   is   to   fancy   or   words too tight together. It will be a great gift to this congregation forever. Toda Raba!! ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Rabbi David Rosen - Beth Yeshurun, Houston TX. One   of   the   most   surprising   parts   of   the   Torah   Project   has   been   the   stream   of   people   who   have   come   to   me   after scribing   their   letters,   and   have   told   me   (often   through   tear-filled   eyes)   how   moved   they   were   by   the   experience.   Over and   over,   I   have   been   told   by   men   and   women   alike   that   scribing   their   letter   was   one   of   the   most   moving   spiritual experiences   of   their   lives.   Even   people   I   know   who   rarely   show   emotion   have   expressed   the   emotional   impact   of   the Torah   scribing   experience.   Clearly,   writing   a   Torah   has   proven   to   be   more   than   any   of   us   imagined:   It's   not   just   the physical   experience   itself,   but   something   much   deeper,   and   what   excites   me   is   knowing   there   are   still   hundreds   of families   who   have   not   yet   had   the   experience   but   have   something   waiting   for   them   that   will   surprise,   delight   and   touch them in ways they cannot begin to understand! Working   with   Rabbi   Druin   and   his   associates   was   a   wonderful   experience.   Rabbi   Druin   was   always   available   for   counsel   and   advice.   On   those   days when   we   had   congregants   come   to   scribe   letters   in   our   new   Torah,   everyone   had   nothing   but   praise   for   Rabbi   Druin   and   his   fellow   scribes.   The rabbis'   abilities   to   talk   about   each   congregant's   letter   made   everyone   feel   closer   to   the   text   and   had   the   power   to   touch   each   person   and   each   family emotionally. All in all, writing our Torah was a very positive experience for our congregation and I was very pleased that we chose Sofer on Site. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Amy  Mook - Bet Shira, House of Song, Port Townsend, WA Shalom Rabbi Druin, I   so   appreciate   your   reply   to   me,   it   means   a   lot   that   you   care   about   my   love   of   my   Torah...I   want   you   to   know   that   your integrity   and   work   were   unquestioned,   and   I   have   so   much   respect   for   your   level   of   expertise   and   more   than   that   for your   love   of   Torah.   I   know   you   sacrifice   a   lot   to   travel   the   way   you   do   repairing   the   sacred   Torahs.   And   so,   now   that   I understand   what   I   probably   should   have   understood   already,   what   the   real   costs   of   having   my   Torah   repaired   are,   I   am pleased   to   send   you   your   hard   earned   fee   for   the   amazing   work   you   have   done   on   my   beloved   Torah. And   thank   you   to your staff who are so respectful and respond so quickly to all questions and concerns. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Julie - Temple B'nai Shalom - Fairfax Station, VA Thank you for giving the kids an opportunity to interact with the Torah scribe yesterday. It made a big impression on Andrew. First, he called me as soon as he came home (I was at a book club meeting) to tell me that the scribe wrote his name on a piece of cowhide, "just like it would be in the Torah." Then he found a special box to keep it in. Finally, this morning, he tied the box closed and announced that he was bringing it to school to show his friend, Solomon (the only other Jewish kid in his class).   It's clear that small gift was quite meaningful to Andrew, and that is special to both him and me.   ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Jan Catalfumo - Executive Director - Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, FL Today,   we   came   together   as   a   community   to   celebrate   the   fulfillment   of   the   613th   commandment   –   to   scribe   a   Torah   in   our lifetime.   The   power   of   this   accomplishment   was   evident   as   each   segment   of   the   program   unfolded...   There   were   so   many inspired    people    who    helped    to    make    this    project    relevant    to    all    congregants    at    all    levels    of    involvement    in    our community...Joyful   members   and   guests   left   the   Temple   today   with   great   pride   in   their   Jewish   heritage.   From   generation   to generation,   we   will   continue   to   inspire   our   members   by   reading   from   a   Torah   that   we   helped   to   write.   We   will   remember unfolding   the   Torah,   writing   letters   together,   blessing   and   reading   from   the   Torah,   dressing   the   Torah,   and   bringing   the   Torah under the wimple to its new home.   ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Stuart Leeman - Congregation Kol Tikvah - Parkland, FL We   used   Sofer   on   Site   and   had   a   great   experience   from   planning   until   the   final   celebration.   A   success   in   every   sense   of   the word.   ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════
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