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Cat hie Platt - Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, MD You   won't   remember   me,   but   I   was   invited   to   join   Rabbi   Elissa   Sachs-Kohen's   wonderful   family   this   past Sunday at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation to meet with you. When    you    were    speaking    of    reconstructing    the    Hebrew    letter    "Raysh",    of    the    word    "forgiveness" (HaKaparot)   as   it   relates   to   the   happiness   we   feel   when   we   ask   for   forgiveness,   and   right   before   we   all touched   the   end   of   your   feather,   I   felt   as   if   it   pierced   in   the   center   of   my   heart   and   tears   began   to   flow.   I was   deeply   touched   by   something-   I   would   say   -   in   the   energy   that   was   existent   in   your   words,   in   the Torah, perhaps something associated with the Kabbalah. I   have   been   on   the   spiritual   path   for   some   years   now   as   well   as   being   a   psychotherapist   here   in   Charlottesville,   Virginia,   and   I   have   had   several experiences   in   which   I   felt   a   door   opened   within   me   that   allowed   me   to   touch   a   higher   force   .   However,   this   experience   took   me   completely   by surprise.   With   some   apologies   (although   possibly   not   needed),   I   am   not   a   "religious"   Jew   but   I   do   respond   to   energies   in   my   environment.   I   have   not tried to analyze my experience, just felt it. I wanted to share my experience with you and thank you for your warmth, your explanations, and your inclusion of us in your work. Many thanks.  Cathie ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Ricki Greenspon, Head Chair - Temple Sinai, Las Vegas, NV Dear Shmuel, I   would   like   to,   first   and   foremost,      say   that   our   Torah   Project   was   unique.      It   was   not   the   usual   fundraising   project that   is   normally   done.      Our   Project   was   done   in   conjunction   with   our   Capital/Sustainability   Campaign.      In   that regard,   we   did   not   have   all   of   the   usual   things   that   are   talked   about   in   your   educational   materials.   Those   that contributed, whatever the amount was, were entitled to scribe.   Rabbi   Druin   was   here   for   a   total   of   four   different   Torah   Scribings.      Included   in   that   was   one   for   the   children   in   our Sunday   school.      The   kids   loved   it!      They   got   a   kick   out   of   Rabbi   Druins   talks   and   impersonations.      He   was/is wonderful with the kids. For   the   adults,   he   was   remarkable.      Every   family   came   away   with   something   that   was   meaningful   to   them.     Whatever   letter   he   scribed,   he   attributed   something   of   that   letter   and   the   sentence   to   the   family,   after   asking   only one    or    two    questions    of    the    family.   Truly    remarkable    how    he    was    able    to    make    those    statements    so    very personable.  I know that my certificate and photo are framed and on the wall.  What an experience! The   coup   de   grâce,   was   when   Rabbi   Druin   came   to   Las   Vegas   for   our Temple   Consecration/Dedication.      He   spoke, we   laughed,   we   cried.      We   gave   raffle   tickets   to   everyone   in   the   synagogue   and   he   pulled   the   winning   ticket   for   someone   to   scribe.      What   a   treat!     The   person   that   won,   had   not   scribed   and   was   thrilled   with   this   honor.      That   afternoon   was   the   culmination   of   a   long   haul   with   construction,   delays etc.  But all of that was worth it when Rabbi Druin worked his magic. I wish every congregation the joy of commissioning a Torah, specific for them, and having Rabbi Druin do the scribing. B'Shalom ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Rabbi Michael Moskowitz - Temple Shir Shalom, MI Rabbi Druin, When   we   first   spoke   in   April   of   2013   and   I   shared   with   you   my   hopes   of   celebrating   our   25th   anniversary   by scribing   a   Torah,   and   you   told   me   it   was   possible   and   had   great   potential,   I   was   hopeful.   When   you   met   with   my Board   of   Directors   and   promised   success   exceeding   goals   we   had   ever   achieved,   I   was   excited.   As   we   saw   the magnitude   of   the   project   at   hand   and   prepared   to   launch   our   Project   613,   I   became   leery   and   nervous.   But   with your   guidance   and   fantastic   team,   not   only   did   everything   we   had   hoped   for   come   to   fruition,   but   in   the   process, so much more became our reality. Project   613   was   a   way   for   Temple   Shir   Shalom   to   honor   our   past   and   prepare   for   our   future.   Never   could   I   have imagined   that   nearly   400   letters   of   Torah   would   be   written   by   our   Temple   families   and   friends.   Do   the   math.   That means   nearly   1300   people   walked   upon   on   our   bima,   held   the   quill,   spent   time   at   their   temple,   spent   time   with their rabbis and cantor, learned Torah and yes, so many in the process decided to give to their community as well.   was   a   fundraiser   but   Project   613   became   so   much   more   -   educationally,   spiritually,   even   an   innovative   experience for   community   engaging. And   most   of   all,   we   know   full   well   that   the   ruach   created   around   our   Torah   will   propel   us to even greater opportunities. I   vividly   remember   when   we   sat   together   in   July   2013   and   we   discussed   an   opening   day   of   scribing   and   you   shared   that   you   were   unavailable   that day,   BUT   one   of   your   colleagues   would   be   available.   "Don't   worry,"   you   said,   "so   often   when   I   send   a   colleague,   congregations   fall   in   love   with   him, and   no   longer   ask   for   me."   It   sounded   like   a   good   sales   pitch   but   we   needed   that   date   to   work.   So   Rabbi   Selwyn   was   sent   our   way.   From   the   day   he arrived   at   Temple   Shir   Shalom,   he   became   a   part   of   our   community.   We   looked   forward   to   Rabbi   Selwyn's   visits   -   his   intellect   and   teaching   is infused   in   every   interaction,   but   even   more,   what   so   draws   everyone   to   him   is   this   man's   kindness   and   generosity   of   spirit.   It   is   so   sincere   and genuine.   Actually,   it   is   contagious.   His   warmth   and   openness   enveloped   our   community.   And   for   me   personally,   I   recognize   and   feel   blessed   that   I have gained a colleague and friend. Thank   you   for   convincing   me   to   work   with   you   and   your   entire   team   at   Sofer   on   Site. And   thank   you   for   the   time   you   gave   us   these   past   18   months. It has been a tremendous journey filled with joy, learning and great success. Kol tuv, Rabbi Michael L. Moskowitz Andre Douville, Executive Director - Temple Shir Shalom, MI From   our   initial   meeting   with   Rabbi   Druin   to   our   Torah   Homecoming   ceremony   more   than   a   year   later,   the   entire   experience   of   writing   a   Torah   and working   with   Sofer   on   Site   was   phenomenal.   We   did   our   homework.   Our   due   diligence   process   included   meeting   with   other   scribing   vendors   and talking   with   multiple   congregations   that   had   worked   with   SOS   in   the   past.   SOS   was   clearly   the   best   company   in   the   market;   their   integrity   and knowledge are unparalleled. From   their   expertise   in   strategic,   short   term   and   long   term   fundraising   provided   by   Rabbi   Druin   to   their   dynamic,   creative   and   cutting   edge   marketing support   provided   by   Rabbi   Goldstein   combined   with   the   wit   and   wisdom   of   their   scribe   Rabbi   Selwyn,   the   18   month   process   was   truly   a   journey   we will   never   forget.   By   writing   our   own   Torah,   one   we   can   truly   call   our   own,   we   literally   inscribed   our   legacy   for   generations   to   come.   None   of   that would have been possible without the guidance and relationship we had with SOS - Andre Douville. Joshua Sherbin, Head Chair - Temple Shir Shalom, MI Throughout   2014,   we   worked   closely   with   Sofer   on   Site   to   develop   and   implement   the   scribing   of   a   new   Torah   in   honor   of   our   temple's   25th anniversary.   The   SOS   team   provided   insight,   expertise   and   enthusiastic   support.   Rabbi   Druin   and   Selwyn   visited   for   scribing   sessions   and   shared their   warmth,   intellect   and   zeal   for   Torah   with   our   congregation.   Our   partnership   with   SOS   played   a   significant   role   in   the   success   of   our   Torah scribing project.    My   family   wrote   the   letter   hey   during   the   first   day   we   organized   for   temple   members   to   scribe.   We   learned   about   the   5   fingers,   sense   and dimensions   represented   by   hey.   As   the   project   chair   for   our   Torah   project,   the   impact   of   the   hey   had   special   meaning   as   it   captured   the   multi- dimensional impact of the project on our congregation - emotional, intellectual and transcendent on the oneness of our congregation. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Rabbi David Lyon - Senior Rabbi - Congregation Beth Israel - Houston, TX Sofer   on   Site   provided   every   means   for   Congregation   Beth   Israel   families,   individuals, staff   and   friends   to   participate   emotionally   and   spiritually   in   the   writing   of   a   new   Sefer Torah.   As   we   learn,   “Marbeh   Torah;   Marbeh   Chayyim”,   more   Torah,   more   life;   this project   united   the   congregation   around   a   sacred   task   unlike   any   other.   From   those   who were   unaware   of   Torah’s   central   role   in   Jewish   life   to   those   who   study   it   every   week with   our   rabbis   and   cantor,   our Torah   project   found   people   where   they   were   and   moved them along their personal Jewish journeys. Though   some   believed   that   they   chose   the   letters   and   words   to   complete,   they   quickly learned   that   the   place   in   the   Torah   actually   chose   them.   This   Torah   project   became   a touchstone   in   their   lives   and   forever   connected   them   to   this   time   and   this   place.   When   more   than   900   people   arrived   for   our   Chanukah   Family Service   to   dedicate   the   new   Torah,   we   recited   Shehecheyanu   for   life’s   blessings,   which   God   grants   us,   and   for   the   privilege   to   share   in   the extraordinary   mitzvah   of   learning   and   living   Torah.   Rabbi   David   Lyon,   Senior   Rabbi,   Congregation   Beth   Israel,   Houston,   Texas,   on   our   160th Anniversary (1854-2015) Joseph Chesnick, Jr.  - Head Chair - Congregation Beth Israel - Houston, TX I   had   the   honor   of   serving   as   co-chair,   along   with   Roslyn   Haikin,   for   our   congregation's   160th Anniversary   Celebration.   The   main   component   of   this special   year   was   the   dedication   of   a   new   Torah   to   commemorate   this   milestone   in   Beth   Israel's   historic   history,   being   the   oldest   Jewish   synagogue in the State of Texas. In August,   2013,   we   wisely   selected   the   professionals   at   Sofer   On   Site   to   lead   us   through   the   preparation   and   full   process   -   including   scribing   dates, marketing,   volunteer   recruitment   and   fundraising.   Upon   the   dedication   of   our   Torah   on   December   19,   2014,   we   now   have   a   chance   to   reflect   on   the success   of   this   project.   We   are   proud   to   report   that   we   achieved,   and   in   fact   surpassed,   all   our   goals   -   the   primary   one   being   our   intent   to   "include"   a record   number   of   our   Temple   community   and   end   the   year   with   a   strong   feeling   and   closeness   to   our   beloved   congregation   that   will   continue forward for many years. A   wonderful   by-product   was   the   success   of   our   fundraising   efforts   that   will   greatly   assist   us   with   projects   deemed   important   by   our   clergy   and   lay leadership.   Rabbis   Druin   and   Salazar   made   it   their   responsibility   to   learn   our   community's   culture   and   history   which   aided   them   in   bonding   with   our congregants   -   they   both   played   an   integral   role   in   the   process   as   over   2,500   individuals   scribed   over   the   course   of   17   dates   during   the   past anniversary year - a remarkable number that gained momentum by word-of-mouth from those who enjoyed such a positive experience. We wish to thank all the wonderful Rabbinic associates at Sofer On Site for their dedication and guidance which was instrumental to our success. Joseph Chesnick, Jr. Dawn Blitz - Marketing Chair - Congregation Beth Israel - Houston, TX Sofer   on   Site   is   always   willing   to   answer   questions,   provide   information,   share   best   practices   and   templates   that   have   been   used   at   synagogues   all over   the   country.   They   have   extremely   strong   systems   in   place   for   data   tracking,   program   implementation   and   service   delivery.   Sofer   on   Site   is   truly a one-stop-shop for Torah writing projects. Robert E. Lapin - President - Congregation Beth Israel - Houston, TX I   can   share   with   great   pleasure   that   the   experience   we   had   with   Sofer   on   Site   was   extremely   positive   and   we   are   grateful   for   the   partnership   we enjoyed   throughout   our   project.      Of   greatest   significance   to   me,   however,   was   the   warmth,   genuineness   and   sensitivity   which   characterized   all   of Rabbi   Druin’s   and   Rabbi   Salazar’s   encounters   with   our   congregants   and   staff   who   participated   in   the   scribing.      To   a   person,   each   one   commented on how meaningful the rabbis made the scribing experience and we are very grateful for that. Wish Sofer on Site much continued success. Rosalyn Margolis - Torah Writing Chair - Congregation Beth Israel, TX While   my   direct   involvement   with   the   support   Rabbis   at   Sofer   on   Site   was   very   limited,   my   opportunities   to   observe   Rabbi   Salazar   were   many.   As head   of   volunteers   for   the   project,   I   attended   most   every   Scribing   Day,   having   the   opportunity   to   see   Rabbi   Salazar   in   action.   He   was   not   only delightfully informative, he was truly indefatigable! Every congregant left his presence spiritually uplifted as well as emotionally touched. The   activities   surrounding   the   scribing   process   was   very   impressive;   it   was   obvious   much   time   and   talent   went   into   their   design   and   execution (thanks to our Chairmen). Our Torah Creation was truly a labor of love for us all!   ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Rabbi Daniel Alter  - Denver Academy of Torah, CO Rabbi   Druin   talks   were   engaging,   funny,   educational   and   a   great   experience   overall   for our kids. Rabbi   Druin's   talks   were   engaging   and   informative.      His   talks   were   as   effective   when speaking   to   the   early   childhood   students   as   they   were   when   he   spoke   to   the   high school   students.      His   experiential,   hands   on   approach   to   education   was   very   much   in line with the educational philosophy of our school.  we highly recommend his programs for students of all ages. Naomi Lev, MaEd - Assistant Principal - Denver Academy of Torah, CO I   would   echo   Rabbi   Alter's   sentiments.   The   students   at   the   high   school   were   extremely   engaged   and   were   still   talking   about   the   speech   content   a few days later. We are appreciative of this opportunity to both hear an inspirational talk, and take part in the mitzvah of writing a sefer Torah. Thanks, Naomi ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Rabbi Bruce Dollin, Cantor Martin Goldstein Sheryl Feiler (Head Chair), Neal Price & Lauried Morris (Fundraising Chairs)  Congregation Hebrew Educational Alliance - Denver, CO Working   with   Sofer   on   Site,   and   in   particular   Rabbi   Druin,   was   an   absolute   pleasure.   Their expertise   and   professionalism   could   not   possibly   be   surpassed.   They   guided   us   throughout our    Mitzvah    613    campaign,    and    there    turn-about    time    for    helping    us    with    campaign materials was fantastic.  Over   the   course   of   a   year,   over   700   of   our   families   met   individually   with   Rabbi   Druin   to learn   about   the   meaning   of   the   letter   they   were   to   write,   and   to   hold   his   hand   and/or   quill   as the   letter   was   written. The   individual   words   of Torah   the   Rabbi   imparted   to   each   family   were truly   inspiring.   Many   told   us   this   was   not   only   one   of   the   most   meaningful   actions   they   had taken as a Jew, but that it was a memorable life-event. In   addition   to   allowing   so   many   to   fulfill   this   mitzvah,   the   congregation   had   a   very   successful   “Dedication   Campaign”   that   added   significantly   to   our Endowment Fund. I   cannot   emphasize   too   much,   what   a   wonderful   experience   working   with   Sofer   on   Site   was   to   our   committee   and   congregants.   Our   members   were brought closer to our congregation in so many ways. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Rabbi Robert Haas - Congregation Mickve Israel - Savannah, GA In   early   2014,   our   synagogue,   Congregation   Mickve   Israel   of   Savannah,   had   the   great   pleasure   of   dedicating   our first   new   Torah   scroll   in   over   150   years,   and   we   were   so   very   fortunate   to   have   chosen   to   undergo   this   project   with Sofer   on   Site.   They   ensured   that   every   single   aspect   of   the   project   went   extremely   smoothly,   from   the   choosing   of the   script   to   the   dedication   itself.   Every   member   of   their   staff   worked   diligently   to   ensure   the   project   was   completed on time, and they couldn’t have been more caring and supportive throughout the process.  I   cannot   begin   to   detail   the   joy   of   our   congregants   when   they   actually   filled   in   the   letters   that   they   themselves dedicated   on   the   scroll.   Every   family   received   a   wonderful   explanation   on   the   meaning   of   the   portion   and   a   mystical view   of   the   letters   they   wrote,   and   the   rabbi   could   not   have   been   nicer.   Yet,   none   of   these   great   experience   were unexpected,   as   we   had   heard   from   several   synagogues   that   Sofer   on   Site   was   a   wonderful   organization.   In   fact,   we just   recently   had   a   Torah   Scroll   refurbished   and   look   forward   to   our   next   project   with   them,   the   refurbishing   of   our very old Megillah.  Sincerely, Rabbi Robert Haas ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Col. Martin Siegel (Ret) - President - Temple Beth Shalom, Fort Walton Beach, FL Dear Rabbi Bialo   On   behalf   of   Temple   Beth   shalom   I   want   to   thank   Rabbi   Salazar   and   your   organization   for   the excellent   service   you   have   provided.   The   presentation   and   the   writing   of   letters   in   the   Torah was   without   doubt   the   highlight   of   the   many   years   I   have   been   at   the   Temple   and   of   my   term as President of the Temple.   I   have   attached   a   copy   of   the   last   Temple   bulletin   with   the   column   I   wrote   on   the   history   of   our Holocaust   Torah.   My   twin   brother   and   I   in   August   traveled   to   Lithuania.   Poland   and   Czech Republic   to   in   order   to   find   out   more   information   about   our   family   history.   We   visited   many   synagogues,   cemeteries,      museums   and   many   other memorial   sites.   It   was   in   Prague   at   the   Jerusalem   Synagogue      that   we   saw   the   display   about   Ledec.   Of   course   the   most   moving   visit   was   to Auschwitz where we spent a full day.    Again,   I   would   like   to   express   my   personal   thanks   for   making   my   term   as Temple   President   a   success. This Torah   will   be   used   for   many   generations of Jews in Fort Walton Beach and will be a reminder to “never forget.” ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════
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