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R abbi Malcolm Cohen - Temple Sinai Las Vegas, NV Dear Rabbi Goldstein, Our   experience   with   Sofer   On   Site   was   very   positive.   Rabbi   Druin's   presentations   were   well   received.   Sofer   on   Site was   organized   and   helpful.   The   congregation   received   inspiration   during   their   writing   sessions.   I   wrote   the   letter raysh   at   the   end   of   D'varim.   The   writing   took   place   at   the   end   of   the   dedication   ceremony   of   the   shul   and   the   Torah. Writing   the   raysh,   I   felt   great   responsibility   as   the   'rosh"   of   the   kehilah   for   helping   the   congregation   write   our   next chapter. I   am   really   appreciative   of   everything   you   have   done   for   us.   I   have   spoken   to   many   congregants   about   the   project and   they   were   all   positive.   They   enjoyed   and   were   inspired   by   Rabbi   Druin’s   talks   before   the   letter   writing.   The   talks gave   them   new   insight   and   knowledge   into   the   whole   process.   The   young   people   also   appreciated   this   aspect   of   the project.   There   was   great   excitement   for   your   visit   to   the   Religious   School.   The   most   impactful   piece   was,   of   course, the   actual   writing.   Many   people   spoke   about   their   conversations   with   Rabbi   Druin   and   how   the   writing   was   a   “once   in a lifetime” deal. Thank you for the contribution you have made to our community. L’shalom Rabbi Cohen. Rick Hollander - Temple Sinai Las Vegas, NV Our   Torah   project   successfully   bridged   together   the   entire   congregation   as   we   also   built   out   a   new   campus. As   the   President   of   the   congregation   at that time,  It is rare when one strategy can transform and be universal no matter what demographic of our membership. On   a   personal   note,   While   being   present   for   much   of   the   scribing,   I   saw   our   congregants   transfixed      by   explanations   of   their   scribing   letter   and meanings, with even a few miracles that some told me about after Rabbi Druin's  interpretations and explanations. My one regret, was not having a journal for individual and families and the immediate and post scribing  experiences. Watching this experience, I now understand "tears of joy" ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Tom Carroll - Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM Sofer   On   Site   helped   us   to   preserve   a   vital   piece   of   history,   one   which   we   had   a   moral responsibility   to   maintain.   The   project   is   over,   the   Torah   scroll   is   back   in   its   rightful place   and   being   used   by   our   congregation.   It   looks   great,   by   the   way.   We   had   to decide   early   on   if   the   costs   were   worth   it,   and   after   all   this   I   would   say   that   yes,   it   was worth   it.   In   my   view,   this   is   extremely   important   work,   and   you   helped   make   this happen. Good luck in future restorations. Shana Tova. Cindy Lyon & Daniel Yohalem  - Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM Rabbi   Moshe   Druin   made   everyone   feel   welcome   and   connected   to   the   Torah.      He   valued   the   importance   of   having   women   participate   fully   in   this project,   which   was   very   important   to   our   congregation.   He   was   thoughtful,   respectful,   open,   interesting,   spiritual,   funny,   and   engaging.   We   learned many   interesting   things   about   the   calligraphy   and   style   of   our   Czech   Torah,   and   the   Montefiore   Las   Vegas   scroll,   which   has   even   older,   Kabbalistic details. The   structure   of   the   scribing   sessions   was   very   effective.      We   added   our   own   details   such   as   the   rock   painting   project   to   commemorate   the   letters and   the   Talk   Torah   area   where   people   chatted   with   our   Rabbi,   Chazan   and   educators   about   their   birth   portions   and   their   connection   to   Torah.      Most participants   found   the   experience   deeply   moving.      We   could   not   have   created   this   learning   and   spiritual   experience   without   the   guidance,   leadership and participation of Sofer on Site. Another   example   of   Sofer's   leadership   was   the   Closing   Ceremony.      We   might   not   have   known   the   importance   of   a   closing   ceremony   had   Sofer   not suggested   it.      Having   congregants   watch   as   the   last   letters   were   scribed   and   the   scroll   was   stitched   back   onto   the   Aytz   Chayim   was   moving   and gave us all a feeling of connection to the Torah, accomplishment and closure. Overall,   this   has   been   a   rewarding   and   important   learning   and   community   building   process   for   Temple   Beth   Shalom.      Most   importantly,   we   have   a restored Holocaust Torah and a vibrant part of the congregation who participated in this process.  Thank you for working with us to make it happen.  Cindy Lyon and Daniel Yohalem Meryl Marchand - Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM I   had   the   privilege   of   working   with   Rabbi   Goldstein   on   our   Holocaust   Torah   Restoration   Project.      His   patience,   creativity   and   his   brilliant   computer skill made working with him a total  joy. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Rosemary    Lieberman    -    Torah    Project    Management    -    B'nai    Israel    Synagogue    - Pensacola, FL Dear Rabbi Salazar and Rabbi Goldstein, I   just   got   home   a   little   while   ago   from   the   synagogue   and   today's   wonderful   closing ceremony   and   felt   that   I   must   send   out   an   immediate   thank   you.     A   more   formal   thank   you will be forthcoming to both of you from the committee. I   cannot   tell   you   how   thrilled   we   were   with   our   wedding   closing   ceremony.         The   ceremony   was   incredibly   beautiful   and   Rabbi   Salazar   you   were amazing;   I   cannot   tell   you   how   many   glowing   compliments   I   received   about   you.      While   our   congregation   is   indeed   small,   we   made   a   huge accomplishment today! In   addition   to   the   closing   ceremony,   I   also   scribed   today   and   the   entire   experience   was   so   uplifting.      I   really   don't   have   the   words   to   explain,   but   I have   never   felt   the   feelings   that   I   felt   today.      I   feel   that   my   soul   is   glowing!         I   must   also   say   Rabbi   Salazar,   that   you   are   one   of   the   most   unflappable persons I have ever met!  You are such a credit to Sofer on Site. In   addition,   our   project   would   not   have   been   a   success   without   the   diligence   of   Rabbi   Goldstein   and   his   assistance   and   yes,   nudging   when   needed.     In   each   dealing   I   had   with   you   Rabbi   Goldstein,   you   were   professional,   patient,   and   creative.      I   felt   very   blessed   to   have   you   on   this   project   along with your creativity.  Our committee was a small one and we weathered many challenges, but dealing with you wasn't one of them. From   the   bottom   of   my   heart   to   both   of   you   and   to   the   entire   Sofer   on   Site   organization,   thank   you,   thank   you,   thank   you!   With   warmest   personal regards, Rosemary Samuel W. Bearman - Marketing & Publicity - Chair - B'nai Israel Synagogue - Pensacola, FL Dear Shmuel, Sofer   On   Site   was   terrific.      Everybody   with   the   organization   was   very   kind   and   everything   that   we   were   told   would   be   done,   in   fact,   was   done.      The New Torah Project has been wonderful in so many ways and we are the very proud owners of a new Torah. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Margaret Debbané - Temple Sholom Vancouver BC Dear Rabbi Druin: I    was    very    touched    by    participating    in    yesterday’s    scribing    activities.    The    brief    yet powerful   experience   unfolded   so   well   for   participants:      the   activities   in   Sarah’s   Tent   were full   of   new   information;   the   hands   on   experience   with   a   Torah   was   a   beautiful   way   to have   practical   content   with   targeted   knowledge   (e.g.   the   first   song   included   in   the   Torah and   being   able   to   experience   it   visually);   the   participation   in   hand   washing   which   inculcates   the   experience   with   solemnity;   and,   finally,   the   scribing and dialogue with you when you so beautifully illuminated your interpretation of the letter I wrote. I   was   Head   of   Public   Programs   at   the   J.   Paul   Getty   Museum   for   many   years   –   and   I   would   say   that   the   “gestalt”   of   my   scribing   experience   yesterday was   PERFECT   as   an   intimate   yet   public   program.      The   short   yet   structured   time   that   is   created   for   each   participant   allows   one   to   come   away   with an enriched understanding of Torah – and a new respect for it. I am grateful to have had this scribing experience. All the best, Margaret Debbané ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Frances B. Pearlman - Director of Lifelong Learning - Congregation Habonim, NY, NY Recently   Rabbi   Gedaliah   Druin   from   Sofer   on   Site   visited   our   school.   His   first   group   of   4th   &   5th grade   students   was   fairly   large-   about   thirty   students.   He   was   engaging,   entertaining   as   well   as provided   a   wonderful   educational   program.   He   knew   just   how   to   engage   students   both   individually as   well   as   to   attend   to   the   needs   of   the   group   at   large.   Every   student   was   attentive   and   was   in   awe of his talents and the process he was sharing. He held their attention for a full hour. The   second   group   of   6th   &   7th   grade   students   was   significantly   smaller   and   he   artistically   adjusted   his   presentation   to   meet   the   needs   of   this   size group.   He   was   able   to   address   the   individual   questions   of   the   students   and   to   engage   all   of   the   students   for   an   entire   hour.   Another   remarkable aspect was the personalization he incorporated by scripting the children’s Hebrew names. Sofer on Site was a pleasure to deal with and was responsive to emails while we made all the arrangements. Sincerely, Frances B. Pearlman ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Chuck London - Religious PracticesTemple Beth Shalom, Fort Walton Beach, FL Shalom Rabbi Bialo, I   just   need   to   let   you   know   we   had   a   wonderful   day   with   Rabbi   Salazar.      During   the   morning,   we   had members    and    school    students    writing    the    letters.        He    provided    wonderful    explanations    and    was especially   good   with   the   kids.      His   lecture   was   exceptional.      He   was   informative,   entertaining   and inspiring.  After the presentations, he completed more letter writing with the congregation. As a congregation, we have a greater understanding and appreciation of the meaning of Torah, and our Torah in particular. Thank you for all your help and good work, with a special thanks to Rabbi Salazar. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Judi  Snyder - Beth El Congregation - Baltimore,  MD Dear   Rabbi   Druin,      I   cannot   even   begin   to   express   how   thrilled      I   was   to   see   you today   and   get   the   once   in   a   lifetime   opportunity   to   scribe   a   letter!   Weeks   ago Howard's   mother   told   me   about      your   repairing   the   Torah   at   Baltimore   Hebrew Congregation   and   asked   if   I   thought   this   was   something   that   she   should   do.   I   of course   told   her   that   meeting   and   scribing   a   letter   and   having   the   chance   to   hear your   precious   words   was   an   experience   that   couldn't   be   missed.   And   I   asked   her   if   Howard   and   I   could   share   the   moment   with   her.   She   seemed happy   that   we   wanted   to   be   with   her.      SO   -   I      thank   you   once   again   for   enlightening   and   inspiring   me   and      for   helping   me   know   your   precious message   to   me.   It   has   lightened   me   and   will   help   to   make   me   a   better   and   more   forgiving   person.      You   are   a   blessing   to   all   who   have   the   pleasure to know you!    ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Rabbi Mark Asher Goodman - Rabbi Mark Asher Goodman - Denver Jewish Day School Sofer   on   Site   and   Rabbi   Druin   gave   a   tremendous,   one-in-a-lifetime   experience   to   all   of   our   students.   It   was   the perfect   example   of   how   experiential   education   can   be   the   most   powerful   learning   of   all.   Our   kids   not   only   heard how   a   Torah   was   written,   they   held   the   materials,   smelled   the   parchment,   and   even   wrote   the   letters   themselves. Not just a mitzvah; a mitzvah that our students will remember for the rest of their lives! Chag Urim Sameach. L'Shalom (In Peace), Rabbi Goodman ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════
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