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Luis R. Dorfman - Executive Director,  Congr egation Beth Yeshurun, TX We   are   so   pleased   with   the   results   of   our   Renewing   the   Promise   Torah   Scribing   Project   that   was   recently   completed   . And we have a beautiful new Sefer Torah as a result. Your   guidance   throughout   the   project   was   superb   and   contributed   greatly   to   our   success.   Our   congregants   enjoyed   the scribing   experience   and   learning   from   your   sofrim.   Your   sofrim   who   visited   were   learned   and   extremely   personable. Everyone   who   scribed   had   nothing   but   great   things   to   say   about   them   -   how   they   explained   the   significance   of   the   letters and the words, how important they made our congregants feel. Your   entire   team   supported   us   and   helped   us   all   the   way   through   --   from   the   preliminary   planning   through   the   execution,   from   the   opening   kickoff through the dedication. There's no way we could have done this without you. Todah Rabbah. ══ ══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Mark Malone - Torah Project Management Chair - Temple Shalom, Naples, FL. I   had   the   pleasure   to   be   on   the   "Our   Torah"   team   at   Temple   Shalom   in   Naples,   Florida.   The   staff   at   Sofer   On   Site   were wonderful.   They   made   the   creation   of   "Our   Torah"   a   fabulous   and   incredibly   moving   experience   for   everyone   at   our temple.   This   project   brought   our   membership   together   in   a   manner   which   no   other   experience   could   have   done.   As   a member   of   the   team   heading   coordination   this   project,   I   had   the   opportunity   to   volunteer   on   several   of   the   dates   on which   members   of   the   temple   wrote   their   letters   in   Our   Torah.   It   was   wonderfully   meaningful   for   each   and   every   member with whom I met. I cannot recommend this highly enough for any temple which has not yet created their own Torah. Caren Plotkin - Religious School Director - Temple Shalom, Naples, FL. Our   experience   with   Rabbi   Druin   was   wonderful.   As   Director   of   the   Religious   School   I   had   many   opportunities   to   create   and   plan   educational experiences   for   various   age   groups   of   children.      Rabbi   Druin   was   a   delight   to   work   with   and   the   students   really   enjoyed   his   lessons   and   interacting with   him.      Each   program   was   successful   and   our   students,   staff   and   parents   left   with   new   knowledge   and   pride   as   they   helped   create   a   legacy   for our Temple community. My husband and I wrote the letter "shin".  This was incredibly meaningful to us. The experience touched us deeply. ═══ ═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Michael Teller - Head Chair, Congregation Sha'aray Shalom, MA   On   behalf   of   Congregation   Sha'aray   Shalom,   in   Hingham,   MA,   I   would   like   to   thank   you,   your   staff,   and   everyone   at Sofer   On   Site   for   an   outstanding   job   restoring   our   Holocaust   Torah.   Your   help   was   invaluable   in   evaluating   the   existing Torah   and   determining   its   origin   and   age.   We   were   thrilled   to   know   that   this   rare   Torah   is   over   250   years   old,   originates from the area of Czechoslovakia, and was created in a Kabbalistic style which no longer exists today. We   know   this   from   the   numerous   times   that   Rabbi   Druin   and   your   entire   staff   visited   our   Synagogue   to   educate   our Congregation   on   not   only   the   history   of   this   Torah,   but   on   the   technical   and   spiritual   requirements   necessary   to   create and   restore   any   Torah.   Our   Congregation   was   excited   to   know   about   the   parchment,   the   ink,   the   quill,   and   most importantly,   the   intent   of   the   scribes,   as   they   carefully   focus   on   each   letter,   the   intent   of   the   Word   and   their   devotion   to the Almighty, all at the same time. An amazing process. Our   new Torah   is   beautiful   and   each   letter   is   filled   in   so   perfectly   that   it   is   now   kosher,   and   we   have   used   it   during   our   services   for   the   past   year.   We have   been   honored   that   our   most   recent   B'nai   Mitzvah   class   and   all   of   our   Torah   readers   throughout   the   year   are   the   first   Jews   to   have   read   from this   Torah   since   before   World   War   II.   Each   reader   honors   our   ancestors   and,   especially,   those   Jews   in   that   small   village   in   Czechoslovakia   who pooled their resources, their time, and their love for their religion to create this beautiful "blueprint for the world". Perhaps   the   most   moving   and   inspiring   part   of   this   process   was   the   Letter   Writing   Program   where   Rabbi   Salazar   visited   our   congregation   on   a regular   basis.   He   would   sit   with   our   congregants   individually,   so   that   they   could   each   write   a   letter   in   the   Torah,   thus   fulfilling   the   613th   Mitzvah.   I can   confidently   say   that   this   experience   was   life   changing   for   many   of   us.   It   has   inspired   members   to   become   more   involved   in   our   Synagogue,   to donate   more   money,   and   as   we   recently   observed,   to   become   a   B'nai   Mitzvah   at   the   ages   of   50,   60,   or   even   70,   having   never   had   the   experience. After filling in a letter in the Torah with our scribe, others were inspired to learn more about their religion, their culture, and their Jewish lives. Those   of   us   who   organized   the   restoration   program   and   were   involved   in   the   scheduling   of   the   congregants   to   participate   were   just   as   moved   by seeing   the   other   members'   reactions   and   sharing   their   experiences.   Your   guidance   also   led   us   to   a   journaling   and   self-reflection   process,   after   the letter writing experience, which yielded additional inspiration. I   cannot   express   how   deeply   moving   this   entire   experience   was   for   me   personally   and   for   all   of   those   involved.   We   so   appreciate   your   efforts,   your expertise, and your leadership. Thank you again for a wonderful experience. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Rabbi Mark Levin - Congregation Bet h Torah, KS Sofer   on   Site   has   wonderful   people   who   are   very   adept   at   Torah   Writing.   Hundreds   of   our   families   at   Beth Torah   had   an   uplifting   experience   in   writing   their   letter   in   the   Torah.   I   wholeheartedly   suggest   this   as   a means to get members more involved in Torah, study and spirituality issues. Samantha Hammontree - Project Chair - Congregation Beth Torah, KS Sofer   on   Site   helped   us   to   crawl,   walk   and   then   run   when   it   came   to   building   community   and   reconnecting our   membership   to   Torah.      Whether   it   was   a   spiritual,   religious   or   a   purely   social   experience,   we   touched every   member   in   one   way   or   another.      The   feedback   was   overwhelming   positive.      Reading   Torah   will   never   be   the   same   now   that   I   have   helped   to create   and   write   our   Torah   for   future   generations   to   enjoy.      Thank   you   Sofer   on   Site   for   opening   my   eyes   and   allowing   me   to   personally   connect   to my roots all the while planting seeds for the future. Miki Herman - Education Chair (Students), Congregation  Beth Torah, KS This   past   year   our   congregation   embarked   on   year   long   journey   and   celebration   of   writing   a   Torah.   Being   in   the   field   of   education   for   almost   20 years I saw this as a great opportunity to get involved and coordinated the youth activities for our Torah Writing Experience days. The   Rabbis,   support   staff,   and   materials   from   Sofer   on   Site   provided   more   than   enough   information   and   materials   to   help   make   these   days successful   for   our   community. The   students   in   our   religious   school   loved   Rabbi   Druin's   personality. As   a   parent   of   a   school-aged   child,   I   appreciated his demeanor with our children and the age appropriate content that he provided. The   Youth   Activity   Station   during   Torah   writing   sessions   was   very   successful   and   it   was   a   pleasure   to   volunteer   during   these   times   to   share   in   the joy our parents and their children felt during their writing experience with either Rabbi Druin or Rabbi Goldstein. Many   thanks   to   Sofer   on   Site   for   helping   our   congregation   create   a   memorable   experience   for   our   community   as   well   as   a   beautiful   Torah   that   will be used in the days, months, and many years to come. Eileen Kershenbaum - Education Chair (Adults), Congregation  Beth Torah, KS As   the Adult   Education   Chairperson   for   our Torah   Writing   Event   I   had   several   interactions   with   the   Rabbis   before,   during,   and   after   the   completion   of our   Torah.   I   was   always   being   asked   what   THEY   could   do   for   me,   instead   of   me   asking   how   I   could   help   them   while   in   our   synagogue!   Everyone who passed through our doors to participate said this was such an amazing experience, and I couldn't agree more. Laura Intfen - Torah Writing - Advisor, Congregation  Beth Torah, KS As   an   administrator   at   the   synagogue,   I   found   Rabbis   Goldstein   and   Druin   very   responsive   to   requests   that   I   made   during   either   the   writing experiences of the follow up that needed to be done.  Robin & Frank Sterneck - Fundraising Chair, Congregation  Beth Torah, KS Describe your experience with Sofer On Site. As   Fund   Raising   Chairs   we   had   the   opportunity   to   not   only   participate   in   our   Torah   Writing   Project   as participants,   congregants   and   donors,   but   also   as   part   of   the   team   that   worked   to   drive   the   overall   experience   and   impact.   Rabbis   Druin   and Goldstein   were   pivotal   to   the   execution   of   our   plans,   the   delivery   of   hundreds   of   memorable   writing   experiences   that   relinked   the   Torah   to   many people's   lives   and   the   completion   of   a   robust   fund   raising   effort.   They   were   knowledgeable,   approachable   and   very   helpful.      Our   Torah   Writing Project and the Sofer on Site Team will now be a part of our synagogue's history as will our new Torah. Aaron Nielsenshultz - Director of Youth, Education, and Engagement - Congregation  Beth Torah, KS When   the   Congregation   announced   our   Torah   Writing   Project,   I   was   excited   for   the   year-long   experience.   As   much   as   I   looked   forward   to   the mitzvah   of   writing   in   the   new   scroll,   I   didn’t   realize   just   how   moving   the   experience   would   be.   Our   Sofer   took   time   to   teach   my   family   the   significance of   our   letter,   and   we   were   all   moved   by   the   experience.   Talk   ab   out   a   true   simcha!   As   well,   throughout   the   year,   I   worked   with   other   families   who went through the experience, and they all echoed the same sentiment, that the experience was both educational and phenomenally moving. ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Cantor Ofer Barnoy - Temple Beth Sholom , Roslyn, N.Y. Our   experience   was   wonderful.   Rabbi   Druin   was   a   pleasure   to   work   with   and   our   members   found   him inspiring,   educational   and   entertaining.   With   his   guidance,   we   were   also   able   to   meet   our   fundraising goals,   which   were   ambitious.   Rabbi   Druin   taught   us   and   encouraged   how   to   focus   on   the   spiritual essence   of   writing   a   torah   and   assured   us   that   the   fundraising   dollars   would   naturally   follow.   We followed his advice and found that he was "right on the money" ══ ══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Linda Eisinger - Executive Director - Congregation Beth Emeth Herndon, VA Thanks   so   much   for   following   up,   and   please   feel   free   to   include   us   with   your   reference   materials   as   being   another satisfied customer! ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════ Dani Oppen heimer - Miami, FL The   Siyum   Sefer   Torah   with   Rabbi   Golan   (Eliyahu)   was   fantastic   and   really   special   for   my   family.   He   took   his   time with   talking   to   each   member   of   my   family   about   the   letters   they   would   write,   and   the   brachot   that   he   bestowed   on them.      Finally,   my   wife   and   I   had   discussed   having   one   of   the   final   letters   being   written   bezchut   the   soldiers   who   fell and   those   who   continue   to   protect   klal   yisrael   in   the   IDF.      It   was   only   fitting   that   Rabbi   Golan,   a   former   IDF   soldier, write that letter for them.  I could tell he was not expecting it, and was visibly moved by it. It was an incredible experience, one that I one day hope to do again ... ════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════
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