From Our President

“Button up your overcoat when the wind is free.

Take good care of yourself …You belong to me.”

The projects of the joint Tikkun Olam Committee of TOS and LPC have been a tremendous success.  We began with a weekend of shoe collection to commemorate Yom Hashoah in the spring.  Seven hundred pairs of shoes made their way to Bluffton Self Help.  In October, Sargent Major Gustavo Gomez was in awe of the number of practical items that we collected for his “not for profit” organization for the relief of hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.    

May we call upon you once again to assist during this “giving season” in December?  The story goes that five years ago J.J. Nelson of Sun City TV fame was driving in Bluffton where he saw children dancing around waiting for the school bus to arrive.  Surprised at what he witnessed, he made a U-turn and passed the children once again.  He realized that the children were trying to keep warm because they did not have mittens, gloves, scarves, etc.  He acted immediately and began to invite friends for an annual “Mittens Party.”  Obviously, admission to the event was an item to keep a child warm during the winter.

This year the Tikkun Olam Committee has answered his call and taken up the cause as we expand the project to serve four local churches in time for holiday gift giving.

Please bring “something to keep a child warm” (that is new) to our December 15 Shabbat service or December 16 class with Rabbi Kanter.  Through our joint efforts with our friends from LPC we can “repair the world” one opportunity at a time. 

I wish my TOS family a joyous Chanukah.  May the lights of the Chanukah menorah remind you of how much we have given and will continue to give right here in our community.  You always make me feel very proud.

When you make a commitment, you build hope.

When you keep it, you build trust.

Deena Chontow


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