From Our President

“As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands.

One for helping yourself and one for helping others.”

                                                                                                  Audrey Hepburn


Tikkun Olam is a concept in Judaism where we are asked to aspire to behave and act constructively in “repairing the world.”  I am proud to report that we have collaborated since 2017 with the members of LPC in several projects that have demonstrated our desire to take part in the repair process.  We have an active joint committee (Temple and Church) that encourages our members to be the best possible version of ourselves that we can be.  We collectively never underestimate the impact that we can make on our community one project at a time.


When the hurricanes ravaged the Caribbean, we teamed up to collect food, water, cleaning supplies, flashlights etc. that became part of 22,000 pounds of supplies sent to Puerto Rico.  The December “Mittens Project” supplied new clothing to be distributed to congregants in need through several Hilton Head/Bluffton houses of worship.  In April, in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day our combined memberships will collect gently used shoes to donate to needy individuals through Bluffton Self Help.  This year a special emphasis will be placed on purchasing new shoes for children.


Now it is time for us to build community among the members of both religious institutions.  There is no doubt that we can become stronger when we work and play together.  Please put the date April 25 on your family calendar.  We are planning a POT LUCK DINNER at the Fellowship Hall where we will feel the fulfillment that we get from making personal connections.  Come prepared to share your food contribution and join in meaningful conversation.  We can move from small talk to learning more about our new friends.  Together we can congratulate each other on our past achievements, while instilling confidence in our partnership in order to plan and implement future endeavors.


Good times are like peanut butter.  They are easy to spread around.  Our community is alive and breathing.  Community building can only enhance our objectives as we create shared projects to repair the world.


Stay tuned as the plans are defined.  You will receive many blasts and, of course, an RSVP will be necessary.  Let us know if you would like to be part of the Planning Committee. 


If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

But when I do only for myself, who am I?

And if not now      WHEN?


I remain proud of our TOS family.  I have good reason to feel that way.


Deena Chontow



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