From Our President

Dear TOS Family,


As you read this, we will be in the middle of High Holy Days.  It’s my hope that this New Year will be a good, healthy, sweet year for all of you.  I look forward to seeing many of you during the Yom Kippur services.


We are doing something different this year on Yom Kippur day.  Instead of a Discussion at 4 PM we will have a short Healing Service.  This service will be for anyone who has any health issues or has family members with health issues, whether physical or emotional.  It would also be wonderful for anyone who is grieving.  It’s our hope that you will attend this service. I was at a service like this in Massachusetts years ago and found it quite uplifting.  I hope you will find it to be spiritually and emotionally beneficial.


There will be a Shabbat service on October 18, which is our regularly scheduled service.  We will be celebrating Sukkot that evening!


I was very excited and pleased to see the response to my email looking for volunteers to help with funerals as well as Shivas.  I would encourage any of you interested in participating in this important Mitzvah to give me a call.


We appreciated the response we got to the survey that went out.  Karen Blickstein, our Education Chair, has compiled the data, presented in this Shofar,  so we can tailor our education to be in line with your desires.


Hopefully, most of you have the Food Lion bags ready to go for our Yom Kippur Food Drive.  If you were not at Rosh Hashanah services, we will make bags available to you Kol Nidre night.  Please return these bags with non-perishable foods on Yom Kippur.  The Brotherhood will deliver all the food, which is greatly appreciated.


We have had a change of Directors on the Board.  Lynn Levy has stepped down for personal reasons and Sandy Shapiro will be filling out the rest of Lynn’s term.  Please join me in welcoming Sandy to the Board;  I know she will be a great asset!  Also, our thanks go to Lynn for her years of dedication.  She will be missed.


The Board understands that security is very important to us, especially in the world we live in.  We have contracted with an additional security company to cover us when the Bluffton Police Department cannot accommodate us.  This company will cover our daytime services both on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Since they do not know us yet, if you take a purse to services, I would encourage you to bring a small one.


The Board and I want to wish all of you and your loved ones L’shana Tovah.   May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a sweet, healthy and happy year.



Terrie Weintraub


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