A Message From Our President

A Message from Our President

Happy New Year to everyone!

My new year is starting out to be interesting, to say the least. I’ve been dog sitting Abner, my basset hound, who recently had spinal surgery. If you know anything about bassets, you know they don’t move around quickly, they aren’t highly motivated dogs, and they like to sit around and eat. The veterinarian told us that it may take Abner several weeks before he can walk again, due in part to his breed, so he is requiring a lot of attention. Abner is a sweet and loving dog and I enjoy his company; however, I’ve been starving for some people interaction!

Fortunately, Steve’s cousin and his wife have been visiting us for a few days. It’s been fun having family around to bring in the new year. We’ve been watching football, sharing stories, and of course eating good food. Family gatherings are the best! What’s even more exciting about Ron and Syd’s visit, is knowing that they plan to relocate from Charleston to the upstate in 2019!


As I stare into Abner’s big brown eyes, my mind wanders. I’m reminded that the new year brings cheer and gratitude. A very special thank you goes to Rabbi Liebowitz for his spiritual and educational guidance. I’m especially thankful to our Board members who give much time and effort to the Temple. Behind the scenes, they work diligently on behalf of Temple B’nai Israel. Board members are David Lyon, David Blumenfeld, Jon Lewson, Tina Lyon, Susan Abelkop, Mauro Wilk, Lisa Frye, Andrew Greene, Mark Packer, Rex Russell, Stan Hyman and Ira Greenfield. Elaine Hyman serves as the Sisterhood representative. Many thanks to outgoing Board member, Bob Britanisky, who served as the Ritual Committee Chair for many years and Jack Schoer, outgoing past President. There are others who support the Temple in so many ways whether in the kitchen, helping with maintenance issues, teaching Sunday School, serving on Temple committees, maintaining social media platforms, or assuming leadership roles with Hadassah and Sisterhood. Thanks again to all of you!

I encourage you to get involved if you aren’t already. Your ideas for educational and social programming are always welcomed and encouraged. Please reach out to any Board member or me with your suggestions and to volunteer your services.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year. Stay tuned for an update on Abner next month!

Warmest regards, Sandy