A Message from Our President

I enjoyed seeing so many people around the Temple during the holidays and having the opportunity to meet some congregants for the first time. I’m still trying to connect with members whom I don’t know, so don’t be surprised if I give you a call! As I’ve mentioned on several occasions, the Board and I want to hear your ideas and thoughts, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. A special thank you to everyone who recently paid their dues, made donations, and/or contributed to fair share. Your contributions make a difference!

Andrew Poliakoff recently reminded me of a wonderful organization, the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina. If you’re not a member, I encourage you to consider joining. The Society “encourages the collection, study, and interpretation of South Carolina Jewish history…to increase awareness of that heritage among Jews and non-Jews”. If you enjoy “Jewish geography,” you’ll enjoy reading their publications and visiting their website. The organization meets twice a year in cities across South Carolina and publishes a biannual magazine. The next meeting is October 20-21st in Sumter. For more information about the Jewish Historical Society, see page 14.

As a reminder, our Temple has a website page, ourtemple.net, and a Facebook page, Congregation B’nai Israel, many thanks to Sharon Packer. Sharon keeps these sites up-to-date with the Temple’s activities and information from the Union for Reform Judaism.

We have two very special events happening in October, Hannah Keen’s Bat Mitzvah the weekend of October 12th and the Tree of Life Dedication on October 26th. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Warmest regards, Sandy