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From the President

March 2018

As we move into the month of March, we say good riddance to Winter and hello to the joys of Spring. We also welcome March Madness. With basketball in mind, I am reminded of the quote from John Wooden who said, "It is the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."

Little things are happening now at Emanu-El which are leading to bigger and brighter things. Your Synagogue staff and Board of Trustees have spent numerous hours developing our new website for your use and navigation. I urge all of you to let us know your thoughts about the new website and help us with any improvements that you see need to be made. The website is a great gateway to view your account, make payments and contributions, communicate with synagogue staff, the Rabbi, and to follow what is happening currently in our Synagogue and the greater Charleston Jewish Community. You can also view photographs of synagogue events. We encourage all members to email the office photographs of synagogue activities so that we may all share the joy and experience of synagogue activities in our scroll and website.

Again, the website is very easy to navigate, but to individualize your experience you must first establish a username and password. The following steps are needed for you to login and establish your individual account:

  1. Go to the website,
  2. Click the login request link under "Get in Touch" in the navigation bar.
  3. Complete the form
  4. The Synagogue Office will receive your request and send you and email to create a password


Once you have created a password, you will be able to login, edit your family information and begin to navigate the various links in the site. Again, it is a very small detail but one that will make your experience at Emanu-El in to a big wonderful one.

With that in mind, I just want to remind everyone of the numerous events happening in the month of March in the Synagogue. They are as follows:

  • Men's Club Shabbat – March 3rd
  • Women Who Make a Difference – March 6th
  • Friday Night Live – March 16th
  • Hunger Awareness Shabbat and Aniversary Shabbat – March 17th
  • 1st Night Community Seder – March 30th

I would also like to encourage all of you to put on your calendar, April 14th at 7:00 pm as that is the night we are celebrating Emanu-El's 70th anniversary and honoring Anita Zucker at the Charleston Marriott Hotel. There are only a few tickets and tables left and I urge each of you to support this wonderful person who has given so much to our community. If you need further information, call the synagogue office at 843-571-3264 and speak to Ruthie Simmons. I hope to see you around the synagogue this month.

Paul Lynch

January 2018

As we begin the New Year, most of us are busy making our New Year resolutions. Such resolutions are a hope to better ourselves and others in our community. One of my resolutions for the New Year is to follow my hope and goal as outlined in my Kol Nidre speech. That is He Nay Ma Tov (“ Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”). Hopefully, I ,along with the help of others, can make Synagogue Emanu-El a place that members of our Congregation can seek comfort.

This comfort could be inside the Synagogue or outside the Synagogue. One aspect is to build spirituality within us and to build community among us. With that resolution, we will all be able to help each other to make ourselves better individuals now and into the future.

With that being said we begin the New Year with several great events at Emanu-El that I hope all of you can come to in the month of January:

I look forward to seeing you in and around the Synagogue.

Paul Lynch

Thank you Jane!

It is with mixed emotions that I announce the retirement of Jane Kelly, our synagogue's bookkeeper. She has provided us with 29 years of devoted service. I don't know how we will get along without her as she has a memory like an elephant! Ruth has some enormous shoes to fill.
Jane's attention to detail, while keeping the broader picture in mind, has been invaluable. Her willingness to put in extra time and effort to help us meet deadlines has demonstrated a commitment to excellence that we have come to depend upon. I personally owe her a huge debt of gratitude for all the times she has helped keep me on track, on time, and within our budget; not to mention making sure all Jewish rituals, laws, and rules of the synagogue are followed. In addition to her incredible competence and skill, she has been a longtime friend to staff and to our congregants with her thoughtfulness and quiet encouragement.
Jane has witnessed and worked with five Rabbis, eight Executive Directors, and 15 Presidents during her tenure. Jane has the most thoughtful husband anyone can hope for, Ray; three children, Allison, Joy, and Paul; and two grandbabies, Lucy and Rio Jane, and a new one on the way with expected delivery in March!
I invite you to join me in showing Jane our tremendous appreciation at a retirement party that will be held in our social hall on Sunday, October 29th at 6pm. We invite everyone to attend and share your memories of working with Jane, and to wish her a wonderful retirement. Jane's last day in the office is Wednesday, October 11th. Stop by with well wishes, if not, we'll hope to see you on the 29th. More information to follow...
—Ruthie Simmons

This Month's Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

Daniel Niernblatt

Tue, March 20 2018 4 Nisan 5778