Hayom - June 2020 - Sivan - Tamuz 5780
Issue # 6
The Office is Open
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
For normal business operations.
All services and programs continue to be suspended
until further notice.
Information from the President
Good day fellow congregants.
As I write my final column as your President, I reminisce about not only this past year as your President but also my first two years as your President.
This year, I did not have time to plan a lot of agenda items as it was a last minute decision to end my first retirement. However married to one of the 14 or more users of the kitchen it was easy to hear and see that a remodeled and updated kitchen area was needed at our physical building.
One of my major goals was to have the kitchen remodeled and more user-friendly than ever before. With the Board approving this objective early in my term, the hard work of the house committee, and subsequently a newly formed kitchen committee led by David Reeves and our executive director, Motti Locker, it has come to fruition. And what a wonderful sight to see and use! I had an EASY task to handle, getting private funding for a good portion of the costs. Success in that area proved easy as many great-hearted members gave willingly.
A number of administrative goals had to be accomplished, not the least of which included the signing of our Rabbi to a five year contract extension. In addition, I thought it important to find out what you, our members, wanted from us. A really hard working committee worked smartly to develop the questions for a questionnaire to be sent out to you, our members. Over 80 responses were sent in and tabulated which then led to planning for a three year plan with implementation. At the May Board meeting, everything was approved by our Board and plans were developed to begin implementing the agenda.
Unfortunately, our major fundraiser had to be cancelled due to safety of our members from the coronavirus. Due to this, many of our services and programs were done via Facebook and Zoom. However, on a positive note, I told Motti to work with our member and great advisor Steven Arkin to apply for PPP financial aid. We were approved and did in fact receive $59,400 to pay salaries. It was great coordination and cooperation and we all benefit from their diligent and timely work. Regarding the Facebook and Zoom efforts, many of us have been able to stay in touch with AA and our friends.
I want to end this letter and my term with my thanks for all of you who made this year, and my previous term, successful both for AA and for myself. There are not a lot of rewards a President gets during a term. I feel blessed however because I worked closely with a lot of great folks who as it turns out I have become closer to than ever before. I will miss our regular calls and conversations but do know I APPRECIATE you all. Godspeed to you Rabbi Henkin, Motti, Matthew Allan, and your leadership. Please know that I am available as needed. I wish you well and success for not only yourselves but for Agudath Achim.
My best, the future immediate past President,
From the desk of the Rabbi
Over the last few weeks since Governor Kemp has begun reopening the state after much had been closed due to COVID-19, I have been asked multiple times when the synagogue is planning to reopen. On one hand, I certainly recognize the desire for us to do so. We all miss seeing you at least as much as you miss being here. While we are grateful that technology has allowed us to keep many of our normal functions going, such as daily and Shabbat services and classes, we know as well as you do that it lacks that camaraderie that physical presence promotes. And we also know that all of us who are largely stuck at home except for necessary ventures out to the store are missing and craving spirituality, relationship, and a change of scenery. Each of us are feeling those needs similarly.
On the other hand, while we have begun to open the office for normal business operations, we have no plans on fully reopening our doors anytime soon. We have cancelled our annual gala, we are planning on our annual meeting being virtual, and will be beginning conversations on whether we will be able to hold High Holiday services in a few months in addition to how and what we will need to do to reopen. All in all, we are not anticipating opening in June (though things can change).
Why are we waiting? Because ultimately as we—the staff, officers, and board of directors—discuss when to reopen the synagogue, we will do so guided by our Jewish values: both the positive
, saving a life, and the negative commandment prohibiting
, endangering life. Our integrity as a synagogue depends not only on making the best decisions, but on making the best
decisions for this community. Based on those Jewish values, you and your fellow congregants will be first in mind in that decision. As much as we miss seeing you in person, as much as virtual services are not the same as physical services, as much as we as an organization rely on your presence, participation, and engagement for us our health, we will take the time we need to keep you healthy and safe. And when we do reopen, all steps we take will be similarly geared towards those same goals. You are our number one priority.
We appreciate your patience with us during this time. We know it has not been easy not coming to
, not sitting together for a Kiddush lunch, not gathering to study Torah, and not being together. But do know we are here for you and if there’s any ideas you have that will help fill your needs, any suggestions for improvement, anything we can do to help during this time, we are willing to listen. In the meantime, we hope all of you are staying well, safe, and healthy during this time. We miss you!
Rabbi Steven Henkin
All synagogue activities
(including Sisterhood and Men's Club events)
are suspended until further notice.
We are maintaining Daily Services, via Facebook
Join us for Friday night and Shabbat morning services via Zoom using the
Meeting ID: 870 3207 9194
All of our regular classes will be held via Zoom, an online meeting platform.
If you'd like to join a class, please contact Rabbi Henkin for the class link.
As we move towards online
via Facebook Live, the Rabbinical Assembly has made PDF copies of the services available for those who may not have a
at home. If you would like to be able to pray with the text during our online services, please feel free to download the appropriate service and follow along during our virtual
Our site has been updated with PDFs of the Shabbat services for those who would like to follow along during our Zoom services.
As part of the Savannah Jewish Federation's mission to serve our community
while promoting social distancing, Rabbi Henkin is teaching a
weekly discussion class Mondays at 1 pm via Zoom.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 546 765 791
(Please note, Zoom changed their settings this week and passwords are now mandatory so please use this new link)
AA 2020-2021 PROPOSED SLATE OF OFFICERS
PRESIDENT ---- MATTHEW ALLAN
VICE PRESIDENT ---- ADAM FINS
TREASURER ---- LISA DAYAN
RECORDING SECRETARY ---- MARVIN CWEIBEL
PROPOSED BOARD MEMBERS (TERM EXPIRING 2023)
PROPOSED BOARD MEMBERS (TERM EXPIRING 2022)
PROPOSED BOARD MEMBERS (TERM EXPIRING 2021)
RETIRING BOARD MEMBERS
Proposed nominations should be submitted before
with 15 supporting vote.
No nominee will be taken in the meeting.
Talmud Torah K'Neged Kulam - Torah Study for Everyone
Rabbinic Literature Study Group
(Thursday afternoons, 2:00-3:15 pm): Take a look into the rabbinic mind and how the rabbis interpret the Torah in this weekly class.
Skeptics Study Group
(second Thursday of every month, 11 a.m., hosted by Michael Konter): This group is for all of those who want to ask difficult questions about Judaism and/or seeking Jewish answers to the questions they have. Our next Skeptics class will be at
11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 11th
online via Zoom.
Rabbis of the Mishnah Class
will take a deep look into the Rabbis of the Mishnah; who they were and what they were thinking. Our next class will be held on
Wednesday, June 10th at 10:15 a.m. via Zoom.
Please contact Motti for class link or email
More classes coming soon, so stay tuned!
Have something you want to learn about but don't see a class about it?
Contact Rabbi Henkin at
or call the AA office.
All of our regular classes will be held
, an online meeting platform. If you'd like to join a class, please contact Rabbi Henkin for the class link.
How do I Send a Mitzvah-Gram During COVID-19 Pandemic?
Please note effective with the July Mitzvah-Grams, the cost is $.75 per name.
Here are 3 simple steps to do this:
1 Print out the Mitzvah-Gram page from the JUNE ISSUE of the HaYom newsletter with the list of members celebrating a birthday or anniversary in JULY (also attached here).
2 Circle the names of all those people to whom you would like to send a Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary greeting.
3 Mail your list, along with your
check made out to Agudath Achim Sisterhood
$.75 for each circled name)
to Barbara Abrams, 24 Raindrop Lane, Bluffton, S.C. 29909
In order for your greetings to be delivered in a timely manner, you need to turn in your JULY Mitzvah-gram list before JUNE 15th.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact me at
, or at (843) 705-3723 or (843) 290-3995.
Thanks to everyone for participating in this fundraising project.
Barbara Abrams, Chair
Gale Hirsh, Acting Sisterhood President
JULY 2020 BIRTHDAYS
1 Andrew Walcoff
2 Linda Zoller
3 Linda Udinsky
4 Barry Schlafstein
4 Victor Shernoff
5 Amy Rosenthal
7 Lauren Fins
7 David Rosenthal
8 Melvin Haysman
8 Janice Steirn
9 Ellen Goldberg
9 Stephen Greenberg
10 Tom Rosen
10 Harriet Ullman
16 Joel Katz
17 Paul Cranman
17 Aaron Davidson
17 Adam Fins
17 Martin Miller
17 Bill Sand
20 Judy Todtfeld
21 Michael Zoller
31 Russell Rosengart
JULY 2020 ANNIVERSARIES
2 Tom & Connie Glaser
3 David & Amy Rosenthal
19 Matthew & Michelle Allan
Please indicate how you would like your greeting signed:
Barbara and Ellis Abrams
If we are missing your July birthday and/or anniversary, please contact
JUNE 2020 BIRTHDAYS
5 Aaron Tillinger
5 Arlene Wizwer
6 Daniel Berman
6 Brad Conner
6 Andrea Slutsky
7 Kevin Heyman
10 Josepha DeVaro
21 Barbara Pecknay
23 Harriet Meyerhoff
23 Ed L Wexler (ATL)
24 Kasey Berman
25 Rene Lehrberger
26 Fred Spector
28 Buddy Metzger
29 Jana Feiler
29 Freddie Harkavy
29 Barry Luskey
29 Phyllis Mintz
30 Linda Brill
30 Jeffrey Mayo