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Through Iris's Eyes

A lot has been written about changes. I can think of a number of songs, poems, quotes, specifically, the following; “when we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”...Viktor Frankl, neurologist, psychologist, Austrian Holocaust survivor.

Of course, Frankl’s thoughts are very much connected to the horrific experience he survived. However, change can take a toll no matter the level of intensity. I was first introduced to Viktor Frankl when I was a young student struggling with life and death during nursing school. One of the teaching physicians was sharp enough to observe my struggles and shared Frankl’s book with me, “Man’s Search for Meaning.” It had a tremendous impact on my life.

The congregation at Temple Shalom will have no choice in the coming month but to embrace change. A true testament to Sheldon is to move forward with a song in your heart and honor the first Rabbi at this Shul. This is a major steppingstone in the history of Temple Shalom.

History will also record the memorable celebration of Sheldon Skurow’s Spiritual leadership for the past 16 years. The first phase of his departure from his role was on June 4th at the retirement party. Eve Matisoff and the Committee that included Renee Gershman, Sherry Elias, Leslie Janowitz and Nancy Tulin, with the talent of Phyllis Kalter, deserve deep appreciation and kudos for the hours of preparation that were involved in ensuring a loving and successful celebration. It was wonderful to see the Skurow family in the center of the room. It was a beautiful evening for all of them, I’m sure.

Sheldon often mentions the “dash” during Celebration of Life Services. This refers to the dash between the date of birth and the date of passing. What one does with their life in the

in-between years is what really impacts their legacy. Well Sheldon certainly fills in his personal dash. He has been a tremendous role model for all the children in his family. His footprint is very big and honestly, quite awesome to fill. Best wishes to Sheldon and Eveleen as they continue to fill in the dash. I wish them years of blessings and excellent health.

As Jerry Schwartz lovingly says during his memorable sermons, “but wait” still have another opportunity to wish the Skurows more blessings. Sheldon will lead his final Friday night Service on June 30th at 7:00 pm. Elaine Via and the Oneg Team assigned to that evening will prepare some special homemade sweets and savories to celebrate this monumental evening. I hope most of you are planning to attend services on this historic eve.

Of course, I’ll see you there!

See you in Shul,


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