President’s Message

Message from President Louis Schmier          March 4, 2021

  1. Last week, in light of a number of members having gotten the vaccine protection against covid, the Board decided unanimously to reopen the Temple building and have in-person Friday night services resume under strict CDC guidelines beginning on Friday, March 12.  That is, until further notice, masks covering mouth and nose must be worn at all times throughout the building and social distancing must be practiced, including in the sanctuary.  In the sanctuary, congregants will sit six feet apart unless they sit as a family, and will sit only in the pews not taped off.  At the same time, Friday night services will continue to be held on zoom for those who cannot attend services in person.  There will be no Oneg per se, although a properly social distancing get-together after the service will be held in the Pearlman social hall. We ask that out of respect for the welfare of all attending congregants that attendees abide by these conditions.
  2. Saturday morning services, Torah study, Hebrew language classes, conversion classes, etc will continue solely on zoom until further notice.
  3. All non-members who are using the rabbi’s zooming are asked to make a donation to the Temple.  Such donations can be sent to:  Temple Israel, P.O. Box 841, Valdosta, GA, 31603.  Or, they can be made on Temple Israel’s website at:
  4. Until the Board deems it safe, the delayed 2020 annual congregational meeting that was postponed last April will continue to be delayed.
  5. Until the Board deems it safe, the “grand celebration” of the renovated kitchen and social hall will continue to be postponed.
  6. The postponed corned beef 2020 sale will continue to be delayed until after the High Holidays.
  7. Simplified dues statements will be sent out monthly.  Though it may seem that the activities of the Temple were placed in hibernation, please remember three things:  first, the Temple’s monthly expenses have to be paid whether the building doors are open or shut; second, the Temple was never really in a hiatus.  Services and study sessions continued on zoom for those who wished to take advantage of the technology, and the rabbi was readily available; and, finally, we could not draw on the expected income from the corned beef sale.   So, please, bring your dues up to date.

I personally would like to thank everyone for their forbearance, patience, understanding, resilience, support, and encouragement during these extraordinarily trying times.  Without each of you, the congregation would not have been able to rise successfully to the challenge thrown at us and overcome it.

Make it a good day, and please stay safe!


The Isaiah Fund
The Isaiah Fund is formally under the auspices of the Temple Board. The purpose of the Fund is to provide temporary financial support for congregants who find themselves in need of assistance due to special circumstances beyond their control. Such requests and dispensing of monies from the Isaiah Fund will be in accordance with the following regulations:

  1. The Fund’s resources are available only to members of the congregation.
  2. The committee responsible for the dispensing of Fund monies shall consist of the Rabbi and President of the congregation.
  3. The fund can be used to help pay for such items as rent, medical bills, medications, therapy, food, utility bills, or any other assistance subject to the approval of the Fund’s committee.
  4. To secure assistance, a member must contact the Rabbi requesting such assistance.
  5. The request must be accompanied by (a) a statement of how much money is needed, (b) a statement of exactly what the money is for, and (c) both the name and address to whom the money is to go (d) a form of documentation (e.g. bill, notice, prescription ) indicating the specific need. If additional information is needed, the rabbi will follow up the request before any decision is made.
  6. The rabbi will then consult with the President of the congregation regarding approval of the request.
  7. A request does not guarantee approval.
  8. All actions shall be confidential.
  9. Upon approval of a request, the committee shall decide whether the monies shall go directly to the person making the request or arrangements shall be made to monies to be paid directly to the provider of a particular service.
  10. The request for funds is ordinarily a one-time request only, exceptions, however, can apply.
  11. Because the Fund’s resources are limited, there shall be a designated cap of $1,000 on such requests.
  12. For tax purposes, the recipient of the monies must submit, in addition to initial documentation, subsequent receipts to the Rabbi.