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January/February 2018

The Kedusha section of the Amidah ends with the L’dor V’Dor prayer. Every day we are reminded that we are part of a rich ancestry and meaningful tradition. These traditions we pass on to the next generation; l’dor v’dor.

A few years ago my parents asked us to consider moving back to the farm that I grew up on in order to help them as they get older. I never guessed that we would make that move so soon, however my husband, Josh, found his dream job in that area. We find ourselves now moving back to the home I grew up in, continuing the family tradition as my parents did when I was a young child. I feel quite fortunate that my children will be raised with this tradition.

Working at Temple Beth El has been a wonderful experience for me! I was hired with the mandate to redesign the youth education programs. I am very proud of the Limmud program that we designed, the new pieces of the Koolanu teen program that are underway and the growth of the youth groups. I am hopeful that the foundation that we have laid over the past three and a half years will provide a strong foundation for the continuation of realizing a new vision of Youth education.

I have really enjoyed working with all of the wonderful families and congregants that I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the past three and a half years. I look forward to maintaining a close connection to Temple Beth El and returning to visit in the future. I want to thank each and every member of the congregation for allowing me to serve as the Director of Youth and Family education here. I am grateful to have had this opportunity to work at Temple Beth El and I will miss it immensely.

L’hitraot,

Samara Sofian

Director of Youth and Family Education