Bill and Roz Altman honored their parents and a former congregation member by donating and dedicating a Torah to Temple Oseh Shalom in Bluffton during consecration services Oct. 15.
Bill still can remember the number tattooed on his mother's arm by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Both of his parents, Morris and Tonia Altman, survived the Holocaust, in which millions of Jews were killed under the German Nazi regime during World War II.
"With mostly luck, their faith in God and determination they survived one of the greatest genocides in human memory," Bill said. "My parents not only witnessed the extermination of their parents, in addition my father's first wife and 9-year-old daughter perished as well as my mother's first husband. How the dreams and hopes of Holocaust survivors were not forever crushed by the grim reality of what they endured is beyond anyone's imagination.
"However, they got a second chance at life. They met and married after the liberation in 1944 and settled in Regensburg, Germany, where I was born. Two years later we immigrated to the United States where they prospered through hard work and saw their greatest reward -- me receiving a college education. ... I am a living link to the Holocaust, as are my children and their children."
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It was an emotional service for Roz, as well, when she dedicated the Torah to her parents, Bella and Charlie Kesselman. By accident, Roz discovered when she was 44 years old, that she was adopted. They had been married for 19 years and unable to conceive their own child before pursuing adoption.
By the time she found out, her dad was deceased and her mother had Alzheimer's disease. She said "they were the two most loving people, who adopted, fed, educated and supported me -- because I was their child, natural or not. And for this I will always be eternally grateful. ... I honor the parents who may not have given me life, but more importantly nurtured my life and help define who I am today."
The Altmans also dedicated the Torah's new silver breastplate, which protects the front of the large sacred scroll, in memory of the late Alvin Bernard Reuben, former president of the Sun City Community Association board of directors and past president of the congregation.
The congregation's new 100-year-old, hand-scribed Torah originated in Germany and was purchased in Staten Island, N.Y., said Jack Davidson, chairman of the committee to find a new Torah.
This Torah consists of wooden poles, called the tree of life, and a long scroll of parchment paper. On the scroll, the five Books of Moses are hand-written. The congregation plans to read it from the creation to its ending.
EL SHADDAI MINISTRIES
El Shaddai Ministries continues its service with the theme "Condition of the Heart" at 6 p.m. today with Wilma Clarke from the House of Prayer of Yemassee. The ministry meets at 1521 Hampton St., Walterboro.
Details: Rosa Middleton, 843-838-4444; Tracey Dingle, 843-252-3848
CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH
Central Baptist Church will close out the celebration of the 13th anniversary of Pastor Levon Byrd at 2 p.m. Sunday with Pastor Irvin Middleton and Friendship Baptist Church. The church is at 1111 Prince St., Beaufort.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
Maajid Ali, the imam of the Masjid Jihad Mosque of Savannah, will speak at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry at 10 a.m. Sunday. His topic will be "An Islamic Perspective on Creating a Balanced Community." Imam Ali has been the religious leader in Savannah for 34 years and has hosted forums on socio-religious concerns and misconceptions about the religion of Islam. He has studied at the Islamic Institute in Pakistan and has twice performed the Hajj, the traditional pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Child care is provided from 10-11 a.m. The congregation meets at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.
Details: 843-341-7970, firstname.lastname@example.org
BRICK BAPTIST CHURCH
The Women's Ministry of Brick Baptist Church will present the "Five Wishes" program at 6 p.m. Tuesday and at 10 a.m. Oct. 30 in the church's Clarence Johnson Fellowship Hall. A representative from Hospice Care of the Lowcountry will present the seminars.
Details: Sharon Beasley, 843-838-9235, email@example.com
A team of paranormal investigators confront the unknown in an exclusive film at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lifetree CafÃ©. The Lifetree film features an investigation conducted at a location long associated with unexplained happenings. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available, also at no charge. The cafÃ© is at 31 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island.
Details: 843-689-5433, lifetreecafe.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
CARTERET STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The pumpkin patch is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday at Carteret Street United Methodist Church. Sponsored by the Carteret Street Youth, the patch is open to the public and offers pumpkins of all shapes and sizes for sale. School trips are also available. Money raised benefits Carteret Street's youth ministries. The church is at 408 Carteret St., Beaufort.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Preschool and elementary school children are invited to "Light Up the Night with Jesus" Trunk or Treat, a safe holiday event, from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Hilton Head Island. Church members will have the trunks of their cars decorated and filled with games, prizes, candy and fun in the back parking lot. Children can dress up, but non-scary costumes are preferred. Free activities include a puppet show, hay jump, a fire truck and an apple butter demonstration. Hot dogs, chips and beverages will be available for $2 each. The church is at 100 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head.
Details: Lynda Hopkins, 843-785-4478
BAPTIST CHURCH OF BEAUFORT
The Baptist Church of Beaufort will hold its annual Fall Festival from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church. This year's theme is "Let There Be Light." The event is free and open to the public. This family-oriented festival will include a variety of activities and games for children of all ages. Dinner will be provided at no charge. The event will feature a cupcake walk, bingo, a bounce house, picture booth and candy. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes, but scary costumes are discouraged. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The church is at 601 Charles St., Beaufort.
Details: the Rev. Anne England, 843-524-3197, ext. 228
FISHERS OF MEN CHURCH
A Healing School with Pastor Thurman Scrivner of the Living Savior Ministry in Justin, Texas, begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at The Quality Inn at Town Center, 2001 Boundary St., Beaufort. Scrivner is an engineer and commercial pilot. No registration required.
Details: Bishop Duane Bostick, 843-338-3939, 843-575-0526, email@example.com
PARISH CHURCHOF ST. HELENA
First Music, a free organ concert series held at noon on certain Fridays at the Parish Church of St. Helena, continues Friday with Douglas Bruce of Switzerland. The final performance will feature organist Patrick Hawkins of Columbia on Nov. 5. The church is at 507 Church St., Beaufort.
Details: 843-522-1712, ext. 214
COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH
Dave Roever will be the featured speaker at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Community Bible Church of Beaufort's annual Men's Wildlife Supper. The evening features venison, wild pig, turkey and shrimp along with side dishes and dessert. The event is open to men who are seeking a deeper relationship with God. Roever is a Vietnam War veteran who suffered significant injuries during combat. He and his wife are co-founders of Eagles Summit Ranch near Westcliffe, Colo., where the couple train wounded warriors, others from the U.S. military and young leaders. Pre-registration is requested and is available online at www.cbcofbeaufort.org or by calling 843-525-0089.
CAMPBELL CHAPEL AME CHURCH
A community fundraiser is planned Oct. 30-31 to assist Lula Mae Ford of Bluffton with medical costs associated with her recent kidney transplant. Family and friends of Ford will sponsor a dinner to begin at 11 a.m. Oct. 30 and a Gospel Concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at Campbell Chapel AME Church, 25 Boundary St., Bluffton. Dinners are $10 and include fried or baked chicken or fish, red rice, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, green beans, roll and cake. Orders may be placed by calling 843-757-3652. The gospel concert will feature choirs from throughout the Lowcountry. Savannah's Brother E. Larry McDuffie of WSOK radio will emcee. A freewill love offering will be taken. Contributions may be made to Lula Mae Ford at Palmetto State Bank.
Details: 843-338-3699, firstname.lastname@example.org; Family and Friends of Lula Mae Ford, P.O. Box 991, Bluffton, SC 29910
SERVANTS OF GOD INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH
Servants of God International Outreach Tabernacle and Visions In People's Hope will host a Fall Festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 30. Food, games, yard sale, bake sale, free community services information and fellowship will be offered. The church is at 2754 Trask Parkway, at the traffic light in Grays Hill.
Details: 843-271-7545, 843-846-6017
Praise Assembly is hosting a community event from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31. Activities include live music, carnival rides, free food and games and candy. The church is at 800 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort.
Details: 843-525-1121, www.LowCountryPraise.com
SPOKEN WORD OUTREACH MINISTRIES
Spoken Word Outreach Ministries will hold Bring a Friend to Church Day on Oct. 31. The annual fall festival begins with youth church at 10 a.m. and continues with games, hayrides, inflatable games and a cookout. The church is at 42 Keans Neck Road, Lobeco.
Details: 843-846-4835, ext. 1
PORT ROYAL BAPTIST CHURCH
Port Royal Baptist Church will hold a Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. Food, family fun and games will be offered. At 6:30 p.m. the children will "trunk or treat" in the front of the church. The church is at 707 Pinckney Blvd. (at the Naval Hospital Gate), Port Royal.
UNITY IN ACTION UNION OF CHURCHES
"Unity In Action" Union of Churches will host its Fifth Sunday Fellowship Union Services at 11 a.m. Oct. 31 at the Quality Inn Hotel on Boundary Street, Beaufort. The host church and pastor for this Fifth Sunday is Revelatory Ministries of Beaufort and Pastor Calvin Mikell, who will deliver the message. Other Union members are Church of the Harvest Apostolic of St. Helena Island, Apostle Jerome Middleton, pastor; Servants of God International Outreach Tabernacle of Grays Hill, the Rev. Jacqueline Harley, pastor; and Highest Praise Ministries of Lady's Island, Rufus Fripp, pastor.
Details: 843-575-0143, 843-838-2889, 843-271-7545