Let’s Toast to Life

A toast by Carolann Biederman, given during Donald Armstrong’s Roast & Toast Tribute Event

Many of Donald’s accomplishments here in Hawaii are collaborations and strategic partnerships. We know “it takes a village.” And it takes Sandy.

Tonight, though, the spotlight is rightly on Donald.

We celebrate his ruach and hard work, which have blessed our congregation and community.

Let me sum up how Don’s leadership – past, present and legacy – brings us to this moment:

  • Abraham’s Garden
  • Hebrew studies
  • The Peace Prayer
  • The Party Shul alive with music and fun
  • Establishing the office of the grand vizier
  • Bridges to Temple E, OJO and other spiritual communities
  • Logistics and negotiations behind the scenes with our Unitarian Church landlords
  • And, of course, the ongoing operations of Sof Ma’arav

Let’s toast: To life, to Don, l’chaim! L’chaim, l’chaim, to life! A gift we hope are wise enough Ever to prize enough, Drink l’chaim, to life!

יִישַׁר כֹּחֲךָ Yasher ko’akh. Imua!

Don, may you go from strength to strength.

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

  • When Will This End?
    “How can this madness continue to go on?! When will it end?!” I thought to myself as I braced to hear and read about the latest in the horrible epidemic of gun violence which has gripped out country: this time in the Chabad synagogue in Poway, California, and at University of North Carolina in Charlotte, […]
  • A Conversation with Rabbi Ariel Burger
    Wednesday, May 28th at 1pm EST We invite all Organic Torah members to join us live for this interactive web event. We’ll engage in a conversation with Rabbi Ariel Burger, author of Witness: Lessons from Eli Wiesel’s Classroom. You’ll have a chance to hear from Rabbi Burger and ask your own questions. We’ll post the […]