August 31, 2012 - by Jerry Shulman
When Deb Turner asked me to speak at Shabbat Services on the topic "What Temple Emanu-El Means to Me", I of course said that I would. After giving some thought as to how I would approach this topic, I decided to begin with the journey that led us to Temple Emanu-El. This journey began for Micki, Sammy and myself about five years ago.
Micki and I came to Tucson to visit friends over 30 years ago. We fell in love at first sight and decided that this would be an ideal place to settle after retirement.
We soon bought a home in Tucson, which we used as a vacation getaway until we were ready to retire. Our plan was to someday become "snowbirds", sharing time between New York and Tucson.
After we both retired we soon discovered the truth of the statement, "Life is what happens when you're making other plans." Micki and I were called upon to raise our 2 year old granddaughter, Samantha. Sammy was then and remains to this day our unexpected blessing.