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We've all heard the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words". And photos really are a special way to help tell the story of our lives - who we are and what's important to us.

And, of course, some images speak to us more strongly than others. More often than not we love a photo not so much because it shows us how we look but because it captures a very human element that is hard to express in words – an authentic connection with those we love or with ourselves and how we show up or want to be seen in the world.

Whether you're looking to capture someone's attention with a professional headshot or want to commemorate the beautiful connection with your partner or family, I can help.

My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Hilton Head Island, SC. I truly find joy and fulfillment in the work I do. I love the adventure of photography and I continually immerse myself in learning and exploring how to improve my craft which includes learning new ways to connect with and capture my subjects. I truly understand that, for many people (if not most), even the idea of having your picture taken can cause a good bit of discomfort and anxiety. That's why I place so much importance on putting my subjects at ease while also really listening to any concerns or wants they have for their session.

I draw upon my technical knowledge of photography, my ability to connect with people, and my creativity to produce beautifully memorable photos for my clients. I believe that my unique creative vision and many years of experience combined with the way I strive to give my clients the most enjoyable experience possible sets me apart from some of the other great photographers in Hilton Head Island.

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My Mission Is To Exceed Expectations

The importance of family is hard to overstate. From children to grandparents to nieces and nephews, families and the family dynamic can grow and change before you know it, with many beautiful milestones taking place along the way.

I think that one of the best ways to remember some of these important moments of togetherness is with a fun family photo session.

I absolutely love photographing families and, while no two families are the same, I always strive to give each session my all in order to best connect with and capture the uniqueness of each family. Even though each session is somewhat different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the distinct personality, affection, and energy of each family in order to provide authentic, engaging pictures and a joyful experience.

Whether you have a toddler that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Hilton Head Island is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:

  • Beaches - Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, Kiawah, Seabrook, Isle of Palms, Hilton Head, Edisto Beach
  • Popular Places - Washington Square, Broad Street, Hampton Park, Waterfront Park, Shem Creek, The Cistern at College of Hilton Head Island
  • Historical Sites - Hilton Head Island Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Historical Sites - The Battery/Whitepoint Gardens, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Boone Hall, Fort Sumter, Middleton Place, Morris Island Lighthouse Whatever location you choose for family photography in Hilton Head Island, the Holy City is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy with friends and family.

As a family photographer in Hilton Head Island, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much (in addition to getting to meet some really awesome people) is the opportunity to combine my creativity with my ever-evolving technical skill. I also gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for - be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.

I use a clear yet relaxed style of direction to get you and your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that really show the unique dynamic and relationships of each family.

Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:

Document Family Growth

Change, of course, is part of life and with each passing year families, too, change and often grow. Each stage is beautiful in its own way and having annual family photographs is a fun way to document the different seasons of family life. Be it a new baby, a birthday or anniversary or simply wanting to capture your kids at each special age, I'd be honored to be chosen to help tell the story of your family over the years.

Remember Milestones

With each year that passes, new milestones are reached. From a child's first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember these wonderful occasions than with quality photographs. Whether you're welcoming a new puppy into your life, are celebrating an anniversary or finally have gathered your extended family together in one place, capturing these special times in your life is a great way to ensure you'll be able to enjoy and relive these moments years from now.

Create Memories

Many families tell me before their sessions that it's not often that they are all able to be together and they emphasize how special and important this session is. Or, perhaps, a mom or dad will talk about how fleetingly special a certain age of their child is and how they really want to capture their children's personalities. Even if you capture lots of great moments of your family throughout the year it's likely not very often that all of you are in the pictures at once (other than maybe having a stranger tell you to "say cheese" after you hand them your phone. Having a time that's dedicated to capturing the special bonds between family members - parents and their children, grandparents and their grandchildren, siblings and maybe extended family as well - is so important. We all know just how special these people and moments are and how we tend to treasure these memories more with each passing year.

Portraits And Headshots In Hilton Head Island, SC

A great headshot shows you at your best - whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today's digitally-intensive society, having a professional headshot or portrait of you or your team that stands out for all the right reasons is becoming a necessity. It's no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.

Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many (if not most) people don't like being in front of the camera (trust me, I totally get that). I know that for some clients, it can be hard to know what to do, what to wear or how to relax enough to let their authentic selves come through so that they can end up with a professional photo or headshot that inspires authenticity and confidence.

Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots of all types of people. No matter what your comfort level is with having your picture taken, I pride myself on being able to create the conditions necessary to help capture my clients as you want to be seen. Through lighting, posing and direct yet relaxed interaction I'll help guide you to great photos that you’ll be proud to showcase and share with others.

A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:

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Show Your Personality

Not all headshots should be approached the same way. Depending on your industry or how you'll be using the photos, there are certain things to consider. A great headshot reflects not just how you look but also how you show up in the world. It can help give people an idea of the kind of person you are before you sit down to meet them. Oftentimes, too, people may want a variety of "looks" to suit different needs and uses. My goal is to listen to your expectations and then deliver results that will serve you will in your professional and/or personal life.

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Show Your Professionalism

Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are typically much more likely to interview you or to contact you or your business if you look professional. If you've taken the time to invest in your brand, in part by making the effort to arrange a professional headshot, people notice that. And who doesn't want to make a great first (or second or third) impression?

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Stand Out on Social Media

Many of my clients make appointments for headshots and portraits when they want to stand out from the crowd on social media. Whether you own a business and need to create new social media pages or you're looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn or, perhaps, update your website, a professional headshot can definitely set you apart in the modern sea of selfies and snapshots that you often see out there.

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Show Off Your Current Look

None of us look the same as we did 10 or 15 years ago yet some of us keep the same photo up for decades. Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up-to-date, professional headshots, you're showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.

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Qualities Of A Great Photographer In Hilton Head Island, SC

Being a great photographer means more than owning fancy equipment. While having expensive gear can be quite helpful, the real test of a professional, for me, has a lot more to do with being able to draw upon my deep understanding of the craft of photography so that I can focus more on connecting with and beautifully capturing my subjects without getting bogged down in figuring out the technical side of things. It's taken me many years to get where I am and I'm always striving to improve in order to continue to deliver the best pictures and most enjoyable experience possible for my clients.

Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because my experience shows and they trust me to always give them the results and experience that they're looking for. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:

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Imagination

I wholeheartedly consider photography to be an artform - one that requires lots of curiosity and imagination along with a good bit of technique. A great photographer knows how to get beautiful results no matter what the conditions or circumstances are and this only comes with experience and preparation.

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Passion

This quality might seem obvious but I can't tell you how many times I've seen photography that may be technically good but is missing something. My passion for photography largely comes from my passion for connecting with people in a way that helps them feel comfortable letting their guard down so they can enjoy the process. And this almost always leads to exceptional, authentic images.

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Patience

Patience can also be essential for great photos. As in life, there are many things that we just can't control. Sometimes the best photos come from patiently going with the flow and not trying to force something to happen. I find that when I'm patient yet prepared - ready to capture the right moment or expression when the time is right - that's often the best approach. As a professional with many years of experience, I understand the importance of having the patience to deal with whatever comes my way as well as the flexibility and preparedness to make the most out of any situation.

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People Skills

If ever there was a business where people skills were important I think portrait photography is definitely one of them. Knowing how uncomfortable many people can be when getting their pictures taken, I put every effort into helping ensure the best possible experience for my clients and communication is such a big part of that. I love interacting with my clients to build trust and rapport as well as a deep understanding of your expectations including any concerns you may have. As I've said, for me my job is not just about delivering beautiful images but also a wonderful client experience. That's why I focus so much on each and every interaction with my clients. Yes, people skills are a must in this business. Luckily for me, it's one of my favorite parts of the job!

Eye for Detail

As a professional photographer in Hilton Head Island, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Through my many years of photographing many different types of subjects under many different circumstances I've come to learn just how important details are. Whether it's finding or creating the best quality of light for my clients, eliciting a great expression or
adjusting the background or, perhaps, a piece of clothing, all of these things impact the overall look and feel of a photo. Whether I'm photographing a family, a business professional or a couple in love I always look for all the ways I can create the best image possible.

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"As I hope you can tell by looking at my work, I really love my job. And most of all I love the people I get to meet and work with. I'd be honored and delighted to be chosen for your photography needs."

Adam Chandler

Ready to Get Started?

One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about what they're looking for and how I can serve them. If you are in need of professional photography, let's talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you're looking for family or couples' photography in Hilton Head Island or want great new headshots for you or your team, I'm here to help every step of the way!  

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Silent no more: Community event on Hilton Head to raise money for people of Ukraine

One story in the Torah that has always haunted me is the episode in Leviticus chapter 10:1-3 where the two sons of Aaron, Nadav and Abihu, were caught offering a sacrifice contrary to the instructions of God. Suddenly God sends a fire that consumes them and they perish. Then the Torah says: “Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what Adonai (The Lord) meant when God said: Through those near to Me I show Myself holy and gain glory before all the people.”And Aaron was silent.It is the last phrase that I cannot gras...

One story in the Torah that has always haunted me is the episode in Leviticus chapter 10:1-3 where the two sons of Aaron, Nadav and Abihu, were caught offering a sacrifice contrary to the instructions of God. Suddenly God sends a fire that consumes them and they perish. Then the Torah says: “Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what Adonai (The Lord) meant when God said: Through those near to Me I show Myself holy and gain glory before all the people.”

And Aaron was silent.

It is the last phrase that I cannot grasp in my soul. One medieval commentator wrote, “Aaron was silent because Aaron’s heart turned to lifeless stone. He did not weep and mourn like a bereaved father, nor did he accept Moses’ attempts to console him, for his soul had left him and he was speechless.”

Aaron’s silence is what haunts me. He is beyond tears and anger and all the rest of the spectrum of human emotions at that moment.

We are used to silence as a means of reflection and meditation. Silence is a healing experience. Silence is a retreat into ourselves to behold a deeper truth about ourselves and God. For me, silence is the beginning of the poetic moment. Silence is a pathway to God.

Aaron’s silence is one formed from rage and shock.Yet, there is a another kind of silence that is destructive. There is a silence when we see gross injustice and destruction and we remain silent that sends a completely different message. That kind of silence means acquiescence and approval to something evil and unjust. Silence as a form of assent to a war, for example, like what we are seeing Russia and Putin conduct in Ukraine. That kind of silence is a profane and godless action itself.

For this reason, I have story to tell you that defies that kind of immoral and sacrilegious silence. This story is about those in Hilton Head who say, “We will not be silent to the unprovoked and despicable conduct which we witness every day in the media in Russia’s war against the people of Ukraine.” These citizens of Hilton Head say “Enough!”

A consortium of communal leaders from the business community, nonprofits and the interfaith communities have joined together and in a few short weeks have put together a plan to raise funds with the guidance and support of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and the town of Hilton Head to present an event that says, ‘We will not be silent to the bloodshed.’

At noon on May 22 at Celebration Park, the community is invited to a concert ranging from classical music from the Symphony Orchestra to Hilton Head’s favorite rock ‘n’ roll bands. The concert will be free and the hope is that we shall succeed in raising funds through individual donations and sponsorships from the business community for two charities. For medical supplies the proceeds will go to Doctors Without Boarders. For food supplies to refugees and those still inside Ukraine, the proceeds will go to World Central Kitchen founded by chef Jose Andres.

When we think about what makes Hilton Head special we tend to answer, ‘Nice people and great beaches and golf.’ All that is true but do we forget that what makes us a faith in action community is that we can put aside all that divides us and unify under the banner of “L’chayim To Life: To save a soul is to save the world.”

That is exactly what this event will do, which is to save the lives of Ukrainian people. This concert and the fundraising and sponsorships that I hope individuals and businesses will support is our community’s way of making a difference. So many people have said to me, ‘How can I help? I feel helpless. What can I do?’

Our refusal to remain silent in the face of indiscriminate and cruel bombing, executions and kidnapping populations of non-combatants back to Russia requires us to say, ‘No more.’ It should ring a bell throughout the land that we learned a lesson from World War II when the world was silent as the Nazis and their collaborators committed genocide against the Jewish people and many others in Europe.

Yes, the world was silent. Now we have a chance to learn and prove to ourselves let alone to God that we are different. Hilton Head is different and it is something I am appealing to everyone to give what we can to this worthy event. Go to HH4Ukraine.com and you will find a link taking you directly into the Community Foundation website where you can make your donation. It is so easy to do. Just click and save a life.

I am directly involved in this group and I wish you could see how these leaders who did not know each other before this effort have risen to the high ground and done what appeared to be the impossible in a few short weeks. These are some of Hilton Head’s finest citizens. You, too, can join them in this noble effort.

If we can all join together and take great pride in the PGA Heritage golf tournament as a flagship event in our community, can we add one more event to show the world who we are and how we care, and that we are willing to share our resources with those most in need at this hour? Is this not doing God’s work?

Join us on May 22 and enjoy the music, the community and the feeling of saying, “I made a difference and I helped save lives.”

Rabbi Brad L. Bloom serves Congregation Beth Yam. He attended the University of Wisconsin and lives on Hilton Head Island.

International Museum Day: The museums of Hilton Head Island

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WSAV) – May 18 is International Museum Day, and wouldn’t you know, Hilton Head has several museums that you can enjoy while visiting the island. The following is a list of four museums on Hilton Head that you can go to in order to recognize the impact that museums have on the community.The Coastal Discovery Museum was opened in 1985 and was officially recognized as a Smithsonian affiliate in 2015. Their mission is to inspire people to care for the Lowcountry. You can read about their strategic pla...

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WSAV) – May 18 is International Museum Day, and wouldn’t you know, Hilton Head has several museums that you can enjoy while visiting the island. The following is a list of four museums on Hilton Head that you can go to in order to recognize the impact that museums have on the community.

The Coastal Discovery Museum was opened in 1985 and was officially recognized as a Smithsonian affiliate in 2015. Their mission is to inspire people to care for the Lowcountry. You can read about their strategic plan through the link here.

The Coastal Discovery Museum has 68 acres of outdoors to explore and 2,000 square feet of indoor exhibits to learn from. According to their website, admission to the museum is free, though some events do require reservations.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are located on Honey Horn Drive and they have events every weekday for you to enjoy. You can check out their calendar on their website through the link here.

Established in 2003 by Louise Miller Cohen, a Native islander, The Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island is focused on the preservation, restoration and revitalization of Gullah history. According to their website, they are dedicated to “maintaining Gullah customs, traditions, language, stories, songs and structures,” on the island. You can read more about their history and mission through the link here.

The museum is by appointment visitation only, so you’ll have to book online if you would like to visit. However, your admission fee includes a guided tour.

Admission is $20 per person, and you can find more information through the link to their website here. They are located on Georgianna Drive a short drive away from the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.

According to the Sandbox Children’s Museum website, in the early 2000s, a group of moms realized the need for “a community space to provide educational play for preschool- and elementary-aged children and their families.” It took several years of hard work and fundraising but eventually, they were able to create this space for families in the Lowcountry and the museum opened its doors in 2005. The Sandbox Children’s Museum now has one location in Bluffton and one location on Hilton Head.

The mission of the Sandbox Children’s Museum is to provide an environment for children to learn and explore that is inclusive and safe. This exploration is to happen with their peers and caregivers through hands-on discovery that is paired with “imaginative play that cultivates their physical, social and cognitive development.” You can read more about their mission statement and history through the link here.

The Sandbox Children’s Museum has plenty of indoor exhibits for your child to enjoy playing with. Their museum is designed for children up to the age of 12, including a two-story “sandcastle” and a model shrimp boat.

The museum is located on Nassau Street and admission is $10 per person aged 1 to 64. Individuals 65 and older need only pay $7.50 for their admission. They are open every day of the week for three-hour general admission sessions. For more information on how that works and how you can buy your tickets, you can visit the link here.

The Harbour Town Lighthouse is just over 50 years old and still standing strong. According to their website, the museum’s mission is to ensure that all of those who visit the lighthouse “have a memorable experience that they will cherish for years.” You can learn more about the history of the lighthouse, as well as the ways the museum has contributed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s, through the link here.

Each level of the lighthouse has historical information to go along with it. You can learn about the history of the island all while climbing to the very top of the red and white structure.

Admission to the lighthouse is $5.75 per person and children who are under 5 are free. The lighthouse is open from 10 a.m. to sundown every day. You can find more information about admission by visiting the link here.

Sandwich making company creating 300 jobs by setting up shop in SC

A ready-to-eat sandwich company is expanding into South Carolina and is investing millions in a new operation, according to Gov. Henry McMaster’s office....

A ready-to-eat sandwich company is expanding into South Carolina and is investing millions in a new operation, according to Gov. Henry McMaster’s office.

E.A. Sween Company announced plans to set up shop in a facility in Greenwood County, the governor’s office said in a news release. The company is investing $38 million and will create 300 jobs, according to the release.

The company’s plan marks the largest number of jobs created in Greenwood County since 2013, Greenwood County Council Chairman Chuck Moates said.

“When an industry leader like E.A. Sween Company locates in South Carolina, it’s further proof that our state’s business-friendly environment and talented workforce offer companies the recipe for success,” McMaster said in the release.

Founded in 1955, E.A. Sween Company is a private company that produces and ships sandwiches and other ready-to-eat products across the U.S., the governor’s office said. Its brands include Deli Express, Market Sandwich, San Luis Burritos and Simply Delicious Bakery, and it sells more than 100 million sandwiches annually, according to the release.

When the new facility in South Carolina is fully operational, the company said it expects to produce an additional 75 million sandwiches a year. The facility, which will be at 5730 Highway 25 North in Hodges, is expected to be up and running in 2023, the governor’s office said.

“From the moment we first visited the community, we knew it was a perfect fit,” E.A. Sween Company President and CEO Tom H. Sween said in the release. “South Carolina is a place where people, partnerships, relationships and opportunity matter to everyone we came across.”

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.

Those interested in applying for a job can visit the company’s careers page.

“E.A. Sween Company’s decision to locate their newest facility in Greenwood shows that the Upstate continues to be a key location for food and beverage companies,” Upstate SC Alliance President and CEO John Lummus said in the release. “Our region’s proximity to consumer markets and logistical advantages, combined with an available, trained workforce, makes Upstate South Carolina an ideal location as companies look for an East Coast location.”

This story was originally published May 18, 2022 12:45 PM.

Stylish Hilton Head home is owned by a world-class artist but could be yours. Take a look

A new address in the private Hilton Head Island community of Long Cove Club was recently put up for sale. Unlike the average home, however, this one offers a bit of an artistic twist.5 Delta Lane, located in the gated golf community in the 29928 zip code, currently belongs to locally renowned, world-class artist ...

A new address in the private Hilton Head Island community of Long Cove Club was recently put up for sale. Unlike the average home, however, this one offers a bit of an artistic twist.

5 Delta Lane, located in the gated golf community in the 29928 zip code, currently belongs to locally renowned, world-class artist Uschi Niner.

Born in Germany and raised in the Middle East, Uschi Niner has lived and painted all over the world. She now owns this Hilton Head Island home that’s currently on the market for $949,000.

The 3,896 square foot home outwardly reflects the classic Hilton Head Long Cove Club style. However, the inside of the property displays European, Middle Eastern, and North African influences. The artist combined the influence her travels gave her with that of Lowcountry living.

“In designing the home, Niner emphasized open space and sightlines, informed by her childhood spent abroad and her creative sensibilities. She drew inspiration from her farmhouse in France, where she converted extra-large barn doors to windows, allowing for an unfettered view of the Burgundy countryside,” according to a press release by Daniel Ravanel Sotheby’s International Realty.

The residence is full of light from the far-reaching, vast windows that allow sunlight to showcase each piece of artwork displayed in the home, as well as give an unobstructed view of the nearby lagoon with all manor of flora and fauna native to the Lowcountry. This space became a focal point to Niner.

Inside her home, Niner was able to display a variety of artwork, making the home look like a gallery itself: an artist’s dream.

The home also features a vast array of library shelving to allow preferential storing for any avid literary collector.

Niner and her late husband were initially drawn to the island’s abundant natural beauty and availability of world-class golf, a similar draw many visitors and locals experience. The en plein air painter routinely captured these beautiful sights on canvas.

After falling in love with the local weather, beach and access to abundant cultural opportunities, the artist will miss her muse.

“The Long Cove Club is a warm and welcoming community that I will miss.”, said Niner in a recent press release.

This story was originally published May 12, 2022 5:00 AM.

Faith in Action | Community event on Hilton Head to raise money for people of Ukraine

One story in the Torah that has always haunted me is the episode in Leviticus chapter 10:1-3 where the two sons of Aaron, Nadav and Abihu, were caught offering a sacrifice contrary to the instructions of God. Suddenly God sends a fire that consumes them and they perish. Then the Torah says: “Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what Adonai (The Lord) meant when God said: Through those near to Me I show Myself holy and gain glory before all the people.”And Aaron was silent.It is the last phrase that I cannot gras...

One story in the Torah that has always haunted me is the episode in Leviticus chapter 10:1-3 where the two sons of Aaron, Nadav and Abihu, were caught offering a sacrifice contrary to the instructions of God. Suddenly God sends a fire that consumes them and they perish. Then the Torah says: “Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what Adonai (The Lord) meant when God said: Through those near to Me I show Myself holy and gain glory before all the people.”

And Aaron was silent.

It is the last phrase that I cannot grasp in my soul. One medieval commentator wrote, “Aaron was silent because Aaron’s heart turned to lifeless stone. He did not weep and mourn like a bereaved father, nor did he accept Moses’ attempts to console him, for his soul had left him and he was speechless.”

Aaron’s silence is what haunts me. He is beyond tears and anger and all the rest of the spectrum of human emotions at that moment.

We are used to silence as a means of reflection and meditation. Silence is a healing experience. Silence is a retreat into ourselves to behold a deeper truth about ourselves and God. For me, silence is the beginning of the poetic moment. Silence is a pathway to God.

Aaron’s silence is one formed from rage and shock.Yet, there is a another kind of silence that is destructive. There is a silence when we see gross injustice and destruction and we remain silent that sends a completely different message. That kind of silence means acquiescence and approval to something evil and unjust. Silence as a form of assent to a war, for example, like what we are seeing Russia and Putin conduct in Ukraine. That kind of silence is a profane and godless action itself.

For this reason, I have story to tell you that defies that kind of immoral and sacrilegious silence. This story is about those in Hilton Head who say, “We will not be silent to the unprovoked and despicable conduct which we witness every day in the media in Russia’s war against the people of Ukraine.” These citizens of Hilton Head say “Enough!”

A consortium of communal leaders from the business community, nonprofits and the interfaith communities have joined together and in a few short weeks have put together a plan to raise funds with the guidance and support of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and the town of Hilton Head to present an event that says, ‘We will not be silent to the bloodshed.’

At noon on May 22 at Celebration Park, the community is invited to a concert ranging from classical music from the Symphony Orchestra to Hilton Head’s favorite rock ‘n’ roll bands. The concert will be free and the hope is that we shall succeed in raising funds through individual donations and sponsorships from the business community for two charities. For medical supplies the proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders. For food supplies to refugees and those still inside Ukraine, the proceeds will go to World Central Kitchen founded by chef Jose Andres.

When we think about what makes Hilton Head special we tend to answer, ‘Nice people and great beaches and golf.’ All that is true but do we forget that what makes us a faith in action community is that we can put aside all that divides us and unify under the banner of “L’chayim To Life: To save a soul is to save the world.”

That is exactly what this event will do, which is to save the lives of Ukrainian people. This concert and the fundraising and sponsorships that I hope individuals and businesses will support is our community’s way of making a difference. So many people have said to me, ‘How can I help? I feel helpless. What can I do?’

Our refusal to remain silent in the face of indiscriminate and cruel bombing, executions and kidnapping populations of non-combatants back to Russia requires us to say, ‘No more.’ It should ring a bell throughout the land that we learned a lesson from World War II when the world was silent as the Nazis and their collaborators committed genocide against the Jewish people and many others in Europe.

Yes, the world was silent. Now we have a chance to learn and prove to ourselves let alone to God that we are different. Hilton Head is different and it is something I am appealing to everyone to give what we can to this worthy event. Go to HH4Ukraine.com and you will find a link taking you directly into the Community Foundation website where you can make your donation. It is so easy to do. Just click and save a life.

I am directly involved in this group and I wish you could see how these leaders who did not know each other before this effort have risen to the high ground and done what appeared to be the impossible in a few short weeks. These are some of Hilton Head’s finest citizens. You, too, can join them in this noble effort.

If we can all join together and take great pride in the PGA Heritage golf tournament as a flagship event in our community, can we add one more event to show the world who we are and how we care, and that we are willing to share our resources with those most in need at this hour? Is this not doing God’s work?

Join us on May 22 and enjoy the music, the community and the feeling of saying, “I made a difference and I helped save lives.”

Rabbi Brad L. Bloom serves Congregation Beth Yam. He attended the University of Wisconsin and lives on Hilton Head Island.

This story was originally published May 6, 2022 12:10 PM.

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