Monthly Archives: January 2019

Hanukkah In Egypt

By Robert Littman

Jews have lived in Egypt in great numbers since the 3rd century BC. In the aftermath of the 1948 Israeli War of Independence and the Suez crisis in 1956, most of Egypt’s Jews left. Today less than… Continue reading

From the Sof History Project

By Mat Sgan

Newly elected president Peter Freeman (1991–1992) took a page out of Ronald Reagan’s playbook with a “Morning in Sof” optimistic approach. Beginning with a warm letter to fellow congregants, Freeman invited all to participate fully, and included… Continue reading

Upcoming and Current Classes Held Every Shabbat

  1. Classes at Sof

 

1).  Group Torah study sessions along with alternating Talmud study (led by Gregg Kinkley) at 9:15-9:50am.

2)   Children’s Class with Biblical stories, lessons from the Torah and an introduction to Hebrew letters, sounds… Continue reading

The Last Pharaoh

ISBN: 9781386134923

 

He’s the pharaoh you’ll love to hate! The Last Pharaoh, a novel by Sof member Dr. Lorna Holmes, originally written for middle grade students, is finding an audience with adult readers as well. In Seattle in… Continue reading

The Ba’al Shem Tov Reads A Holy Book

by Rabbi Daniel Lev

The Ba’al Shem Tov, also known by his acronym “BeSHT,” inspired the founding of the Hassidic spiritual movement of the eighteenth century. He brought great innovations into the religious identity and practice of the common… Continue reading

20 Years A Jew: Installment 4 – Balancing Secular and Sacred

By Athena DeRasmo

Every day this convert is faced with balancing sacred observance and a vast secular life, which challenges my observance at every turn. Shabbat is a big help, the precious island in time, as are the holidays. There… Continue reading

20 Years A Jew: Installment 3 – “What’s an Orphan To Do?”

By Athena DeRasmo

With High Holidays 5779 behind us, it seems fitting to comment on what the Holidays mean to this convert. I have heard it said, and I paraphrase, “Time keeps the Jewish people.” The Jewish calendar sustains the… Continue reading

Drash Schedule for February 2019

Date Parsha Drash
Feb 2 Mishpatim Mark Flitter
Feb 9 Terumah Rabbi Daniel Lev
Feb 16 Tetzaveh Rabbi Daniel Lev
Feb 23 Ki Tissah Don Armstrong

Sof Book Club – A Year in Review

by Members of the Sof Book Club

The Sof book club completed another year of comprehensive, diverse, and often exciting reading of Jewish stories, authors and history. This year, the Book Club met eight times and read the following books:… Continue reading

The Social Event of the Year! 

Photographs by Arnie Warshawsky and Naomi Olstein

On Saturday, December 9, the social event of the year took place….

the Armstrongs’ Hanukkah Party. Over 140 people attended, and a good time

was had by all. Menorahs were lit (a LOT… Continue reading

Calendar

Upcoming Events

  1. Hebrew Heartsong Gathering

    August 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Rosh HaShanah

    September 29 @ 6:20 pm - October 1 @ 7:30 pm
  3. Book Club – 10/6

    October 6
  4. Yom Kippur

    October 8 @ 6:20 pm - October 9 @ 7:30 pm
  5. Book Club – 11/10

    November 10

Categories

  • Ya’akov (Jake) Sapon
    OPERATIONS ASSISTANT- Ya’akov (Jake) is fascinated by how we can build a Judaism that is both deeply rooted in Jewish wisdom and relevant to the most pressing issues of our own time. In particular, he is interested in how ancient Jewish texts can illuminate problems like climate change and environmental degradation: how Jewish wisdom can […]
  • Hilula for The Piazetzner Rebbe
    Rabbi Margalit will be presenting as part of a “Hilula” or commemoration in acknowledgement of the yartzeit of Kalonymous Kalman Shapiro, “The Piazetzner Rebbe” November 1-3, 2019 | More details to follow Temple Israel | Greenfield,