Monthly Archives: March 2019

Reading Torah at Sof

Torah Scroll, Quill, and Ink.

By Michelle Schneider

My Hebrew education began when my nonobservant parents sent me, at my request, to Sunday School for four years, culminating in my Bat Mitzvah. Until I discovered Sof, however, I basically attended synagogue on holidays only. … Continue reading

Yad In Hand  

Torah and Yad.

By Marc Flitter

Several Parshas ago I was honored to read from the Torah at Congregation Sof Ma’arav. Asked to share that experience, my first thought was that perhaps “Jewish geography” might more appropriately be utilized to mark where such… Continue reading

How I Came to Read Torah at Sof Maʻarav

Torah Scroll partly unrolled.

By Chad Teasley

 

As I read from parashah Tetzaveh at Congregation Sof Ma’arav on February 16th, it seemed to me that my Judaic education had come full circle. About six years ago, as I took the initial steps on… Continue reading

The Story of Torah Trope Class at Sof Ma’arav

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

Studying Torah and learning how to read from the Torah is the greatest equalizer of a Jewish Community. It does not matter where you went to school/college, what career you have chosen, where you live, whether… Continue reading

The Book of Esther

Persepolis

By Robert J. Littman

The Book of Esther has been called one of the strange books of the Bible. There is no reference to God in the entire book. The story is one of the few books of the Bible… Continue reading

Updated Book Club Meetings for 2019

Sof Shabbat Dinners Update

By Les Rosenthal

Did you know that on the first Friday night of each month our party shul, Sof Ma’arav, invites you and a guest to a potluck Shabbat dinner?! Our next dinner is Friday, April 5th.

Currently… Continue reading

The State of The Shul Remarks

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

Aloha Everyone,

As your newly elected president, I present this list of Sof endeavors and “shout outs” since our annual meeting on May 25, 2018. It has been a very busy year to be president because… Continue reading

20 Years A Jew: Installment 5 – Modest* Fashion and the Modern Woman

Mt. Carmel at Night.

By Athena DeRasmo

Dictionary Definition of "Modesty."

I am not a modest woman – never have been. However, when I was going through conversion, I went through changes. Becoming a Jewish woman would be a big responsibility and I needed my outside to be… Continue reading

Contribute to the Monthly Sof Newsletter

Do you have news, stories, comments, or suggestions?

Contact Sid Goldstein, Communications Chair.

 

We are seeking stories and news from ALL members of the Congregation. Please send

any item you’d like to see in the April Newsletter to Sid… Continue reading

Calendar

Upcoming Events

  1. Rosh HaShanah

    September 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Rosh HaShanah Services – September 30

    September 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
  3. Rosh HaShanah Services – October 1

    October 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
  4. Shabbat Shuva Services

    October 5 @ 9:50 am - 12:00 pm
  5. Book Club – 10/6

    October 6

Categories

  • Forbidden Fruit, Rosh HaShanah, and Our Climate Crisis
    According to Hasidic traditions, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, from the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, worked in a deeper way than we usually think about it. It’s not just that after the eating of the fruit we humans could distinguish between good and evil. The test […]
  • Modern Jewish Mystical Masters
    This fall, as part of the Me’ah Select program at Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Natan Margalit will teach a class on the thought, practices and lives of some of the most profound and influential Jewish mystics of the modern era. Building on the earlier mystical traditions of heavenly ascents, Zohar, Lurianic Kabbalah, numerology and early […]