Monthly Archives: December 2019

Book Club Anniversary

Sof Maʻarav Book Club

The Sof Ma’arav book club is celebrating its 14th anniversary. During that time, members have met several times a year to discuss important works by Jewish authors and about Jewish life. Listed below are the books… Continue reading

Toledo: The Tale of Two Synagogues

By Kay Lorraine

After the expulsion of the Jews at the end of the 15th century, eight of Toledo’s ten synagogues and its five Talmudic schools were destroyed. The two remaining synagogues in Toledo are no longer used for… Continue reading

The Last Jews in Grenada

by Kay Lorraine

In August and September of this year, my husband and I rented a car and traveled throughout Spain, soaking up the culture (and some fine food). I knew, of course, about the Spanish Inquisition but I was… Continue reading

Sof in the Community

Mat Sgan Addresses Jewish Community Services Dinner on Behalf of Sof Maʻarav

A dreidel on a table showing the letter heh

On Sunday, November 17, Jewish Community Services of Hawaiʻi held their 21st Anniversary Dinner. Jews representing every Synagogue on Oʻahu were there. Mat Sgan, the author… Continue reading

Tomorrow’s God

Several people have been talking about getting together an informal group to discuss the ideas in Robert Goldman’s fascinating book “Tomorrow’s God.” The discussions will likely start after Chanukah. If you think you might be interested in… Continue reading

Drash Schedule December 2019

 Date Parsha Drash
Dec 7 Vayetse Don Armstrong
Dec 14 Vayishlach Malka Rappaport
Dec 21 Vayeshev R. Natan Margalit
Dec 28 Miketz Robert Littman

High Holy Days Sof Maʻarav Photo Montage

A man wearing a tallit and holding a Torah scroll People holding havdalah candles A braided round challah loaf A sukkah under construction. A sukkah under construction. A sukkah under construction. A sukkah under construction.

Sukkah on the Roof in Brooklyn – 1957

By Reb Daniel Lev

Etrog

My uncle would bring this up every Fall as we munched on our post-Neila break-feast. Between bites of pickled herring and potato knishes, he’d tell us all about his struggle to keep his sukkah. He recounted,… Continue reading

High Holy Days Thoughts

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

Sukkah decorations - two booths with fronds.

Chag Sameach,

We had an outstanding evening with 40+ attendees for the Sukkah Party. We celebrated Bella’s 8th birthday with cupcakes! The rain has come in this morning, but the entire week of Sukkot has been… Continue reading

Holy Days & Sukkot Edition

Drash for Rosh Hashanah 5780 By Alex Golub

Photos by Arnie Warshawsky

A table with two loaves of challah on a partially covered board, next to a covered Torah scroll.

Rosh Hashanah is the holiday of new beginnings, and nothing says ‘new beginnings’ like children. This year – which means every year – we have three of them.… Continue reading