Monthly Archives: March 2020

Congregation Sof Ma’arav went from the Party Shul to the Zoomers: A Heartfelt Message to You

Information from Sof President Sandra Z. Armstrong

My biggest fear this morning was not the coronavirus but how was Congregation Sof Ma’arav going to keep our reputation going as a learning experience, a welcoming place, a week Torah reading experience,… Continue reading

The Song of the Jade Lily: A Book Review

BY SID GOLDSTEIN


The novel, The Song of the Jade Lily, by Kirsty Manning deals with the little-known subject of the lives of Jewish refugees in Shanghai China during world War II. It is based on the historical fact that… Continue reading

T”U B’Shevat Seder at Sof: Learning as We Go

BY DINA YOSHIMI

Each year shortly after we enter the month of Shevat, the e-call for contributions to the T”U B’Shevat seder goes out. It’s the annual sign-up ritual when Sofers send in their top 3 choices for a contribution… Continue reading

What Does It Mean to Be Jewish in Hawaiʻi?

BY MAT SGAN AND ALEX GOLUB


Published in Journeys, the Publication of United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism

Reprinted by Permission

When most of us imagine centers of American Jewish life, we are more likely to think of Manhattan or Los… Continue reading

Twelve Tribes Artwork: in Honor of the 60th Anniversary of Temple Emanu-El’s Sanctuary

Text, Images, and Artwork by Alice Flitter

In 2018, as hurricane Lane threatened Hawaiʻi, Temple Emanu-El removed the jalousie windows from their sanctuary and boarded up the 12 openings. When my husband, Marc, and I saw that raw plywood, in… Continue reading

Sof Services Move Online – No Physical Services 3/21, 3/28 and 4/4

Letter from Congregation Sof Ma’arav President Sandra Z. Armstrong


Aloha Everyone,

Sometimes we have to sit back and reflect on all the good that we have been given and all the good that we have been doing. This is one… Continue reading

Reading Torah at Sof

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… Continue reading