Monthly Archives: August 2020

Sof Maʻarav High Holiday Services 2020 | 5781 via Zoom

Image of a trellis made of tree branches

Rosh HaShanah via Zoom

Sept 18, 2020    8:00-9:00 pm    FRIDAY            Erev Rosh Hashanah –

Sept 19, 2020    9-11:30 am          SATURDAY… Continue reading

A Tribute to Carl Reiner

By Sid Goldstein

Carl Reiner

One of the great paragons of American humor died on June 30. Carl Reiner was a prolific writer, director, producer, and actor. His career spanned almost 75 years in show business. Reiner once said of his career,… Continue reading

Baking Rye Bread

By Arnie Warshawsky

Two loaves of rye bread on a metal cooling rack

Living under self-quarantine is an exercise in frustration. What to do, what to do. Funny how doing nothing more strenuous than using the TV remote or the computer mouse makes me hungry. Lately, I’ve hungered for toast… Continue reading

Sof Book Club

Sof Book Club Report

August 13, 2020

By Carolann Biederman

Book Cover: Black, White and Jewish

Zoom has been working out well for our members, as they are comfortable staying safe, healthy and at home. The calendar for the year is below. 50% of our meetings… Continue reading

What is Tisha B’Av

Reprinted with permission from My Jewish Learning

Large Fallen Stones near the Western Wall

Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the month of Av (which coincides with July and/or August), is the major day of communal mourning in the Jewish Calendar. Although many disasters are said to… Continue reading

Snowbirds: Off-Island Sofʻers

Off-Island Sof’ers


Snowbird Chair Les Rosenthal

On the Cover of the Fishing Report at Dierickʻs Fishing Lodge in Alaska

Les Rosenthal holding a large fish


Snowbirds: Les and Pat Rosenthal’s Off-Island Time

By Les and Pat Rosenthal

A before pic from our delightful seders

Seder Table

May 5th… Continue reading

Board Votes to Hold High Holy Days On Zoom

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

A child blowing a shofar

“A modern Conservative perspective would see the Torah as a living organism, constantly shedding cells and growing new ones, changing and adapting to new and unprecedented circumstances.”

– Commentary, Etz Hayim, 4:2 Va-Ethannan, p.1007

On Friday,… Continue reading

Sofʻers Get Creative

Gale Warshawsky Sings These Islands June 2020

Aug 19, 2020

These Islands was written by Danny Couch. This song was to be Gale’s solo for the Ke Kula Mele Hawaiʻi concert under the direction of Kumu Alan Akaka. The concert… Continue reading

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  • The Royal Road to Relational Spirituality
    This is a 10 session course taught in 2019. Click here to purchase full course recordings. Click here for a free download of first session. Derekh HaMelekh— “The Royal Road”—is a collection of Shabbat and holiday teachings by Reb Kalanymous Kalman Shapira, who was the “Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto” as well as a major […]
  • Rising Above Isolation: The Piaseczner Rebbe’s Shavuot Torah of Connection
    Dates and Times: Tuesdays – May 12, May 19, May 267 – 8 pm EST Cost: Pay-what-you-can  Presenter: Rabbi Dr. Natan Margalit Description: We’ll learn together an amazing Shavuot Torah by Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Shapiro, the Piaseczner Rebbe, also known for being the Hasidic Rebbe in the Warsaw Ghetto during the horrific years of the Holocaust. In this Torah he explores […]