Monthly Archives: November 2020

Save the Date – Senator Brian Schatz

Sunday, November 15, 2020, 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Jewish Community Services is proud to sponsor: A Conversation with Hawaiʻi’s Senator Brian Schatz –  “From Capitol Hill to Hawaiʻi’s Jewish Community: A Look Forward”

Family Promise

Monday, November 30 and Wednesday, December 2

Sof Ma’arav has been involved with Family Promise for many years and we thank Kay Lorraine for all the passion she has put into this program. The new meal schedule for Sof Ma’araav… Continue reading


Fall Book Sale – Temple Emanu-El

November 19-22: Shipping or Curbside Pickup Available

For the Chai Boutique at Temple Emanu-El – all proceeds go to the School of Jewish Studies

Torah and Taro

Mat Sgan’s book Torah and… Continue reading

We Are All Jews

From The Accidental Talmudist

Roddie Edmonds was a U.S. Army Master Sergeant who put his life on the line in a German POW camp to protect the Jewish soldiers under his command. Roddie was a devout Christian from Tennessee who… Continue reading

The Yiddish Book Center

By Sid Goldstein

The Yiddish Book Center, founded in 1980 by Aron Lansky, is celebrating its fortieth anniversary. The Center was created to preserve Yiddish literature and Yiddish culture. The Center undertakes programs designed to foster a deeper… Continue reading

A New Bimah Cover

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

Here is a picture of our new cover for the bimah that was generously donated to us by Hefcibah Martin. Although we are currently maintaining our Shabbats and services on Zoom, we are looking forward to… Continue reading

A Biological Perspective on Parshat Noah

By David Haymer

The story of the flood and its aftermath in Parshah Noah represents, in many respects, another creation event. The flood wiped out much of the life existing at that time. From a biological perspective, this… Continue reading

Sof Cookbook News

Updates from Mat Sgan & Judy Goldman

Sof Cookbook Still Perking by Mat Sgan

Mat Sgan’s day on October 14, 2020 started with a very pleasant email from Judy Goldman. It seems that the Star Advertiser newspaper had a feature… Continue reading


A drash by Robert J. Littman

Torah scroll with yad

This week we begin again the annual reading of the Five Books of Moses in synagogues the world over with Bereshit. We hear about the creation of the earth, sky, and land, the creation… Continue reading

Drash Schedule November 2020

 Date Parsha Drash
Nov 7 Vayera Carolann Biederman
Nov 14 Haye Sarah Marlene Booth
Nov 21 Toledot Don Armstrong
Nov 28 Vayetse David Haymer


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Shabbat Times

  • 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 […]