A Tribute to Donald Armstrong

Contributed by Mat Sgan

Congregation Sof Ma’arav is hosting a Roast and Toast celebration as an expression of thanks to Don Armstrong. This event will take place on Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Kuapa Isle Club House, 156 Opihikao Way, Hawaii Kai, 96825. There will be enough food and drink to have dinner. Children are welcome.

For the past decade, Don has led Sof Ma’arav through some of its most productive years. He has fostered major accomplishments, including establishing Abraham’s Garden at the Hawaii Memorial Park Cemetery, leading adult Jewish education classes, encouraging the Sof History Project, launching the new Sof website and newsletter, preparing frequent Torah readings and drashes, promoting participation in the interfaith community of Hawaii, and working toward uniting the Jewish organizations of Hawaii. He has eloquently led prayers for our country, Israel, and peace.

That list is not complete, nor does it mention the many day-to-day tasks that Don has performed. He and Sandy have opened their home for Shabbat and festival services on many occasions. As facilities manager, he has maintained our close relationship with the Unitarian Church and made Sof run smoothly. He has done a million schlepps. He has opened the shul and arranged and fixed things that require attention. These acts often go unnoticed and unrecognized.

Sofers and others have helped him in all these matters, but it has been his leadership that kept matters moving toward success. So, in the spirit of the party shul, bring your best smile and words to this Roast and Toast Don Armstrong event. We have asked some folks to prepare songs, poems, and prose to present at the celebration. We hope others will email, text, and USPS their thoughts to us. Come prepared to have a good time in the Congregation Sof Ma’arav tradition.

Event Information

Click here to view and print the official flyer.

Date/Time: Sunday, August 12, 2018, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Kuapa Isle Club House, 156 Opihikao Way, Hawaii Kai, 96825
Click here to view and print directions.

Parking: Parking is available after entering the gated community

Details: Food, gourmet desserts, champagne toast, soft drinks, punch, and beer available, BYO wine if desired.

If you’d like to contribute a gourmet sweet to this event, please contact Michelle Schneider by July 23, 2018 (click here for more details and contact information).

RSVP: August 5, 2018 to Risa Dickson. If you cannot attend, please submit your Roast and/or Toast to Alan or Pam Kosansky.

For more information, contact: Mathew Sgan