Lynley Shimat Lys

My Conversion: My Birthday Present to Myself

Kay Lorraine

Image of a mikveNovember 24th was my birthday, but it was also the anniversary of my conversion to Judaism. Fifty-two years ago, on my 21st birthday, I went to the mikveh as my birthday present to myself. … Continue reading

Sof Hanukkah Party 2019

Sof Members lighting candles

On Saturday, December 28, Sof held its annual Hanukkah Party. The soiree was held at the Littmans’ spacious temporary home. The Rockin’ Ruah band, led by Rabbi Ken Aronowitz, with side men Morris Rabinko, Reb Daniel Lev and Don Armstrong… Continue reading

What You Don’t Know About Dreidels

Rabbi Elihu Saffron

Jewish Studies and Stories

Reprinted by Permission

Perhaps you’ve joined in a game of dreidel – you spin the top, and depending where it lands, collect your riches (usually in the form of chocolate candy, called gelt).… Continue reading

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.

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