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Sofʻer Profiles

Naomi Olstein Jewish Education Fund

May 2, 2022

by Sandra Z. Armstrong

The Naomi Olstein Jewish Education Fund at Sof Ma’arav has been created to honor the memory of Naomi in a way that will keep her close to us.… Continue reading

Tradition and Change

Pekudei Drash by Sandra Z. Armstrong

When I taught preschool, I explained to the children the concept of same and different. It is a pretty elementary school basic concept and easily understood by most. These 3-5 year olds could grasp… Continue reading

From My Jewish Learning

Reprinted with permission from My Jewish Learning


Jewish Humor

What Makes It So Popular?

March 2, 2022

The Torah tells us that Sarah, the matriarch of the Jewish people, laughed when told she’d give birth in her old age. Since… Continue reading

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We are seeking stories and news from ALL members of the Congregation. Please send any item you’d like to see in the next Newsletter to Sid Goldstein… Continue reading

Parshah Terumah

Drash by Marc Flitter

To place Parshah Terumah in context, Moses has ascended to the mount. He is to be there 40 days and 40 nights. And God commands, “They shall make me a sanctuary so that I might dwell… Continue reading

Ki Tissa—Drash by Sid Goldstein

Shabbat Shalom

Exodus 4 :10 

Moses said to the lord. “I have never been a man of words, either in times past or now. I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

And the Lord said to him… Continue reading

Sofʻers Get Creative

All About OLLI

by Sid Goldstein

December 1, 2021

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UH Manoa (OLLI-UHM) is a member-based learning community of adults age 50+. OLLI-UHM offers a program of non-credit, college-level courses, workshops, lectures, events, and other… Continue reading

Snowbirds: Off-Island Sofʻers

Snowbirds at Sea

December 1, 2021

Mahi mahi at Penguin Banks, Molokaʻi

 

Sea turtle checking us out at Kāneʻohe Bay Sandbar


Sof Snowbirds on the Go

September 1, 2021

By Les Rosenthal

In the early evening of August 21st,… Continue reading

Stories & Legends

By Reb Daniel Lev


Reb Zalman’s Two Menorahs: A Hanukkah Tale

November 30, 2021

The great Rebbe of San Francisco, Reb Zalman, had a curious practice that he engaged in on the eighth night of Hanukkah: As on all the… Continue reading

Sof Drashes

Gut Yontif – Yom Kippur Drash

October 1, 2021

By Alex Golub

The High Holy Days are a time of teshuvah. Between the beginning of Rosh Hashanah and the end of Yom Kippur we hope to have improved. And yet,… Continue reading

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