Sof Ma'arav

Cantor Ken Cohen Moves On…

Farewell to KenContributed by Fran Margulies

On Feb 16, 2018 Ken became the Cantor at Jericho Jewish Center on Long Island, New York, bringing to a poignant close a fruitful chapter of thirty-one years in the history of Hawaii’s Jewish community… Continue reading

“The Real Deal” on Hawaii Public Radio Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary

Contributed by Carolann Biederman

Seth Markow
Seth Markow’s jazz radio program, “The Real Deal,” marks its 35th year on the air in Hawaii this February.

Hawaii Public Radio’s HPR1 (88.1 FM) is home to “The Real Deal” on Saturday and Sunday… Continue reading

Hebrew Education Celebration

Contributed by Sandra M. Z. Armstrong

On Saturday, February 17 Congregation Sof Ma’arav will be having our annual celebration for Biblical Hebrew classes that includes a delicious Oneg. Please come and celebrate with us!

All classes including the weekly children’s… Continue reading

Our Torah & Talmud Study Group

Contributed by Sid Goldstein

It’s Saturday morning at Sof Ma’arav. The Torah scrolls have been rolled and put in place; the prayer books have been set up. The tallitot and yarmulkes have been put out. All is ready for Shabbat… Continue reading

Parsha Shemot Drasha

Daniel Lev was scheduled to deliver the drash for our parsha last Saturday but could not. So, he has asked us to include his written version on our website.

This is the link to Daniel’s drash for Parsha Shemot (Genesis 1:1-6:1) Enjoy!

We Are the Party Shul!

Contributed by Sandara M. Z. Armstrong

Sof Ma’arav Hanukkah parties have been held at our house for the past twelve years. They have been a great addition to our Jewish experience in Hawaii. Last Saturday night we hosted 100+ friends… Continue reading

Next Book Club Meeting: February 4, 2018

Date and Time: February 4, 2018, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Contact Carolann Biederman

Book: The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem

Author: Sarit Yishai-Levi

Library: Only one copy in the library, so order used online or use Kindle.

Image (left): Israeli edition.… Continue reading

The Conversation

Contributed by Donald Armstrong

On Shabbat Shuvah, I talked about the surprise of my near-death experiences and the questions they raised: Are my affairs in order? Have I made things right with my family and friends? Am I ready to… Continue reading

“Welcoming” Marketing Philosophy Offers Impressive Results

Excerpt from Kehilla Magazine

When New Jersey native Sandra Armstrong began writing her “how to” marketing book for Conservative synagogues, little did she dream she would be finishing it in Hawaii. And yet, what Sandra now calls “Jewish Paradise,” turned… Continue reading

Professor Robert Littman Receives Distinguished Service Award

Excerpt from University of Hawaiʻi News

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor Robert Littman has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award. The institute is considered the… Continue reading