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

Sof Book Club News

Calendar and Reading List 2022 –

Held Sundays on Zoom

March 2, 2022

 Date  Author   Book & Info
1/30/22 Elinor Lipman The Inn at Lake Devine | Novel: It is funny and makes a… Continue reading

From the Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish Book Center Weekly Reader

From Lorna Holmes

March 2022

Glikl and her Sisters: The Creative Lives of 17th-Century Jewish Women— A new online course, March 8–29, 2022

Held on Zoom, the class will meet on four consecutive… Continue reading

Some Amusement

March 2, 2022

From Sid Goldstein and Les Rosenthal

A man on a smart phone says to a woman across the table from him, "are you going to read a book the whole time? That's so rude!"phoneLeventhal the lawyer and Cohen the doctor meet in synagogue on Shabbos. “Leventhal, you don’t know how lucky you are. Every time I come here to pray, people hound me with… Continue reading

Sofʻer Profiles

Remembrances of Naomi Olstein

March 2, 2022

Memories of Naomi

By Mat Sgan

Naomi ‘Ami’ Olstein has returned to her grandfather’s knee. It was from that perch, Ami would relate, that she learned about Jewishness and Judaism while bouncing up… Continue reading

Recent Sof Drashes

Remember Before We Were Born

March 2, 2022

Mishpatim Drash by Morris Rabinko

When my two daughters were not quite yet 4 and 7 years old, I overheard them talking from outside their room one day. The older one said… 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


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