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Keeping a Promise and Tomorrow’s God: The Hebrew Lord in an Age of Science

By Judith Goldman

The Robert Goldman family – Bob z’l, Judy, 3 year-old Lita and 6-month-old Erica, came to Honolulu in 1972, to see if we’d like living here. Hawaii has much to offer a young family, but for us,… Continue reading

Family Promise of Hawaiʻi

Family homelessness and dire poverty are complex issues that require innovative solutions. The mission of Family Promise is to help homeless and low-income families achieve independence. We do this by mobilizing community resources. Since 2006, Family Promise has provided holistic… Continue reading

A Snowbird’s Rosh HaShanah or Norman Rockwell Made it Look Easy

by Les Rosenthal

Image by Ajale from Pixabay

If we lived in Eutopia, preparing for the High Holidays with my wife, Pat, and our adult children, Katie and Kerri, when both adult daughters live within driving distance would be easy and enjoyable. Not so much… Continue reading

Sof History: Merle Fishlowitz

By Mat Sgan

We called former Sof President Merle Fishlowitz in doing research for our book Honey and Poi: The Origins and Development of Congregation Sof Ma’arav in Honolulu Hawaiʻi. He responded with deep conviction to questions about his… Continue reading

High Holy Days Challah

By Peter Fritz

All year long our challah is braided, but it is round for Rosh Hashanah. What does the challah’s shape teach us about this special time of year?

There are many explanations. Round challahs have no end, symbolizing… Continue reading

Jewish Community Services (JCS) 21st Birthday Celebration – November 17, 2019

Jewish Community Services 21st Birthday Flyer

Moshe The Hood Makes Teshuvah

By Reb Daniel Lev

It was unbelievable but true – Moshe the Hood, the biggest crime boss of Poland, wanted to make Teshuva. He was in his 50’s and had lived what some would call a “very evil life” filled… Continue reading

Forbidden Fruit, Rosh Hashanah, and Our Environment

By Rabbi Natan Margalit

Image of Pomegranite and two apples.

According to Hasidic traditions, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, from the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, worked in a deeper way than we usually think about it. It’s… Continue reading

Quotes from Sof

Sof Maʻarav evokes strong emotion from its membership. Here are some quotes that show how our members feel.

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Gayle Goodman

Sof Ma’arav is like being part of a dance where we all come together, like a beautiful symphony where the… Continue reading

Drash Schedule for October 2019

Date Parsha Drash
Oct 5 Vayelech Don Armstrong
Oct 12 Haʻazinu Les Rosenthal
Oct 19 Sukkot Fran Marguiles (Kohelet)
Oct 26 Breishit David Haymer

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