Sof Ma’arav Officer, Board, and Committee Opportunities

Several officer, board director, and committee chairperson opportunities will need to be filled for Sof Ma’arav’s upcoming fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2018.

Dina Yoshimi will act as the Nominations Chairperson for the Board. If you are interested in… Continue reading

Upcoming Services and Events for Congregation Sof Ma’arav

May 19, Saturday night
Erev Shavuot

6:00pm potluck dinner/dairy/parve
7:00pm Reading of Megillat Ruth and Tikkun Leil Shavuot (traditional study session on Erev Shavuot)

Hosted by Risa


May 20, Sunday morning
Shavuot Services & Yizkor

9:30am to noon with… Continue reading

Kū Kanaka/Stand Tall

Contributed by Marlene Booth

My new half-hour film, Kū Kanaka/Stand Tall, will have its national television premiere on the PBS World Channel, Monday, May 7th, at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT.

As luck would have it, we don’t get… Continue reading

Organic Torah

Contributed by The Organic Torah Team

As you may know, Sof Ma’arav is an institutional member of Organic Torah. Organic Torah is a young Jewish non-profit and community that integrates ancient Jewish wisdom with new directions in modern thought, such… Continue reading

Drash Schedule for May


Date Parsha Drash
May 5 Emor Sid Goldstein
May 12 BeHar and BeHukotai Hefcibah Martin
May 19 B’Midbar (and erev Shavuot) Risa Dickson
May 26 Naso Jay Friedheim


Remembering Mildred “Millie” Irejo

Contributed by Mathew Sgan

Of all the mixed multitude that is Congregation Sof Ma’arav, no member has ever been as unique as our Millie Irejo. Born in poverty, placed in a beloved Jewish foster home (only to be removed to… Continue reading

The HJFF Story

Contributed by Naomi Olstein

Honolulu Jewish Film Festival (HJFF) LogoIn 2003, Lyn Zukercorn, a longtime member of Temple Emanu-El and employed as its Events Director, contacted Don Brown, a prominent local film producer, with the idea of holding a Jewish Film Festival in Hawaii. The… Continue reading

Lost and Found: Jewish Communities of India

Contributed by Gayle Goodman

Gayle Goodman and Michael Schuster, of Sof Ma’arav, traveled to India in December 2017 to visit Jewish communities around India to research an upcoming East West Center exhibit called “Lost and Found: Jewish Communities of India.”… Continue reading

In Memory of the Shoah Victims and Survivors “Forgiveness from the Chofetz Chaim”

Contributed by Rabbi Daniel Lev for Shoah Remembrance Day

Rabbi and Professor Abraham Joshua Herschel came to the United States in 1939 and contributed greatly to Jewish spiritual culture. Sometime in the 1950s, he was asked if he could forgive… Continue reading

A Kailua Beach Walk

Contributed by Sandra Armstrong as it appeared in the “Currents” section of Midweek “Committed to Respecting, Saving Our Ocean” by Ron Mizutani

What came to me on this walk was far greater than I anticipated as I spotted pieces of… Continue reading

Upcoming Events

1:00 pm Book Club
Book Club
Jun 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Pumpkinflowers – A Solider’s Story by Matti Friedman
1:00 pm Book Club
Book Club
Jul 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Moonglow by Michael Chabon
1:00 pm Book Club
Book Club
Sep 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Maus I and II by Art Spiegelman
1:00 pm Book Club
Book Club
Oct 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
1:00 pm Book Club
Book Club
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Last Minyan in Havana by Betty Heisler
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