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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

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

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

20 Years A Jew: One Convert’s Observations in Seven Installments

By Athena DeRasmo


Installment 7 – “And then there was Israel…”

Haifa Shrine of the Bab

Haifa. I sat in a tiny office in a government building – bleak, institutional, and oppressive. Like most Israeli government buildings, it could have been a set for a… Continue reading

Sofʻers Talk Story

Sof as a Community

October 2, 2020

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

A bowl of honey on top of cut green apples with the skin still on.

As a community we have remained close, stayed together and reached incredible heights of ruach, creating uplifting, joyous zoom Shabbats for the last six months. Our experiences and spiritual… Continue reading

Sof High Holy Days Archive

A beautiful version of Avinu Malkaenu. Enjoy!

October 1, 2020

Children Singing Avinu Malkenu

Creating a Joyful and Sacred Space for the High Holy Days

September 3, 2020

By Dina Yoshimi

Pomegranate Open

If the hot, humid days of August and September… Continue reading

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