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Sof Hanukkah 2020

A Small Hanukkah Miracle

By Mathew Sgan

Last year I had an almost full package of Hanukkah candles left over. I planned to use them for this year’s lighting ceremonies. Alas, on the fifth day, I started to worry that… Continue reading

Sof Drash Archive

Vayera: Inquiry or Seeking

November 29, 2020

A Drash by Carolann Biederman

Woman walking into the desertMy drash is dedicated to the enthusiastic members of our Sof Book Group, who offer insights, inspiration, opinions, reflections and their personal stories, related to the discussion of… Continue reading

Sof as a Community

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 connections on zoom are a community achievement… Continue reading

Creating a Joyful and Sacred Space for the High Holy Days

By Dina Yoshimi

Pomegranate Open

If the hot, humid days of August and September are upon us, then the High Holy Days must be just around the corner. Observing the High Holy Days in Hawaiʻi brings its own special challenges. Be it… Continue reading

Reading Torah on Zoom with a Traumatic Brain Injury

By Tamar Ramos

Torah Trope Cantillation

I have a traumatic brain injury. I found learning to read and write Biblical Hebrew, as well as reading the Torah with trope to be very helpful with my brain injury. Learning Hebrew and reading the Torah… Continue reading

Sofʻers Talk Story

Mazie Cohen’s Son

July 16, 2020

By Kay Lorraine

I don’t know if this is true everywhere, but in the Jewish community in Columbus, Ohio, you are never really anybody on your own – you are just somebody’s kid. Even… Continue reading

Baking Rye Bread

By Arnie Warshawsky

Two loaves of rye bread on a metal cooling rack

Living under self-quarantine is an exercise in frustration. What to do, what to do. Funny how doing nothing more strenuous than using the TV remote or the computer mouse makes me hungry. Lately, I’ve hungered for toast… Continue reading

Snowbirds: Off-Island Sofʻers

Off-Island Sof’ers


Snowbird Chair Les Rosenthal

On the Cover of the Fishing Report at Dierickʻs Fishing Lodge in Alaska

Les Rosenthal holding a large fish


Snowbirds: Les and Pat Rosenthal’s Off-Island Time

By Les and Pat Rosenthal

A before pic from our delightful seders

Seder Table

May 5th… Continue reading

Sofʻers Get Creative

Gale Warshawsky Sings These Islands June 2020

Aug 19, 2020

These Islands was written by Danny Couch. This song was to be Gale’s solo for the Ke Kula Mele Hawaiʻi concert under the direction of Kumu Alan Akaka. The concert… Continue reading

Honey and Poi: Sof History Project

By Dr. Mathew Sgan


Honey and Poi – Sof Maʻarav History Books

 

Two books, courtesy of the Sof History Project. Honey and Poi provides a history of Sof Maʻarav from its founding in 1971 until today. The Sof Maʻarav… Continue reading

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