First Person

Honey and Poi – Author’s Preface

By Dr. Mathew Sgan

“I read Honey and Poi in one reading. I couldn’t put it down. I especially loved knowing the details of how the schul came into being, who the pioneers were, and the split involving egalitarianism. It… Continue reading

Challah Class Fun

Taught by Peter Fritz

In this course, we make and bake eight challahs. The first part consists of mixing the ingredients to make the bread dough (approximately one hour). While the dough is rising, we discuss baking temperatures and different… Continue reading

20 years a Jew: Installment 6 – Conversion and Jewish “Pedigree”

By Athena DeRasmo

I have it on good authority that once the conversion process is complete, that’s it! The convert is no longer a convert; they are a Jew. No discussion or question – being a convert needs no disclaimer.… Continue reading

Reading Torah at Sof

Torah Scroll, Quill, and Ink.

By Michelle Schneider

My Hebrew education began when my nonobservant parents sent me, at my request, to Sunday School for four years, culminating in my Bat Mitzvah. Until I discovered Sof, however, I basically attended synagogue on holidays only. … Continue reading

Yad In Hand  

Torah and Yad.

By Marc Flitter

Several Parshas ago I was honored to read from the Torah at Congregation Sof Ma’arav. Asked to share that experience, my first thought was that perhaps “Jewish geography” might more appropriately be utilized to mark where such… Continue reading

How I Came to Read Torah at Sof Maʻarav

Torah Scroll partly unrolled.

By Chad Teasley

 

As I read from parashah Tetzaveh at Congregation Sof Ma’arav on February 16th, it seemed to me that my Judaic education had come full circle. About six years ago, as I took the initial steps on… Continue reading

The Story of Torah Trope Class at Sof Ma’arav

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

Studying Torah and learning how to read from the Torah is the greatest equalizer of a Jewish Community. It does not matter where you went to school/college, what career you have chosen, where you live, whether… Continue reading

20 Years A Jew: Installment 5 – Modest* Fashion and the Modern Woman

Mt. Carmel at Night.

By Athena DeRasmo

Dictionary Definition of "Modesty."

I am not a modest woman – never have been. However, when I was going through conversion, I went through changes. Becoming a Jewish woman would be a big responsibility and I needed my outside to be… Continue reading

Chanting Torah

By Linda Lingle

We always feel a great sense of accomplishment when we achieve something we doubted we could—learning to surf, speak a foreign language, fly an airplane, or master a musical instrument. I decided to learn to chant Torah… Continue reading

Reflections on T”U B’Shevat

By Dina Yoshimi with photos by Naomi Olstein

Sifting through my childhood memories of T”U B’Shevat, I recall religious school

teachers urging us to participate in the annual JNF campaign to purchase trees

in Israel.  In classes, we saw… Continue reading

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Categories

  • Passover, Questions and Pulling Ourselves Together
    Passover is a time for transformation. We start in our own homes but we are working on transformations that the world needs. We are telling a story which takes us out of our isolation and puts our lives into relationship to a larger picture, and shift of perspective makes all the difference. One of the […]
  • Paradigm-Shifting Conversations: Healing Ourselves and the World
    As we witness and experience the epidemics of addiction, loneliness, political fragmentation and the environmental disasters of climate change and mass extinction it is becoming abundantly clear that our present course is not sustainable. In these seven webinars from winter 2017 to spring 2018, Organic Torah founder Rabbi Natan Margalit, Ph.D. talks with leaders in […]