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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

Hanukkah In Egypt

By Robert Littman

Jews have lived in Egypt in great numbers since the 3rd century BC. In the aftermath of the 1948 Israeli War of Independence and the Suez crisis in 1956, most of Egypt’s Jews left. Today less than… Continue reading

20 Years A Jew: Installment 4 – Balancing Secular and Sacred

By Athena DeRasmo

Every day this convert is faced with balancing sacred observance and a vast secular life, which challenges my observance at every turn. Shabbat is a big help, the precious island in time, as are the holidays. There… Continue reading

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