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Quotes from Sof

Sof Maʻarav evokes strong emotion from its membership. Here are some quotes that show how our members feel.

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Gayle Goodman

Sof Ma’arav is like being part of a dance where we all come together, like a beautiful symphony where the… Continue reading

Rabbi Rosalind Bio

Rabbi Rosalind Glazer In Jerusalem

Ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in 2003, Rabbi Rosalind Glazer made Aliyah in 2012. After moving to Jerusalem to serve as Interim Director for RRC’s rabbinical program in Israel, she founded Joyful Jerusalem Lifecycles and Destination Celebrations where… Continue reading

High Holy Days at Sof

Message from Rabbi Rosalind Glazer

Rabbi Rosalind Glazer In Jerusalem

Dear Friends,

I write to you from my home office in Jerusalem as I watch the summer sun slip away and I begin feeling the pivot toward Elul. With the final month of the Jewish… Continue reading

The Meaning of Each Braid

By Peter Fritz

Freshly Baked ChallahRecently, I made several braided round challahs. Some people may have wondered why. After all, it is not Rosh Hashanah. I often make round braided challahs for events like bar/bat mitzvahs, baby naming and weddings because it… Continue reading

To Seek Life: Upon My Mother’s Yahrzeit, I Remember

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

Sandra Z. Armstrong Portrait

I was born Sandra Zimmerman, with a ventricular septal defect (VSD) – a hole in my heart. For some born with a VSD, the hole closes naturally. Mine did not. In 1922, Dora Moness Shapiro established… Continue reading

Holy Cow! – Parsha Chukat

By Naomi Olstein

Red Cow

While parsha Chukat deals with many topics, it begins with parah adumah, the red heifer. It is the most enigmatic mitzvah in all of Torah. More than a mitzvah, it is chukat haTorah – Law of the… Continue reading

Mazal Tov! – Amira’s Wedding

By Marlene Booth

Amira Booth Soifer Wedding ChuppahLet me set the stage. Our daughter Amira wanted to get married at Raananah, a very small Jewish  bungalow colony, originally Labor-Zionist, in New York state, in which Avi’s family spent time every summer since the… Continue reading

Daddy I Miss You

By Greta Beigel

Father’s Day has come and gone. Rather apt when considering the life & times of Richard Beigel, the father I hardly knew.

He left South Africa when I was 10 and set sail with a distant cousin… Continue reading

Tikkun Olam Opportunity This Month

By Kay Lorraine

For the past 13 years, you have been listening to me beg, cajole, guilt, and encourage congregation members to volunteer for Family Promise. It occurs to me that some of you many not fully understand what this… Continue reading

Peter Fritz: Challah Man

By Arnie Warshawsky

On Sunday, June 2, 2019, I learned a tiny bit about the challenges and satisfaction of baking challah. With seven other hardy souls, I attended the second showing of “Peter Fritz: Challah Man.” We were graciously hosted… Continue reading

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