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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

20 Years A Jew: Installment 3 – “What’s an Orphan To Do?”

By Athena DeRasmo

With High Holidays 5779 behind us, it seems fitting to comment on what the Holidays mean to this convert. I have heard it said, and I paraphrase, “Time keeps the Jewish people.” The Jewish calendar sustains the… Continue reading

Hanukkah Memories

by The Members of Sof Maʻarav

 

Hanukkah is a family holiday that evokes memories. We’ve asked members of our Congregation to share some of those memories. What follows are their stories, in their words.

 

 

“Hanukkah grew bigger… Continue reading

Reflections On This Yom Kippur

Contributed by Gayle Goodman

We have Yom Kippur behind us now, but somehow it still stays with me. So many beautiful melodies pop up in my mind and buoy my day as I go about my normal routines. This year,… Continue reading

Tres Mexicanos Entran A Un Bar

Contributed by Kay Lorraine

Three Mexicans walked into a bar… You probably think this is the beginning of a joke rather than the start of an absolutely true story about what happened to me down here in Texas last Thursday.… Continue reading

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

Contributed by Athena Derasmo

Installment #2 “Why Judaism? What made it special (to me)?”

As I mentioned in installment #1, the form and function of Judaism has always been hugely attractive to me. Who can deny the intellectual appeal, the… Continue reading

Snowbirds On the Go

Contributed by Les Rosenthal

From July 12th to the 16th, Bill Fisherman and I had an adventure together. Bill lives in Anchorage, and I in Gig Harbor, Washington, when we are off island. Bill invited me to join him on… Continue reading

The Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum

 

Entrance to the Refugee Museum

Contributed by Sid Goldstein

 

During our trip to Shanghai, Lorna and I visited the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Center. It was a very moving experience. The Center encompasses the old Ohel Moishe (Tent of… Continue reading

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

Contributed by Athena Derasmo

Installment #1 The decision to convert: Simple, right?

In 1998, I attended Rosh Hashanah services at Sof Ma’arav with a friend. The next week, I returned for Yom Kippur services on my own. After that, I… Continue reading

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    Wednesday, May 28th at 1pm EST We invite all Organic Torah members to join us live for this interactive web event. We’ll engage in a conversation with Rabbi Ariel Burger, author of Witness: Lessons from Eli Wiesel’s Classroom. You’ll have a chance to hear from Rabbi Burger and ask your own questions. We’ll post the […]