Jewish Holidays

Forbidden Fruit, Rosh Hashanah, and Our Charge to Take Care of the World

Organic Torah, By Rabbi Nathan MargalitSurrealist painting of a book in landscape

According to Hasidic traditions, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, from the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, worked in a deeper way than we usually think about… 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

High Holy Days Message From Our President

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

Jar of honey and pomegranates

We have a short time before Rosh Hashanah will be upon us and it is incumbent on me as your president to encourage you to continue your support for Congregation Sof Ma’arav on so many levels.… Continue reading

A Message from Rabbi Rosalind Glazer

Rabbi Rosalind Glazer

Dear Sof Ma’arav Community –

I am delighted that with the wonders of Zoom, we will “be together” again for another High Holiday season – my fourth with all of you! With the gift of this internet meeting platform, I… Continue reading

Sof Maʻarav High Holiday Services 2020 | 5781 via Zoom

Image of a trellis made of tree branches

Rosh HaShanah via Zoom

Sept 18, 2020    8:00-9:00 pm    FRIDAY            Erev Rosh Hashanah –

Sept 19, 2020    9-11:30 am          SATURDAY… Continue reading

What is Tisha B’Av

Reprinted with permission from My Jewish Learning

Large Fallen Stones near the Western Wall

Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the month of Av (which coincides with July and/or August), is the major day of communal mourning in the Jewish Calendar. Although many disasters are said to… Continue reading

Board Votes to Hold High Holy Days On Zoom

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

A child blowing a shofar

“A modern Conservative perspective would see the Torah as a living organism, constantly shedding cells and growing new ones, changing and adapting to new and unprecedented circumstances.”

– Commentary, Etz Hayim, 4:2 Va-Ethannan, p.1007

On Friday,… Continue reading

From Rabbi Rosalind Glazer

A Letter to Sof Ma’arav

I’ve thought of you often while sheltering in place and I dearly hope you have been well. From my home in Jerusalem, I marvel at the inextricable bond between our hearts across 13 time zones… Continue reading

Seder Photos

Photos from the Warshawsky Zoom Seder

Purim Party

A Lasting Memory

On Monday March 9, about 100 people gathered at Robert and Bernice Littman’s home for the Sof Purim Party. There was fun and food for all. Multiple people read from the Megillah, most notably Dina Yoshimi, the… Continue reading