Jewish Holidays

Sof Hanukkah 2020

A Small Hanukkah Miracle

By Mathew Sgan

Last year I had an almost full package of Hanukkah candles left over. I planned to use them for this year’s lighting ceremonies. Alas, on the fifth day, I started to worry that… Continue reading

Sof Holiday Recipes

Island Latke Recipe

By Hefcibah Martin

One bag Alexia Yukon hash browns

One finely chopped onion

One teaspoon salt

1/4 cup All-purpose flour

1/2 cup Panko

Three eggs beaten.

Fry in oil.


Cranberry sauce

One bag fresh cranberries

One… Continue reading


On Thursday, December 17th, IllumiNation, a one-hour program spearheaded by Rabbi David Booth of Congregation Kol Emet in Palo Alto celebrated the 8th night of Chanukah in a nationwide, virtual celebration. Rabbi Booth is the nephew of Avi Soifer and… Continue reading

Sof Children’s Zoom Class

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

Sandra Z. Armstrong, wearing a blue menorah hatChildren’s Zoom Class with Miss Sandy every Monday from 4:30pm to 5:05 PM

The children’s class is up and running on Zoom. Here is what I sent out to parents and grandparents:

Announcing the Class

It… Continue reading


By Marlene Booth & Avi Soifer

IllumiNation Logo Menorah surrounded by light, text, Make the 8th Night Bright

Join Sof for IllumiNation, the 8th night of Chanukah in nationwide, virtual celebration.

Join us (on Zoom) Thursday, December 17th at 3:30 pm HST, to light menorahs for the 8th night of… Continue reading

The Jewish Holidays following Yom Kippur

Friday evening, October 2 Erev Sukkot
Saturday, October 3 Shabbat Sukkot
Sunday, October 4 Sukkot Festival Day
Monday-Friday, October 5-9 Chol HaMoed regular workdays during Sukkot.
Friday evening, October 9 Shemini Atseret into Saturday October 10
Saturday night October 10… Continue reading

A beautiful version of Avinu Malkaenu. Enjoy!

Children Singing Avinu Malkenu

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


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