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Challah: Flour Power

By Peter Fritz

Temple Emanu-El is making their kitchen available for another class on making challah. The date is Sunday June 2. Time 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Class size is limited to 8, so if interested, register… Continue reading

An Ocean of Knowledge

By Sandra M. Z. Armstrong

The ocean was calm today. Waves gently rolled back to meet those coming forward. How much are our lives like this? We often look backwards into our past for the strength to move forward again.… Continue reading

20 Years A Jew: Installment 7 – “And then there was Israel…”

By Athena DeRasmo

Haifa Shrine of the Bab

Haifa. I sat in a tiny office in a government building – bleak, institutional, and oppressive. Like most Israeli government buildings, it could have been a set for a cold war film. Across from me sat a… Continue reading

Snowbirds: Les and Pat Rosenthal’s Off-Island Time

By Les and Pat Rosenthal

A before pic from our delightful seders

Seder Table

May 5th Pat and I flew to visit my nephew in Nashville and our great niece and nephew.

Family Visit. Three people smiling.

From there we went up to Bowling Green, Ky and… Continue reading

Snowbirds Lovin’ The Newsletter

By Brian Ellinoy and Rachelle Lackman

I think the newsletter is absolutely fabulous. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you and your supporting cast are devoting to keeping everybody informed of Sof doings. For “snowbirds” like… Continue reading

Who Guarantees that Jews Will Receive and Keep the Torah?

By Reb Daniel Lev

 

The women and children, of course! It’s because of them that that we received and continue to practice the Torah. We learn this from Millennia-old Rabbinic Midrashim. A Midrash is a special commentary on the… Continue reading

The Meaning of Community

By Sid Goldstein

The dictionary defines community as “‘a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” I never understood how important that fellowship was until I got hurt. The unfortunate accident that… Continue reading

Praise for Honey and Poi

Honey and Poi was published about 3 months ago, and the critical reviews of it have started to arrive.  Here are a few samples:

 

  1. Perhaps the best book about a small conservative shul on an island in the… Continue reading

Purim Fun

Musical Troupe and Purim Photos from R. Daniel Lev

Pesach Humor

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Upcoming Events

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    September 29 @ 6:20 pm - October 1 @ 7:30 pm
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    October 6
  3. Yom Kippur

    October 8 @ 6:20 pm - October 9 @ 7:30 pm
  4. Book Club – 11/10

    November 10
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    November 17

Categories

  • Forbidden Fruit, Rosh HaShanah, and Our Climate Crisis
    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 it. It’s not just that after the eating of the fruit we humans could distinguish between good and evil. The test […]
  • Modern Jewish Mystical Masters
    This fall, as part of the Me’ah Select program at Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Natan Margalit will teach a class on the thought, practices and lives of some of the most profound and influential Jewish mystics of the modern era. Building on the earlier mystical traditions of heavenly ascents, Zohar, Lurianic Kabbalah, numerology and early […]