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My Conversion: My Birthday Present to Myself

Kay Lorraine

Image of a mikveNovember 24th was my birthday, but it was also the anniversary of my conversion to Judaism. Fifty-two years ago, on my 21st birthday, I went to the mikveh as my birthday present to myself. … Continue reading

Crosses and Kaddish: How a Jewish Convert Mourns a Catholic Grandmother

Athena DeRasmo

Kaddish  I was not baptized or raised Catholic; but my precious grandmother Marie surely was – old school Portuguese, Roman Catholic. However, when I was growing up, I did not see much evidence of her practicing her religion.… Continue reading

Hanukkah Recipe for Potato Latkes

Yoellah Yuhudah

Potato Latkes on a plate

Ingredients

  1. One pound of potatoes
  2. One small onion
  3. One large egg
  4. Kosher salt, cayenne pepper
  5. ½ cup olive, or fill skillet halfway

Accompaniments

  1. Sour cream
  2. Apple sauce

Prepare:  Pre heat oven to 200º oil pan or use… Continue reading

Hanukkah Pictures

A Jewish Zebra

A zebra with a menorah shaped series of stripes.

On the Seventh Night of Hanukkah

Sof Hanukkah Party 2019

Sof Members lighting candles

On Saturday, December 28, Sof held its annual Hanukkah Party. The soiree was held at the Littmans’ spacious temporary home. The Rockin’ Ruah band, led by Rabbi Ken Aronowitz, with side men Morris Rabinko, Reb Daniel Lev and Don Armstrong… Continue reading

What You Don’t Know About Dreidels

Rabbi Elihu Saffron

Jewish Studies and Stories

Reprinted by Permission

Perhaps you’ve joined in a game of dreidel – you spin the top, and depending where it lands, collect your riches (usually in the form of chocolate candy, called gelt).… Continue reading

Book Club Anniversary

Sof Maʻarav Book Club

The Sof Ma’arav book club is celebrating its 14th anniversary. During that time, members have met several times a year to discuss important works by Jewish authors and about Jewish life. Listed below are the books… Continue reading

Toledo: The Tale of Two Synagogues

By Kay Lorraine

After the expulsion of the Jews at the end of the 15th century, eight of Toledo’s ten synagogues and its five Talmudic schools were destroyed. The two remaining synagogues in Toledo are no longer used for… Continue reading

The Last Jews in Grenada

by Kay Lorraine

In August and September of this year, my husband and I rented a car and traveled throughout Spain, soaking up the culture (and some fine food). I knew, of course, about the Spanish Inquisition but I was… Continue reading

Sof in the Community

Mat Sgan Addresses Jewish Community Services Dinner on Behalf of Sof Maʻarav

A dreidel on a table showing the letter heh

On Sunday, November 17, Jewish Community Services of Hawaiʻi held their 21st Anniversary Dinner. Jews representing every Synagogue on Oʻahu were there. Mat Sgan, the author… Continue reading