A Snowbird’s Rosh HaShanah or Norman Rockwell Made it Look Easy

by Les Rosenthal

Image by Ajale from Pixabay

If we lived in Eutopia, preparing for the High Holidays with my wife, Pat, and our adult children, Katie and Kerri, when both adult daughters live within driving distance would be easy and enjoyable. Not so much… Continue reading

Sof History: Merle Fishlowitz

By Mat Sgan

We called former Sof President Merle Fishlowitz in doing research for our book Honey and Poi: The Origins and Development of Congregation Sof Ma’arav in Honolulu Hawaiʻi. He responded with deep conviction to questions about his… Continue reading

High Holy Days Challah

By Peter Fritz

All year long our challah is braided, but it is round for Rosh Hashanah. What does the challah’s shape teach us about this special time of year?

There are many explanations. Round challahs have no end, symbolizing… Continue reading

Jewish Community Services (JCS) 21st Birthday Celebration – November 17, 2019

Jewish Community Services 21st Birthday Flyer

Moshe The Hood Makes Teshuvah

By Reb Daniel Lev

It was unbelievable but true – Moshe the Hood, the biggest crime boss of Poland, wanted to make Teshuva. He was in his 50’s and had lived what some would call a “very evil life” filled… Continue reading

Forbidden Fruit, Rosh Hashanah, and Our Environment

By Rabbi Natan Margalit

Image of Pomegranite and two apples.

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… Continue reading

Quotes from Sof

Sof Maʻarav evokes strong emotion from its membership. Here are some quotes that show how our members feel.


Gayle Goodman

Sof Ma’arav is like being part of a dance where we all come together, like a beautiful symphony where the… Continue reading

Drash Schedule for October 2019

Date Parsha Drash
Oct 5 Vayelech Don Armstrong
Oct 12 Haʻazinu Les Rosenthal
Oct 19 Sukkot Fran Marguiles (Kohelet)
Oct 26 Breishit David Haymer

Levinson-Krupp Library

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Levinson-Krupp Library

This library was dedicated 50 years ago to the memory of Rebecca Lewin Levinson and Brannette Mayer Krupp by Justice and Mrs. Bernard Levinson. Over the years the library fell into disrepair, but starting in 2005 was redesigned… Continue reading

Rabbi Rosalind Bio

Rabbi Rosalind Glazer In Jerusalem

Ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in 2003, Rabbi Rosalind Glazer made Aliyah in 2012. After moving to Jerusalem to serve as Interim Director for RRC’s rabbinical program in Israel, she founded Joyful Jerusalem Lifecycles and Destination Celebrations where… Continue reading


Upcoming Events

  1. Book Club – 12/15

    December 15
  2. Sof Chanukah

    December 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. Community Events – Chevra Kadisha Kavod

    January 9, 2020
  4. Community Events – Chevra Kadisha Kavod

    January 12, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  5. Community Events

    January 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm