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From the Levinson-Krupp Library

(Hours: 9 am-noon, Monday & Thursday or upon request)

During this cold weather it’s always fun to curl up with a good book. We have lots of new books in the library just waiting to be read. Here is a… Continue reading

Bris for Benjamin Bean

The Bris for Benjamin, the new baby boy born to Sof Members Hannah and Travis Bean

Challah Class Fun

Taught by Peter Fritz

In this course, we make and bake eight challahs. The first part consists of mixing the ingredients to make the bread dough (approximately one hour). While the dough is rising, we discuss baking temperatures and different… Continue reading

Olive Oil Matzo

By Peter Fritz

Time:

30 minutes, mostly unattended

 

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup olive oil

1/2 cup water

Sea salt, optional.

 

Yield: 12 servings.

  1. Heat the oven to 500 degrees. Put flour, salt and olive… Continue reading

20 years a Jew: Installment 6 – Conversion and Jewish “Pedigree”

By Athena DeRasmo

I have it on good authority that once the conversion process is complete, that’s it! The convert is no longer a convert; they are a Jew. No discussion or question – being a convert needs no disclaimer.… Continue reading

Sof Celebrates Purim

Photographs by Arnie Warshawsky

Purim is one of Judaism’s most raucous holidays. We celebrate beautiful Esther thwarting evil Haman’s plans by reading the Megillah. We make loud noises when Haman’s name is mentioned. The holiday helps us to celebrate our… Continue reading

Reading Torah at Sof

Torah Scroll, Quill, and Ink.

By Michelle Schneider

My Hebrew education began when my nonobservant parents sent me, at my request, to Sunday School for four years, culminating in my Bat Mitzvah. Until I discovered Sof, however, I basically attended synagogue on holidays only. … Continue reading

Yad In Hand  

Torah and Yad.

By Marc Flitter

Several Parshas ago I was honored to read from the Torah at Congregation Sof Ma’arav. Asked to share that experience, my first thought was that perhaps “Jewish geography” might more appropriately be utilized to mark where such… Continue reading

How I Came to Read Torah at Sof Maʻarav

Torah Scroll partly unrolled.

By Chad Teasley

 

As I read from parashah Tetzaveh at Congregation Sof Ma’arav on February 16th, it seemed to me that my Judaic education had come full circle. About six years ago, as I took the initial steps on… Continue reading

The Story of Torah Trope Class at Sof Ma’arav

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

Studying Torah and learning how to read from the Torah is the greatest equalizer of a Jewish Community. It does not matter where you went to school/college, what career you have chosen, where you live, whether… Continue reading

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  • A Conversation with Rabbi Ariel Burger
    Wednesday, May 28th at 1pm EST We invite all Organic Torah members to join us live for this interactive web event. We’ll engage in a conversation with Rabbi Ariel Burger, author of Witness: Lessons from Eli Wiesel’s Classroom. You’ll have a chance to hear from Rabbi Burger and ask your own questions. We’ll post the […]