Sof History

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

Honey and Poi: The Middle Years 1980-1999

Honey and Poi Cover

 

Background: In the beginning, Sof affiliated with the conservative movement of Judaism and was in touch with its headquarters at the Jewish Theological Seminary for ritual, religious, personnel, and organizational matters. The relationship had, however, not been smooth and… 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

Honey and Poi – Author’s Preface

By Dr. Mathew Sgan

“I read Honey and Poi in one reading. I couldn’t put it down. I especially loved knowing the details of how the schul came into being, who the pioneers were, and the split involving egalitarianism. It… Continue reading

From the Sof History Project

By Mat Sgan

Newly elected president Peter Freeman (1991–1992) took a page out of Ronald Reagan’s playbook with a “Morning in Sof” optimistic approach. Beginning with a warm letter to fellow congregants, Freeman invited all to participate fully, and included… Continue reading

Sof History – Gertrude Serata

From the Sof History Project – A Key Leader

By Mat Sgan

 

In 1979–1980, Gertrude Serata succeeded Jordan Popper as president of Sof Ma’arav. She was elected at the Annual Dinner meeting in May 1979. She had come to… Continue reading

Honey and Poi – New Sof Maʻarav History Books

 

Two new books, courtesy of the Sof History Project. Honey and Poi provides a history of Sof Maʻarav from its founding in 1971 until today. The Sof Maʻarav History Project Appendix offers additional information and details gleaned from… Continue reading

Frances Maltin’s Contribution to Major League Baseball

Contributed by Mat Sgan, part of the Sof Ma’arav History Project

As Mat Sgan explains:

Jackie Robinson broke the color line in Major League Baseball in 1947. Before that, and to prepare him and the world for that momentous occurrence,… Continue reading

Remembering Mildred “Millie” Irejo

Contributed by Mathew Sgan

Of all the mixed multitude that is Congregation Sof Ma’arav, no member has ever been as unique as our Millie Irejo. Born in poverty, placed in a beloved Jewish foster home (only to be removed to… Continue reading

Thank you, Rabbi Rosalind Glazer

Thank you, Rabbi Rosalind Glazer, for our amazing High Holy Days services!

 

Meet Rabbi Rosalind Glazer

Rabbi Rosalind GlazerOrdained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in 2003, Rabbi Rosalind Glazer made Aliyah in 2012. After moving to Jerusalem to serve… Continue reading

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Upcoming Events

  1. Book Club – 12/15

    December 15
  2. Hadassah Hanukkah

    December 15 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  3. Sof Chanukah

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

    January 9, 2020
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    January 12, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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