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 a committee sign-up sheet. His new-day attitude extended to creating a summer/fall bulletin outlining exciting cooperation with Rabbi Leibowitz at AJC and TE president Steve Welid; organizing summer and weekly Shabbat services; publicizing Sof 1991–1992 officers and board members; and acknowledging a memorable Tisha B’Av service at AJC featuring a talk on Lamentations by Rabbi Jerome Epstein, CEO of USAM. Invitations were sent, especially to AJC and TE, but intended for the entire Jewish community of Oahu, to join Sof in celebrating Selichot (movie: Operation Solomon). Simchat Torah High Holiday services for 5752 were led by Jonathan Webber with commentary by “our scholar in residence,” Dr. Cyrus Gordon. Donors were sincerely thanked, and donations to the Torah fund were encouraged. An August 31 Havdalah followed by the Selichot service took place. Selichot was not only scheduled, it was explained. New Sof leyners added excitement and anticipation to Shabbat and festival services in 5752.

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