Honey and Poi The Modern Years: 2000-2016

BY MAT SGAN

A New Century Brings Good News


As Sof headed into the turn of the century, good news predominated. The balance sheet, led by dues, donations and cookbook sales, indicated some $39,000 in income. This enabled Sof to purchase some needed service items (kitchen items, books, ritual products), keep up with operational and rent increases, and pay for outside leadership and associated costs for the 5760 High Holidays.

Even the USCJ (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism) membership fee was paid without fuss! That had been an issue in prior years. A very positive sign of the times.

President Bernice Littman wrote, in her November 1999 message to the congregation, “5760 is proving to be another wonderful year.” She then went on to thank Ken Cohen for acting as cantor; Aileen Grill for her singing; Robert Littman and Bob Goldman for their talks; George Hudes, Sim Granoff, Marlene Booth and Jordan Popper for leading prayers; Robert Littman and Marv Black for organizing things; and Kat Tsuyemura with Francis Maltin, for managing food arrangements. Gregg Kinkley was applauded for his musical talent, prayer leadership and Torah/haftarot readings. Fran Margulies arranged for baby-sitting and Hinda Diamond collected food for the Hawaii Foodbank.

Bernice indicated that Sof’s reputation as the “party shul” was burnished with great Simchat Torah and Shabbat celebrations, along with Naomi Olstein’s anticipation of yet another lively Hanukkah get-together for latke making and candle lighting. Bernice claimed the “highest level” of member participation in Shabbat and holiday services. Ken Aronowitz and Hinda Diamond declared Sof’s Simchat Torah celebration the most spirited evening in the islands!Even the USCJ (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism) membership fee was paid without fuss! That had been an issue in prior years. A very positive sign of the times.

President Bernice Littman wrote, in her November 1999 message to the congregation, “5760 is proving to be another wonderful year.” She then went on to thank Ken Cohen for acting as cantor; Aileen Grill for her singing; Robert Littman and Bob Goldman for their talks; George Hudes, Sim Granoff, Marlene Booth and Jordan Popper for leading prayers; Robert Littman and Marv Black for organizing things; and Kat Tsuyemura with Francis Maltin, for managing food arrangements. Gregg Kinkley was applauded for his musical talent, prayer leadership and Torah/haftarot readings. Fran Margulies arranged for baby-sitting and Hinda Diamond collected food for the Hawaii Foodbank.

Bernice indicated that Sof’s reputation as the “party shul” was burnished with great Simchat Torah and Shabbat celebrations, along with Naomi Olstein’s anticipation of yet another lively Hanukkah get-together for latke making and candle lighting. Bernice claimed the “highest level” of member participation in Shabbat and holiday services. Ken Aronowitz and Hinda Diamond declared Sof’s Simchat Torah celebration the most spirited evening in the islands!