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  • January 2022 Drash Schedule - Date Parsha Drash Jan 1 Va’era Malka Michel Jan 8 Bo Marc Flitter Jan 15 Beshalach TBD Jan 22 Yitro Robert Littman Jan 29 Mishpatim Morris Rabinko  

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  • Sofʻer Profiles - Witness to a Mitzvah by Fran Margulies December 31, 2021 I travelled to Boston last month for my grandson’s Bar Mitzvah. One bonus was watching his older brother Nadav join in a “Unified” basketball game. Why the name Unified? The league unifies students from all over Boston, and it unifies Special Needs students with general […]
  • Recent Sof Drashes - Revolutionary Prophet & Manager: Moshe, Yosef, and Parshah Shemot January 1, 2022 Drash by Reb Daniel Lev As we journey through the parshiot we can recall that we just left the end of Joseph’s story and are about to enter the world of Moshe and the Children of Israel. What could the life of Moses […]
  • Levinson-Krupp Library - 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 and updated to accommodate the Rabbi Morris Goldfarb Collection. The library contains books of Jewish […]
  • From the Yiddish Book Center - The Yiddish Book Center Weekly Reader From Lorna Holmes January 2022 A Poet’s Paintings: Celia Dropkin (1887–1956) is a poet known for the boldness and honesty of her poetic imagery. Rather softer are the images Dropkin created with her paintbrush. In exploring our Dropkinalia, we came across a rare item: a collection of Dropkin’s little-known […]
  • Sofʻers Get Creative - All About OLLI by Sid Goldstein December 1, 2021 The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UH Manoa (OLLI-UHM) is a member-based learning community of adults age 50+. OLLI-UHM offers a program of non-credit, college-level courses, workshops, lectures, events, and other activities to encourage older individuals to engage their minds, enrich their lives, and serve the […]
  • Sof Book Club News - 2021: Book Club Year in Review News from Carolann Biederman What we read in 2021: Here is a table of what the SOF Book Club read in 2021. If you’d like to help choose what we’ll be reading in 2022, contact Carolann Biederman about joining the book club. 1/31/21  If All the Seas Were Ink: A […]
  • Some Amusement - When in Russia from Sid Goldstein A yeshiva student takes an important oral exam based on the commentaries of Rashi, the illustrious 11th-century sage. After he answers the last question, the Rosh Yeshiva (Head of School) claps his hands and exclaims, “What an incredible student! He could’ve been a member of the Sanhedrin in the […]
  • Snowbirds: Off-Island Sofʻers - Snowbirds at Sea December 1, 2021   Sof Snowbirds on the Go September 1, 2021 By Les Rosenthal In the early evening of August 21st, Pat and I, with Kerri, our youngest daughter, her husband, Dan, their kids Sloane 3 and Maeve 1, for Pat’s 31st time in Mt Rainier Nat’l Park, hiked 3.5 miles […]
  • Stories & Legends - By Reb Daniel Lev Reb Zalman’s Two Menorahs: A Hanukkah Tale November 30, 2021 The great Rebbe of San Francisco, Reb Zalman, had a curious practice that he engaged in on the eighth night of Hanukkah: As on all the other nights he would gather some of his Chassidim—students and friends—in the home he shared […]
  • Sof Drashes - Gut Yontif – Yom Kippur Drash October 1, 2021 By Alex Golub The High Holy Days are a time of teshuvah. Between the beginning of Rosh Hashanah and the end of Yom Kippur we hope to have improved. And yet, there is a puzzle: Why do the people we read about on this holiday seem […]
  • From My Jewish Learning - Reprinted with permission from My Jewish Learning Sermons in the Synagogue November 1, 2021 Like spiritual leaders in many religions, Jewish clergy normally deliver sermons during worship services. often during a synagogue’s main Shabbat service, usually on Saturday mornings. Sermon topics can vary widely, but often touch in some way in the weekly Torah portion. […]
  • Media to Check Out - Pandemics Weren’t Born Yesterday (History is Here to Help) November 1, 2021 A TV show featuring Sof’s Robert Littman! Archeology, especially in Egypt, has revealed pandemics thousands of years ago. What does archeology tell us about them, and how sure can we be? What is the state of the science that can reveal this to […]
  • Sof High Holy Days Schedule – 5782 (תשפ”ב) - At this time the final makeup of services has not been determined. All services will be available on zoom. President Sandra Armstrong will send out information about live participation in the services shortly before high holy days begin. Rosh HaShanah Services: Mon. Sept 6      8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Tues. Sept 7     9:00 am […]
  • Sof History from Mat Sgan – Torah and Taro & Honey and Poi - Torah and Taro Praise for Torah and Taro February 10, 2021 Professor Edwin Yamauchi (B.A. UHM; M.A. and Ph.D. Brandeis University) Professor of Emeritus of History at Miami University of Ohio writes: “I received and read Torah and Taro: Jewish Contributions to Hawaii. I found it informative and fascinating. Robert Littman (p.140) took my place […]
  • News Archive - Stuart H. Scott: A Tribute (Dec. 7, 1948 – July 15, 2021)  By Carolann Biederman & Seth Markow Stuart was a member of Sof Ma’arav for many years. His son Sean was a Bar Mitzvah at Sof in 2005.     During his struggle with cancer, he joined us at Sof Ma’arav for services and […]