Drash Schedule

  • July 2021 Drash Schedule -  Date Parsha Drash July 3 Pinchas Robert Littman July 10 Matot-Masei Dina Yoshimi July 17 Devarim Rabbi Natan Margalit July 24 Vaetchanan TBD July 31 Eikev TBD  

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  • Drash—Shabbat Hazon - Special Guest Drash by Rabbi Natan Margalit, son of Fran Margulies ציון במשפט תפדה ושביה בצדקה  Zion shall be redeemed with judgement and those that return to her with righteousness.  Why the repeat? If Zion is redeemed, don’t we already know that those that return to her will also be redeemed?  So asks the Piaseczner […]
  • Recent Sof Drashes - Shlach L’Chah July 2, 2021 Drash by Alex Golub Shabbat shalom. Today we exist at the intersection of two remarkable events. First, the remarkable story we have just heard: Moses sends twelve spies to scout out the holy land, only to find that all of the spies but Joshua and Caleb believe the local people […]
  • Shabbat Service News - Sof Board Approves New Service Attendance Policy July 2, 2021 The Sof Maʻarav Board has voted on a policy to expand the number of people permitted to attend Saturday services. The number of people permitted to attend services will be raised to 25 beginning Saturday, July 10. Only congregants fully vaccinated from Covid-19 will be […]
  • From the Yiddish Book Center - The Yiddish Book Center Weekly Reader July 2, 2021 From Lorna Holmes July 11 is Yidstock! Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music, a pre-recorded, 75-minute program featuring a dozen musicians from around the world. Featuring Eleanor Reissa, Lorin Sklamberg, Frank London, Daniel Kahn, and more, performing a broad and eclectic repertoire of social justice […]
  • Sofʻers Get Creative - Traveler’s Poem March 4, 2021 by Antonio Machado, Translation by Beatriz Aguirre Haymer Caminante son tus huellas el camino y nada más; Caminante no hay camino se hace camino al andar. Al andar se hace el camino, y al volver la vista atrás Se ve la senda que nunca se ha de volver a pisar. […]
  • 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 […]
  • Media to Check Out - Jewish Women’s Archive Encyclopedia July 2, 2021 The Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new edition of the Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women. The launch also kicks off a year of celebrating the 25th anniversary of JWA’s founding.   Shul After Zoom A parody of Hamilton – You’ll Be […]
  • Some Amusement - A Little Humor July 3, 2021 From Merry Glass & Sid Goldstein Six retired Jewish mates were playing poker in the condo clubhouse when Meyer loses $500 on a single hand, clutches his chest and drops dead at the table. Showing respect for their fallen comrade, the other five continue playing, but standing up. At the […]
  • Sof Drashes - Drash on Parsha Sh’mini June 6, 2021 By David and Beatriz Haymer Part 1: The Laws of Kashrut Sh’mini is usually described as the Parshah containing the key instructions for the laws of Kashrut, specifically what may or may not be eaten. It does so, but this Parshah also starts with a continuation of details […]
  • Parsha Hukkat - Drash by Sandra Z. Armstrong The continuing theme for Hukkat is separation, re-integration, separation and lustration. Today, we are surrounded by the cleansing, purifying waters of the Pacific, our waters of lustration. Our thirst for life is always quenched by living on an island surrounded by luscious, sparkling blue/green water and by meeting weekly as a Jewish […]
  • News Archive - Sof Elects 2021-2022 Officers, Board, and Committee Members On May 23, the Annual Meeting of the Congregation was held. The Congregations’ Officers, Board Members, and Committee Chairs were chosen for the 2021-2022 Congregational year. All of these people will hold office through June 1, 2022. Officers: Sandra Armstrong         President Morris Rabinko              Vice-President Robert Littman              […]
  • From My Jewish Learning - A History of Jewish Art July 2, 2021 Reprinted with permission from My Jewish Learning Jewish visual arts date back to the biblical Bezalel, commissioned by God to create the Tabernacle in the wilderness. Since then, Jewish visual arts have flourished, bearing the imprint of Jewish wanderings around the globe. Jewish art divides into categories of art:  folk-art, […]
  • Stories & Legends - By Reb Daniel Lev Moshe the Thief Goes to Heaven Chaim was a humble blacksmith who lived in the town of Shploitz in lower Silesia. Next door to him lived Moshe the Thief. Although he never got caught, Moshe was known as an expert burglar. Chaim, too, was burglarized by Moshe but he never held […]
  • Jewish History - The Story of Moses “Two Gun” Cohen By Sid Goldstein Morris Abraham Cohen (1887–1970), better known by the nickname “Two-Gun” was a Polish-born British and Canadian adventurer who became aide-de-camp to Sun Yat-Sen and a General in the Chinese Revolutionary army. Cohen was born in Radzanów, Poland on 3 August 1887. His father was Josef Leib Mialczyn, a wheelwright, and his […]
  • Let’s look back at March 2020 as we move forward in April 2021 - Message from Sof Congregational President Sandra Z. Armstrong It is hard to believe how far we have come in a year by using Zoom to keep us together safely during the pandemic. I am not saying that Zoom is the best way to gather, but it was the only way to come together as a […]