• Parsha Shemot Drasha - Daniel Lev was scheduled to deliver the drash for our parsha last Saturday but could not. So, he has asked us to include his written version on our website. This is the link to Daniel’s drash for Parsha Shemot (Genesis 1:1-6:1) Enjoy!
  • We Are the Party Shul! - Contributed by Sandara M. Z. Armstrong Sof Ma’arav Hanukkah parties have been held at our house for the past twelve years. They have been a great addition to our Jewish experience in Hawaii. Last Saturday night we hosted 100+ friends including several of our awesome “snowbirds’ from all over the mainland. We have one couple […]
  • Next Book Club Meeting: February 4, 2018 - Date and Time: February 4, 2018, 1:00pm – 3:00pm Location: Contact Carolann Biederman Book: The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem Author: Sarit Yishai-Levi Library: Only one copy in the library, so order used online or use Kindle. Image (left): Israeli edition. We will be reading the English translation. Overview: Four generational family history novel of women […]
  • From the Levinson-Krupp Library December 2017 - Contributed by the Levinson-Krupp Library (Hours: 9 am-noon, Monday & Thursday or upon request) Here it is December, Hanukkah time and Jewish Book month. Celebrate by coming to the Library to find a good book to read or a good DVD to watch. This month we are sharing the following:     940.53 FIS THE BOOK […]
  • The Conversation - Contributed by Donald Armstrong On Shabbat Shuvah, I talked about the surprise of my near-death experiences and the questions they raised: Are my affairs in order? Have I made things right with my family and friends? Am I ready to be judged? My drash touched on: (1) the unpredictable timing, but absolute certainty of death; […]
  • “Welcoming” Marketing Philosophy Offers Impressive Results - Excerpt from Kehilla Magazine When New Jersey native Sandra Armstrong began writing her “how to” marketing book for Conservative synagogues, little did she dream she would be finishing it in Hawaii. And yet, what Sandra now calls “Jewish Paradise,” turned out to be the perfect tropical setting for the book’s completion. The premise of the […]
  • Professor Robert Littman Receives Distinguished Service Award - Excerpt from University of Hawaiʻi News University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor Robert Littman has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award. The institute is considered the nation’s leading archaeological organization with 220,000 members and promotes inquiry and public understanding of the […]
  • On the Passing of Millie Irejo - Contributed by Dina Yoshimi On the afternoon of November 20, longtime friends, fellow congregants, and devoted soulmates of Millie Irejo gathered to remember her life, and to acknowledge her many contributions to their own lives. The service opened with the reading of Psalm 91 by Rabbi Ken Aronowitz. The words reminded us of Millie’s enduring […]
  • Family Promise Volunteer Opportunities - Contributed by Kay Lorraine Aloha friends, You may have heard me making occasional announcements to our congregation about Family Promise. Family Promise is a unique program that partners with churches, synagogues, and temples to provide food and safe places to sleep at night to homeless families with children while the family is transitioning into affordable […]
  • From the Levinson-Krupp Library November 2017 - Contributed by the Levinson-Krupp Library (Hours: 9 am-noon, Monday & Thursday or upon request) At the last Seniors lunch, Mr. Herb Latner talked about his experiences with the New York Yiddish Theater that flourished in the 1900s. We have some books on the story and history of the glory days of Yiddish theater, and they are […]
  • Try Look! Bilingual Pidgin-English Picture Book - Educational materials using Pidgin are scarce. Here is one you can get for free as a printable e-book through Hawaii Review. Try Look has local pictures and elementary level dialogue. It can be used to show the differences in construction between Pidgin and English, so children learn the distinction in a positive way. The author, Dr. Lorna Holmes, is an ELL PTT at Kaʻiulani […]
  • Welcoming at Congregation Sof Ma’arav - Contributed by Sandra M. Z. Armstrong, Welcoming Chair Position held for the last 12 years at Congregation Sof Ma’arav Congregation Sof Ma’arav is conveniently located in Honolulu. Because of our state of Hawaii being a destination vacation spot, we often have visitors from all over the world attend our services. In addition, we have many […]
  • Hebrew Literacy Classes - Contributed by Sandra M. Z. Armstrong I am pleased to announce that Biblical Hebrew classes are taught at the conclusion of our Shabbat services and oneg/lunch at Congregation Sof Ma’arav every Saturday afternoon. The good spirited, highly motivating learning that takes place in these classes makes Hebrew Education fun. I tell my students that learning to read Hebrew is easy.  It […]
  • News From Cuba - Contributed by Mat Sgan Hi Sofers, I traveled to Cuba under auspices of Cornell’s Adult University for eight days recently and want to share a few items that might be of interest. Terrific lectures featuring a background of Cuba. Three stages identified: 1519-1898 Spanish Period 1898-1902 Cuban-Spanish War (America joined on Cuba side late, but still got […]
  • Thank you, Rabbi Rosalind Glazer - Thank you, Rabbi Rosalind Glazer, for our amazing High Holy Days services!   Meet Rabbi Rosalind Glazer Ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in 2003, Rabbi Rosalind Glazer made Aliyah in 2012. After moving to Jerusalem to serve as Interim Director for RRC’s rabbinical program in Israel, she founded Joyful Jerusalem Lifecycles and Destination Celebrations […]
  • A Jewish Girl & a Not-So-Jewish Boy - From New Jersey to Hawaii, what is this all about? Sandra Armstrong’s memoir is more than an endearing love story—it’s a layperson’s guide to understanding, adopting, and practicing Judaism. Whether you are currently in an interfaith relationship or simply want to learn about Judaism, this book is a source of inspiration. You will find that […]
  • 2017 Book Club Schedule - The Book Club meets occasionally on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. at members’ homes. Contact Carolann Biederman for questions or to attend. 2017 Schedule Date Title Author 1/22 The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories Bruno Schultz 2/26 The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Irin Shana and Carmon Knizhnik 4/9 […]
  • Jewish Cemetery Plots Available for Sale in Abraham’s Garden - Jewish cemetery plots are available for sale in Abraham’s Garden. Abraham’s Garden is located within Hawaiian Memorial Park in Kaneohe. Currently plots are being offered on a base unit price of $5,000. Hawaiian Memorial Park is selling nearby plots for more than $6,000 to $8,000. Prices for plots in Abraham’s Garden are expected to be […]
  • Matzah Caramel Crunch Recipe - Matzoh Caramel Crunch 1 jelly roll pan Matzoh to cover the bottom 2 sticks butter 1 cup brown sugar ½ cup chopped nuts 2 cups chocolate chips (or enough to cover the matzoh) Preheat oven to 350* Cover the jelly roll pan with foil. Spray with cooking spray. Lay matzoh flat on the bottom of […]
  • For Jewish Ritual Celebrations and Ceremonies - Contact Rabbi Mel Libman, a member of Sof Maarav, resident of Honolulu, a member of the Rabbinical Assembly (the professional organization of Conservative Rabbis) and a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York Rabbi Mel Lipman may be reached via email: rabbimel@gmail.com
  • Family Promise - Family Promise is a wonderful, interdenominational service program that provides shelter to working homeless families.