The State of The Shul Remarks

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

Aloha Everyone,

As your newly elected president, I present this list of Sof endeavors and “shout outs” since our annual meeting on May 25, 2018. It has been a very busy year to be president because Sof Ma’arav is a shul that never sleeps! I continue to be amazed and forever proud of our accomplishments. But this is not about me, it is about all of you out there who contribute to this newsletter, come to Sof Ma’arav services, welcome the strangers from near and far, open their homes to our “snow birds,” become new Torah readers and cheer your friends on, make special dishes for our potluck onegs or bring something special from home, actively engage in Torah / Talmud / Hebrew studies, support our local Jewish community in many ways, and go with the flow of Shabbat throughout the week in preparation for the next Shabbat when we will be together again.

Sandra Z.

Presidential Remarks & Thoughts:

*Our Newsletter/Website is great thanks to Sid and Lynley.

*Sid is reaching out to many Sofers to send in submissions.

*Lynley’s designs are exceptional.


*We have new memberships since High Holidays and are asking everyone

to join in outreach to the unaffiliated Jewish community. This

includes Hefcibah’s outreach to military families.


*Dina’s launching of the extraordinary service at Temple Emanu-El for the

victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.


*Torah/Talmud interactive enthusiasm; New Torah readers taking off.

*Gregg has taken Talmud to new horizons.

*Lorna’s exciting Intermediate Parsha reading group after services.


*Daniel and Robert’s expert leadership on the bimah as Gabbaim.


*Jessie’s commitment to our supplies and our delicious

weekly Onegs.

*Smooth Oneg set up and take down thanks to Nani.

 Thank you to Naomi for finding her.


*Fran’s watching over our drash schedule and securing

 very good volunteers.


*New “service leaders” are currently studying.


*Ongoing, joyous children’s classes every Shabbat with Sylvia

our great babysitter.

*We have a need for a new board position to represent

 parents with children.


*Les Rosenthal’s idea and commitment to monthly Shabbat dinners.


*Rabbi Rosalind coming back for High Holidays.


*An amazing T”U B’Shevat Seder led by Dina.


*Anti-Defamation League, Shaun Kozolchyk coming to Oahu

April 7-9.


*The service for Holocaust Remembrance Day will be held

at Temple E on May 2.


*Marlene and Avi represented us at the JCS dinner as honorees

of the year.


*We participate in Family Promise and thank you to Kay for

her leadership.


*Honey & Poi is now on sale; this is Mat’s huge accomplishment.


*Sof’s support of the Temple E library with news from Sally,

Deborah and Charlotte.


*Carolann’s leadership in the book group and its continuous popularity.


*Morris updating the Yahrzeit lists, and aligning them in our

memory book. He also sends out reminder emails.


*Don as facility manager maintaining our relationship with the Unitarians.

Upcoming Events
  1. Sof Maʻarav High Holiday Services 2020 | 5781 via Zoom [Full Schedule]

    September 18 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Erev Rosh Hashana at Sof via Zoom

    September 18 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. First Day of Rosh Hashana at Sof via Zoom

    September 19 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
  4. Second Day of Rosh Hashanah at Sof via Zoom

    September 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
  5. Yom Kippur: Kol Nidre at Sof via Zoom

    September 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm