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 out of town members who join us for part of the year or whenever they can visit Oahu. This gives our congregation an extra bonus to make many new friends and yet maintain our low key, welcoming and hamish atmosphere.

Whenever a stranger walks into our sanctuary, we (as an entire congregation) make a point to introduce ourselves. Whatever their needs, we attend to them.
They are always invited into our Oneg room to spend more time with us and enjoy our delicious dairy/parve potluck meal.

This all inclusive policy includes High Holiday services when we invite our guests to offer a donation but we never charge our guests a fee.

The mitzvah of welcoming strangers was created by our Sof Ma’arav founding members 40+ years ago. And, I too, was warmly,welcomed into the congregation.

We find that as friends come and go due to job changes and military transfers, we stay close to those who move away, enjoy when they return to visit, and always welcome any new friends into our sanctuary and into our lives.

Here is the motto that we live by at Sof Ma’arav:

Sof Ma'arav Motto