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… Continue reading

Recent Sof Drashes

Revolutionary Prophet & Manager:
Moshe, Yosef, and Parshah Shemot

January 1, 2022

Drash by Reb Daniel Lev

Burning bushAs we journey through the parshiot we can recall that we just left the end of Joseph’s story and are about to enter… Continue reading

Levinson-Krupp Library

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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… Continue reading

From the Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish Book Center Weekly Reader

From Lorna Holmes

January 2022

Painting of village sceneA 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.… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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,… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Snowbirds: Off-Island Sofʻers

Snowbirds at Sea

December 1, 2021

Mahi mahi at Penguin Banks, Molokaʻi


Sea turtle checking us out at Kāneʻohe Bay Sandbar

Sof Snowbirds on the Go

September 1, 2021

By Les Rosenthal

In the early evening of August 21st,… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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,… Continue reading


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