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Sof Drashes

Drash on Parshat Naso

By Risa Dickson

Hands leaning over a book in Hebrew.Naso is a parsha filled with what appears to be random and disconnected concepts and ideas. I’ve often heard that “real estate is expensive” in the Torah, and things arenʻt there by accident… Continue reading

How to Make Jewish Spaces More Accessible for Disabled Jews Like Me

By Allison Wallis

Previously published in Kveller:

https://www.kveller.com/how-to-make-jewish-spaces-more-accessible-for-disabled-jews-like-me/

One in four Americans has at least one disability. If you live long enough, the odds are that you will develop a disability. It’s just part of the spectrum of the human… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Honey and Poi: Sof History Project

By Dr. Mathew Sgan


Honey and Poi – Sof Maʻarav History Books

 

Two books, courtesy of the Sof History Project. Honey and Poi provides a history of Sof Maʻarav from its founding in 1971 until today. The Sof Maʻarav… Continue reading

Traveler’s Poem

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… Continue reading

Meditation on a Rock Wall

By Fran Margulies

The rocks in this strong Hawaiian wall were fit together in their natural shapes. I walk past the wall and think of God’s words at the end of Yitro 20:22. Use only natural “found” rocks in my… Continue reading

Sofʻer Profiles

Meetups with Sofers

Welcome Committee with Les Rosenthal

A Special Welcoming Visit

March 1, 2021

by Les Rosenthal

As a member of our Sof Ma’arav Welcoming group, I get to meet tenured, new and prospective members of our close-knit community.… Continue reading

Sofʻers Talk Story

Sof as a Community

October 2, 2020

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

A bowl of honey on top of cut green apples with the skin still on.

As a community we have remained close, stayed together and reached incredible heights of ruach, creating uplifting, joyous zoom Shabbats for the last six months. Our experiences and spiritual… Continue reading

Sof High Holy Days Archive

A beautiful version of Avinu Malkaenu. Enjoy!

October 1, 2020

Children Singing Avinu Malkenu

Creating a Joyful and Sacred Space for the High Holy Days

September 3, 2020

By Dina Yoshimi

Pomegranate Open

If the hot, humid days of August and September… Continue reading

20 Years A Jew: One Convert’s Observations in Seven Installments

By Athena DeRasmo


Installment 7 – “And then there was Israel…”

Haifa Shrine of the Bab

Haifa. I sat in a tiny office in a government building – bleak, institutional, and oppressive. Like most Israeli government buildings, it could have been a set for a… Continue reading

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