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Snowbirds: Off-Island Sofʻers

Off-Island Sof’ers


Sof Snowbirds on the Go

September 1, 2021

By Les Rosenthal

In the early evening of August 21st, Pat and I, with Kerri, our youngest daughter, her husband, Dan, their kids Sloane 3 and Maeve 1, for Pat’s… Continue reading

Sofʻers Get Creative

Traveler’s Poem

March 4, 2021

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… Continue reading

Sof Drashes

Drash on Parsha Sh’mini

June 6, 2021

By David and Beatriz Haymer

Part 1: The Laws of Kashrut

Sh’mini is usually described as the Parshah containing the key instructions for the laws of Kashrut, specifically what may or may not… 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

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

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