Drash Schedule

  • June 2022 Drash Schedule - Date Parsha Drash June 4 Ufruf (wedding) celebration Bemidbar Ufruf drash TBD   TBD June 11 Naso TBD June 18 Beha’aloteca TBD (Parsha contains Song of the Sea and Miriam’s Song) June 25 Shelach Lecha TBD

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  • Spiritual Acts of Faith - Parsha Chukat Drash by Donald Armstrong I have always enjoyed the poetry of Ogden Nash. He wrote: The cow is of the bovine ilk. One end is moo, the other milk. A short, clean and humorous poem that is so unlike today’s parsha, Chukat. Not to be out done, King David composed the following haiku […]
  • Presidential Remarks - Annual Membership Meeting June 13, 2022 By Sandra Armstrong Upon looking back on the minutes that Margie graciously wrote up from a year ago, our Jewish world has changed significantly. In May 2021, we were just discussing the move to a Hybrid, Zoom service both in person and on Zoom. We weren’t sure what it […]
  • Slate of Officers, Board Members, Committee Chairpersons & Beit Din - Elected During Annual Membership Meeting on June 13, 2022 Officers * * All officers are board members Officer Position Designee President Sandra Armstrong Vice President Morris Rabinko Treasurer Robert Littman Recording Secretary Margie Walkover Corresponding Secretary Donald Armstrong   Board Members Board Designee Welcoming Chair Les Rosenthal Memory Book & Yahrzeit Morris Rabinko Talmud Chair Gregg […]
  • Recent Sof Drashes - Shabbat HaGadol & Story May 4, 2022 Drash by Reb Daniel Lev According to the great scholar of the Jewish Time-Cycle, Reb Eliyahu KiTov, For as long as the days of the Tanna’im and Amora’im, it has been customary in Jewish communities throughout the world for the outstanding Torah scholar of the congregation to address […]
  • Books & Book Club News - Jewish in Hawaiʻi Book Club The JIH Book Club reads Jewish fiction and non-fiction picks which are selected by the group. Members rotate as “wranglers” leading the group in lively and interesting discussion. The group is a fun mixture of couples & singles, young adults & seniors and everyone in between. Affiliated and unaffiliated, however […]
  • From the Yiddish Book Center - The Yiddish Book Center Weekly Reader From Lorna Holmes May 2022 Detroit Gefilte City Each year, the Hermelin family of Detroit comes together to celebrate Passover, and central to their seder meal is the family’s homemade gefilte fish. Now that recipe is the subject of writer and director Rachel Fleit’s latest film, Gefilte. As Fleit […]
  • Some Amusement - In the Field May 2022 From Peter Fritz & Les Rosenthal Schwartz, an elderly man, is resting peacefully on the porch of his small hotel outside of Boca when he sees a cloud of dust up the road. He walks out to see who could be approaching: It is a Southern farmer with a wagon. […]
  • Sofʻer Profiles - Naomi Olstein Jewish Education Fund May 2, 2022 by Sandra Z. Armstrong The Naomi Olstein Jewish Education Fund at Sof Ma’arav has been created to honor the memory of Naomi in a way that will keep her close to us. Naomi was an astounding role model in educating us in many ways and avenues of […]
  • Tradition and Change - Pekudei Drash by Sandra Z. Armstrong When I taught preschool, I explained to the children the concept of same and different. It is a pretty elementary school basic concept and easily understood by most. These 3-5 year olds could grasp it but we as adults are now struggling with the reality. The last time we […]
  • From My Jewish Learning - Reprinted with permission from My Jewish Learning Jewish Humor What Makes It So Popular? March 2, 2022 The Torah tells us that Sarah, the matriarch of the Jewish people, laughed when told she’d give birth in her old age. Since that moment, it seems, Jews have continued laughing — at themselves and their predicaments, at […]
  • Contribute to the Monthly Sof Newsletter - Do you have news, stories, comments, or suggestions? Contact Sid Goldstein, Communications Chair. We are seeking stories and news from ALL members of the Congregation. Please send any item you’d like to see in the next Newsletter to Sid Goldstein by the 25th of this month. Thanks to everyone who contributed to previous newsletters.
  • Parshah Terumah - Drash by Marc Flitter To place Parshah Terumah in context, Moses has ascended to the mount. He is to be there 40 days and 40 nights. And God commands, “They shall make me a sanctuary so that I might dwell among them.” There is no ambiguity in that verse. Instead it is a divine rationale […]
  • Ki Tissa—Drash by Sid Goldstein - Shabbat Shalom Exodus 4 :10  Moses said to the lord. “I have never been a man of words, either in times past or now. I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” And the Lord said to him “Who gives a man speech ?Who makes him dumb., deaf or blind? Is it not I […]
  • 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 activities to encourage older individuals to engage their minds, enrich their lives, and serve the […]
  • Snowbirds: Off-Island Sofʻers - Snowbirds at Sea December 1, 2021   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 31st time in Mt Rainier Nat’l Park, hiked 3.5 miles […]