Drash Schedule

  • June 2021 Drash Schedule -  Date Parsha Drash June 5 Sh’lach Alex Golub June 12 Korach Reb Daniel Lev June 19 Chukat TBD June 26 Balak TBD  

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  • Sof Elects 2021-2022 Officers, Board, and Committee Members - On May 23, the Annual Meeting of the Congregation was held. The Congregations’ Officers, Board Members, and Committee Chairs were chosen for the 2021-2022 Congregational year. All of these people will hold office through June 1, 2022. Officers: Sandra Armstrong         President Morris Rabinko              Vice-President Robert Littman              Treasurer Margie Walkover           Recording Secretary Donald Armstrong         […]
  • Sof Experiments with Hybrid Services - by Sandra Z. Armstrong & Margie Walkover The June 5 service was opened to Board and Committee members and the lay leadership for that particular Shabbat. The board established guidelines for a trial run to be shared on Zoom and at the Unitarian Church: RSVPs to President Sandra Armstrong will be an essential component. Only […]
  • Sof Drashes - Drash on Parshat Naso By Risa Dickson 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 or randomly. So, as I read through Naso, it occurred me to that I don’t […]
  • 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 condition. The Torah is full of disabled heroes. Moses had a speech impediment. Jacob wrestled […]
  • Drash on Parshah Sh’mini - 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 be eaten. It does so, but this Parshah also starts with a continuation of details described in the previous Parshah regarding purgation […]
  • From My Jewish Learning - The History of Jews in Ireland Reprinted with permission from My Jewish Learning Jews have made their home in Ireland for centuries, and many have risen to be successful and prominent figures in politics, business, and theology. Ireland produced Chaim Herzog, the sixth president of Israel, and Leopold Bloom, the hero of James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” […]
  • Media to Check Out - Hometown to the World From Avi Soifer The opera Hometown to the World focuses on the aftermath of a 2008 raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on a Kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa. Postville gave itself the moniker, Hometown to the World, because of the diverse population it attracted for working in the […]
  • Levinson-Krupp Library - 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 and updated to accommodate the Rabbi Morris Goldfarb Collection. The library contains books of Jewish […]
  • Stories & Legends - By Reb Daniel Lev Moshe the Thief Goes to Heaven Chaim was a humble blacksmith who lived in the town of Shploitz in lower Silesia. Next door to him lived Moshe the Thief. Although he never got caught, Moshe was known as an expert burglar. Chaim, too, was burglarized by Moshe but he never held […]
  • Some Amusement - Some Humor By Kay Lorraine & Peter Fritz Three Jewish mothers are sitting on a bench, arguing over which one’s son loves her the most. The first one says, “You know, my son sends me flowers every Shabbos.” “You call that love?” says the second mother. “My son calls me every day!” “That’s nothing,” says […]
  • Jewish History - The Story of Moses “Two Gun” Cohen By Sid Goldstein Morris Abraham Cohen (1887–1970), better known by the nickname “Two-Gun” was a Polish-born British and Canadian adventurer who became aide-de-camp to Sun Yat-Sen and a General in the Chinese Revolutionary army. Cohen was born in Radzanów, Poland on 3 August 1887. His father was Josef Leib Mialczyn, a wheelwright, and his […]
  • Guidelines for Giving a Drash at Congregation Sof Maʻarav - by Sally Morgan and Fran Margulies March 30, 2021   When?   After the Torah service is complete and before Musaf.   How Long?   Ten minutes or less (Really!)   Who Gives It?   As a havurah, Sof Maʻarav depends on its own congregation and its guests to volunteer.   Subject?   A response […]
  • 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 best way to gather, but it was the only way to come together as a […]
  • Upcoming Events at Sof - Sunday, April 4th, 9:30 am on Zoom: Pesach service, eighth day with Yizkor Wednesday, April 7, 7:00pm on Zoom: The Yom HaShoah Remembrance Service for Hawaiʻi Friday, April 9, 7:00pm: A Kabbalat Shabbat Outdoor Service for Congregation Sof Ma’arav on the grassy field of the Unitarian Church. Congregants can bring in a picnic dinner starting […]
  • 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 History Project Appendix offers additional information and details gleaned from further research. To purchase copies: […]