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Kauai High Holidays 2016

2016 August 23
by Jeff

Kauai High Holidays 2016

Our annual Kauai High Holiday services will be led by Rabbi Aryeh Azriel.

Following is the schedule for High Holiday services:

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah on Sunday October 2 at 7 pm.
  • Rosh Hashanah on Monday October 3 at 10 am with kiddush, apples and honey, plus a lovely luncheon to follow.
  • Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre on Tuesday October 11 at 7 pm.
  • Yom Kippur Day on Wednesday October 12 at 10 am.
  • Yom Kippur adult group discussion with Rabbi reconvenes at 3:45 followed by Yizkor and Neilah, and a profuse array of delicious food for our break-the-fast.

Services are held at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Hardy Street, Lihue. Map.

Visitors and non-members are asked to make a minimum donation of $30 per service. There is, according to our community’s practice, no charge to attend any of the services for our paid members.

In our tradition of tzedakah (charity), and in the spirit of aloha, please bring donations of food and money for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. The Kauai food pantry distributes food to about one hundred people each week, is staffed by volunteers, and is supported by donations including ours. Canned and/or non perishable food please.

Catering will be provided by Sandy Jennings and Fresh from the Garden.

Let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you.

Kauai Jews Welcome Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

2016 August 17
by Jeff

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

Kauai Jews and the Jewish Community of Kauai will welcome guest Rabbi Aryeh Azriel for High Holidays 2016 (schedule of services to follow). Aryeh brings voluminous experience and incredible warmth as he and his wife Elyce join us from Omaha.

Rabbi Aryeh was selected by the JCK board after a comprehensive search and the interviews of seven potential candidates by board members Carol Pescaia, Marty Kahn and Jeff Tucker. We are lucky indeed to welcome him to lead this year’s services.

Rabbi Aryeh is currently a Scholar in Residence at Countryside Community Church where he will be offering a Jewish understanding of Hebrew Scriptures. He has also accepted a position of adjunct lecturer, at the University Of Nebraska in Omaha, in the Religion department.

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Rabbi Aryeh served as Senior Rabbi at Omaha’s Temple Israel from 1988-2016. His many remarkable Jewish experiences also include:

  • Tri Faith Initiative in Omaha. Rabbi Aryeh has been a focal visionary of this globally unique project that will locate a synagogue, church and mosque together on one campus with a common desire to foster mutual understanding, respect and friendship.
  • Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College, 2008.
  • Recipient of the Otto Swanson Spirit of Service Award in 1993
  • 1997 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. – Living the Dream Award, recognizing his continuing work on building cooperation with projects such as the Mitzvah Garden, Black/Jewish Dialogue and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Human Relations Award from the Omaha Education Association.
  • Associate Rabbi at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland, until 1988.
  • Received his ordination and Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 1983 from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.
  • Counselor at OSRUI, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, in 1973.

Articles about Rabbi Aryeh:


Lea Sierra Hibbitt Bat Mitzvah

2016 August 4
by Jeff

Lea Sierra Hibbitt

Join us for a day of ceremony and celebration! The Jewish Community of Kauai is invited to Lea’s special day as she leads us in prayer and reads from the Torah.

Lea’s training was done by JCK’s own Sally Wilson. Her Torah portion is Devarim.

Mindy and Dave Hibbitt ask you to join us for the service, which will be followed by a unique and delicious Oneg Shabbat.

Where: St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Hardy Street, Lihue. Map.

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016.

Time: 10:00 am.

For more information please contact Mindy at Hibbitt 652-5956.

Jewish Community of Kauai Board of Director Nominations

2016 July 27
by Sally

Kauai Jewish Community Board

Nominations for both officers and members to sit on the Jewish Community of Kauai Board of Directors are now open!! Please respond by August 10.

If you have ideas about events or activities for the Jewish community, please join us on the Board as we plan next year, 2016-17.

Feel free to nominate yourself or others who may be interested in serving – the more the better.

The offices are:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Pursuant to our by-laws, the current board members will vote on the nominations.

Please provide your nominations to

Please Join Us For Shabbat

2016 June 13
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by Jeff


Reminder – Shabbat services are this Saturday, June 18, 2016!

Traditional services will be led this week by our own beloved Marty Kahn. We will have a light Oneg Shabbat following the service.

Where: St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Hardy Street, Lihue. Map.

  • When: Saturday, June 18, 2016.
  • Time: 10:00 am.

For more information please contact us.

Join us for Shabbat Saturday May 21, 2016

2016 May 16
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by Jeff

Sally WilsonReminder – Shabbat services are this Saturday, May 21, 2016!

Please join us this week. Marty Kahn will lead the service. Sally Wilson (pictured here celebrating her birthday at a recent JCK board meeting) will haltingly read from the Torah portion. We expect a lively discussion on the parsha, which is Emor. Emor is Herbrew for “speak” and is the 31st weekly Torah portion. This section has the most versus of any poriton in Leviticus. It is read in May and provides purity rules for Kohanim, recounts the holy days, and tells the story of punishment for a blasphemer.

Please come prepared to share your interested thoughts.

We will have a lovely Oneg Shabbat following the service, prepared by Ku`ulei (Penny) Johnson, who makes wonderful challahs. You won’t want to miss those challahs!!

  • Where: St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Hardy Street, Lihue. Map.
  • When: Saturday, May 21, 2016.
  • Time: 10:00 am.

For more information please contact Sally at