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Kauai High Holidays 2018

2018 August 1
by Jeff

Kauai Jewish Community | Mishkon Hanafesh

Join us for our annual Kauai High Holiday services, starting with Erev Rosh Hashanah, September 9 at 7pm. We are thankful to be led in our observance by returning Rabbi Aryeh Azriel. Read on for the schedule of remaining events.

The community’s board of directors is pleased to announce that we will be using our new Machzor, Mishkan Hanafesh, which we used for the first time last year. The High Holidays’ liturgy offers a new experience of Yamin HaNoraim (spiritual growth) that encompasses awe, solace, contemplation, personal and communal worship, and music. It also provides an easily accessible guide for Tshuvah and Chesbon Hanefesh (repentance and self-reflection).

The Machzor incorporates both our rich Jewish past and today’s modern age. It is fully transliterated, has many options for Torah readings, provides background and contextual information, poetry and alternative readings, commentary, multiple theological possibilities, a beautiful interpretation of Hebrew, and engaging artwork and essays.

Visitors and non-members are asked to make a minimum donation of $50 per person, per service attended, or $150 per person for all High Holiday services.  Click here to donate. Donation envelopes will also be available at services.

There is, according to our community’s practice, no charge to attend any of the services for our paid members (click here to join or renew).

Schedule for High Holiday services:

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah on Sunday, September 9 at 7 pm.
  • Rosh Hashanah on Monday, September 10 at 10 am, followed by luncheon and unique Tashlich.
  • Shabbat Shuvah on Saturday, September 15 at 10 am.
  • Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre on Tuesday, September  18 at 7 pm.
  • Yom Kippur Day on Wednesday, September 19 at 10 am. Adult group discussion with Rabbi Aryeh 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.

In our tradition of tzedakah (charity), and in the spirit of aloha, please bring donations of food and/or 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 for the High Holidays will be provided by Sandy Jennings of Fresh from the Garden.

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

Kauai Jews Again Welcome Returning Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

2018 August 1
by Jeff

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

Kauai Jews and the Jewish Community of Kauai will again welcome guest Rabbi Aryeh Azriel for High Holidays 2018. Aryeh brings broad experience and incredible warmth as he and his wife Elyce join us from Omaha.

Rabbi Aryeh was selected in 2016 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 back for the third year 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:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/19/us/tri-faith-initiative-omaha-nebraska/
http://www.omaha.com/news/kelly-rabbi-azriel-s-interfaith-work-builds-bridges-for-omaha/article_0b7931a9-c810-59f2-b5e3-254cc4eb7aca.html
http://omahamagazine.com/2014/05/10257/
http://www.omaha.com/news/kelly-rabbi-azriel-s-interfaith-work-builds-bridges-for-omaha/article_0b7931a9-c810-59f2-b5e3-254cc4eb7aca.html

Reminder: June 23 | Join Us For Last Shabbat Service Before High Holidays

2018 June 19
by Jeff

Kauai Shabbat

Please Join Us For Kauai Shabbat on June 23 

Services will be conducted by our own Marty Kahn and D’var Torah will be lead by Carol Pescaia. This will be the last Shabbat service prior to the upcoming High Holiday Services, which begin on September 9. There will be no Shabbat services in July and August.

We will have an Oneg Shabbat following the service which is being created by our wonderful caterer Sandy Jennings. Please assist us by helping with the setup and breakdown!

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

When: Saturday, June 23, 2018.

Time: 10:00 am.

Siddur: We will be again be using our new Siddur, Mishkan T’filah. Please donate name plates in our new books to honor loved ones!

For more information please contact us.

As a reminder, JCK needs sponsors for other Shabbat Onegs this year. Please take part, as many levels of participation available.

JCK Joins St. Michael’s Work Day This Saturday

2018 May 23
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by Jeff

St. Michael's Work Day

Join us this Saturday, May 26, to help keep the home of the Jewish Community of Kauai beautiful.

The St. Michael’s community will be cleaning the church and doing some demolition work to the Goodale Center. They have lots of projects happening to include removing mildew from the Sanctuary pew chairs, cleaning out the former nurses training offices in the Goodale building (removing the carpets and one wall, and stripping the walls clean), hedge trimming, and other odd jobs. There are also opportunities to do some deep cleaning in the kitchen.

“We are so blessed for all of you who take such good care of our Sanctuary and Church grounds.” — St. Michael’s.

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

When: Saturday, May 26, 2018.

Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Bring gloves, buckets and cleaning cloths for the chlorine removal if working in the Sanctuary, or demolition tools if wanting to work in the Goodale building.

Please Join Us For Shabbat on May 19

2018 May 16
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by Jeff

Kauai Jewish Community

Please Join Us For Shabbat on May 19

Services will be conducted by our own Marty Kahn and D’var Torah will be lead by Carol Pescaia.

We will have an Oneg Shabbat following the service which is being created and served by our wonderful caterer Sandy Jennings.

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

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Time: 10:00 am.

Siddur: We will be again be using our brand new Siddur, Mishkan T’filah. Please donate name plates in our new books to honor loved ones!

For more information please contact us.

As a reminder, JCK needs sponsors for other Shabbat Onegs this year. Please take part, as many levels of participation available.

Last Call! April 20 Friday Evening Shabbat and Dinner

2018 April 18
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by Jeff

Rob in Jerusalem

Please Join Us at 6pm this Friday

A festive Friday night Shabbat including Torah service will be conducted by our own student rabbi, Rob Kvidt. We rarely do an evening service, so you won’t want to miss this one at which we will be using our brand new Siddur, Mishkan T’filah.

We will have a catered Oneg and gourmet vegetarian Shabbat dinner following the service which is being created and served by our fabulous caterer Sandy Jennings.

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

When: Friday, April 20, 2018.

Time: 6:00 pm.

Cost for dinner: No charge for paid JCK members. Non-members donation of $35 per person requested. Credit cards accepted.

Reminder: JCK needs sponsors for other Shabbat Onegs this year. Please take part, as many levels of participation are available.

For more information: Please use our contact form.

Name Plates For Our New Prayer Books

We are now gratefully accepting donations towards our three new sets of prayer books. These beautiful books will be enjoyed by our community for many years to come.

Have an inscribed bookplate placed in the book(s) of your choice. Use this to celebrate or acknowledge any significant event, or just to feel more a part of our island community.

We welcome donations in multiples of Chai – $18, $36, $54, $72, etc.  Payments can be made online with credit/debit cards.

Click link above to take part today.

Photo: Rob in Jerusalem 2017.