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2019 December 10
by Jeff

Kauai Chanukah Party

Community Chanukah Party Has Been Cancelled

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this year’s traditional Chanukah event. That is because no event coordinator was available. The board of directors wishes all our members a Happy Chanukah celebration.

Watch Rabbi Aryeh Azriel Receive URJ Award | LiveStream

Our very own High Holiday Rabbi, Aryeh Azriel will be honored this Thursday from 430pm-600pm Hawaii time, and you can see it live by visiting the Union of Reform Judaism Biennial Conference website at that time.

“We’re honored to present The Maurice N. Eisendrath Bearer of Light Award to Omaha, Nebraska’s Tri-Faith Initiative, whose extraordinary multi-faith work models pluralism and outstanding partnerships for us all.

Learn more about Rabbi Aryeh.

Watch for 2020 event calendar coming soon

We will be sending out our Shabbat, High Holiday, Passover and other event schedule soon.

Kauai Shabbat This Saturday November 16

2019 November 11
by Jeff

Kauai Shabbat This Saturday November 16

Services will be conducted by board member Sara Silverman. D’var Torah will be presented by board co-president Carol Pescaia. And we will have a community Oneg Shabbat following the service facilitated by board member Laura Barzilai. We need your help with serving and cleanup.

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

When: Saturday, November 16, 2019.

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.

Shabbat Shuvah and Yom Kippur 5780

2019 October 3
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by Jeff

Shabbat Shuvah and Yom Kippur 5780

Shabbat Shuvah. Join the Jewish Community of Kauai and St. Michael’s for our most unique Shabbat Shuvah ever. It will take place this Saturday, October 5, at 10 am at St. Michael’s. Services, led by Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, will be followed by a lovely catered luncheon.

Torah Dedication. The Jewish Community of Kauai will complete and dedicate its new Torah at the Shabbat Shuvah event. We will be joined by St. Michael’s and Fr. Andrew. For more detailed information, see our national press release.

Yom KippurBe with us for Yom Kippur services, starting with Erev Yom Kippur on Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm. Services continue on Wednesday, October 9 at 10am. Adult discussion with Rabbi Aryeh reconvenes at 345 pm, followed by Yizkor and Neliah at 5pm. The High Holidays conclude with our celebratory Israeli-themed Break-the-Fast, catered by Sandy Jennings of Fresh from the Garden.

ContributionsCost to attend one service is $50, except for those who have a paid membership for 5780. Minimum membership contribution is $180 for individuals and $360 for families (2 or more).

Photo by Jeff of Mike Abramson, Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, Rabbi Rob Kvidt, and Marty Kahn.

Kauai Shabbat Shuvah With Rabbi Aryeh and St. Michael’s

2019 September 15
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by Jeff

Kauai Shabbat Shuvah With Rabbi Aryeh and St. Michael’s


Join with Jewish Community of Kauai and St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church for a most unique Shabbat Shuvah celebration. It will take place on Saturday, October 5, at 10 am at St. Michael’s. Services will be followed by a lovely catered luncheon.

New Torah Dedication Celebration

An incredible highlight of this year’s High Holidays and in the life of our Kauai Jewish Community will take place on Shabbat Shuvah, when we will complete the last words in our new Torah, using special ink and quill. Members of the community will be invited to participate. This is an event associated only with a new Torah, and it is a very rare opportunity in which to be able to take part.

Kauai Shabbat Shuvah

This year again, as part of our observance of High Holidays, we will celebrate Shabbat Shuvah. We’re thrilled that this year’s services will be led again by Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, with the assistance of Kauai Rabbi Rob Kvidt.

Shabbat Shuvah is one of the Jewish year’s most special Shabbats. It is sometimes called the Sabbath of Return or Sabbath of Repentance. Saturday, October 5 will mark a time for self-reflection, for finding our own highest good, and for casting out all that no longer serves us in the New Year just started. Shabbat Shuvah follows the Rosh Hashanah New Year’s service and leads us to the Yom Kippur holiday which begins with Kol Nidre on Tuesday, October 8. See our entire High Holidays schedule of events.

Jewish Community of Kauai and St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church Join Together

The Reverend Andrew McMullen, representing St. Michael’s, and JCK are happy to be expanding our relationship. This includes permanent display of our Torah ark within the church sanctuary, and the Jewish Community of Kauai being known as the Synagogue-in-Residence at St. Michael and All Angels. Rabbi Rob will also be joining St. Michael’s at one of their services prior to this celebration. St. Michael’s congregation is wholeheartedly invited to join with us for this event.

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

Visitors are most welcome. Guests (those who are not members of JCK or STM) are asked to make a minimum suggested donation of $50 per person, per service attended including Shabbat Shuvah. You are welcome to pay online or in person. 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/or money for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, which distributes food to about one hundred people each week; it is staffed by volunteers, and is supported by donations, including ours. Canned and/or non-perishable food, please.

Catering for the High Holidays is being provided by Sandy Jennings of Fresh from the Garden.

 

Once in a Lifetime | Kauai High Holidays 2019/5780

2019 August 26
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by Jeff

Kauai High Holidays

Join us for our annual Kauai High Holiday services, starting with Erev Rosh Hashanah, Sunday September 29 at 7pm. We are grateful to be welcome back and led in our observance by Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, with the assistance of Rabbi Rob Kvidt.

You won’t want to miss this year’s high holidays! We will be completing our new Torah during the High Holidays, which could not be more exciting for all of us. It is sacred, beautiful, amazing, historic, and iconic.

We will also be using our new Machzor, Mishkan Hanafesh. 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).

Many Thanks. Organizing the 10 Days of Awe for our eclectic Jewish Community of Kauai is always a group effort. We are most grateful to the Executive Board (Elyse Litvack, Carol Pescaia and Jeff Tucker), President Emeritus Marty Kahn, Rabbi Rob Kvidt, and Rabbi Aryeh Azriel.

Schedule for High Holiday services:

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah on Sunday, September 29 at 7 pm, followed by apples/honey oneg.
  • Rosh Hashanah on Monday, September 30 at 10 am, followed by catered luncheon and unique ocean Tashlich.
  • Shabbat Shuvah on Saturday, October 5 at 10 am followed by luncheon.
  • Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre on Tuesday, October 8 at 7 pm.
  • Yom Kippur Day on Wednesday, October 9 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 annual break-the-fast celebration.

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. Please donate money, canned and/or non perishable food.

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.

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

2019 August 26
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Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel 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.

Rabbi Aryeh was recently featured in an article in Oprah Magazine for his groundbreaking work at his Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha.

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