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Reminder: Special Shabbat Nachamu Tomorrow With Rabbi Rob

2019 August 16
by Jeff

Kauai Rabbi Rob Kvidt

Reminder: Join us for Shabbat Nachamu tomorrow! This Sabbath of Comfort sets the stage for our transition from the mourning of Tisha B’Av to the spiritual heights of Elul, Rosh Hashana and beyond.

Our own Kauai Rabbi Rob Kvidt is excited to lead his first service since being ordained in New York City in June at Congregation Ezrath Israel. Attending the ordination from JCK were Allan and Judy Rachap and Jeff Tucker. Prior to leaving Kauai, JCK board co-president Carol Pescaia presented beautiful lei to be worn at the ordination.

This is a momentous and joyous event for the Jewish Community of Kauai and you won’t want to miss it.

Some highlights of the service will be:

  • Flute trio and duet with Rabbi Rob, Susan Hironaka and Kenneth Hironaka
  • Dvar Torah: Vaetchanan – Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
  • Sermon: Take Action Against Gun Violence

We will have an Oneg Shabbat following the service catered by Sandy Jennings, and as always, we will need your help with serving and cleanup.

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

When: Saturday, August 17, 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!

Tzedakah: In our tradition of 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.

For more information please contact us.

As a reminder, JCK needs sponsors for Shabbat Onegs. Please take part, as any level of participation is available.

Ordination photo at Congregation Ezrath Israel. Rabbi Rob together with Rabbi/Mentor Jill Hausman.

Annual Contributions Due

2019 August 13
by Jeff

Shalom members and friends. We have almost arrived at the end of year 5779. It’s been a great year for our community and as 5780 nears, we again look forward to seeing all of you at our events.

The High Holidays remind us that it’s time for our membership donations. We do not charge for High Holiday attendance; your membership is your ticket.

Your contributions at work.

Your annual contribution allow us to do many things that would otherwise not be possible:

  • Hire, transport and house our guest rabbi.
  • Make a generous annual donation to St. Michael and All Angels Church and thank them for allowing us the use of their chapel, parish hall and other facilities.
  • Subsidize the community Seder (100 people per year) since the amount we charge does not cover the actual cost.
  • Provide many onegs throughout the year.
  • Offer a wonderful break-the-fast meal at the end of Yom Kippur, an Oneg on Rosh Hashanah and one for Shabbat Shuvah.
  • Host the annual Chanukah celebration.

Suggested annual amount.

The annual contribution is $360 for a family, and $180 for an individual. This is payable annually via check or monthly via PayPal, as well as at Foodland (see below). As always, if you would like to be a member and support the community, we will gladly accept whatever you feel comfortable giving. If you can afford to give more, your generosity will be greatly appreciated and used wisely. For an additional contribution, contact us, and we will affix a book plate in honor of whomever you designate in any one of our prayer books (donation of $64 per book).

Each and every one of us matters in Klal Yisrael – the shared sense of community and destiny among all Jews. Your contribution to JCK is the reason we exist here on Kaua`i. Without your participation and financial support, there would be no Jewish Community of Kaua`i. Without “you,” there is no “us.”

Foodland Give Aloha.

Through the end of September you can contribute up to $249 to JCK via Foodland’s Give Aloha program. Note: we will no longer be accepting membership contributions through Foodland. Please feel free, however, to donate to JCK via Foodland Give Aloha, which offers a matching donation program.

If you have questions or comments, please let us know.

 

Once in a Lifetime | Kauai High Holidays 2019/5780

2019 August 9
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.

Kauai Jewish Community | Mishkon Hanafesh

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 9
by Jeff

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

Kauai Jewish Community Update | July 15, 2019

2019 July 15
by Jeff

Next Shabbat will be August 17 at 10 am, led by Rabbi Rob!

Watch for details to follow soon in our next update. See you at St. Michael’s.

 

Come celebrate Nancy Golden’s 90th birthday!

Kauai Jewish Community Update | July 15

Nancy is a tremendous advocate on Kauai and a long-standing and much beloved member of the Kauai Jewish Community.
The gala takes place on Sunday, August 18th, from 11am to 2pm at Camp Sloggett in Kokee (no pets allowed).
Please bring a potluck dish to share.
No gifts please: donations may be made to either CFS/Nana’s House, Island School, or YWCA.
RSVP to Debra Blachowiak at (808) 639-2437 or debra@oceanfrontsir.com.

 

What a wonderful Shabbat we celebrated with Rabbi Daniel Brenner!

Rabbi Daniel Brenner

Rabbi Brenner and his wife Felicia joined us earlier this month for an enjoyable and enlightening musical Shabbat. Those of us who were able to attend had a fabulous time. Sandy provided a delicious Oneg Shabbat that included a most unusual cinnamon bread challah. We hope to be able to invite them back to Kauai again soon.

 

Passing of Richard Levine z”l and Barbara Levine z”l.

candlelight vigil

It is with great sadness that the Jewish Community of Kauai learned of the passing of long-time, regular members Richard and Barbara Levine. They had recently moved to the mainland to be near their children. Richard died in June and Barbara followed about two weeks later. Our condolences go to their family at this difficult time. Richard’s obituary. Barbara’s obituary. Donations may be made in their names to Charles River Hadassah, c/o Penny Kraus, 13 Scott Drive, Holliston, MA 01746 (https://www.Hadassah.org).

Post by Co-Presidents Carol and Jeff and Rabbi Rob.

Join Us | Shabbat July 6 With Guest Rabbi Daniel Brenner

2019 July 5
by Jeff

New Torah | Kauai Jewish Community

Ordained in May 2018 by Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, Rabbi Brenner has served as the student rabbi of Congregation B’nai David in Visalia, CA, the rabbinic intern of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, and most recently, as the rabbinic intern and assistant rabbi at Congregation B’nai B’rith in Santa Barbara.

Among other honors, Rabbi Brenner received his bachelor’s degree in Israeli and Middle East politics from American Jewish University in 2011, and has a Masters in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College in addition to his rabbinic ordination.

We will have an Oneg Shabbat following the service, and as always, we will need your help with serving and cleanup.

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

When: Saturday, July 6, 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.

As a reminder, JCK needs sponsors for Shabbat Onegs. Please take part, as any level of participation is available.