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CANCELLED: Shabbat on November 18

2017 November 12
by Jeff

We’re sorry. Due to a scheduling conflict, this week’s Shabbat has been cancelled.


Please Join Us For Shabbat on November 18

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

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, November 18, 2017.

Time: 10:00 am.

For more information please contact us.

As a reminder, JCK needs sponsors for other Shabbat Onegs next year. Please take part, as many levels of help and cost accessible to all are available.

Yom Kippur | Kauai High Holidays 2017

2017 September 28
by Jeff

Kauai Jewish Community | Mishkon Hanafesh

Join us for our annual Kauai High Holiday concluding services, starting with Kol Nidre tomorrow night, September 29 at 7pm. We are thankful to be led in our observance by returning Rabbi Aryeh Azriel. JCK is also most grateful for Vicki and Bill Ellacott’s generous sponsorship of our sumptuous break-the-fast meal following Yom Kippur services on Saturday, September 30. Read on for the schedule of remaining events.

The community’s board of directors is pleased to announce that we have just acquired, and will for the very first time will be using, the new Machzor, Mishkan Hanafesh. We will be using the Yom Kippur volume, which is entirely separate from last week’s Rosh Hashanah volume. After a multi-year process, the board approved the purchase, and the books arrived on Kauai last week. 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 remaining High Holiday services:

  • Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre on Friday September 29 at 7 pm.
  • Yom Kippur Day on Saturday September 30 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.

Catered Shabbat Shuvah With Rabbi Aryeh Azriel Tomorrow

2017 September 22
by Jeff


Join with fellow Kauai Jews for Shabbat Shuvah tomorrow, September 23 at 10 am at St. Michael’s. Services will be followed by a lovely Israel-inspired catered luncheon.

The Kauai Jewish Community is very pleased to have Rabbi Aryeh Azriel leading the 5778 High Holidays.

Shabbat Shuvah

This year again, as part of our observance and High Holiday services, the community will add a Shabbat Shuvah celebration. Shabbat Shuvah is one of the Jewish year’s most special Shabbats. It is sometimes called the Sabbath of return or Sabbath of repentance. This Saturday 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 leads us to the Yom Kippur holiday which begins with Kol Nidre next Friday night. See our entire High Holidays schedule of events.

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

Non-members and visitors are most welcome and are asked to make a minimum 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 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 is being provided by our caterer Sandy Jennings and Fresh from the Garden.

Photo at Kauai Jewish Community 5777 Rosh Hashanah service.

Mike Splittstoesser z”l

2017 September 10
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by Jeff

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Mike Splittstoesser z”l

It is with profound sadness and deepest condolences that we share with you that Mike Splittstoesser passed away on September 6, 2017, at the age of 49.

Mike is survived by his wife Lisa and daughter Malia, mother-in-law Joan, as well as many other loving relatives and friends. The Splittstoesser’s are long time cherished members of the Jewish Community of Kauai.

May God and our community be a source of comfort to Lisa’s family in their time of grief.

A Celebration of Life took place on Tuesday September 12, 2017 at Lihue Lutheran Church.

Donations in Mike’s Honor

Lisa has asked that any donations in Mike’s honor be sent to the Hyperberic Treatment Center at the University of Hawaii. Account 12088204. Mailing address: UH Foundation, PO Box 11270, Honolulu, HI 96828. Checks should be made out to UH Foundation.

Donations can also be made online at

Please feel free to pass on this email to others. Thank you.

Please Volunteer | “Unlikely Liberators” at Kauai Veterans’ Center

2017 September 10
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by Jeff


Please Volunteer | “Unlikely Liberators”

As you now know, Lisa Splitstoesser’s husband, Mike, died unexpectedly Tuesday night. It has been a great shock and sadness to all of us who know and love this family.

Lisa was in charge of finding volunteers for the “Unlikely Liberators” exhibit at the Kauai Veterans Center. Mike and Lisa both played an integral part in getting this exhibit set up and running. To honor them, we are asking that as many of you as possible sign up for one or more shifts at the exhibit. It runs until 9/27 —- every day but Sundays. There are many slots yet to be filled. Sign up here or read below:

By volunteering, we Jews also honor those brave, righteous Japanese soldiers (mostly from Hawaii) who freed the 5000 Jews on a death march and who also liberated Dachau and many of it’s sub camps.  Visiting the exhibit is a very emotional experience. You will feel a deep bond with Kauai’s Japanese community.

There are three types of volunteers: registrars, docents and security. And there are two shifts per day:  10 – 1 and 1 – 4. Each job is quite easy. Below is a description of each:

Registrar: Sits at the front desk and asks people to sign in. That’s it!

Docent: Familiarizes themselves with the history of the Japanese liberators and gives visitors to the exhibit a short overview of what they are going to see in the four “bays”. (We’ll send you a “cheat sheet”.)

Security: Just walks around the bays making sure nobody defaces anything. Pretty unlikely that anyone would.

About “Unlikely Liberators”

“Unlikely Liberators” is the remarkable story of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion and the liberation of the Dachau death march.

The Kauai Veterans’ Center is sponsoring an exhibit by the Nisei Veteran’s Legacy. The exhibit will run from September 5 through 27. The exhibit was curated by military historian Eric Saul and documents the encounters between Dachau prisoners and Nisei soldiers of the 522nd Field Artillery Batallion. The 522nd was part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated unit made up primarily of Americans of Japanese descent. The 442nd was the most decorated unit in World War II.

How to participate:

We’re using to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Unlikely Liberators!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Please use this link to go to our invitation page on
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on 3. Sign up! Choose your spots – will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

If you have any questions or know of others who would be interested in volunteering, please contact me, Micki Evslin, at

Many thanks for your time!

Watch Eric Saul talking about the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion in the YouTube videos below:

Annual Contributions Due | Give Aloha Matching Donations

2017 August 30
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by Jeff


Shalom members and friends,

We have almost arrived at the end of year 5777. It’s been a great year for our community and as 5778 nears, we again look forward to seeing all of you at our events. We are most excited about the upcoming High Holidays with returning guest Rabbi Aryeh Azriel.

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 this 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, 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 matching donation program.

Through the end of September you can contribute up to $249 of your annual donation via Foodland’s program. Click here to see our Give Aloha program details for more information.

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