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Kauai High Holidays 2016

2016 September 29
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.
  • Shabbat Shuvah on Saturday October 8 at 10 am.
  • 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 person, per service attended. 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.

Extended: Give Aloha at Foodland Benefits Kauai Jewish Community

2016 September 29
by Jeff

Give Aloha

This offer has just been updated and is now valid through Sunday October 2. Here’s a great chance to pay up to $249 of your annual contribution now due. And to help our community even more, Foodland will match part of your donation!

The Jewish Community of Kauai is again participating in Foodland’s Annual Give Aloha Community Matching Gifts Program. This program honors the legacy of Foodland founder Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan in giving back to the community. Matching funds are provided via The Western Union Foundation and Foodland. The total matching gift to all organizations combined is $300,000.

How to Contribute to JCK

  • From September 1 through 30, 2016, you can make donations of up to a $249 per person to benefit the Jewish Community of Kauai. You may make your annual membership payment this way as well. You must use your own Maika`i Card to make a donation as donations will otherwise not be matched.
  • Though $249 does not comprise the total annual contribution suggested for 2016-17 ($360 for a family, $180 for a single person). You can send the remainder as a check to JCK directly  or pay on via PayPal on our website.
  • At checkout, please provide your Maika`i Card and advise the cashier that you would like to make a donation to JCK. If you do not already have a Maika`i Card, you may obtain one.
  • Our registration code is 78502. Your donation will be added to your grocery purchase total. The amount donated to JCK will appear on your receipt. Any donation must be made payable to Foodland.
  • Important note. Your name will not be provided to JCK. Please contact us directly to advise us of your gift or membership so that we can acknowledge you.

Are These Contributions Tax Deductible?

Yes, contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Save your receipt for tax purposes since it will be the only record you will have of your donation.

For more details, visit the Give Aloha website.

Celebrate the Life of Paul Weil at Rosh Hashanah

2016 September 28
by Jeff


As we gather for Rosh Hashanah, we’ll also celebrate the life of cherished long-time JCK member Paul Weil, who passed away recently.

Paul’s family will host the Oneg on Monday afternoon, following Rosh Hashanah day services. According to his wife, Roberta, “the Oneg will in celebration of our beloved father, grandfather and husband Paul Weil by the Weil ‘Ohana.”

Paul Weil

Paul Weil

Paul was born in Pittsburgh in 1927 and died September 14, 2016 here on Kauai. He is survived by Roberta, to whom he’d been married for over 57 years, as well as a large and loving family of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Paul was naval veteran of  World War II. He attended Stanford University and UCLA, and had a JD from Southwestern University Law School. Paul was a practicing attorney for over 50 years and provided pro bono services to community service organizations.

This special Oneg will be catered by our wonderful caterer, Sandy Jennings of Fresh from the Garden.

A widely varied array of traditional and contemporary delights will be served, so plan to come hungry!

Details of JCK High Holiday Service for members and guests.

Obituary of Paul Weil

Kauai Jews Host Shabbat at Poipu This Friday

2016 September 20
by Jeff

Poipu Beach Hawaii1

The Jewish Community of Kauai is excited to once again hold a Friday night Kauai Shabbat potluck at Poipu Beach Park. Please join us! We’ll meet under the large covered pavilion so there are no worries in case of rain.

Date: Friday, September 23, 2016.

Time: 6:00 pm. Schmooze with fellow Jewish community members and guests, or enjoy the park with your family. Followed by a brief Shabbat service then a potluck dinner.

Location: Poipu Beach Park  – Large Pavilion.

What to Bring: A potluck dish of your choosing. Please remember to bring serving utensils.

Questions: Please contact us.

Annual Contributions Due | Give Aloha Matching Donations

2016 September 18
by Jeff

Kauai Jewish Community Annual Contributions

Shalom members and friends,

We have almost arrived at the end of year 5776. It’s been a great year for our community and as 5777 nears, we again look forward to seeing all of you at our events. We are most excited about the upcoming High Holidays with guest Rabbi Aryeh Azriel.

The High Holidays remind us that it’s time for our membership donations. We do not charge for High Holiday tickets; 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 an annual donation to St. Michael and All Angels Church to thank them for allowing us the use of their chapel, parish hall and facilities
  • Support our Sunday School. Students are learning so fast that we continually need to purchase books for them.  Our community was blessed this year with the b’nei mitzvot of Hershel Weiner, Loren Weiner, Braydon King, Mollie Goldberg and Lea Hibbitt. We already have three b’nei mitzvot celebrations scheduled for 2017.
  • Subsidize the community Seder (100+ people this year) since the amount we charge does not cover the actual cost.
  • Provide many onegs including a wonderful break-the-fast at the end of Yom Kippur, an Oneg on Rosh Hashanah and one for Shabbat Shuvah.
  • Host Purim and Chanukah celebrations (hamantaschen, latkas and sufganyot).
  • The board is investigating the purchase of new High Holiday prayer books to be used next year.

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 via 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 $36 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. See our Give Aloha program details for more information.

If you have questions or comments, please call Sally Wilson, board president, at 821-0579.

Photo credit: JCK member Candle Goldberg.

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: