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Deadline is this Friday: Passover on Kauai 2018

2018 March 19
by Jeff

Passover on Kauai

Tickets are going fast. If you want a guaranteed seat at our Seder this year, we need reservations to be in by this Friday March 23, 2018.

Online reservations: Click Here To Make Your Passover Reservation.

We’re celebrating Passover with our brand new haggadot, The Open Door! The Jewish Community of Kauai extends an invitation to members and visitors for our annual Passover Seder, led by Sara Silverman. Traditional Seder plates, foods and kosher wine will accompany the Seder. Catering provided by JCK’s Sandy Jennings, Fresh from the Garden.

For already paid members of JCK, the community is generously subsidizing $25 per person towards the cost of the Seder meal, as we did last year. That is reflected in the $55 per person cost this year. We look forward to sharing this year’s Seder with all of you!

Kauai Passover Seder 2018

Where: St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Hardy Street, Lihue. Map.
When: Friday March 30, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm (doors open), 6:00 pm (Seder begins).
Reservations: Confirm your attendance through payment via credit card, and food selection, no later than March 23, 2018. There are only 100 seats, and availability may become sold out. 

The festive meal includes:

  • Matzoh ball soup (chicken or vegetarian)
  • Gefilte fish
  • Tradition Seder Plate
  • Entrée choice of:
    • Beef brisket
    • Salmon with dill caper sauce
    • Moroccan lemon chicken
    • Vegetarian stuffed portabello mushroom
  • Accompaniments including baby green salad, roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes
  • Festive dessert
  • Water, juice, Passover wine, coffee and tea will be available. Please feel free to bring your choice of wine or other beverage.

Cost for members who have paid annual membership

  • Adults $55
  • Children (up to 12 years old) $35

Cost for non members

  • Adults $80
  • Children (up to 12 years old) $50

Online reservations: Click Here To Make Your Passover Reservation


Please Join Us For Shabbat on February 17

2018 February 12
by Jeff

Kauai Jewish Community

Please Join Us For Shabbat on February 17

We will be again be using our brand new Siddur, Mishkan T’filah.

Services will be conducted by our own Sara Silverman 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, February 17, 2018.

Time: 10:00 am.

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.

Monroe Richman z”l Memorial Service

2018 January 5
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by Jeff



Monroe Richman z”l Memorial Service

With great sadness we recently shared the news that long time and very active JCK member Monroe Richman passed away, on the mainland on December 12, 2017.

Monroe and his beloved wife Esther have been an integral part of our community for decades, both having a great love for JCK.

This marks the passing of a legend. We will all miss Monroe very much.

Memorial on January 13, 2018

There will be a memorial service and a paddle-out/scattering of ashes for Monroe on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. It will take place at Waiohai Beach. Please spread the word – all are invited to attend.

Tomorrow 6pm | Kauai Hanukkah Party Reminder

2017 December 14
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by Jeff

hanukkah on hawaii

Kauai Hanukkah Party | December 15 at 6PM

Don’t miss one of our favorite events. It’s JCK’s traditional Kauai Hanukkah party that takes place on Friday , December 15 from 6pm to 8pm.

We will commence with an abbreviated Shabbat service, led by Marty Kahn.

Enjoy homemade latkes, plus help us make delicious jelly donuts (sufganiyot) at the party again this year! We’ll also have menorahs, dreidels, and crafts.

Please bring your menorah and candles to take part in our annual community lighting. A limited number of candles will be available.

There is no charge to attend for for paid JCK members. For non-members a $10 donation for a single person and $20 or more donation for a family is requested.

JCK is providing latkes, donuts and drinks.

Please bring a dish to share, based on the following:

  • A-K pupus
  • L-P dessert (we actually suggest salads instead of desserts)
  • R-Z main dish

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

When: Friday, December 15, 2017. 

Time: 6:00 pm.


Don Schoenfeld z”l

2017 December 6
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by Jeff

Don Schoenfeld

Don Schoenfeld z”l

It is with great sadness that we share the news that long time JCK member Don Schoenfeld passed away last night.

Don and his beloved wife of 74 years, Trudy, supported and cherished each other and have been an inspiration to the Jewish Community of Kauai for decades.

We will all miss Don dearly.

Interment will take place in California at Mt. Sinai Hollywood Hills on Friday. The family has requested that any donations in Don’s name be made to Kauai Hospice or another charity of choice.

Yom Kippur | Kauai High Holidays 2017

2017 September 28
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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.